The M.A. Thesis
The M.A. thesis is a research paper of 75 to 125 pages, completed over two semesters under the direction of a faculty advisor.
Students who want to write a thesis for their capstone project must file for a Research M.A. degree with the Graduate School at the beginning of the semester during which they start working on the thesis. During that first semester, students write and orally defend a thesis proposal. The thesis will be completed and defended in the second semester. Under special circumstances, a student may do the thesis by signing up for 6 hours in a single semester.
The final thesis must be orally defended before a committee of three. This defense serves as the oral exam for the M.A.
Students interested in writing a thesis should be aware that the Graduate School requires theses to be finished well before the end of the semester in which the degree is received. For instance, theses must be completed and defended by early March to receive a degree in May.