Students enrolling in the Master’s degree program are required to write a thesis to complete their degree. Students are not normally permitted to begin the thesis until they have completed all the taught courses (both core and elective).  Students should refer to the requirements of their program for the deadlines for the thesis and the Thesis Defense. 

At the Thesis Defense a student may be required to make major changes to his/her thesis, with or without a second oral examination. A thesis deferred by the examiners for major changes will be examined in the following spring.  Students should refer to the requirements of their program for the date. Students granted a deferred submission will be required to register for a ‘Maintaining Matriculation’ status (recorded as a no credit course) and pay the appropriate fee. The status of ‘Maintaining Matriculation’ does not carry the right to an Italian visa and may affect financial aid.

The requirements for the thesis can be found in each Program.