An Honors Thesis option is available to select students with sufficiently high grade point averages (at least a 3.80 GPA). It is normally pursued in a student’s final semester. For students in the M.A. in Statecraft and National Security Affairs and M.A. in Statecraft and International Affairs degrees, the thesis may substitute as an elective in the student’s specialization. For students pursuing the M.A. in Strategic Intelligence Studies, the thesis will substitute for one of the four courses in the two specializations. Students must approach a faculty member to supervise the thesis. The student must submit the Honors Thesis Form to the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, who will submit it to the Academic Dean. Upon approval of the application, which requires a thesis proposal, the Academic Dean will appoint a faculty review board to evaluate the thesis.
Students who are approved for the Honors Thesis must formally register for it as part of their semester registration (the $1,100 per credit hour rate applies). After the earning of a passing grade, a student must submit a bound copy of the thesis to the IWP library. Interested students should contact the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs for additional information and guidelines.