Three Sample Timelines For M.S. Capstone Projects

Some of these schedules stretch over two semesters; most do not allow the necessary two weeks for drafts to be read. They are good examples but may not be 100% appropriate for your particular project.

Example #1

DateItemNotesDone
August 9, 2006Begin Lit ReviewX
August 16, 2006Begin Survey Instrument DraftX
August 23, 2006RQ or Hypothesis DraftX
September 4, 2006Literature Overview due2-3 pagesX
September 5, 2006RQ or Hypothesis Draft CompleteX
September 5, 2006Revise Literature OverviewX
September 11, 2006Literature Review Complete
September 12, 2006RQ or Hypothesis Final
September 12, 2006Start Intro & Lit ReviewX
September 18, 2006Survey Instrument Complete (English)
September 21, 2006Survey Backtranslation and Brislin Validation
September 26, 2006Deploy Survey Pilot
September 26, 2006Begin Methodology SectionX
September 27, 2006Revise Survey Instrument
September 29, 2006Survey Redesign Complete
October 1, 2006Deploy SurveyMay deploy earlier if minimal revisions needed.
October 7, 2006Complete Methodology Section
October 8, 2006Surveys Returned to Li-Min
October 15, 2006Enter Survey Responses
October 15, 2006Begin Data Analysis
October 31, 2006Data Analysis Complete
November 1, 2006Draft Findings SectionBegins in parallel with data analysis
November 7, 2006Draft Discussion Section
November 16, 2006Draft Applications Section
November 22, 2006Final Draft to Dr. Murphy
November 26, 2006Revisions
November 29, 2006Final Draft to Committee
December 6, 2006Defense
December 7, 2003Begin Final Revisions
December 13, 2006Final Paper Due
December 20, 2006Break Open La Veuve Clicquot!

Example #2

TASKDUE DATECOMPLETED?
Draft of intro, lit review, methodsNovember 13X
Interview with Tom G.December 2X
Tom G. interview transcript writtenDecember 5X
Revised Draft of Literature ReviewDecember 23
Revised Draft of MethodsJanuary 5
Revised Draft of IntroductionJanuary 12
Draft of Findings (RQs and Data)January 26
Draft of Discussion/Data AnalysisFebruary 9
Revised Draft of Findings (RQs and Data)February 16
Revised Draft of Discussion/Data AnalysisFebruary 23
Sources writtenMarch 2
Appendices gatheredMarch 2
Hand in Final to Dr. PompperMarch 6
Give paper to Committee (2 weeks prior)March 6
Meet with CommitteeMarch 20 approx

Example #3

Timeline

Submit weekly progress reports:

  • September 8, 15, 22, 29
  • October 6, 13, 20, 27
  • November 3, 10, 17, 24
  • December 1, 8

Complete literature review, research and interviews: September 2 – Oct. 22

Draft and finalize interview questionnaire: September 8 – 15

Write first draft: October 23 – November 9

Submit first draft: November 10

Submit second draft: December 1

Submit and present final work: Week of December 15