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Special Collections and University Archives

Archive copies of theses and dissertations

To find St. Mary's Dissertations & Theses, please search the Library's Catalog.  In addition to the copy available for circulation, a second copy of printed dissertations and theses from 1937 to 2016.  


St. Mary's dissertations (blue binding) are listed in the Library Catalog and are shelved on the 3rd Floor.  Dissertations from 2016 to the present are available in electronic format only. 

To find all dissertations written by students in our PhD program, search the keyword phrase: St. Mary's University and dissertation

Many Ph.D. dissertations written after 1996 can also be downloaded for free by currently enrolled St. Mary's students, faculty, or staff.  Use the Dissertations (St. Mary's only) database to download St. Mary's dissertations.  Most dissertations  from 2017- are also available open access through the catalog.


Search the Library Catalog to find Master's theses. Masters degree theses (red binding) are are shelved on the 3rd Floor.  Theses from 2017- are available in electronic format only.  

Use this format to find theses via the Library Catalog keyword search: St. Marys University "department name" thesis

Example searches

  • St. Marys University Business Administration Program Thesis
  • St Marys University Dept Of Counseling Thesis
  • St Marys University English Dept Thesis
  • St Marys University Dept Of Psychology Industrial Psychology Thesis
  • St Marys University Dept Of Theology Thesis

Theses have been written in several academic areas including ones not listed in the example searches section.

Honor's Program Theses

Search the Library Catalog to find Honor's Program theses. Honor's Program theses (blue binding) are shelved on the 3rd Floor.

To find an entire list of Honor's Program theses, use the following subject heading:

St. Mary's University (San Antonio, Tex.). Honors Program -- Thesis.

Beginning in 2021, digital Honor's Program theses are available at the Digital Commons


  • Dissertations & Theses @ St Mary's University
    Dissertations written by St. Mary's University doctoral students. Graduating doctoral students must upload an electronic copy of their dissertations to Proquest after graduate school approval and before the graduation deadline. May also include master's theses.