Candidates for a master's degree in the thesis option shall write a thesis. The thesis shall be supervised by a committee of at least three members of the graduate faculty and may be counted for not more than six nor less than three semester hours of credit. Only members of the committee may vote or make recommendations concerning acceptance of the thesis and final examination. A student will be recommended for the degree only if the members of the committee, with at most one exception not to include the committee chair, judge both the thesis and the performance at the final oral examination to be satisfactory. In cases where a committee of more than three has been approved, the requirement of not more than one negative vote will still apply.
Upon completion of all
The oral exam is much less of a "test" than it is a professional discussion between the student and their thesis committee. The discussion typically centers on the student's thesis, although questions about coursework or other matters may be introduced at the discretion of the committee. The exam typically lasts about an hour, after which the committee will certify in writing (assuming a favorable outcome) that requirements for the degree have been met. Finally, the student will be asked to provide the Department's Office of
A student should work closely with the thesis committee chair and staff in the Office of Graduate Programs to schedule a convenient time for the meeting. Students should allow at least two weeks for scheduling the thesis defense meeting. Students must have a copy of the thesis to each committee member a minimum of two weeks prior to the thesis defense meeting. Certain information provided by the student and preparation of necessary forms will be required prior to the meeting.
An electronic PDF version of the approved thesis must be presented to the Graduate