Master’s Timelines

The information below provides guidance and clarification about timelines for the master’s thesis. Although these timelines may need to change for an individual because of extenuating circumstances, these should be regarded as general program expectations. The goal should be to complete your master’s degree by end of summer of the second year; however, there are no formal “consequences” until the 3rd year in the program. These consequences include:

Program consequences:

  • You cannot start interviewing for clerkship or neuropsychology practicum until your master’s degree has been awarded. Practically, 3rd year students start interviewing for clerkship in late December (at the earliest) through March/April. This means that if you have not completed your master’s by the end of Fall semester of your third year, it will likely impact your clerkship options.
  • No student can interview for a 4th year Clerkship or be considered for a PSC student supervisor position if their masters is not complete.

University consequences:

  • You cannot be an Instructor of Record (teach an undergraduate course independently) until your master’s degree has been awarded. Although this has been a university policy for several years, it has not been consistently enforced. As of 2019-2020 the department is enforcing it. Most students do not teach independently until the 4th or 5th year.
  • The university maximum for completing the masters is 6 years. Students are not allowed to continue at UConn if they exceed this timeline.

There are many facets to completing your master’s degree, including forming a master’s advising committee (your advisor, one other member from the Clinical Program, and one faculty member from outside of the Clinical Program), obtaining University Institutional Review Board approval and collecting and analyzing your data. These steps will vary dependent upon your specific project. While the program, department and university have certain timeline requirements, you should work with your major advisor to develop an individualized timeline. The master’s thesis is typically about the length and scope of a journal manuscript. A copy of the Master’s Plan of Study is located in Appendix H.