There are many variables to thesis completion, including the time and effort that you put toward thesis proposal creation as well as thesis director availability. You should be prepared for the entire thesis process, from registering for Crafting the Proposal to submission of the final draft of your thesis, to take 15-18 months. Six to nine months for proposal writing and thesis director assignment, then nine months to write the thesis.
Once you successfully complete Crafting the Proposal tutorial or course, you will be automatically registered 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.
Typically candidates will have met with their Research Advisor several times before settling on a thesis topic and signing up for the Crafting the Proposal course or tutorial.
By the end of the Crafting the Proposal course or tutorial you should have a completed draft of your thesis proposal which you will give to your Research Advisor as a final requirement for the Crafting the Proposal course or tutorial.
Once completed, email your final draft to your Research Advisor and Thesis Director by the specified date provided in your thesis letter.
After review and approval by your program office, upload a PDF of the final document to Harvard University's electronic thesis and dissertation (ETD) submission system (also known as ETDs @ Harvard). Once you have logged into the system, choose Harvard Extension School from the select your school Read more about How do I submit my thesis for approval?
A number of students end up publishing part or all of their thesis in scholarly journals. Others present talks based on their research at conferences.
You may also be invited to present your research at the annual thesis symposium held each year in late May.
Your thesis will be preserved and shared using Harvard’s digital repository DASH (Digital Access to Scholarship at Harvard), metadata about your thesis will be sent to HOLLIS (the Harvard Library catalog), and your thesis will be preserved in Harvard Library’s Read more about What can I do with my thesis once it's complete?