Conduct Independent Research
Students who are interested in writing a thesis will request to do so at the end of the first year of the program. The thesis is an in-depth research study that will culminate in a 15,000-20,000 word paper. Students with a GPA of 85 or higher after completion of their second semester courses qualify for the thesis track. Interested students will need to establish an available faculty member as a supervisor, and approve his/her topic with this advisor.
The thesis will count for 30% of the overall GPA. Theses are due at the end of the second academic year. Students who do not choose to write a thesis are required to take a cumulative final examination, which will be an evaluation of the knowledge acquired from topics covered in the program.