Degree Structure Guidelines

For further information on the MA Maritime Studies degree structure, consult the Graduate Guidelines available here. These guidelines are updated annually and should be reviewed periodically.

Thesis Information

The major written requirement for the MA Maritime Studies is a master’s thesis. A thesis is an examination of a well-defined historical and/or archaeological subject that relies chiefly on primary sources, published or unpublished, to form an argument. It should possess some degree of original thought on the topic, or in its approach to that topic.

The thesis should not be a compilation of detail or a simple narrative. Instead, it should pose an argument. It should be expository rather than descriptive. The typical MA thesis is about one hundred (100) to one hundred twenty (120) pages in length. For advice on preparing a thesis for submission, check out ECU’s Preparation Guidance and Required Elements. For new students, consult the flowchart in the link below to guide you through the process.

Flowchart of Required Documents

Agreement to Advise

Agreement to Supervise Thesis

Masters Pre-Thesis Approval Form

Pre-Thesis Approval Form

Student Equipment Check-out Form

Equipment Check-Out Form

Scholarship Proposal Form

Scholarship Proposal Form