The MA in Science Writing Thesis and Careers Course
Final Course for Science Writing MA: Thesis and Careers in Science Writing
Note: The Thesis and Careers in Science Writing course will be offered for the first time in Spring 2016. The following information about the course and thesis process may change as the course is developed.
The Master of Arts in Science Writing degree culminates in a course that prepares students for a writing or editing career that fits their individual goals. By revising a portfolio of publishable writing and by preparing a formal career plan, all graduates of the program work separately and as a group in one final experience.
The thesis process itself involves each student revising the best writing they completed in earlier courses. This revision is conducted throughout the thesis term with an individual thesis advisor. Students don’t write their thesis from scratch in the final course; they revise their best work into a collection or book that is heading toward publication. In effect, you are creating material that might wind up in your thesis from the moment you start the program. After several months of this revision process, the student presents a final draft to the program faculty for review. If approved, the student’s writing is polished into a final thesis filed with the university. If the Final Draft isn’t approved, the student continues revisions until it is.
As this thesis process evolves through the term, students also engage in a regular online course that prepares them for a professional writing life. The goals of this group experience include: 1) A formal, written career plan that sets out how they will use their skills and knowledge to join the Community of Letters in science writing, 2) The editing and publication of a print or digital magazine that features excerpts of writing from students in the final course, and 3) The final exploration of writing business issues that include everything from job applications and accounting to advancement and life-long learning. The class may involve guest speakers, career exercises, readings and other assignments.
Students register for Thesis & Careers in Science Writing just like another course. Besides tuition, the Writing Program charges an additional course fee (approximately $150) to help pay for the class publication and other costs. Students should finish all cores, workshops, and electives before enrolling in the thesis course. Students who want to take a second course during the thesis term should request permission.
Students should complete a Thesis Planning Form at least one month before their thesis course starts – although students can submit it up to six months early.
Here’s more information about the thesis course and process:
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