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Section 2.9


The thesis or dissertation is an extended research report on a theoretical, experimental, or design project. The thesis seeks to make some original contribution to the writer's field of specialization. Written by college seniors, and by master's and Ph.D. candidates, theses are long, sometimes immense--from 30 to 250 pages and more--a once-in-a-career effort. Although the immediate audiences are mainly thesis committees, prospective employers also read theses. Thesis work is good evidence of how you work on problems. The quality of a thesis indicates the quality of an individual's thinking, organization, and powers of expression. Thesis work at the master's and Ph.D. levels may be cited by other researchers, and some thesis work is condensed and published in journal articles and reports.

See also:

The Thesis-Writing Process

Thesis Proposal

Format of the Thesis

Thesis Defense

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