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Graduate Thesis/Report

The Thesis or Report is required by the Master's Program.  It represents the final paper or research project that the student creates to culminate their coursework in Women's and Gender Studies. A student must be enrolled in the Thesis or Report course during the semester they intend to graduate.

When registering for the Thesis or Report course, the student must turn in the Thesis/Report Proposal Forms linked below.

The Thesis form is used to link the professor to the online grading system.  This also serves as documentation for faculty supervising the Thesis or Report.  Students should sign up for the Thesis course when they have secured a faculty member to work with them.

Part 1: Thesis/Report Proposal Form (PDF) (DOC)

Part 2: Continuing Thesis/Report Approval Form (PDF) (DOC)

Other Documents

The thesis Timeline and FAQ (PDF 102K) should help students organize their time accordingly in order to make such a large project manageable.

Deadlines and Instructions for Graduation from the Office of Graduate Studies

Information on Graduation can be found here:

Thesis/Reports are usually due on the last day of classes of each semester.  Please check deadline page for more information.

As the Center for Women's and Gender Studies develops more thesis aids they will be posted here.

Q: What is the difference between the master’s report and master’s thesis? Are we given only the option of doing the thesis?

A: The main difference between the master’s report and master’s thesis is that with the thesis, students collect original research to answer a specific research question.

Students have the option of doing either, but most students choose to do the master’s thesis. A master's thesis will be invaluable to any PhD program applications.  The Women's & Gender Studies MA program has a required core course on Feminist Research Methods, where the focus is on helping students learn the skills of academic writing, research methodology, and preparation for the thesis writing.

A thesis usually takes 2 semesters (as opposed to one for the report), and also may require approval by the Institutional Review Board (IRB).

For reports, students review and critique a body of literature.  The report may or may not focus on the practical implications of an area of research.

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