After completing the required courses and a total of 30 hours of course work, students must write a Master’s thesis, which is a work of original scholarship that makes a significant contribution to the understanding and appreciation of some aspect of the discipline.
Usually 50 to 100 pages, the thesis should demonstrate the author’s familiarity with background and contextual information appropriate to the subject and with the body of scholarship that has already been published on the topic. It should further indicate how the thesis contributes to that scholarship and demonstrate the student’s ability to sustain and develop a scholarly argument.
Students must enroll for a total of 6 hours of thesis credits (LIT 6970) while working on the Master’s thesis.
Format, Standards and Guidelines
The finished thesis must conform to format, standards and guidelines set forth in the Graduate School’s Regulations for Thesis/Dissertation Preparation Manual. Students should note that a form that must be submitted to the University Graduate School accompanies each step of the thesis-writing process. These forms must be completed by specific deadlines, so students should familiarize themselves with the M1-M5 forms and the Graduate School deadlines.