In the thesis project, you’ll write an 80- to 100-page thesis.
Choose a topic related to defense and security studies. Be sure you can show your mastery of the topic.
Choose the semester you want to write your thesis. Then, submit your final thesis by that deadline.
- For fall semester: End of November
- For spring semester: End of April
- For summer semester: End of July
Review the MSU thesis resource guide for exact deadline dates each semester.
We recommend you do your thesis in the fall or spring semester.
The Graduate College grants deadline extensions only in exceptional cases.
Thesis resources: declaration form and guidelines
Fill out and submit the thesis/non-thesis declaration form after your second semester in the program (or once you’ve completed 18 credit hours).
For specific guidelines and requirements about your thesis, read the DSS thesis project and process sheet.
Submit the declaration form to the thesis/non-thesis coordinator, Dr. Andrei Shoumikhin.
Steps for thesis project
After your second semester in the program:
- Fill out and submit the thesis/non-thesis declaration form.
- Form a thesis committee with three readers, composed of full-time or adjunct DSS faculty. Dr. Shoumikhin will be one of your three readers unless you request otherwise.
- The first reader approves your thesis topic and guides you in research. Individual members of adjunct DSS faculty can only perform first-reader duties for two-to-three students per semester.
- Provide detailed and updated information about your thesis, the composition of your thesis committee and progress of your thesis to Dr. Shoumikhin.
In your third semester:
- Make an oral thesis presentation to the interested members of the student body and faculty. Your presentation should describe your central question, main argument, importance of the thesis and research design.
- By the time of your oral thesis presentation, you should establish your thesis committee, thesis outline, research sources and schedule. Set your presentation date around the availability of the first reader.
You’re encouraged to invite your second and third readers to your presentation. Your thesis will be original and independent work. You may draw upon ideas and research done for other seminars.
Timeline for thesis project
- Begin thinking about your thesis
- Attend thesis meeting
- Meet with Dr. Andrei Shoumikhin
- Fill out and submit the thesis/non-thesis declaration form
- Build your three-person thesis committee
- Meet with your first reader
- Begin research
- Attend thesis meeting
- Present oral thesis
- Conduct research and collect data/information
- Draft outline
- Write thesis paper
- Week 4: Send initial thesis draft to first reader. Your initial thesis draft should be edited for grammar, style and format.
- Week 6: Receive initial draft review from first reader.
- Week 7: Send second draft to first reader.
- Week 9: Receive second draft review from first reader.
- Week 10: Send third draft to first, second and third readers.
- Week 12: Receive third draft review from first, second and third readers.
- Week 14: Finish your thesis. Post it to the Missouri State Graduate College.