An MA thesis represents an original investigation into a problem or a research project that contributes new knowledge to the field. A thesis is not required in our MA program. Moreover, the Linguistics department requires both a comprehensive examination and an oral thesis-defense exam for thesis writers, so the MA thesis will add to your workload in the program. Some MA students may be motivated to write the MA thesis in order to produce a writing sample for PhD applications or because the MA degree may carry more weight professionally if associated with a thesis. Consult this guide for detailed information about MA thesis procedures. Keep in mind that you must enroll for at least four, and at most six, MA thesis credits if you are on the thesis plan.