When and how do I register for the thesis course?

Once you successfully complete Crafting the Proposal tutorial or course, you will register for Master’s Thesis Part One the following term.

During Master's Thesis Part One, you’ll continue to refine your thesis proposal and your research advisor will locate a suitable thesis director.  When a director is found and your thesis proposal is fully vetted, then you'll receive a letter of authorization from the Dean of Academic Programs approving your thesis work and providing you with instructions on how to register for Master's Thesis Part Two.   

You will always be given the full nine months to complete your thesis.  If necessary, you may request a three-month extension. Three-month extensions are approved only if you've been making diligent academic progress on your research and the thesis director agrees to the extension. 

Thesis Timetable

If your nine-month thesis schedule allows you to submit your final thesis by:

  • September 1, you’ll be able to be a November graduate.
  • January 1, you’ll be able to be a March graduate.
  • March 1, you’ll be able to be a May graduate.

Please Note

Candidates in the Sustainability discipline adhere to the above schedule, along with the following expectations for completion of ENVR E-496 Crafting the Thesis Proposal:

  • Summer semester completion provides eligibility (at the earliest) for the following year’s November graduation
  • January semester completion provides eligibility (at the earliest) for the following year’s March graduation