Frequently Asked Questions
Where do I begin?
Start by reviewing the Master Thesis Requirements. Then talk with your advisor. Your advisor should be able to counsel you on the next
You may be registered for Thesis after the following have been completed:
- Pick a thesis topic in consultation with program faculty
- Select a Thesis Chair who is familiar with your topic
- Form your Thesis Committee with direction from your Thesis Chair
- Receive approval of your Thesis Committee by the Associate Dean's Office
- Develop a proposal for your thesis topic under direction of your Thesis Committee
- Defend your thesis proposal and receive approval from committee to proceed
- Once you have an approved thesis. Submit the Master's Option Course Enrollment form to register for your thesis.
What is the biggest mistake students make?
Most students forget to stay on top of getting signatures at critical points. Remember,
the student is responsible for obtaining all signatures. Take time to double check
registration and approval forms and make sure you have all the signatures.
What are the guidelines?
There are three sets of guidelines that apply to the Master Thesis within SCE at University
of Houston-Clear Lake, SCE Guidelines for a Thesis Proposal, UH-Clear Lake Thesis
Formatting Guide and Library Formatting Requirements. SCE Guidelines are above and
beyond the UH-Clear Lake Guidelines. Some schools, including SCE, specify more details
beyond the UHCL guidelines. Follow the Style Manual appropriate for your discipline
as recommended by your Thesis Chair. For detailed information, please visit What are the guidelines?
What are the guidelines for Research Involving Humans or Animals?
If you are planning to conduct research that involves vertebrate animals or humans,
you are required to include the appropriate application forms in your research proposal.
You will subsequently be required to submit the application to the appropriate UHCL
committee (e.g., IACUC [Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee] or CPHS [Committee
for the Protection of Human Subjects]) and receive approval before beginning any work
on your research project. IACUC and/or CPHS applications and approval documents must
be included in the final research report submitted. For detailed information, please
visit What are the guidelines for Research Involving Humans or Animals?
What is the process for enrollment?
Use the Master's Option Course Enrollment form to register for your thesis. You cannot register until after your proposal defense
is approved. When you fill out this form, some of the fields allow you to type information
online. You will need to print the form and obtain all required signatures and turn
it in to the Associate Dean's Office.
When is the Thesis due?
The Deadline for Submission of Theses/Projects to Library for Format Check is generally
the first week in November for the fall semester and the first week in April for the
spring semester and the Final Approval of Theses/Projects by Dean is generally December
1 for fall semester and May 1 for spring semester (see Academic Affairs Administration Calendar for the deadline).