MS Thesis and Exam Plans

Timeline for MS I & MS II Plans of Study

Forms and Guides: Link

Degree Requirements: Link

Graduate Advisors and Contact Info: Link

Past Capstone Projects/ Theses: Link

List of Capstone Mentors: Link

 

PLAN I: Thesis

  1. Meet with assigned Graduate Faculty Advisor
  2. Identify Major Professor
  3. Develop and obtain approval of study plan during 2nd quarter of first year (program of study form)
  4. Explore thesis research topics with Major Professor prior to completion of the third quarter of coursework and select committee members
  5. Conduct research
  6. File application for candidacy with Graduate Studies at the beginning of quarter preceding final quarter. (See Grad Studies Calendar for deadlines.)
  7. Make appointment with Graduate Studies to file thesis. Information on thesis format and forms to be submitted is available at: link
  8. File copies of thesis with Graduate Studies, Major Professor, and IAD Advising Office
  9. Check out with IAD Advising Office

PLAN II: Exam/Capstone Project

  1. Meet with assigned Graduate Faculty Advisor
  2. Develop and obtain approval of study plan during 2nd quarter (program of study form)
  3. Select examination committee during Fall quarter of your last year in the program (or sooner)
  4. Check with Graduate Faculty Advisor for approval of Committee, setting of dates, etc., at least 1 quarter before proposed exam date
  5. One quarter before exam, check with IAD Advising Office and provide date, time, and location of the exam, and committee membership form; visit with exam committee members for preparation.
    *Room reservation for exam: link
  6. File application for candidacy with Graduate Studies at beginning of quarter preceding final quarter. (See Grad Studies Calendar for deadlines.)
  7. Take examination and check out with IAD Advising Office and submit an Exit Survey form and MS Exam Report form

 

 

 

 

 

Thesis

Capstone/Exam

Requirements

(Degree requirements)

Scholarly piece of research; rigorous in approach (design, methodology, and analysis)

Examination and capstone report; focused on development practice and demonstrate the student’s ability to take an idea from conception to final presentation; needs to include academic knowledge, research, and professional skills into a coherent final product.

# of committee members

3

3

Length of thesis/capstone report

40+ pages depending on the topic/method of analysis and to be determined by committee

Guidelines

Capstone report: 15-20 pages (not including references, tables/figures)  (or maybe less)

Exam: oral examination takes about 2 hours

Guidelines

Examples of previous projects

linkLibrary resources

link

Minimum total units required

30

36

IAD 299 research credit

Sign up with Major Professor/supervisor who you are doing research with

May sign up with assigned faculty advisor until Chair of capstone/exam committee is identified