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Policies and Forms

The Department of Biological Sciences has compiled a M.S. Student Checklist for Thesis Research as a handy timeline.

Important steps to remember include:

  • After deciding on your thesis committee, you must produce a thesis-committee approved research proposal before beginning your research. A complete copy of your proposal and signature page will be filed with the department graduate coordinator.
  • Once you have completed your research and have submitted your thesis to your thesis committee, your committee will administer an oral exam as part of your thesis defense.
    • Topics for the thesis defense may include anything from coursework and your thesis research project.
  • You must pass the thesis defense, have your thesis committee approve the written thesis and finish all necessary course work to meet degree completion requirements.
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Proposal, thesis defense, and thesis approval forms are available below.

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