While there is no official course enrollment necessary, the MA Thesis is typically completed in the last semester of the Program, when course requirements and 2 Residence Unit have been fulfilled. This often means that practical training in Supervised Research or Supervised Internship is happening concurrently with writing the MA Thesis over the summer semester for full-time students. The following guidelines should be followed to coordinate this process and satisfy the Continuous Registration Requirement of GSAS. For those part-time enrolled students, who may be full-time employees, discuss the timing for completing the MA thesis with the Program Director to optimize effort.
The thesis can be about any scientific subject connected to biotechnology. This includes but is not limited to, almost anything covered in the Fall & Spring Core courses, as well as research interests of the faculty in the Department of Biological Sciences and in the Health Sciences Campus. Non-natural science issues such as business (e.g, investment, regulation), law, and ethics, can be included as a small section of the major theme.
Electronic submissions to the MA Program should be made to [email protected].
Application-For-Degree information can be found here. https://www.registrar.columbia.edu/content/application-degree-or-certificate The Registrar now allows the application-for-degree step to be completed online using a "Degree Application Status" tab on SSOL.