Instructors and administrators will review at several stages in order to ensure that the students have proven their ability to succeed in an academically challenging situation of this scope.
Graduate Thesis & Dissertation General Guidelines The general guidelines are used by all students regardless of their program of study.
A master’s thesis committee must consist, at minimum, of a thesis director (mentor) and one reader.
Committee members are specified, along with the thesis topic, on the Thesis Title Approval form, which is submitted to us by the department chairperson or program director.
The thesis is submitted as pdf file, which is uploaded to CANVAS by the deadline established by the Graduate School.
Several supplemental documents must accompany your submission including a signed approval page indicating the committee’s approval of your written work, electronic release form, and processing fee.In programs where capstone papers, final project papers, and the like are required, students should follow that program’s process for submitting the project and then file the final paperwork with GSAS. The Master’s thesis should be uploaded to Pro Quest/UMI using the following link: The uploaded thesis should be in its final version, including any changes required by the committee and in the proper format as indicated in Appendix E of the GSAS Academic Policies and Procedures Guidebook.Programs are required to submit the final thesis paperwork to [email protected] the deadline in the academic calendar so that the student can be processed for graduation.All other requirements for the master’s degree must be completed before the thesis is submitted to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.Some departments require master’s research papers, projects or internships.Students who elect to complete a graduate thesis or are required to do a graduate thesis or doctoral dissertation will find the process is a major undertaking in their academic journey.Graduate students will invest significant time and energy in preparing primary and secondary research that will add to the body of knowledge of their fields of study producing a project of significant original material.Presentation of Master’s Thesis Please note that we are making the following changes to the procedures by which the GSAS policy on the Presentation of the Master’s Thesis to GSAS is implemented (see 7.7.2 GSAS Academic Policies and Procedures Guidebook).If you choose or are required to submit a Master’s thesis, you are now required to upload the thesis to Pro Quest/UMI.For any changes made to the thesis title or thesis committee membership, a new form must be prepared and sent to dean’s office for approval.An oral defense of the master’s thesis is not required by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, but may be a program requirement.