Sustainable Communities students at NAU
Thesis or final project process for graduate students
To obtain your Master of Arts in Sustainable Communities degree, you must author and present a thesis or final project to the public and to your committee.
A prospectus is a document outlining your plans for your thesis or project that may include:
- resources you will use
- literature review
- proposed committee members
- research questions
- purpose and outcomes of your research
- theoretical assumptions
- timeline of progression
You will have to defend your prospectus to your committee members. All will have to sign off on the prospectus before you begin your thesis or project in earnest. Your prospectus should be completed by the end of your third semester.
- Guidelines for SUS committees
- Prospectus guidelines
- Prospectus approval meeting guidelines
- How to Select Your Committee and Chair
Your thesis or project
To assist in your research and writing, six credit hours of Thesis or Project Development is required to graduate. Usually, your last semester is dedicated largely to researching and/or writing.
After you have written your thesis or project, you must defend your work to the department chair and committee members and give a public presentation. The public presentation is more of a celebration of your work and anyone is invited.
The oral defense, however, determines the approval of your thesis or project.