Get a University of Waterloo thesis

Library catalogue

Search the library catalogue (Primo) to find University of Waterloo PhD and MA theses and dissertations. 

  • Search by author, title, or keyword by topic and department.
  • Microfiche copies may be available for older theses and you can make paper copies of portions of the work using the available microfiche reader-printers.
  • Paper copies when available are stored in the library's remote storage facility, the Annex. They may be recalled for in-library use only.
  • Electronic copies are linked to the full text in UWSpace.


Search the electronic theses and dissertations (ETD) collection in our institutional repository UWSpace to find Waterloo’s open access electronic theses.

  • Includes theses submitted electronically from 2006 to the present and a selection of theses from 2000 to 2005.
  • Note: some recent theses are temporarily restricted due to patent or publication pending.
  • Search the library catalogue to find theses that are not available electronically.

ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global

Search ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global to find Waterloo PhD theses until 2010 and MA theses from 2006 to 2010.

  • This ProQuest database is restricted to Waterloo faculty and students.
  • Includes citations to theses from over 1,000 North American and European schools.
  • Full text is available from 1998.