MA Review Process
In the second year, each MA student (and each third-year Dual Degree student) begins to develop and write a thesis with the advisement of a thesis committee comprising three faculty members, including a Chair and two Readers. MA students are required to undergo two reviews: (1) an Intermediate Review in the sixth or seventh week of the fall semester when the full committee is convened; and (2) the Final Review in the eighth or ninth week of the spring semester. The goal of the reviews is for the thesis committee to assess the student’s progress toward the degree and to offer feedback on the shape, scope, and structure of the student’s thesis, methodology, and case studies.
Graduating MA students present and defend selections of their completed theses at the MA Thesis Symposium, which is open to the public. Watch videos of the 2013 thesis presentations.