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 have completed at least 24 credits of elective coursework and have the approval of a faculty who will serve as the thesis director. Students may enroll in thesis credits during the same semester in which they are completing their final elective coursework. The thesis director must be an 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


Research involving human subjects must be reviewed and approved by Mason's Institutional Review Board (IRB) before the research can begin. If your research will involve human subjects, you must work with the Director of your Dissertation Committee to submit an application via IRBNet to have your project reviewed by the IRB. For assistance, contact Mason's IRB staff at Further information on research compliance and related federal regulations is available at the Office of Research Integrity and Assurance (ORIA) website.


Last updated:  04/13/2021