All Master's students not taking the Coursework path will be required to complete a thesis (OILS 599, 6 credits) based on conducting and writing a research study. The thesis option is intended for students interested in learning about and conducting research. It is suggested that students interested in proceeding on to doctoral studies choose the thesis option. The thesis consists of preparing a research proposal, a proposal hearing, carrying out the research, and a final defense meeting.
The thesis will generally take a year to do, and students should be prepared to take courses in research methods appropriate to their study.
The thesis will be judged and evaluated by three faculty members in terms of the student's conceptualization, applied research skills, and quality of writing. The final defense of the thesis will include an oral exam which satisfies the Office of Graduate Study's comprehensive examination requirement.