Thesis - Comprehensive Exam Flow Chart
- Student meets with major professor to discuss thesis topic and other committee members
- Student and major professor tentatively agree on thesis topic and committee members
- Major professor contacts other potential committee members for agreement to serve on committee as readers.
- If other faculty members agree to serve on student's committee, go to step 4.
- If other faculty member(s) do not agree to serve on student’s committee, go back to Step one.
- Student writes a thesis proposal and circulates to committee members for approval.
- After all committee members approve student's thesis proposal, major professor submits thesis proposal to the Department Graduate Studies Committee for approval.
- If Graduate Studies Committee approves thesis proposal, go to step 6.
- If Graduate Studies Committee does not approve thesis proposal, student meets with major professor in order to address the committee’s concern(s); repeat Step 5.
- If Graduate Studies Committee does not approve thesis proposal, student may—with the examination committee's approval—opt to switch to the non-thesis option.
- Student begins work on thesis and submits to major professor and other readers as directed.
- Upon approval of the written version of the thesis by the major professor and other readers, the student and the thesis committee establish a date for the public, oral defense of the thesis.
- The major professor works with the Departmental Office to develop and distribute a flyer announcing the oral defense of the thesis.
Note: All students—whether writing a thesis or not—must pass the M.A. Comprehensive Final Examination. The written portion of those exams may be taken either before or after the student has finished writing their thesis.