A Google or similar online search of “how long should a Master's thesis be?
” may typically leave you disheartened as you will find many articles quoting up to 200 pages for a thesis paper. I however assure you it is not as complicated as perceived. While a lot of time and work goes into choosing the topic, researching, and analysis of the findings among other activities that come with thesis writing, a master’s thesis is generally 60-80 pages, not including the bibliography. However, the length may vary according to the topic and the research method.
Therefore the appropriate length is mostly determined by your faculty or advised by your supervisor along with any other changes they may require you to make during the entire period you will be writing the thesis. A thesis involves a significant amount of research and depending on the subject, some may require you to conduct interviews, and surveys and gather primary and secondary resources and this is why the overall length varies. Thesis papers do not require as much write-up as that of a dissertation
, mainly because it allows for students to show how knowledgeable they are in their area of study through researching existing material and sharing their analysis, finding, and conclusions from the research they conducted.