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Master of Arts

MA Thesis

Your thesis represents the culmination of your graduate work and is completed during the last semester of the MA program in close consultation with a faculty advisor chosen by you.  Before starting work on your thesis, you will need to file a
thesis sign-up form. Once the DGS receives your form he or she will sign you up for English 791, the 3-credit independent study course in which you work on your thesis under the guidance of your adviser.  Students who do not complete their thesis work in the semester during which they are registered for English 791 may register for English 792, a 1-credit extension of English 791, the following semester.

A MA thesis is a 20-25 page culminating essay with an up-to-date and extensive bibliography of secondary resources.  It can be either an entirely new project or a thorough and far-reaching revision of a seminar paper.  Your thesis is expected to meet the editorial and formatting standards of a published article in the field of English literature.  Advisers and readers may ask you to revise and resubmit work that does not meet these standards.

Each year, one or two students undertake a longer thesis project of around 60 pages.  You need a GPA of 3.7 or higher and the consent of both the DGS and your thesis adviser to pursue this option.  Permission is rare and should not be taken for granted. 

Once you have submitted your completed thesis to your adviser and one (or two) faculty readers, a date will be set for your oral examination.  The exam represents an opportunity to talk about your thesis and develop your ideas with two or more experts in the field.  It typically lasts between 30-45 minutes.

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Director of Graduate Studies:
Andrea Walkden
Office: Klapper Hall, Room 604
Office Hours (Spring 2014): Mon 4:30-7:00pm, Wed 1:30-2:30pm, and by appointment

Assistant Director of Graduate Studies:
Caroline Kyungah Hong
Office: Klapper Hall, Room 636

Office Hours (Spring 2014): Tue 4:30-6:30pm, and by appointment

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