The thesis requires that the student complete a Masters Thesis in Preservation Studies that utilizes research, experimentation and observation to create new knowledge about some aspect of historic preservation and conservation. The thesis should be developed in such a manner as to expand the academic experience of the student in an area that relates to their chosen focus and professional interest. A complete outline within proposed methodologies of research is required in the semester before the thesis will commence. The thesis will be developed in the format required by the Graduate School and the School of Architecture. Students should select an adviser for their research. All of the details of the thesis including its final acceptance are to be approved by the Director of Preservation Studies. The thesis will become an integral part of the Portfolio of Work that is to be submitted before approval for graduation.