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Section 2.9

Theses

The thesis or dissertation is an extended research report on a theoretical, experimental, or designproject. 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, sometimesimmense--from 30 to 250 pages and more--a once-in-a-career effort. Although the immediateaudiences are mainly thesis committees, prospective employers also read theses. Thesis work is goodevidence of how you work on problems. The quality of a thesis indicates the quality of anindividual'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 workis 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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