How to cite a dissertation in AMA

AMA dissertation citation

To cite a dissertation in a reference entry in AMA style 11st edition include the following elements:

  1. Author(s) of the thesis: Give the last name, and initials of up to six authors (e.g. Watson J). For more authors only the first three are listed, followed by et al.
  2. Title of the dissertation: Italicize the title and capitalize the first letter of each major word.
  3. Location: Give the name of the city in which the publishing entity was located at the time of publication.
  4. Name of the degree awarding institution: Give the name of the institution.
  5. Year of publication: Give the year of publication.

Here is the basic format for a reference list entry of a dissertation in AMA style 11st edition:

Author(s) of the thesis. Title of the dissertation. [Dissertation]. Location: Name of the degree awarding institution; Year of publication.

Take a look at our reference list examples that demonstrate the AMA style guidelines in action:


A doctoral dissertation with one author

Guo J. Trust-based Service Management of Internet of Things Systems and Its Applications. [Doctoral dissertation]. Blacksburg, VA: Virginia Tech; 2018.

A doctoral dissertation with one author

Neel BL. Three Flute Chamber Works by Alberto Ginastera: Intertwining Elements of Art and Folk Music [Doctoral dissertation]. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska-Lincoln; 2017.

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