A graduate student often discovers a research topic that he or she would like to investigate deeply and at great length, even though this topic has not been the basis of a course research paper in the program. For that student, there is the six-credit thesis option that replaces two three-credit courses. All students in the Thesis Concentration of the M. A. in English Education must complete the six-credit thesis.
All students in the Thesis Concentration of the M.A. must write a six-credit thesis. Licensure-Concentration students who pursue an optional six-credit thesis must have
The student will discuss the idea for a thesis with a professor who might become the thesis advisor. Once the student secures a professor’s consent to advise the thesis, that advisor, in consultation with the program Director, will help the student to identify two other professors who will complete the thesis committee. The student will submit to these three faculty members an initial topic abstract –a summary in a paragraph or two that announces the topic the student plans to address in the thesis. This abstract will be accompanied by a preliminary, brief bibliography demonstrating the student’s knowledge of research that supports his/her topic. Upon approval of the abstract by the thesis committee, the advisor will submit the Thesis Advisor Form 1, (available at Graduate Studies web site) to the Dean of Graduate Studies. The student will then obtain from the Director of Graduate English Education the Thesis Committee Form. After filling out this form and obtaining the needed signatures, the student will return this form to the program director.
This paperwork will be completed the semester before the student plans to register for the first course in the six-credit thesis option.
The thesis advisor will establish a schedule throughout the semester for the student to report his/her findings, either in writing or orally; these scheduled sessions will permit advisors to make suggestions and assist the student to direct research more fruitfully. The result of this review of literature is an annotated bibliography and prospectus which will be submitted no later than a week before the end of the semester, on a date established by the thesis advisor from the beginning of the course.
Course Product: The Annotated Bibliography and Prospectus
Format for Submission
These documents may be submitted electronically (if the advisor and committee members so approve) or in triplicate, one set for the advisor and each committee member.
After reading and conferring about the Annotated Bibliography and the Prospectus, the thesis committee will decide upon and assign a grade of T to indicate satisfactory progress towards completion of the six-credit thesis option.
The thesis advisor will establish a schedule throughout the semester for the student to submit drafts and/or portions of drafts for review. These scheduled sessions will permit the advisor to make suggestions for revision and/or additional research, and to consult with other committee members. The final draft of the thesis is due at least three weeks before the end of the semester, on a date established by the thesis advisor from the beginning of the course.
Course Product: The Thesis (between approximately 40 to 60 pages)
The student must submit a paper copy of all documents to the advisor and to each committee member.
Defense and Assessment
Once the student has approval from the advisor and committee to do so, the student and the committee should arrange with the Program Director a mutually acceptable time to meet for a thesis defense. The venue for the thesis defense is the office of the Director of the Graduate Program, who may participate in the discussion, but will be involved in the subsequent assessment process only if she or he happens to be the advisor or a committee member. During the defense, the student will make a brief presentation introducing the thesis project, and for the remaining time (no more than an hour total), the student will respond to questions from the advisor and committee. After the defense, the advisor and committee will confer to decide and assign a grade for the thesis.
In addition to the copy of the thesis presented to the Graduate School, candidates are requested to provide a copy of the final version to be collected in the Graduate Director's office.
Updated: Thursday, August 4, 2011
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