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Evaluating your non-thesis project
You’re reviewed and graded on:
Your defense of your non-thesis research project.
Your in-depth knowledge of theoretic and practical materials presented to you during
your time in the DSS program.
Your ability to analyze evolving defense and security issues around the world and
in the United States.
Advice and things to know
A non-thesis project isn’t less demanding or less time-consuming than writing a thesis.
You’ll need to display your knowledge of broad security and defense issues, as well
as verbal and analytic skills.
You’re responsible for recruiting your examination board.
One member of your exam board provides guidance during your non-thesis research project.
Base your research project on the requirements of a Directed Reading or another course
taught by that member of your board.
During your oral exam, your exam board will ask you questions about your main areas
of study while in the DSS program. Review sample questions.
The oral exam takes two-to-three hours. Your board will give you a review and grade
If you fail the oral exam, you can take a second oral exam the following semester.
You must register for an additional course. Suggested courses are DSS 796 or DSS 794.
If you select the non-thesis project, you cannot take DSS 799 to meet your credit
Your oral exam is graded on a "pass" or "non-pass" scale.
DSS grades include "pass", "non-pass" and "pass with distinction". Passing with distinction
requires a unanimous opinion of all members of your exam board.