- About the GPGS
- Global Studies MA
- International Business & Development Studies MA
- Japanese Studies MA
- Global Studies PhD
- For Current M.A. Students
- For Current Ph.D. Students
- For Applicants
All M.A. students matriculate in the GPGS on the credit track. A student remains on the credit track until graduation unless s/he subsequently enters the thesis track. Graduation requirements for the credit track are the accumulation of 30 course credits and submission of a graduation project. In the semester of intended graduation, a student registers for "Graduation Project" (0 credits)*. Students who expect to graduate in less than four semesters must apply for "Early Graduation" at the beginning of the semester of intended graduation.
Overview The credit track emphasizes coursework, with a graduation project. The project allows students to further their knowledge of a topic they encountered in a course. The project is a research paper to be undertaken in the student's final semester and evaluated by the student's advisor.
The Graduation Project The graduation project typically expands on a topic that the student encountered in a course through further research and writing. Students can use secondary sources, primary sources or a combination thereof. The final paper is 20–30 pages in length, including notes and references.
Selecting an Advisor At the end of the second-to-last semester, or beginning of the last semester, students ask their advisor to supervise their graduation project. The advisor is usually a professor who has taught the student in class. The advisor can be someone other than the formal advisor assigned to students in their first semester.
Typical Graduation Project Schedule (final semester)
Month 1: The student works with the advisor to develop the paper's focus and develop a paper outline, bibliography and schedule.
Month 2–3: The student pursues reading and research and writes a first draft.
Month 4: The student submits the first draft to the supervisor for comment and then revises the paper accordingly. Two copies of the final draft must be submitted by the final deadline (see academic calendar) to the graduate program office.