The MA thesis requirement is a multi-step process that should ideally begin during the first year of the program. Students in their first year are therefore encouraged to start thinking about a thesis topic in consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies and other faculty members in the program as early as the spring of their first year. By the end of the spring semester of the first year, students should have a preliminary thesis topic that they will have discussed with the Director of Graduate Studies and with faculty members in the program. Before the end of their first year students will submit a short pre-prospectus plan for their summer and preliminary directions on the thesis. In the fall of the second year, students are required to formalize their thesis topic by getting it approved by their thesis committee and by the Director of Graduate Studies. A thesis committee consists of a thesis advisor and of a second reader; it should be created in consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies.
Dissertation Defense Guidelines
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The student, in consultation with his or her advisor, will decide when the dissertation is ready for defense. Students may defend in the fall, spring, or summer, for a January, May, or September degree, respectively. Please see below for the steps that must be taken during the semester in which the student plans to defend. The three "core" readers include the student's advisor and two other faculty members. Most often, the readers are the same individuals who served on the student's dissertation proposal committee. There are various forms that require original signatures from your committee members, so the earlier we know, the earlier we can be in touch with these people to start the signature process in time for various deadlines. At this time, the department strongly encourages that there be no more than 2 committee members Skyping in, so please consider this when selecting your 4th and 5th readers.
Master's Thesis Guidelines
All students must schedule an advising session with IFS faculty before registering for classes. Advising sign-up sheets for each semester's courses are posted as follows:. To prepare for advising sessions, please look at the course listings as well as program requirements.
May graduation - Doctoral Dissertation Submission Checklist. Preliminary dissertation deadline: March 26, Final dissertation deadline: May 7, September graduation - Doctoral Dissertation Submission Checklist. Final dissertation deadline: September 10,