Writing your graduate thesis
Basic element of a thesis
- Hypothesis: what is the problem and what do you see as the solution?
- Literature Review: what have others learned about the problem?
- Methodology: What did you do towards finding a solution?
- Results: What did you observe?
- Conclusion/Discussion: What do you make of this?
- Summary: repeat everything in a simple and clear way
- References: who did you cite
- Appendices: extra parts of your work readers need to see
Stages of writing a thesis
- Set a schedule: create a deadline
- Know your method:
- Read widely
- Organize your papers
- Keep a Study Journal:
- Meetings with advisor
- Thoughts, ideas, feelings,
- New knowledge, reactions, question
- Become familiar with your documentation guide (APA, MLA, IEEE etc.)
- Choose a topic and focus
- Always review your plans with your thesis advisor and keep them informed about your progress
- Read examples of other proposals
- Plan your proposal: Thesis, Title, Headings, and Key Terms
- Prepare “Review of Literature” and “Methodology”
- Identify implications and assumptions
- Write and revise
Format for the Concordia Thesis
- Consult the regulations and guidelines for thesis preparation at the School of Graduate Studies website site:
- Thesis Preparation and Thesis Examination Regulations
A few tips for your writing phase
- Provide an introduction that…
- Summarizes the question (problem)
- Explains why the study is worthwhile
- Provides an overview of the main results
- Outlines your thesis
- Provide a thorough discussion of your results
- Support claims
- Keep your conclusions concise, and maintain correct, clear and simple language
- Use headings and sub-headings that clearly indicate content
- Be very vigilant with your citations and references