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So, I would tentatively suggest that programs seriously think about moving back in that direct: doing before the dissertation. Having students do comp exams and a MA thesis simultaneously might sound like a lot--but honestly, let me say a few things here. First, now that I'm a faculty member and I see how much damn work we have to do--and how many projects we have to juggle--I think it would really behoove programs to have their students do so much: being a professional philosopher takes the ability to juggle many things at once, and so doing a Masters thesis and comp exams would (in all honesty) better prepare students for the real work-load of being a professional. Second, in my experience (though I recognize it is only one data point), students typically have more than enough time on their hands--and waste a lot of it--studying for comps. I know I did. I thought I was doing a lot of work. But, if I'm being honest with myself, it actually would have been better for my development had my program asked me to do more during the comp-studying period. I wasted 3 months or so reading for comps and recording music...when really, I would have been much better off reading for comps and writing a masters thesis. Indeed, while asking students to do MA theses and comp exams might seem excessive, I really do think it would be to everyone’s advantage: to students and their programs. It would better prepare students for successfully completing their PhD dissertation. It would (A) develop their ability to put together and write a project substantially longer than term-papers (but not as long as a Phd Dissertation), (B) develop their ability to work effectively with less structure than during their coursework, and (C) if guided/semi-structured by faculty (as in my wife’s program in her field), would provide a kind of transition between the heavily structured coursework portion of grad school and the unstructured nature of the PhD dissertation. In other words, it would help students avoid that horrible situation in which they all too often find themselves: being completely unprepared to write a PhD dissertation. It would prepare students for it, helping them achieve the one thing they and their programs have a common interest in: them successfully finishing their degree!

Q. What is the Brown History Department’s policy about writing a Masters thesis?

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How Do I Successfully Write a Masters Thesis

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After receiving a First Class Honours in Art History in 2013, Chloe Cull is now writing a Masters thesis on Maori woman artists working in the 1970s and '80s. To support her research, she received the Ka Putea grant and the Ka Putea scholarship from her iwi, Ngai Tahu, in 2014, along with a fees waiver scholarship from VUW. She has worked as a tutor for the Art History programme and occasionally volunteers at Te Papa. Her art historical interests encompass both Maori and Pacific art.