The M.F.A. Thesis

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With the approval of the degree committee chair, a studio major writing a historical or technical thesis, may take 1A:302, M.A. Written Thesis or 1A:304, M.F.A. Written Thesis in the amount of 1 s.h. for writing the thesis.  Such credit is not required but is applicable to the total number of semester hours required for graduation but is in addition to other course requirements for the M.A. or M.F.A. degrees.

Graduate College regulations covering the form of the written thesis are found in the Thesis Manual, which is available on-line with a downloadable template or at the Graduate College, 205 Gilmore Hall.

NOTE: Studio Division requires an Acknowledgement page for the M.F.A. thesis.

Thesis Abstract:
A one paragraph to one page summary on the thesis subject is required to be given to all degree committee members (three for M.A. and five for M.F.A.).

Preliminary Copy of Thesis:
A copy of the thesis is due to all committee members about four weeks before the Graduate College's first deposit deadline. Thesis must be as complete as possible including photocopies (may be black and white) of approved figures that will be included in the final thesis.  See Graduate Program Coordinator for a list of deadlines.

First Deposit of Thesis:
The complete thesis in final form along with the Thesis Preparation Checklist (see Thesis Manual) must be deposited for its first check in the Graduate College approximately four weeks prior to the end of the semester in which the degree is to be conferred.

At this same time a second copy is to be given to all degree committee members so that it may be read in its final form prior to the degree committee meeting.

Degree Committee Meetings:
The Degree Committee Meeting is the final examination for all degrees and where the degree committee signs the Final Examination Report and Certificates of Approval (two copies are necessary).

Final Deposit of Thesis:
After the degree committee has accepted the thesis and has signed the Certificates of Approval, the two copies of the written thesis with their Certificates are returned to the Graduate College Office by the posted deadline.  Any corrections required by the Graduate Examiner or the committee should be completed prior to this final deposit.  Note: The same method of delivery must be used as the first deposit.