Interdisciplinary Studies
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Project/Thesis Proposal Requirements

Project Proposal

In some cases a project may be very similar to a thesis. The student should then follow the guidelines below. When the project does not follow conventional thesis style, the proposal should include the following:

  • A detailed description of what the project will entail, including an explanation of how it will be completed and evaluated.
  • A context of existing work in the area (literature review) and demonstrate the value of the project.
  • A detailed explanation of the reasons for choosing the topic and how it relates to the student’s program of study.
  • A timeline for completion of the project that has been coordinated with the committee members, prior to the proposal submission.
  • Justification for the number of credits (1-4) sought.

Thesis Proposal

The thesis proposal should include the following:

  • A detailed description of the research problem or hypothesis to be addressed, including an explanation of the appropriate methodology to be used.
  • A substantial, preliminary literature review of the current and past research related to the chosen topic, and the additional sources to be examined and presented in the final thesis.
  • A detailed explanation of the reasons for choosing the topic and how it relates to the student’s program of study.
  • A timeline for completion of the thesis that has been coordinated with the committee members, prior to the proposal submission.
  • Justification for the number of credits (3-4) sought.

Having an approved proposal is not a requirement for passing MAIS 797. While ideally a student will have a completed and signed proposal by the end of MAIS 797, if that is not the case, the student must continue to work with the committee on the proposal until all three committee members are ready to sign off. Only then can a student register for MAIS 798/799.

Students in the individualized studies concentration must also have their proposals approved by the Interdisciplinary Studies Executive Committee, before they can register for MAIS 798/799.

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