MA Thesis Option

Students who choose to write an MA thesis must submit a brief prospectus approved by a thesis director before they register for thesis credit and at least one semester before they submit the thesis. The thesis committee consists of the thesis director, the director of the MA program, and one other faculty member. The thesis is evaluated by the committee as either satisfactory or unsatisfactory.

A copy of the thesis must be presented to the Graduate College for approval. For information about Graduate College deadlines and policies, see the Manual of Rules and Regulations of the Graduate College.

Timeline

Spring graduation:

  1. Submit a brief prospectus during fall semester; must be approved by MA Thesis Director prior to registration of spring semester.
  2. Register for MA Thesis in Literary Studies (008:585) for the spring semester.
  3. Submit your Application for Degree to the Office of the Registrar by late February (check Graduate College Deadlines for exact date).
  4. Submit a copy of your thesis to each committee member by the first week of April.
  5. Submit final deposit to the Graduate College by early May (check Graduate College Deadlines for exact date).

Fall graduation:

  1. Submit a brief prospectus during spring semester; must be approved by MA Thesis Director prior to registration of fall semester.
  2. Register for MA Thesis in Literary Studies (008:585) for the fall semester.
  3. Submit your Application for Degree to the Office of the Registrar by mid-October (check Graduate College Deadlines for exact date).
  4. Submit a copy of your thesis to each committee member by the first week of April.
  5. Submit final deposit to the Graduate College by early December (check Graduate College Deadlines for exact date).