- Students writing master’s theses are responsible for securing a second reader for their thesis. Faculty supervisors should assist with this request. Students should inquire with their choice of second reader no later than the beginning of the quarter in which they hope to finish the thesis. When the student has secured a second reader, the student is responsible for emailing the Academic Dean with this information, copying the faculty supervisor and the second reader on the email. Community members (non-SPS faculty) may be asked to be second readers. If a student desires a second reader who is not a member of the SOT faculty, the student should email this request to the Academic Dean, copying their faculty supervisor. This reader will be subject to Academic Dean approval and will be contacted by the Academic Dean for this work.
- The second reader should not be asked to read the thesis until the faculty supervisor has agreed to the consultation; usually, this would not be before the faculty supervisor has seen a second draft.
- A thesis is complete when both faculty supervisor and second reader sign off on the thesis and when both have completed the assessment for SPS degree program purposes.
- Second readers are not required for master’s projects.