Each student’s Master’s Thesis Committee is composed of at least two faculty members, an epidemiology core reader and a co-reader. The epidemiology core reader, who is typically the student’s methodology mentor, serves as the principal thesis advisor. The co-reader is typically the research mentor. The epidemiology core reader is ordinarily a member of the Stanford Academic Council and should be listed as the instructor for at least 9 of the required 12 Master’s thesis (research) units (EPI 399).
Registration for Master’s thesis units must be approved by the core reader. If the student’s thesis research requires expertise beyond that covered by the mentoring team described above, a third faculty mentor may be appointed as a thesis reader. This appointment must be requested by the student and approved by the core reader. Primary supervision during thesis research and writing is shared by the core reader and the co-reader.
Completion of the Master’s thesis involves registration for at least 12 units of Master’s thesis research over a period of two or more quarters. During the first quarter of research, a proposal for the thesis must be submitted to thesis readers when the project is early in its conceptual stages. The purpose is for the student to obtain guidance from the Thesis Committee about specific aims, study design features, and analytic methods before commencing on the project. The Master’s Thesis Committee will notify the student of its decision within two weeks of receipt of the proposal. Rejected proposals can be resubmitted before the end of the quarter.
Registration for the second quarter of Master’s thesis units can take place only after successful completion of the first quarter thesis requirements. In the quarter the student expects to graduate, the Master’s thesis should be completed and submitted to the readers, allowing sufficient time for readers’ comments and for revisions that might be required. A student should ordinarily expect readers’ comments within two weeks of submission. The final version should be submitted at least two weeks before the end of the quarter. A suggested format for the thesis is available from the department Educational Program Manager. An electronic copy of the approved thesis, with three original signature sheets should be sent to the Binding and Finishing department at least 72 hours before the deadline. Send the PDF, including the signature page, to the Educational Program Manager.