Interdisciplinary Studies
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Project/Thesis Submission

Submission Deadlines

Students should anticipate completing their projects or theses and circulating them for final signatures at least 2 weeks prior to the end of the semester. (Drafts of the project/thesis should be circulated to the committee weeks in advance of that, in order to leave time for faculty review and student revision.)

A project or thesis is finished when every committee member says that it is finished, and even the MAIS director can request further revision. So students are encouraged to work well ahead and keep the lines of communication open.

For students writing a thesis, you will have to work on the timetable established by University Dissertation & Thesis Services and the CHSS dean's office in order to get the requisite signatures and file the thesis in time to graduate.

Graduation Requirements

Students who are preparing to graduate should consult the CHSS website for the latest Graduation Checklist, which will help to ensure you meet all of the University and Registrar requirements for degree conferral.

Thesis Submission Procedures

Please note, concentration heads do not sign off on theses, though students should submit the thesis to their concentration head if the concentration head is not already on the student's committee.

  1. Circulate a final version of the thesis to the committee and obtain signatures on an original copy of the Thesis Signature Sheet, available for download at right.
  2. Follow all procedures with University Dissertation & Thesis Services.
  3. Submit a soft copy (email attachment) of the completed thesis to the MAIS director for review.
  4. Submit a hard copy original of the signature sheet, with all committee signatures, to the MAIS director for signature.
  5. Retrieve this document to procure the dean's signature (contact chssgrad@gmu.edu for assistance) prior to submission to UDTS.

Project Submission Procedures

Projects are not handled by University Dissertation & Thesis Services and do not require the dean's signature. They do, however, require the concentration head's signature. Final submission will be to the Interdisciplinary Studies program office.

  1. Circulate a final version of the project to the committee and obtain signatures on an original copy of the Project Signature Sheet, available for download at right.
  2. Obtain the concentration head's signature on the Project Signature Sheet. 
  3. Submit a hard copy of the completed project to the MAIS office in a format that is can be kept in a folder.
    • Please do not submit binders or folders for your text; just the document and with signature sheet will suffice.
    • If the project includes a non-traditional deliverable, like a film, submit it on a CD, DVD, or thumbdrive.
    • If the deliverable is also publicly available on the Internet or in the cloud, you may also submit a copy of the URL on paper with your signature sheet and the written component of your project.
  4. Submit a hard copy original of the signature sheet, with all committee signatures and the concentration head's signature, to the MAIS director for signature. 
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