Having a master student fail a defense isn't considered such a big deal. If you’ve been approved to defend your thesis, your success is almost 100% assured. 5 Thesis Defense Myths That You Can Debunk Right Now. Lorie Owens, or PhDiva (@Dissertating) as she is commonly known in academic Twitter circles, paints a vivid picture of how she failed at her first dissertation defense. Im not sure how to feel. The issue is some corrections that I did not make that one commitee member … One of my colleagues said that he thought I got shafted at least to some degree. He went ahead and scheduled the defense anyway, and failed. Having a PhD student fail a defense is extremely embarrassing and can end the career of a professor. Unable to hold a discussion about the thesis (AKA: hid in a corner) Note that unlike a PhD thesis the professor does not have lot of skin in the game. The reality is that for most students, the thesis defense is a formality. Yes, I have seen failed MA thesis. In one case, the student had been in grad school for 6 or 7 years, but his advisor didn't think he was ready to defend. I wasnt sure where to post this but I just failed my MS thesis defense. This narrative originally… By this point in your studies, you’re on track to graduate. I have seen a case where the student thought the thesis requirement was a joke and really did not care. Even though the thesis had passed (although major corrections were recommended in both cases), the students could not defend and explain the work to the defense committee.
If you’re worried about your thesis defense, take a deep breath. Mainly, they failed because either the student did not care or he was extremely bad.