Thesis Release and Embargo Procedures

Release and Embargo Options

The thesis is submitted as public evidence of your scholarly research and accomplishment. It has always been the university's expectation that every master’s thesis and abstract will be released upon conferral of the degree. Only in specific circumstances may release of a thesis be deferred, and then only for a limited period of time. 

Master’s theses and abstracts are normally made publicly available upon degree conferral when they are deposited electronically in Deep Blue. If a student wishes to postpone public release of the final thesis, also called an embargo, the student should discuss this option with his or her faculty advisor. The student is responsible for requesting an embargo of the thesis.

A student may independently choose among several levels of embargo for the copy of the thesis that is deposited electronically with ProQuest.

Embargo requests must be submitted before the final thesis submission deadline with which the student is working.  

Two embargo options are available:

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