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The thesis and dissertation manual is prepared and edited by the Office of Graduate and Professional Education. The requirements published herein are effective for all students submitting theses, dissertations, and executive position papers. All graduate students and their advisors are responsible for understanding and following these standards.
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Thesis and Dissertation Manual
Department of COMM Thesis Guidelines
Students who select to write a thesis have, in addition to their 15 credit hours of required course work, 9 credit hours of elective courses and 6 credit hours of COMM 869, Thesis Research. The thesis typically is a research project in an area of interest to the student, employing historical, descriptive, analytical, field, or experimental procedures. The thesis usually takes a year or longer to complete; many students who opt to write the thesis finish up in the summer after their second year of study. Successful completion of the thesis requires an oral examination by the candidate's thesis committee after each member of the committee has had time to review the project thoroughly. (View committee form.)
During the first year of study, students who want to write a thesis should meet with different members of the faculty to discuss possible research ideas. After meeting with the Director of Graduate Studies, the student will select and ask a member of the faculty to serve as their thesis chair. Once the chair agrees to serve, the chair and graduate student will meet to discuss thesis topics and the student will prepare a brief outline for a thesis topic. The graduate student, after consultation with their committee chair, will then ask two other faculty members in the department to join the chair to sit as a student's thesis committee. If appropriate, one of the three members of the thesis committee may be a member of the graduate faculty from another department. The appropriate form, listing the members of the thesis committee, with their signatures, must be completed. The composition of the thesis committee must be confirmed by the Director of Graduate Studies. The graduate students should then prepare a formal thesis proposal.
The student will have three formal committee meetings; the thesis pre- proposal, the thesis proposal, and the oral defense of the thesis. Each of these meetings is designed as a key step to insure that the graduate student is proceeding satisfactorily toward the degree.
6. The student must supply a PDF of the thesis to the Department of Communication's Director of Graduate Study.
Proposed Thesis Timetable:
Fall of first year:
Spring of first year:
Summer between first and second year:
Fall of second year:
Winter of second year:
Spring of second year:
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