Thesis Writing

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Generally, expectations for Master’s theses and Doctoral dissertations are different. The difference between both papers is based on the expected level of discovery and contribution to existing literature on the research topic. Whereas Doctoral dissertations are expected to contribute significantly to literature related to a particular research topic, a Master’s thesis can focus on innovation through incremental improvements or the application of known theories to a new area.

Examples of Theses:

Examples from the University of Minnesota Duluth’s Computer Science Department

Examples of Masters theses conducted through the University of Wisconsin-Stout

Learn more:

Guidelines for writing a Masters thesis for Plan A and Engineering Masters students at the University of Minnesota

Formatting tips from the University of Texas

Examples of how to write a Masters thesis proposal from the University of Arizona

Links for writing research proposals for Master’s theses from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus