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department of english

MA Thesis Proposal Guidelines

Please note these are general guidelines. Consult your chair about what he or she expects in your proposal; your chair may have different requirements and expectations.  Your thesis proposal must be completed before the end of your first semester of thesis hours.

Your thesis proposal should be 3-5 pages and include a sufficient working bibliography and a working title.  Your proposal should first and foremost explain what you hope to examine in your thesis; it should describe what you want to write about and explain why your topic is important. 

Thesis Proposal Guidelines:

  • Include a working title that intimates your approach to the subject/topic/text(s) you plan to discuss in your thesis
  • Give a brief overview of research that has been done on your topic/area of interest
  • Explain how your thesis will draw on, revise, expand, and/or depart from existing scholarship
  • Offer your tentative argument or question regarding your topic. We don’t expect you to know your exact argument before completing all of your research but your proposal should outline your initial argumentative claims
  • Include a working bibliography (unannotated) of primary and secondary sources (7-10) relevant to your topic that you anticipate will be important/helpful

Thesis Proposal Steps:

__ Speak with your thesis chair

__ Draft and revise your thesis proposal in consultation with your chair

__ Submit your proposal to your chair for approval

__ Once your proposal has been approved by your chair, send your proposal to thesis committee members

__ Once your proposal has been approved by your committee, submit your proposal to the graduate advisor

__ Review thesis deadlines! (Check exact dates on Graduate Academic Calendar)

 

  • Draft of entire thesis to Thesis Committee Chair:  2 months prior to Thesis deadline
  • Committee Chair Final Review:  4 weeks prior to Thesis deadline
  • Department Chair Review:  2 weeks prior to Thesis deadline
  • Dean Review:  1 week prior to Thesis deadline

 

 Last Modified 8/30/17