Master's Essay

Stieglitz Tire

Alfred Stieglitz (American, 1864-1946),Georgia O’Keeffe hand on back tire of Ford V8, 1933, Gelatin silver print, Courtesy George Eastman Museum

Students register for the Master’s essay course in the fall semester of their second year. This fall course is designed as a practical introduction to research methods and assists students in the selection, development, and final proposal of their Master’s essay. At the conclusion of the fall semester, the student presents PPCM faculty with a two- to three-page (or 500 to 750 words) written project proposal and bibliography as well as a 10-minute oral presentation.

In the spring semester, PPCM students continue to work on and be supported in their Master's essay. PPCM faculty provide students with a series of benchmarks in order to ensure the successful completion of their essay.  At the conclusion of the PPCM program students are required to submit their essays to PPCM faculty, their project readers, and the University. In addition, they may also be required to give a formal presentation on the results of their Master’s essay.