Graduate students in a MA/MS program are required to complete either a master’s thesis or final research paper to achieve the degree.
Those programs are:
- Biology (MS)
- Education (MS)*
- Elementary/Middle Level Mathematics Education (MS)
- English (MA)
- English (MS)
- Environmental Studies (MS)
- Mathematics (MS)
*These programs are in the process of being phased out. Therefore students who were originally admitted may opt to complete their program as long as they are within the seven (7) year time frame.
Go to the Applied Master’s Track if you are pursuing the Master of Arts in Teaching, the Master in Business Administration, or the Master of Special Education.
Use the forms and instructions below to secure approval for your thesis/research paper and apply for graduation. We’ve also included some helpful resources for styling/formatting your final paper.
The links and forms below will guide you through the process of putting together a research proposal and getting approval for your final paper. If you are planning to use human subjects in your research paper, you need to secure Institutional Review Board approval (formerly Human Subjects Committee) PRIOR to gathering data. The official approval and survey/interview document must be included in and with your Form 3 and proposal.
- When do you need IRB approval?
- MA/MS Grad Research/Thesis Proposal Form
- SUGGESTED Components of Proposal
- Optional Items for Proposals
- APA 6th Ed. PROPOSAL Template (Front Matter Pages ONLY)
- MLA PROPOSAL Template (Front Matter Pages ONLY)
Register for Research/Thesis Credits
Students usually register for research/thesis credits for the term in which they plan to complete the oral defense and degree. In order to register, you must complete an Arranged Course Form and contact your advisor/graduate committee chair for approval.
Final Paper Handbooks
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All MA/MS students should use the Handbook for the Preparation of the Thesis or Research Paper in order to correctly format their final papers and should supplement with other specialized handbooks that may come from their departments or are available online.
The current handbook is updated to provide guidelines for APA 6th Edition and MLA.
General Handbook – MA/MS Degrees
Creative Thesis – MA in English Only
Front Matter Templates
These templates are provided for your convenience in properly formatting your research paper or thesis. The use of templates is not mandatory, but it may assist you in ensuring that your final product meets the formatting requirements of the School of Graduate Studies. Please contact our office if you experience any difficulties.
APA 6th Edition Users
- 2 Levels of Heading Template
- 3 Levels of Heading Template
- 4 Levels of Heading Template
- 5 Levels of Heading Template
MLA Users – MA in English Only
The oral defense, or oral examination, the the cumulative speaking component of your degree. You will present your thesis/research to your graduate program committee and will be given the opportunity to respond to questions and discussion regarding your topic. Oral defenses are open to the greater campus community; however, your committee can decide whether additional attendees are permitted to ask questions or otherwise participate.