Before beginning work on a master’s thesis or practicum, the student must receive the Supervisory Committee’s approval of a written proposal.
The thesis may be an extension of a seminar paper and it must demonstrate the student’s ability to conduct rigorous research, indicate familiarity with bibliographical and reference materials, and show a capacity for the synthesis and critical evaluation of the material under consideration.
The practicum must evidence the student’s practical or theoretical knowledge of some aspects of art in historical or contemporary situations. It may take any of a variety of forms, either within or outside the academic offerings of the University. For example, a practicum may consist of an internship in any of a number of institutional settings, such as a public art museum, or of the publication of critical, educational, or other writings. The practicum must be comprised of activities carried out after the student’s admission to the program.
A complete draft of the thesis or practicum report approved by the Supervisory Committee chair must be delivered to each member of the committee at least 30 days before the date of the Final Examination.
Please download the MA Committee / Process Guidelines (PDF) for specific details about thesis/practicum preparation, establishing a committee, topics timeline, defense scheduling, warrants, applying for graduation etc.
You may view examples of in-progress and completed theses.