Final Report

There are two required parts to submitting your final report.

Part 1 requires all students to upload their completed final report to DukeSpace. All completed master’s projects are required to be uploaded to Duke Library’s DukeSpace website, making them searchable across the internet (see DukeSpace Embargoes if the MP contains sensitive information, e.g., from the client’s point of view, in terms of future publication elsewhere, or sensitivity for commercial ventures). Before uploading your competed project in DukeSpace, be sure to include a cover sheet and executive summary (see below for more information on executive summaries). See DukeSpace Archive for more information and further instructions.

Because final MPs will be publicly available via search engines to persons outside of the Nicholas School and Duke, students must anticipate and address in advance any potential difficulties regarding proprietary or confidential information with both their internship adviser and their MP adviser. Click here to view Non-Disclosure Agreements.

Part 2 of your final report requires an additional Executive Summary submitted to Student Services with your advisors signature. (please see below for more information).

The follow items are components of your Final Report. NOTE: Please keep in mind that the Executive Summary for the completed final project submitted on DukeSpace and the Executive Summary submitted on Qualtrics to Student Services are two separate requirements with different instructions. Please contact nsoe-mastersproject@duke.edu if you have any questions.

Cover Sheet

A cover sheet should follow the following guidelines:

  • Must provide the title, author(s), MP advisor’s name, Client, date and degree
  • Does not contain numbers
  • For more information see MP Milestones- Formatting Tips
Executive Summary (submitted to DukeSpace)

All masters projects must contain an executive summary. This is a required piece of your Final Report that must be included before submitting your completed final project on DukeSpace. The executive summary is an overall summary of the master’s project, clearly stating the problem (that instigated/inspired/necessitated the MP), and a description of all parts of the master’s project significance, objectives, methods, findings/results, broader ramifications of the work, and conclusions. The summary should stand alone (i.e., be intelligible to those who may not have the opportunity to read the entire work). It may not exceed 2 typewritten pages. The recommended length is 650-900 words (1000 words maximum). It may be typed 1.5 or single-spaced. Normally, the summary follows the cover sheet and precedes the table of contents in the report. It is titled “EXECUTIVE SUMMARY” and may be numbered with a small Roman numeral or left unnumbered. Formatting can include bullets if desired. During final upload to the library site, this Executive Summary will be pasted in as the “abstract.” Please incorporate the unsigned version of the Executive Summary in the final project uploaded to DukeSpace. For more information on how to submit to DukeSpace please visit the DukeSpace Archive page. The Executive Summary signed by the project advisor is required by Student Services only (see number 3 below).

Signed Executive Summary (submitted to Student Services)

Aside from the Executive Summary that is included in your Final Report submitted to DukeSpace, you will also submit submit a copy of this executive summary to Student Services. These saved executive summaries are available to those interested in in previous work done in the Nicholas School. The contact of the summary is the same as the executive summary in the final report, but the format differs. The title of the project, the author’s name(s), and the date of the submission should be included in the heading. It may be typed 1.5 or single spaced. Please make sure your MP Advisor(s) provide a signature and date to show completion of the project at the bottom of your Executive Summary. The signed, separate executive summary must be submitted via Qualtrics by the deadline found on the 2S Timeline at a Glance or 3S Timeline at a Glance.

Content

Generally, project reports or research papers contain the following five sections, though content will be project-specific and may vary considerably for client projects.

Refer to the style guide recommended by your advisor.