Time is critical during "thesis season." Students must allow enough time for preparation of the draft, consideration by thesis committee members by the deadline dates set in departments, word processing, acquisition of permissions to publish, and the inevitable corrections. Students must leave time for the final reading and signing by the committee members. In most departments, a minimum of 2 months is needed for the entire process, and some departments require a longer period. Students should confer with each committee member in advance regarding the time each requires for review and whether each will be in town and available when the review and signatures are due.
Instructions for master's degree candidates are located at www.sjsu.edu/gape/current_students/completing_masters/. While these instructions refer to "thesis" throughout, they pertain to creative project reports conducted under Plan C as well.
These instructions provide general guidance for authors of master's theses at SJSU. Examples of a thesis front page are provided in the guidelines. Students should read the guidelines carefully and consult their advisors concerning the format of the thesis, the professional style guide to use, and journal articles to emulate, if applicable. The major department usually provides students with more complete formatting instructions, the interpretation of which rests primarily with the advisor. In rare cases, Graduate Studies & Research will provide assistance.
SJSU participates in the University Microfilm International (UMI) Dissertation Information Service. Students completing theses are required to email their committee-approved thesis and accompanying documents to the Office of Graduate Studies & Research (GS&R) according to the instructions provided in the thesis guidelines at www.sjsu.edu/gape/current_students/completing_masters/.