Thesis Option (On-campus students)

The George Mason University Library is in charge of collecting and publishing theses and dissertations written by George Mason University graduate students. All students writing a thesis or dissertation must refer to the guidelines on the Dissertation and Thesis website.

Economics master's students enrolled in the on-campus pathway may elect the thesis option, which offers 6 credits for independent research and writing under the supervision of a faculty member in lieu of 6 credits of elective course work.

Before registering for ECON 799 Thesis Credit, students must successfully complete the MA comprehensive exam and select a thesis director from the Economics full time tenure or tenure-track faculty. The thesis director will assist in creating the thesis committee.

Academic policy requires the initial 799 registration to be for a minimum of 3 credits. Students must maintain continuous enrollment in ECON 799 until the thesis has been delivered to the University Library. These courses are graded IP until the thesis has been successfully defended, at which time they are changed to S.

There are a number of rules and policies governing the writing and submission of a thesis, and it will be your responsibility to be aware of and adhere to these policies. You will find all of the information that you need on the library website at

If your research involves human subjects, you must obtain written approval from the Office of Research Integrity and Assurance (ORIA) prior to conducting a research project involving human subjects which requires compliance to federal and other relevant regulations.

ORIA is responsible for Mason’s program for promoting excellence in all aspects of research with humans.  A fundamental principle of ORIA’s program is that all research with human subjects must be reviewed prior to a project’s initiation.