Guidelines for Preparing the Thesis

Students are strongly advised to download the Master's Thesis Guidelines (PDF) from the Graduate Studies and Research website before they begin writing their thesis.

It is not the job of the thesis committee to correct standard matters of historical citation. These can be found in Kate L. Turabian's A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations or The Chicago Manual of Style. Nor is it the job of the thesis committee to do extensive copyediting. If you cannot do this yourself, you should hire a professional copyeditor and/or proofreader. If the writing is of poor quality, the thesis committee may reject the thesis outright or advise the student to switch to a comprehensive examination.

Human Subject's Review and Exemption for Oral Histories

Any student contemplating using oral history as a source for their thesis should be aware that they must complete a “Request for Exemption from Human Subjects Review” form. At present federal regulations governing research require the university to review any research project that entails the use of “human subjects.” Failure to complete this form will result in rejection of the thesis. The forms can be obtained from Graduate Studies.

In addition to the above, all students conducting oral history interviews should obtain a release or “informed consent” form signed by the person they are interviewing for the protection of the student and to meet university (federal) regulations. IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU FILL OUT THE HUMAN SUBJECTS REVIEW EXEMPTION FORM AT THE BEGINNING OF YOUR RESEARCH AND THAT YOU OBTAIN A SIGNED “INFORMED CONSENT” FORM BEFORE YOU INTERVIEW SOMEONE.

Graduate Studies Thesis Submission Requirements

The Office of Graduate Studies and Research requires submission of theses in electronic form. Please see Steps for Completing a Master's Thesis at the Graduate Studies website and check there for all deadlines.