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Master's Degree Requirements and Thesis Information

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Submission Deadlines for Master’s Degrees

The University confers degrees three times a year: February, May and September. Submission deadlines are published in the Graduate School's Academic Calendar. In general, they are: mid-December for a February 1 degree, mid-April for a May degree, and the end of August for a September 1 degree.

Deadlines are absolute. No exceptions will be made. All online submissions, forms and fees are required to be submitted before the deadline date.

The following items must be completed and delivered directly to the Graduate Student Service Center in Goodell Room 534 by the deadline:

  • Master’s Degree Eligibility Form for Thesis Students, or Master's Degree Eligibility Form for Non-Thesis Students. Please fill in the blank fields on the Eligibility Form, make a double-sided copy of the form, then have it signed as indicated. A paper form must be submitted with original signatures by the deadlines indicated.
  • One paper signature page with original signatures must be delivered to the Graduate Student Service Center. The paper signature page should be on acid-free, 20 lb. weight, white, 8 1/2" x 11" paper. An unsigned blank signature page should be included after the copyright page in the electronic copy of your thesis.
  • The above information is included in a detailed checklist for your personal use in the Master's Degree Checklist.

Thesis Submission Requirements

The master’s thesis is required to be electronically submitted either through the University of Massachusetts Amherst Scholarworks for M.A., M.S., M.F.A. (Art and Theater) or ScholarWorks for M.F.A. (English only) website.

The Electronic Thesis Submission Process

Follow this link for an overview of the submission process, and step-by-step instructions on uploading your thesis to ScholarWorks.

Guidelines for Master’s Theses and Doctoral Dissertations

This manual, created by the Graduate School, is designed to aid you in the process of submitting your manuscript. The guidelines provide you with a quick reference as you prepare your manuscript. The manual also contains further explanations of form and style as well as a wide range of suggestions and advice that should clarify the rules and explain possible options in areas where decisions about form and layout are at your discretion. It is important that you read the entire manual before you begin preparing your manuscript so that you understand the format and the purposes behind the rules.

OIT Workshops & Advice

Each semester, OIT offers graduate student workshops on formatting theses and dissertations so they comply with the graduate school's Thesis and Dissertation Guidelines. You can also view OIT's Thesis and Dissertation Formatting General Advice  for some helpful tips on how to format and edit your manuscript.