Master's students work closely with a supervisor to prepare a thesis proposal for submission to the Graduate Program Committee, to plan their thesis research, and to prepare and revise multiple drafts. MA theses are 13,000 - 15,000 words in length (plus notes, title page, abstract, acknowledgements, table of contents, list of illustrations, figures, bibliography, and appendices where applicable).
Please see the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) master's thesis page for comprehensive information (deadlines, formatting, examination committee, submission, and graduation), making note of the MA Thesis Submission Deadlines below. The Art History MA does not require an oral defence.
Students should aim to submit their work ahead of these dates whenever possible.
(1) Initial thesis submission to Examination Committee: The Department deadline is 5 weeks before the final submission. This is earlier than the SGS deadline. It is the student’s responsibility to verify this timeline with their supervisor and examiners.
(2) Final submission to Spectrum: Once students have completed all the changes requested by their committee, they will send the finalized thesis to the supervisor in PDF/A format, requesting permission to submit on Spectrum. The supervisor responds, cc'ing the Department Assistant and the Graduate Program Director. Students submit to Spectrum once they have received this permission.
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). Returning 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 15, 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 1. Again, summer schedules may necessitate earlier submission, so extra planning and communication is required, and earlier submissions are always preferable.
NOTE: 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.