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The thesis is completed in the second year of the program and must be an original piece of work, possibly linked to some aspect of the research practicum. The intention is for the student to pursue a topic intensively, drawing on and integrating knowledge from the course work and research practicum and demonstrating skill in developing and conveying recommended policies and action on a particular issue or problem. 
Thesis Description

Theses typically run a minimum of 40 pages in length, depending on the level of quantitative work presented, and cannot exceed 80 pages, excluding appendices and bibliography. In the Levy M.S. program, theses fall into four general categories: original research, analytical literature review, case study analysis, and project based.

Extensive information on the thesis process—including grading, your thesis committee, Bard’s IRB, the contents of the thesis, citations and formatting, and printing and binding—is included in the Levy Institute M.S. Thesis Guidelines. The Guidelines are updated annually and are available to students at the beginning of the thesis process (June of the first year of the program).

Thesis Timeline

End of May One-sentence description of potential thesis area of
interest due—summer adviser assigned following
End of August Thesis idea due—thesis adviser assigned upon
Mid-September Exploratory literature review due
End of October Thesis proposal due
End of November Individual 20-minute presentation of thesis proposal
Mid-Dec/Jan Draft of literature review and methodology chapters due
Late Feb/Early March Draft of remaining chapters due
Late March Full draft (excluding abstract / executive summary) due
Late April Polished full draft (including abstract / executive summary)
Mid-May Final copies due to the Levy Institute MS office

The Levy Institute has published 1740 research publications to date.

Levy Publications

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