Thesis Requirements

The Master’s thesis should be at least 50 typed, double-spaced pages, but is not to exceed 100 pages. The student must either use primary sources or a theoretical framework to organize the material in an original way. Students should expect to have to make revisions recommended by their readers.

Procedure

The student must select a thesis advisor during the first year on campus. The thesis advisor will be the primary reader, responsible for guidance with respect to the overall content, quality and style of the thesis. The primary reader will also monitor the progress of the research and writing. The secondary reader is responsible for overall content, quality and style of the thesis.

The student will submit a one-page prospectus and supporting bibliography to each reader and the Center Director. Both readers will be asked to submit to the Center their written approval of the prospectus.

The student will submit the thesis in final form to each reader and to the Center Director. Both readers will be asked to submit to the Center their written acceptance of the completed thesis.

Deadlines

  • The Master’s Thesis may be submitted either in the Fall or Winter term of the student’s final year. Students planning to graduate in the spring/summer terms should make arrangements well in advance to ensure the availability of faculty readers.
  • Notify the Center of your primary reader (thesis advisor) before the end of your first year on campus.
  • Notify the Center of your thesis topic and primary and secondary readers using the “Approval Prospectus” forms and submit the one-page prospectus and supporting bibliographies by the middle of the term (7 weeks after classes begin) preceding the term of graduation to the Center and the two readers.
  • Submit a draft of the thesis by the middle of the final term of residence to your two readers.
  • Submit three copies of the revised thesis, one to the primary reader, one to the secondary reader, and one to the Center director for approval.
  • Submit two signed “Thesis Approval” forms indicating approval, from both your primary and secondary readers, to the Center director before the first day of the examination period of the final term of residence for final approval.