Theses Guide - Chapter 4


Special Instructions for Projects and Project Reports


As indicated earlier, Title V describes a project explicitly:

"A project is a significant undertaking appropriate to the fine and applied arts or to professional fields. It evidences originality and independent thinking, appropriate form and organization, and a rationale. It is described and summarized in a written abstract that includes the project's significance, objectives, methodology, and a conclusion or recommendation. An oral defense of the project may be required."

A master's project may be presented in any of a variety of appropriate media, including video, audio, digital photographs, computer discs such as CDs and DVDs, web pages, and book type materials. Please consult the Thesis Reviewer for additional information.

Reports of Projects

A master's project submitted to this University must be accompanied by a narrative report in which are summarized the project's objectives, methodology, significance, outcomes, and recommendations. The report is prepared using the same format as that for a thesis, with all appropriate frontis materials, chapters, list of references and other parts. An approval page with original signatures must be submitted to the Thesis Reviewer.

The report is submitted separately from accompanying non-print media.

Number of Copies of Projects to Be Submitted

One electronic copy of the project report document will be uploaded to the ProQuest website as is done for a thesis.

Music Compositions, Creative Writings, and Manuals

Music scores, novels, plays, manuals and other projects may be included within the same electronic document as the reports. The counting and numbering of pages should be continuous throughout the report and project. In addition, if the candidate desires to do so, another set of numbers may also be assigned to the pages of the project itself. This is particularly useful if the project has its own title page, table of contents and other frontis materials. In this case, and if the second set of numbers is used, the report's table of contents will list only the title of the project and the page number of the project's title page which is the basic continuous numbering scheme for the entire document.

Non-Print Projects

All non-print projects must be submitted in cases, which will protect the media. Both the media and the case which holds the media must be labeled. Labels must be typed and include the following information: (1) name of candidate, (2) name of project, (3) department in which the candidate is seeking the degree, and (4) quarter and year in which the candidate will complete the degree. At the bottom of the report's table of contents, the following phrase should be typed: "This report is accompanied by a name of the medium, e.g., "DVD", which is housed in the Music and Media Center of the Library." One copy is required and must be submitted to the Thesis Reviewer.

Audio Recordings

Audio projects may be submitted on any type of recoding material which is in major use at the time the recording is made. Recordings must be of high quality and entirely audible throughout.

Video Recordings

Projects which contain a video component may be submitted on any type of recoding material which is in major use at the time the recording is made. Recordings must be of high quality throughout. Television and film projects must be submitted for deposit in the Library and in the department.


Photographs should be submitted in digital format unless otherwise approved by the University Thesis Coordinator. Contents of each photograph should be described in the report of the project and captions or titles provided. Additionally, a list of the photographs must be included in the report accompanying the project. The list is prepared in the format used for a list of figures.

Other Digital Technology

Computer programs, data and knowledge bases must be submitted on digital technology which is in major use at the time the project is submitted. Each must be write-protected before submission and include instructions for its use.

NOTICE: For all non-print media or projects not explicitly described above, approval concerning format and other requirements must be obtained as early as possible, in writing, from the student's department and from the Office of Graduate Studies and Research.

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