According to one distinguished political scientist, Stephen Van Evera, most masters’ theses and doctoral dissertations fit into one of several types:
As I produce tailored examples of each, I will place them on line and provide links to them. For now, I’m linking only to a single file that represents the most common type of thesis produced at JHU, the policy prescriptive thesis.
Students are often asked to produce a prospectus or proposal as a step toward having their topics approved.
There are also a couple of paper styles that faculty expect students to produce.
Comparative evaluation (sample)
Modern word processors offer features unknown to most students that will greatly facilitate construction of their manuscript.
The papers are formatted in compliance with JHU guidelines for margins, footnotes, fonts, etc.