Theses and Dissertations



The Theses and Dissertations digital collection includes papers authored by American University in Cairo graduate students.

Prepare Your Thesis

Prepare your theses according the Office of Graduate Studies Thesis Preparation and Submission Guidelines.

Before you submit you thesis to the DAR Repository you must obtain the following signed documents and submit them to your department along with a hard copy of your thesis:

  1. 1. Signature Sheet
  2. 2. Copyright & Availability Form
  3. 3. Proof of IRB Approval/Waiver for Completed Graduate Thesis

Failure to do so will result in a violation of the DAR Repository distribution license.

Accepted Formats

Submit thesis and accompanying materials, including photographs, videos, and datasets, using the accepted file formats detailed below.





Microsoft Word Document
OpenDocument Text
Portable Document Format
Microsoft PowerPoint
OpenDocument Presentation

.doc or .docx
.ppt or pptx

Dataset Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet
OpenDocument Spreadsheet
.xls or .xlsx


Joint Photographic Experts Group
Tagged Image File Format
OpenDocument Graphics



Broadcast Wave Format
MPEG-1 or MPEG-2 Audio Layer III


Moving Image

Audio Video Interleave
MPEG-4 Part 14


Submission Instructions

To upload content to this collection, log in with your AUC email username and password using the link at the top of the page. Find the link Submissions listed under My Account, andstart a new submission. When prompted, select Theses and Dissertations as the collection to which you would like to submit your work, and follow the instructions on the screen. You will be notified when your submission has been approved. Your submission confirmation email will include instructions on receiving your graduation documents from the University Registrar.

You do not need to submit scanned copies of the Signature Page or Proof of IRB Approval/Waiver for Completed Graduate Thesis to the DAR Repository. This does not mean that you do not need to obtain a signed Signature Sheet, Copyright & Availability Form, and Proof of IRB Approval/Waiver for Completed Graduate Thesis. You must turn these signed forms in to your department.

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Distribution Agreement

When you submit your thesis to the DAR Repository, you are agreeing to the following terms:

  1. 1. I hereby certify that I have obtained all needed written permissions from the owner(s) of each third-party copyrighted matter included in my thesis, dissertation, paper, or record of study.
  2. 2. I further certify that IRB approval has already been obtained for this thesis or that IRB approval is not necessary for this thesis, since the research is not concerned with living human beings or bodily tissue samples.
  3. 3. I understand that a hard copy of my accepted work, with best quality images and any other media that form part of it, will be deposited in the University Library.
  4. 4. I hereby grant to The American University in Cairo or its agents the non-exclusive license to archive my thesis, dissertation, paper, or record of study and make it accessible, under the conditions specified below, in whole or in part, in all forms of media, now or hereafter known.
  5. 5. Insofar as this thesis, dissertation, paper, or record of study is an educational record as defined in the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 USC 1232g), I consent to disclosure of it to anyone who requests a copy.
  6. 6. I retain all other ownership rights to the copyright of the thesis, dissertation, paper, or record of study.

Late Submission Graduation Clearance

You will not receive your graduation invitations until you submit an electronic final approved version of your thesis to the DAR Repository. The deadline for thesis submission is provided by the University Registrar.

When you submit your thesis after the deadline, you will receive a clearance message by email within 2 business days of submission. Print and present this email to the University Registrar to receive your graduation tickets. This is only required for those graduating from thesis-required programs.

Benefits of Open Access

Publishing in Open Access repositories, such as the DAR Repository, offers a number of valuable benefits for students, faculty, and staff:

  1. 1. Increased citation of your work
  2. 2. Improved ranking and visibility in search engines
  3. 3. Persistent URLs so others can link to your work
  4. 4. Preservation of your work for future generations

For more information, visit the Open Access Scholarly Information Sourcebook. If you would like to submit published works, check your publisher's copyright policies at SHERPA/RoMEO.

Although we advocate Open Access, you may restrict access to your research housed in DAR for 3 months, 6 months, 1 year, or 2 years.


Authors retain all rights with regard to copyright.

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    The current study investigated the refusal strategies realized by young adult Egyptian students in their L1 (Egyptian Arabic) and L2 (English). The study also explored the socio-pragmatic features of Egyptian refusals in ...
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    The outbreak of the Arab Spring and the subsequent overthrow of Mubarak in 2011 gave ‎way to the rise of Islamists to power. The Muslim Brotherhood’s regime was perceived ‎by the Coptic community, in particular, as a real ...
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    Public organizations have to go through some reforms to satisfy the social demands and meet challenges required for increasing productivity and accountability. Public organizations have the strong tie between government ...
  • Khattab, Muna Moataz (2017-02-20)
    The current thesis examines how narrative form harmoniously coordinates the motif and the physical nature of the fabula to present three levels of the journey, the physical, the metaphorical and the narratological. This ...