GENERAL MA THESIS REQUIREMENTS
The MA thesis should be an APA-formatted paper summarizing the research the student has done under the supervision of a faculty member in the Psychology Department. The research mentor and student must agree on a thesis committee of three people: the faculty research mentor, and two additional faculty 'readers' from the Psychology Department. This committee will read and review the thesis. After they have reviewed it, the student must arrange a one-hour meeting with the committee at which the student orally presents the thesis to the committee and the committee has the opportunity to ask you questions about it. The student must make sure to give the committee at least three weeks to review the thesis before this meeting is held. Upon approval of the thesis by the committee, all members of the committee must sign a committee approval form. This form should be submitted together with a final version of the thesis to the Head of the General MA program no later than one week after the last day of finals the semester in which the student plans to graduate. The Head of the program will in turn submit a departmental thesis approval form to the Office of Graduate Studies.
Note: If the thesis culminates in publication in a peer-reviewed journal, the student should be a co-author on the paper (if not the primary author), and a committee and review of the thesis by a committee is not required. The publication must be accepted for publication by one week after the last day of finals in which the student plans to graduate.
Although not required, students may choose to have their final thesis bound by the library. Details on how to do this can be found here.