- About the GPGS
- Global Studies MA
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- For Current M.A. Students
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The thesis proposal is significant for two reasons. It marks the beginning of your development of a research project while enabling the faculty to evaluate the suitability of your research for the thesis track.
A thesis proposal takes time to develop. Identifying a topic of interest is relatively simple; crafting a significant question is more arduous. You need to conduct exploratory research and the write of successive drafts while consulting with relevant faculty members the entire time.
Each of the M.A. degree areas may have somewhat different expectations regarding the proposal. Please clarify the expectations with your thesis supervisor.
Your thesis proposal should be concise and contain the following sections. It should not exceed 15 pages (double spaced).
Proposals are defended in front of the degree area faculty. Each defense is thirty minutes long. The defense begins with the student's fifteen minute presentation of the proposal, highlighting the key question(s), method(s), and conclusion(s). The faculty will have already read the thesis so the presentation should be concise. The student should practice the presentation ahead of time to ensure that it does not exceed fifteen minutes. The presentation is then followed by questions from the faculty that student responds to.
The faculty evaluates proposals immediately after the defense. Evaluation is based on both the the written thesis and the oral defense. The evaluation is a collective decision by the degree area faculty. Notification of the result will be by regular mail within several weeks of the defense.