Literary Arts

The Thesis


Completed by the end of April of your second year, your thesis will be a substantial manuscript or project of publishable material—a collection of poetry or short fiction, a novel, long poem or electronic work (or works) or a work that crosses the boundaries of disciplines. It must be formatted according to the guidelines provided by the Graduate School, with one minor exception: the rule about double-spacing does not apply to poets (and those in other areas may also make a case for a non-standard format). Early in your second year, you should visit the Graduate School’s web site, where you can download the Graduate School’s requirements.


Please note that the Graduate School's 1 May deadline for filing the thesis is firm; do not expect to receive an extension on this deadline (and if you miss the deadline, you will not graduate in May).

Electronic Submission

The Graduate School page notes: a master’s student with a thesis requirement will submit the file through Brown's electronic theses and dissertation (ETD) system. The system is designed to collect and archive the thesis or dissertation as a text-based PDF file. An electronic file submitted through the ETD will appear in the Library's discovery service and in the Brown digital repository.

LITR 2410

You should register for LITR 2410.