Expected Degree Progress
For First-year Students
- Satisfy the sequence of the two methods courses in first and second quarters (200A in fall, 200B in winter).
- Satisfy any outstanding prerequisites and distribution requirements as early as possible; ideally, have these completed by the end of the first year.
- Aim to take the minimum 3 topical seminars during your first year. Consider these seminars as providing the basis of your thesis paper, as you will select one of these to develop into your M.A.Thesis.
- Research papers written for Independent Study Courses (AHI 299) may also be considered as the basis for the M.A. Thesis.
- Endeavor to complete coursework on time and to satisfy Incompletes within the first weeks of the following quarter.
For Second-year Students
Specific thesis advancement is required for satisfactory progress throughout the second year. Students are responsible for reporting progress to the Graduate Adviser as indicated.
- By end of fall quarter classes—select principal adviser to serve as thesis committee chair and two additional committee members; inform Graduate Adviser of their committee selection; students circulate thesis proposals to their committees.
- No later than beginning of exam week fall quarter—meet with committee to discuss the thesis proposal and distribute a report of the suggestions made at the meeting to committee members (with electronic copy to Graduate Adviser).
- By second week of winter quarter—submit paper to be developed as thesis to committee chair (with electronic copy to Graduate Adviser). Revise in Thesis Colloquium (AHI 200C) and in independent study with committee chair (AHI 299).
- Two weeks before the last Friday in January—submit completed candidacy forms to department office.
- No later than beginning of exam week winter quarter—submit revision of thesis to committee chair (with electronic copy to Graduate Adviser). Obtain committee chair’s comments and determine whether the next draft can be circulated to the committee.
- For a June degree, Graduate Studies recommends circulating completed draft of thesis to committee for final corrections by April 20 (six weeks before the submission deadline). For completion by June 30, submit corrected draft to committee no later than six weeks prior to that date, May 15.
- In seventh and eighth week of spring quarter, prepare for oral presentations, delivered on Friday in ninth week of quarter.
- The deadline to submit thesis to Graduate Studies for June degree is usually the first Tuesday in June. Consult Graduate Studies website for exact date.
- No later than end of spring quarter exam week—all students still working on thesis begin circulating the completed draft of thesis to committee for final corrections (with electronic copy and routing plan to Graduate Adviser).
- Inform thesis committee chair and Graduate Adviser when final thesis is submitted. Submit one unbound photocopy of submitted thesis to Visual Resources Library.