Thesis Requirements

MA Students

MA students who wish to complete a thesis project must produce an original scholarly monograph, 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 willing 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.

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 willing 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.

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 their final summer.

Thesis Calendar

July 12

Choose thesis advisor

September 1

Submit thesis registration form to School of Letters office

November 1

Final thesis proposal to your advisor and School of Letters office

March 15

Complete thesis draft

Director assigns second reader

April 20

Thesis defense

May 10

Graduation

September 1

Advisor signature on title page

Printed thesis copies sent to Sewanee

Thesis Forms

2020 Thesis Registration Form
2020 Thesis Document
2020 Sample MA Title Page
2020 Sample MFA Title Page
2020 Title Page Template
2020 Thesis Printing Info