Sustainability: Thesis Writing Deadlines

Scheduling of Thesis Research in Sustainability

If you develop your Sustainability proposal during the January ENVR E-200 course, you will be able to graduate May of the following (next) year if:

  • Your proposal sets the stage for efficient research to meet the March 1 submission deadline of the following year
  • A Thesis Director is appointed soon after the course
  • You are able to devote substantial time to your research and writing tasks leading up to the March 1 deadline

If you develop your Sustainability proposal during the Summer ENVR S-200 course, you will typically NOT be able to graduate the following May, because:

  • Your proposal is incomplete or needs more revision after the class has ended, before final approval by your Research Advisor
  • An approved proposal is required before approaching possible Thesis Directors - this process can take time as you evaluate several possible directors
  • Thesis research and writing typically takes 9 months or more

However, in rare cases, students may meet the March 1 submission deadline, if:

  • Your proposal sets the stage for very efficient research
  • A Thesis Director is appointed immediately after the completion of the course
  • You are able to devote substantial time to research and writing before March

If your research and writing will take longer than 9 months, wait to register.

  • Some excellent theses deliberately plan extended research - for instance, where baseline data is collected in one year and then the effects of some intervention or experiment is evaluated the next year, or two locations are compared
  • The option of taking the Crafting the Thesis Proposal course (E/S-200) after completing six courses allows this research strategy without delaying graduation

If you anticipate conducting extended research, or otherwise need to space the research and writing over a period longer than 9-12 months, discuss options with your Research Advisor.