THERE WILL BE a Thesis Meeting on Wednesday, June 29 at 3:30 PM in GAILOR AUDITORIUM. ALL SSL Students and faculty are invited. 

Thesis Requirements

MA Students

MA students who wish to complete a thesis project must produce an original scholarly composition, 40-60 pages in length. Work on the thesis may begin at any time after the required course work has been completed. The thesis is written under the supervision of an advisor, chosen by the candidate and appointed by the Director of the School of Letters, who may be any member of the School of Letters faculty. As the project nears completion, a second reader will be appointed by the Director. When the thesis has been completed and conditionally approved, the candidate for the degree will submit to a one-hour oral examination conducted by the advisor and second reader.

Information about final thesis submission can be found in the 2023 Thesis Instructions, below. 

MFA Students

All MFA students must complete a thesis. This is a substantial creative manuscript: a novel or sustained nonfiction narrative, a collection of short stories or essays, or a collection of poems. Length for the MFA thesis may be anywhere from 80-200 pages of prose or 40-50 pages of poetry.

Work on the thesis may begin at any time after the required course work has been completed. The thesis is written under the supervision of an advisor, chosen by the candidate and appointed by the Director of the School of Letters, who may be any member of the School of Letters faculty. As the project nears completion, a second reader will be appointed by the Director. When the thesis has been completed and conditionally approved, the candidate for the degree will submit to a one-hour oral examination conducted by the advisor and second reader.

Information about thesis submission can be found in the 2021 Thesis Instructions, below. 

Thesis Course

ENGL 599

MA and MFA students completing the thesis will enroll in ENGL 599 in the fall or spring following their final summer. They will register for six credit hours and tuition will be billed at the same rate as the previous summer.

Thesis Calendar

During the Summer Session
  • Meet with the School of Letters Director
  • Choose thesis advisor
SEPTEMBER 1 
  • Submit your Thesis Registration Form to School of Letters Office
  • Register on Banner for your thesis hours in the Fall semester 
September 30
  • Submit your final Thesis Proposal to your advisor
February 1
  • Register on Banner for your thesis hours in the Spring semester 
March 15
  • Submit a completed thesis draft
  • School of Letters Director assigns your second reader
April 1
  • Share your completed thesis draft with your second reader
April 20
  • Final day to schedule your Thesis Defense 
September 1
  • Thesis Submission due to duPont Library 

Thesis Forms

2023 Thesis Registration Form
2023 Thesis INSTRUCTIONS
2023 Sample THESIS Title Page
2023 Title Page Template