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APA Referencing Style : Theses

The aim of this guide is to present concisely the basic rules for citing various types of resources in APA Referencing Style (7th edition).


Thesis (unpublished)

Thesis (unpublished)

Reference list format:

Author, A. A. (date). Title of doctoral dissertation or master's thesis [Unpublished doctoral dissertation or master's thesis]. Name of Institution Awarding the Degree.


Zarei, R. (2017). Developing enhanced classification methods for ECG and EEG signals [Unpublished doctoral dissertation]. Victoria University, Melbourne.

Thesis (published)

  • Thesis usually refers to master’s or bachelor’s degree.
  • Dissertation relates to doctoral degree.

Reference list format

Author, A. A. (date). Title of doctoral dissertation or master's thesis [Doctoral dissertation or Master's thesis, Name of Institution Awarding the Degree]. Database Name. https//:xxxxx

Dissertation or thesis published in a database


Hollander, M. M. (2017). Resistance to authority: Methodological innovations and new lessons from the Milgram experiment (Publication No. 10289373) [Doctoral dissertation, University of Wisconsin-Madison]. ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Global.

Dissertation or thesis published online, not in a database


Hutcheson, V. H. (2012). Dealing with dual differences: Social coping strategies of gifted and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer adolescents [Master thesis, The College of William & Mary]. William &Mary Digital Archive. https://xxxxx