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).
|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|