THESIS/PROJECT COMMITTEE The following are requirements for a thesis/project committee: 1) that the graduate student have a thesis/ project advisor (committee chair) who is a permanent full-time faculty member from the student’s program; 2) that the thesis/project advisor and the student recommend, for approval by the Graduate Coordinator, a thesis/project committee comprising at least three members; 3) that the other two members may be from the student’s program or from another department or college within Cal Poly. One of the two committee members may be from an organization that sponsored the thesis/project undertaking.
COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION A comprehensive examination is one of the possible culminating experiences for the master’s degree and assesses the student’s ability to integrate knowledge, show critical and independent thinking, and demonstrate mastery of the subject matter. The results of the examination should provide evidence of these abilities and achievement. A record of the examination questions and responses shall be maintained in accordance with the records retention policy of the CSU. It is the responsibility of the academic department supporting the graduate program to retain copies of comprehensive exams for a minimum of 2 years.
THESIS DEFENSE CHECKLIST (complete in order listed below): 1. Complete a draft of your thesis and submit to your advisor for review and feedback. Be sure to check the Master’s Thesis and Project Formatting Guidelines available on the Graduate Education website, as well as the Master’s Thesis Submission Process — grad.calpoly.edu/policies/thesis.html. 2. Edit thesis and submit a copy to your committee members two weeks before your defense. 3. Schedule your defense date/time and reserve a conference room. 4. Complete your oral defense and collect all edits/feedback from your committee and update your thesis. Make sure to download, print, and complete the Master’s Thesis / Project / Exam Approval Form and have your committee members sign it. Remember to indicate on the form if you wish to restrict access to your thesis. 5. Obtain a Cashier’s receipt for the digital archive fee (Thesis only) from the Administration Building Cashiers Office and attach it to the Master’s Thesis/Project/Exam Approval Form. You may also pay the archiving fee online (refer to grad.calpoly.edu/policies/thesis.html) and attach a copy of your confirmation email to the Master’s Thesis Approval Form. Turn in Master’s Thesis/Project/Exam Approval Form with attached receipt to the Graduate Education Office. 6. Upload your thesis to the Digital Commons Library Archiving website. Refer again to grad.calpoly.edu/ policies/thesis.html. Once your thesis has been uploaded, an automatic notification will be sent to the Graduate Education Coordinator, Meredith Rubin. After the Coordinator has reviewed your thesis, you will be contacted with any necessary formatting edits. When all of the suggested edits have been made, the Coordinator will post (publish) your thesis, sign your Thesis Approval Form, and forward the form to the Office of the Registrar (Evaluations) for review of your eligibility to graduate. Note: a student must submit a Master’s Thesis/Project/Exam Approval Form, a receipt for the Master’s Thesis Fee, and a thesis or project to Digital Commons by the following dates in order to be considered eligible to graduate in the current quarter, assuming all other academic requirements for the degree have been satisfied.
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