Master of Arts in Liberal Studies at Wake Forest University

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Master of Arts in Liberal Studies

Student Thesis Checklist

  1. Check that all requirements for the degree except the thesis are completed. You need 30 hours to graduate, and 12 of the 30 hours should be MALS seminars (not directed studies). No more than 6 hours can be from transfer classes nor more than 6 hours from directed studies. There should be no more than 12 hours from 600 level classes. Your grade point average must be at least 3.0.
  2. Come up with a few thesis topics of interest to you.
  3. Meet with the MALS Director to discuss your ideas and to develop a list of possible advisors.
  4. Call an advisor in the general area of your topic to see if he/she is interested in working with you. Once a faculty person has agreed, be sure he/she is a member of the Graduate Faculty. If not, make arrangements with MALS Program Coordinator for the advisor’s temporary appointment to the Graduate Faculty.
  5. Decide on a final thesis project with your advisor. Work out the details of the prospectus. Write up the Thesis Proposal with input from your advisor.
  6. Have your advisor sign your Thesis Proposal.
  7. Give your Thesis Proposal, with your advisor’s signed approval, to the MALS Director.
  8. Receive the letter of approval from the MALS Director
  9. Sign up for Thesis Research – MALS 791.
  10. Obtain a “Candidate for the degree and Intent to Graduate” form and file it at least 90 days before the deadline for that semester. Your advisor and the MALS Director will need to sign it.
  11. Begin working on the thesis. CONSULT WITH YOUR ADVISOR AT REGULAR INTERVALS.
  12. With your advisor’s input, invite two faculty members to be your thesis committee members. Be sure they are members of the Graduate Faculty. If not, make arrangements with Administrative Coordinator for their temporary appointment to the Graduate Faculty. Note that only one person on your committee of three may have temporary Graduate Faculty status.
  13. Pass in a copy of the title page and one chapter to the Graduate School Office so they can check your format. Do this by the date indicated on the academic calendar.
  14. Complete the project, working on revisions with your advisor.
  15. When your thesis is judged ready by your advisor, set up a defense meeting with your thesis committee. Schedule this at least two weeks before the final due date. Notify the MALS Office and the Graduate Office of the date and time.
  16. Make copies of your thesis and distribute to your thesis committee members at least two weeks before the meeting.
  17. Go to your thesis defense prepared to discuss your work.Your thesis committee chair (not the advisor) should bring the approval sheet (also called "the ballot") to the meeting. During the course of the defense meeting, be prepared to note changes that are requested to be made.
  18. Make corrections to the thesis. Have the corrections checked by your advisor.
  19. Submit your thesis electronically. You may choose to have bound paper copies of your thesis for your own use.
  20. Come to the Hooding and Awards Ceremony and Commencement.
  21. Celebrate!!!