Honors College

The Honors Thesis Experience

To earn UMass Lowell Commonwealth Honors Designation, an Honors Student must submit and defend either an Honors Project or an Honors Thesis.

The Honors Thesis Experience is typically a twelve-month, two-semester, six-credit research process that produces a final document referred to as the Honors Thesis. The Honors Thesis is a substantial, written piece of work created by a single individual under the guidance of a thesis advisor. Students pursuing an Honors Thesis would normally enroll for two semesters of independent study. An Honors Thesis has either a well-structured thesis statement or hypothesis that is then defended by analysis and argument. Such defense is supported by the interpretation of data or careful analysis and interpretation of primary source materials. Data can be collected in a variety of ways including experimentation or via surveys. The goal of the Honors Thesis is to create new knowledge. 

Whether the honors student does an Honors Project or an Honors Thesis, the student must find an Honors Project/Thesis advisor and form a Thesis/Project committee consisting of two members. The student will need to formally present the project or thesis work to the committee.

The Honors Thesis/Project Grant 

The Honors College will award grants of up to $500.00 for materials and/or activities (including travel) related to the Honors Student’s Senior Thesis or Project. The number of grants awarded will be determined by available funding. To be eligible to apply, a student must be an active member of the UMass Lowell Honors College and must be working on a Senior Thesis/Project. There is no deadline for applying for this grant, but you must have at least one more semester at UMass Lowell in order to receive the funding. Here is the Application (pdf).

UMass Lowell Commonwealth Honors Thesis Timetable and Deadlines

Thesis Step

Dates for a Fall Thesis

Dates for a

Thesis Advisor Declaration Form First Friday in December First Friday in May
Do Preliminary Research January May-September
Meet with advisor weekly/bi-weekly During Spring Semester During Fall Semester
Thesis Proposal Second Friday in March Second Friday in October
Outline and Annotated Bibliography Friday before Finals Friday before Finals
Continue Research and Start Writing March-June October-January
Completed First Draft September February
Completed Final Draft By the end of October By the end of March
Present and Defend Thesis During November During April
Thesis Completion Form First Friday December Last Friday in April