Writing A Master's Degree Dissertation: Effective Recommendations

Some people think of their dissertation as an extended project. In short, a master’s paper will present a central thesis question and then the answer to it. This paper is undoubtedly the most prominent work you have done at a graduate level thus far.

The most effective way to successfully complete all that’s required of you for your dissertation is to know the steps you must take and then methodically fulfill them. Don’t skip any and make sure each is completely finished before moving on to the next.

  1. Choosing the topic – think about what interests you within your field. This paper is a big project, so make sure you are going to enjoy what you will be writing about. Focus on what has caught your attention the most so far in your field of study. Is there a particular topic that you wish there was more available research about? This would make a good topic for your dissertation.
  2. The thesis question and the research questions it generates are essential parts of your paper. The questions must have an answer in your paper. Your thoughts and ideas must be communicated clearly and succinctly. This is a high expectation in a paper of this level.
  3. Conduct the research you need in order to create a great master’s degree paper. Read the text material, find high quality sources, see what other related research is being done. Gather as much information as you can in this step in order to move on to the next steps.
  4. If you have the option of choosing your committee members, do so carefully. Usually there are three professors, the head of the committee and two readers. Make sure you have individuals who you get along well with, have enough time to dedicate to helping you with your project, and who have an expertise that’s relevant to the research you will conduct.
  5. The literature review must be extensive and without repetition. This helps ensure your thesis idea is both relevant and original. Take background notes while reading and studying, being careful to write down the citation and reference so you can easily find the source again later.
  6. Create an outline. It’s always easier to stay on track and not omit any important information when you take time to organize all the main ideas into a working outline.