Thesis vs. Dissertation

Thesis and dissertation is the documents required in order to graduate from masteral or doctoral. You may wonder the difference between a thesis and a dissertation. This two terms may use interchangeably and sometimes confused because both papers have similar characteristics such as structure as they both contained introduction, review of related literature, body, conclusion, bibliography and appendix. However, there are also differences between thesis and dissertation.

Here are some differences between basic thesis and dissertation:

  • The thesis is a document required at the end of a master’s program while the dissertation is for doctoral study.
  • Thesis is written to prove something you are knowledgeable through research throughout graduate program while dissertation is written to contribute new knowledge, theories or practices to your field and defend its worth.
  • Thesis is short and needs only short time to complete while dissertation is long and need more time to complete.
  • Dissertation needs new discoveries or knowledge to come up with conclusion while thesis should include hypothesis based on research work.
  • Thesis always contained an original subject such as your hypothesis while dissertation is made up of original insights and collected knowledge that collected throughout your studies.
  • Thesis should be at least 100 pages in length while dissertation should be much longer since it needs a lot of research information.