Creative Writing

MFA Thesis Checksheet


____ 1. Attend the Thesis Overview Meeting for second-year students in January of your second year (to be arranged by the MFA Coordinator).

____ 2. Fill out and submit “Thesis Committee Preference Form,” due to the MFA Coordinator one week after the Thesis Overview Meeting.

____ 3. Submit thesis proposal one year in advance of graduation: April 15 for spring graduates, November 15 for fall graduates.

____ 4. Turn in a draft of your thesis by Nov. 15 for spring graduates (May 15 for fall graduates).

____ 5. Thesis Director responds to your draft by Dec. 15 (Sept. 1 for fall graduates)

____ 6. Upon approval of Director, submit draft for format approval to the graduate school (check the Graduate School website for semester specific deadlines).

____ 7. Once format is approved, notify your Director who will then schedule the defense (includes booking the room). Defense must be completed between March 1-April 15 for spring graduates, and October 1-November 15 for fall graduates.

____ 8. Provide copy of thesis for all members of your committee at least three weeks prior to defense.

____ 9. Prepare signature pages for committee members’ signatures. Bring these pages to your thesis defense.

____ 10. Complete the thesis defense.

____ 11. Fill out and submit the “Electronic Thesis and Dissertation (EDT) Form” to the Graduate School. This form is found on the Graduate School website under “Current Students”/”Forms.” Be certain to check option #2, “Release the entire work for UNCW access only.” One year is sufficient.

____ 12. Provide both paper copy and electronic copy for the department.