The MS Thesis option largely follows the practice of creating a project, though there are three additional requirements.
1. A proposal of the research to be conducted must be submitted to the advisory committee. This proposal must be defended and approved by the committee before the research can be undertaken.
2. After submission of the thesis, an oral defense must be scheduled and attended by the committee.
3. The committee must have three members: A faculty member or adjunct member of the Geography Department who serves as the student’s advisor and as Chair of the Committee, and two additional members of the UB Graduate faculty, at least one of whom must be a member or adjunct member of the Geography Department.