Initial Publication Date: April 13, 2015

Masters Thesis Defense Evaluation Rubric

From the Department of Geology, Bowling Green State University


Used to evaluate Masters thesis defense presentations, a key element in assessing the graduate program.


This instrument is used when students prepare and defend 1) their thesis proposal and 2) their final thesis.

Use of the Data

A report is sent to the college office. The results are also presented to the faculty so they can modify their courses and other interactions with students to address weaknesses in the program.


This has worked fairly well, and has allowed us to identify a weakness in our graduate program. I don't know that anything has been done to address the weakness.


Download the Masters thesis defense evaluation rubric (Microsoft Word 46kB Feb9 09)