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Digital Master's Theses and Culminating Projects

About the Institutional Repository

The SUNY Open Access Repository (SOAR) is SUNY Oneonta's digital archive for theses and culminating Master's projects. All items archived in SOAR are scholarly materials written by SUNY authors—students, faculty, and staff—that are described and displayed for users to download, read, and share with proper attribution to the authors. You can read more at the SOAR Content Guidelines page

Benefits to Graduate Students

Graduate students who choose to upload the full text of their Master's project make their scholarship available to readers around the world. The SOAR repository offers many benefits to graduate student authors:

  • Each SOAR item is assigned a permalink that students can share on CVs/resumes or applications for jobs or PhD programs.
  • Each SOAR item is described with complete metadata to indicate its author(s), publication information, an abstract or content description, and more. 
  • SOAR is indexed by Google Scholar.
  • SOAR provides usage statistics (the number of visits and downloads) for each item and collection.  

Submission Process 

After your thesis/project has been reviewed and accepted by your advisor, committee, or other departmental representative, you may submit your final project documents through the Submission Process page of this guide. Thesis/project authors and their faculty advisor/instructor will be notified once the SOAR item has been created.

Printed Masters Theses and Projects

SUNY Oneonta no longer prints and binds copies of theses. Students who would like to get their thesis or project printed and bound at their own expense may contact Acme Bookbinding in Hatfield, Pennsylvania.

Graduate Programs & SOAR Requirements

Department Program Name SOAR requirements
Biology Biology MS

Thesis or nonthesis options

Only thesis track students submit to SOAR

Biology Lake Management MS

Thesis or nonthesis options

Only thesis track students submit to SOAR

Cooperstown Graduate Program Museum Studies MA

History or science options; thesis or nonthesis options

Thesis track science students submit to SOAR

Non-thesis projects submitted on a case-by-case basis

Education - 
Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education
School Counselor (K-12) MSEd

Final project is a professional portfolio; students submit a record only (not full text) to SOAR

Education - 
Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education
Special Education 
  • Early Childhood (Birth-Grade 2) 
    MSEd or MST
  • Childhood (Grades 1-6) MSEd or MST
  • Generalist (Grades 7-12) MSEd

Final projects are completed during student teaching

Students submit an abstract only (not full text) to SOAR

Education -
Elementary Education & Reading
Literacy Education MSEd Final research projects submitted to SOAR as part of EDUC 695 Graduate Seminar (Literacy)

Education -
Secondary Education and Educational Technology

Educational Technology Specialist (K-12) MSEd Theses submitted to SOAR as part of EDUC 695 Graduate Seminar (Educational Technology)
Human Ecology Nutrition and Dietetics MS Final research projects submitted to SOAR as part of NUTR 581 Service Learning Project