A thesis is theory oriented, and begins with the posing of a question that will in some way contribute to the building or validating of theory. Considerable depth is expected in the review of literature, the application of a disciplined and clearly described methodology for dealing with the research question, a thorough description of the results of the work (both descriptive and connotational), a synthesis of the research findings with extant literature, and implications of the research for both theory and practice.
Readiness to Defend (pdf)
Guidelines and Reference:
Thesis/Project Submission Regulations regulations are noted on the School of Graduate Studies website. Also refer to the Checklist for Submission of Culminating Activity Documents for APA 6th Edition NOTE: This document is currently under review.
Thesis Checklist (pdf) Provides a checklist of steps required in preparing for and completing the thesis.
School of Graduate Studies Policies and Procedures Pay particular attention to the procedures for completing and submitting the thesis, as noted within the Policies and Procedures.
Chair of Thesis Oral Defence Responsibilities (pdf) Notes the procedures for conducting the thesis oral defence
Sample Title Page and Committee Members Page for Theses and Projects (doc)
Samples are available within OPUS. Students should be aware that a wide variety of topics are represented. Students should consult with their supervisors to find the most appropriate theses to peruse relative to their own area of research.