Soc 793

Soc 793

MA Thesis Boot Camp

Charles F. Turner, Spring 2018

Wednesdays, 5-00 to 6-15pm in Sociology Lounge

Email: Soc793.CFTurner@GMail.com

Website: www.popepi.org


Every student in the MA program in Data Analytics and Applied Social Research is required to write a Master’s thesis. The thesis consists of original, independent research by the student, which culminates in a thesis document or research report. The thesis represents the capstone project of the graduate program and utilizes many of the research skills students are expected to master during their course of study.

Any social science topic is fair game for the thesis. However, the thesis is not a dissertation. Rather, it should explore or answer a very focused research question – one that may be examined during the course of one semester or two at most and that may be adequately addressed by available data.

Students develop thesis topics by matching their interests with available data or with data that may be readily collected. Given the nature of the requirement, most students elect to use existing data, rather than to collect their own. Various survey and other  data files are available for download; see qcbigdata.com/students/data-sets/ .  Much of the data used in other graduate courses could also be made available for thesis writing. Often, successful theses have been developed from term papers completed for courses.

Students must have a faculty advisor for their thesis. In the ideal situation, your thesis advisor will have expertise either about your selected area of research or the methods you plan to use. Your thesis advisor must be a member of the Sociology Department faculty. She or he will have primary responsibility for advising you on your work. S/He will also be responsible for approving and grading your thesis.

To assist MA students in the sometimes daunting process of preparing an MA thesis, the department holds a weekly “Thesis Boot Camp”. Attendance at Boot Camp is not mandatory, but past students have found it helpful in completing their theses on schedule. If you are unsure about attending, please come to the first class or meet with the instructor, Dr. Charles Turner.

PLAGIARISM.  The use of other people’s work or ideas without appropriate acknowledgment is a serious breach of the standards of academic scholarship.  Students who engage in such behavior may be given a grade of F, and they may be subject to other disciplinary action.  The university’s academic integrity policy is published in full at: web.cuny.edu/academics/info-central/policies/academic-integrity.pdf


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