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Advanced Criminology & Criminal Justice Research Guide

Advanced Research Processes and Resources in Criminology & Criminal Justice

Your Master's Thesis

1. Identify a research gap: your thesis should address a research gap which you identify in the literature, a research question or problem which has not been addressed in your area of interest.

2. Build and defend your thesis proposal: a written document that outlines what you're going to study and why it's important, as well as the methods you will use to study your thesis topic.

3. To graduate after defending your thesis:

  • Fill out the Master's Thesis Deep Blue Submission Form to submit your Master's Thesis (in Word) for a format check. This process is required by the Graduate Studies Office in order to release your final grade.
  • Your thesis needs to be finalized and approved by your Thesis Chair before you submit it for a format check
  • The deadlines for thesis format check submission are:
    • Summer 2022: August 10, 2022
    • Fall 2022: December 6, 2022
    • Winter 2023: April 12, 2023
  • Use the Master's Thesis Formatting Checklist below to make sure that your thesis meets the Graduate Studies Office formatting requirements for Masters theses. 
  • To help you format your Word document correctly, use:
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