MA thesis timeline
- Students entering the program normally choose a supervisor in their first term of study and submit a Thesis Supervision Form by December 15th.
- Students work with their supervisors to prepare a thesis proposal for submission to the Graduate Program Committee by the first Monday in March.
- The main body of thesis research is normally conducted during the summer of the first year (ARTH 654) and students should schedule a meeting with their supervisors in the first two weeks of September to determine a thesis plan and writing deadlines.
- When the supervisor determines that the text is ready for submission, theses are read by an examining committee, which may require changes. Once finalized and approved, theses are deposited on Spectrum.
- Students may deposit their theses at any time during the year, but those wishing to attend a specific convocation ceremony must meet certain deadlines.
- Unless otherwise agreed, supervisors and readers return written drafts to students within three weeks.
Students intending to graduate in the spring must deposit their finalized theses in Spectrum by April 1 and have a reader-ready draft complete by February 25. Because students will prepare and revise multiple drafts before their text is ready for examination, they are advised to submit a first full draft of their thesis to their supervisor no later than November 15th, and earlier if possible.
Students intending to graduate in the spring must deposit their finalized theses in Spectrum by September 1 and have a reader-ready draft completed by July 28, except where faculty members’ summer schedules necessitate an earlier submission date. Because students will prepare and revise multiple drafts before their text is ready for examination, they are advised to submit a first full draft of their thesis to their supervisor no later than April 1st. Again, summer schedules may necessitate earlier submission, so extra planning and communication is required, and earlier submissions are always preferable.
The Department of Art History assists students who adhere to these deadlines to meet their target graduation dates. However, because it is not possible to predict with certainty the number of drafts a thesis will require, students should maintain flexibility in their planning.