Q. What is a DISSERTATION or a THESIS?
An academic thesis or dissertation is a long research paper written by students in order to complete their master's or doctoral degrees (PhD). Generally thesis refers to a Master's degree and dissertation refers to a Doctoral degree. See our databases guide to find theses and dissertations. CSULB Master's theses in print are located in ORCA, and many are also available online through the Dissertations and Theses database. Theses are also described as manuscripts in the OneSearch catalog.