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Media Studies Thesis Timeline Reminder Spring 2016


The usual timeline for completing the thesis in the Media Studies MA program is 3 semesters.

  • You start with Thesis Proposal (1 credit) by preparing an abstract of your intended research subject and reaching out to a full-time faculty member to work with you with as your primary thesis advisor. The primary advisor will help you identify a second reader.
  • The following semester, after providing a complete and approved thesis proposal, you proceed to the Thesis Tutorial Lab (1 credit) which is a class that meets every other week wherein students work to complete and share their research/writing and production progress in a thesis first draft.
  • Lastly, you enroll in Thesis Supervision (1 credit) the third semester, corresponding with your advisors to complete the work. In certain cases where students are sufficiently advanced with research/writing/production after the thesis proposal semester, they may be allowed to register for Tutorial and Supervision simultaneously in the same semester.


Your primary advisor should be a full-time faculty member from the School of Media Studies unless an exception has been confirmed by the thesis coordinator.  Please work as much as possible with your primary advisor through each of the 1 -credit stages.  You may choose a member from our part-time faculty as your second reader.  Your second reader should briefly review your proposal and first draft produced during your tutorial semester.  If you have not yet identified a second reader, please work with your primary advisor to do so and provide this office with the information once they have confirmed.

In order to progress from Thesis Proposal to the Thesis Tutorial Lab: your completed proposal, digitally signed by your primary advisor and second reader (if possible) must be submitted by email to the thesis coordinator by the semester due date (unless you have been granted an extension).  Your proposal will be reviewed and you will be contacted to either confirm your approval to register for the Thesis Tutorial Lab (and supplied with the CRN to register) or asked to follow-up on any concerns cited with your proposal.

In order to progress from the Thesis Tutorial Lab to Thesis Supervision: your primary advisor and the thesis coordinator must approve your progress.  A passing grade in the Thesis Tutorial Lab serves as confirmation of this approval and you will be supplied with a CRN to register for Thesis Supervision.

**Note that registering for both Thesis Tutorial Lab and Thesis Supervision will most likely be a process of adding the credit to your semester registration since your semester work on the

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