Thesis Information

Thesis Defense Scheduling Deadlines for 2017-18:

Spring 2018

April 20, 2018

Summer 2018

July 18, 2018

Responsibilities of Advisors - Thesis

Responsibilities of Students - Thesis

Thesis Preparation InstructionsSide view of Max Chambers Library

Some graduate programs require a master’s thesis. Students completing a thesis should follow the instructions of their thesis committees concerning the development and preparation of their projects. Additionally, thesis students must comply with the JCGS and the Chambers Library requirements. See the Thesis Packet for further explanations and details.

Thesis Committee

Students should consult their graduate program advisor early in their master’s programs for requirements or thesis committees and for thesis preparation. Once a student’s thesis committee has been formed, the student must submit a signed copy of the Graduate Thesis Committee Form to the JCGS. Students can obtain the forms from their program department or from JCGS Forms page.

Thesis Hours

The maximum number of thesis hours which may be applied toward any graduate program is six (6) except that the maximum for the MFA in Design is twelve (12).

Once enrolled in thesis hours, a student must remain continuously enrolled in thesis hours during each fall and spring semesters until full completion of all thesis requirements have been met.

Thesis hours completed during the development and preparation of a thesis but prior to its final completion will be assigned an “X” grade and will contribute to the “Hours Attempted” and “Hours Earned” sections of the student’s transcript. The “X” grade will not, however, contribute the graduate GPA.

Once the thesis is completed, the thesis committee chair will assign a Passing or Failing grade ("P" or "F"). While a grade of "P" will not contribute to the graduate GPA, an "F" grade will contribute to the overall graduate GPA and will prevent the student from graduating.

Timing of Thesis

Any student who has completed all course work must complete his/her thesis within the following two full academic years (two fall and two spring semesters) beginning with enrollment in the first thesis course. The terminal MFA degree is the one standard exception to this thesis timing rule. Any other exception request to extend beyond two academic semesters must be made in writing to the graduate dean.

Public Thesis Defense

A graduate student who submits a thesis must publicly defend his/her thesis with a representative from the Graduate Council and a thesis defense committee present. Please fill out and submit the Thesis Defense Scheduling Form to Ms. Lana Canale. The Graduate College must have at least two (2) full weeks to schedule an appropriate Graduate Council Representative for your Thesis Defense.

Thesis Abstract Document

The student is required to prepare an Abstract for faculty use in his/her thesis defense. The intent is to
cause the thesis student to verbalize his/her rationale for key research decisions and thus to assist
him/her in defending those rationales before his/her committee. The document must include:

1. Statement of the Problem or Issue

2. Brief Summary of the Literature

3. Thesis Statement

4. Statement of the Research Methodology. Examples of Qualitative Analysis, most applicable to
studies of small groups, whole populations, or non-repetitive or non-repeatable phenomena include but
are not limited to: Case study, participant observation, narrative, biography, focus group, textual and
contextual, qualitative theory, philosophical and artistic. Examples of Quantitative Analysis, most
applicable to studies of population samples and to repetitive or repeatable phenomena include but are not
limited to: Scientific, survey, quantitative theory, statistical, and predictive.

5. Brief Summary of Findings

6. Confirmation, Modification, or Denial of Thesis

7. Statement of the Significance of the Findings

8. Suggestions for Future Research

A student presenting a thesis in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Master of Arts degree in
English with a major in Creative Writing shall follow an alternative form in preparing his/her Abstract,
which must include the following elements:

1. Description of the Form or Genre of the Creative Project

2. Summary of Relevant Creative Work by Other Artists in the Genre of the Creative Project

3. Statement of the Objectives of the Creative Project

4. Identification of Major Creative, Conceptual, or Technical Challenges Posed by the Creative Project

5. Description of Strategies Employed to Meet the Major Creative, Conceptual, or Technical

Challenges Posed by the Creative Project

6. Statement of the Significance of the Creative Project and of Its Implications for the Field

Thesis Format Requirements

A candidate completing his/her thesis for his/her master’s degree must submit the original title page, signature page and abstract page to the JCGS no later than the last day of classes in the same term they plan to graduate. These documents must be on file to graduate. For additional information, contact the Graduate Program Specialist at (405) 974-3417.

Thesis Submission Requirements

Following successful public defense of the thesis, students must submit the thesis in both paper and electronic formats. For additional information, visit Chambers Library website at or call Special Collections at 405.974.2882.

Nicole Willard, Archivist Chambers Library,, 405.974.2885