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Master's Degree Requirements and Thesis Information

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Degree Requirements:

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Submission Deadlines

The University confers degrees three times a year: February, May and September. Submission deadlines for the requirements below are published in the Graduate School's Academic Calendar. Please not that the Degree Eligibility Form must be submitted to the student's academic department for review at least two weeks prior to the final degree deadline.

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

Paperwork Requirements

The items below must be completed and delivered directly to the Graduate Student Service Center in Goodell Room 534 by the deadline. A detailed checklist of requirements for your personal use is available in the Master's Degree Checklist.

  • Master’s Degree Eligibility Form for Thesis Students or 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.

Thesis Requirements

The master’s thesis must be formatted as prescribed by the Graduate School and electronically submitted through ScholarWorks@UMass Amherst, the University's permanent digital archive for scholarly materials.

Electronic Submission Process for Master's Theses

Follow this link for an overview of the electronic thesis 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.

Thesis Formatting Tutorials & Technical Assistance

The Information Technology (IT) department offers graduate student tutorials and individual assistance with formatting theses and dissertations so that they comply with the graduate school's Thesis and Dissertation Guidelines. You can also view IT's Thesis and Dissertation Formatting General Advice  for some helpful tips on how to format and edit your manuscript. The Learning Commons located in the WEB Dubois Library can help with technical problems such as converting the manuscript to PDF.