Thesis Research Proposal for MS Students
All full-time, thesis-track MS graduate students are
required to submit a thesis research proposal, after approval by their entire
thesis committee, to the departmental Graduate Adviser by no later than the end
of the seventh week of their second semester (or the end of Summer Session I if
they started in the Spring). The thesis proposal should include the following
1. Tentative thesis title.
2. List of thesis committee members.
3. Statement of the problem, including a
background discussion with a review of the pertinent literature.
4. Statement of objectives, including a
list of specific objectives to be achieved by the research and, when
appropriate, the formulation of a testable hypothesis.
5. Description of the methodology to be
employed, including the specific field and/or laboratory techniques or
activities, and also a timeline for when the various stages of the research
will be completed.
6. Expected results, including the
specific outcomes that are anticipated from the research.
7. References cited.
The thesis proposal should be typed and double-spaced, and
normally should not exceed ten pages. Although students have until the middle of
their second semester to submit an approved proposal, it is strongly
recommended that they form their thesis committee and start working on the
proposal in their first semester, and endeavor to complete the proposal early
in their second semester. It should be understood that the approved thesis
proposal constitutes an agreement between a student and his/her thesis
committee. Its purpose is not only to help students finish their degrees within
two years, but also prevent misunderstandings between a student and their thesis
committee over what the research work does and does not include.
Continued financial support for a student is contingent upon
their making good academic progress in their program of study, and submitting
an approved research proposal by the required date is part of the expected
progress. It is also expected that faculty research advisers will make all
reasonable efforts to see that their students adhere to this requirement.
This policy will be applied to all students entering the
graduate program beginning in Fall 2007.