Master's Thesis

As part of the Completion Exercise for the Master of Science in Statistical Science, you may write and present your Master's Thesis. This oral examination is administered by your Master's Committee. Students choosing to defend a thesis should begin work on their research as early as possible, preferably in their second semester or summer of their first year in the program. Please give yourself enough time to write your thesis. Your thesis advisor (chair of your committee) should approve your thesis title. The work has to be approved by all members of your committee.

ALL STUDENTS CHOOSING TO DO A THESIS SHOULD SUBMIT A THESIS PROPOSAL (NOT MORE THAN 5 PAGES) TO THE MS DIRECTOR BY OCTOBER 15 (THIRD SEMESTER). THE THESIS PROPOSAL SHOULD INCLUDE A TITLE (TENTATIVE THAT CAN BE REFINED LATER), A LIST OF THREE COMMITTEE MEMBERS (TWO SHOULD BE FROM STATISTICS INCLUDING THE CHAIR) AND A DESCRIPTION OF YOUR WORK.

NOTE: THE MASTERS THESIS COMMITTEE SHOULD BE FORMED AND APPROVED BY GRADUATE SCHOOL AT LEAST 30 DAYS PRIOR TO YOUR DEFENSE. 

For details, see the document below. 

The Thesis consists of a detailed written report on a project approved by the M.S. Director, covering aspects of your contribution to the project area:

  • introduction
  • summary of contributions and results
  • discussion of open questions
  • bibliographic material

The Master's Thesis and its submission must conform to the Duke University Graduate School M.S. thesis requirements.

All students choosing to do Master's Thesis should follow the steps outlined in the MSS Thesis Defense Process document.