P&TX 889: Online Master of Science Thesis Preparation and Submission Template

Thesis preparation should begin after the student has completed all didactic course work, 12 hrs of P&TX885 and an agreement has been reached between the student and both mentors that sufficient progress has been achieved that warrants the preparation of a suitable M.S. thesis.

The thesis format should follow KU guidelines for thesis preparation and in general contains the following elements:

  1. Title Page
  2. Abstract (generally 250-500 words)
  3. Acknowledgements
  4. Table of Contents
  5. List of Figures and Tables
  6. Chapter 1: Brief Literature Review
  7. Chapter 2:
    1. Introduction
    2. Materials and Methods
    3. Results
    4. Discussion
    5. References
  8. Additional chapters as warranted (similar format as Chapter 2)
  9. Summary and Future Directions
    1. The candidate should write the thesis and provide sufficient time for your mentors to read and provide feedback.
    2. Once your mentors give you approval to proceed, you can send your document to the Thesis committee.
    3. The Graduate School requires that the thesis be submitted to your committee 3 weeks in advance of the date scheduled for defense of the M.S. thesis. During this period, you should prepare a formal presentation for the defense of your thesis.
    4. Final approval of the M.S. thesis will require a formal Skype presentation of the research and the fielding of questions from the Thesis committee by the candidate.
    5. Once the committee has agreed that the candidate has successfully defended the thesis, it should be submitted electronically following the directions for thesis submission found on KU Graduate Studies.
    6. The graduate will receive his/her official M.S. degree certificate from the University of Kansas via mail.