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Detailed expectations for a Masters Level Course (remove this line)
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introduction. Often the most important paragraph in the entire essay, the introduction grabs the
reader's attention—sometimes a difficult task for academic writing. When writing an
introduction, some approaches are best avoided. Avoid starting sentences with “The purpose of
this essay is . . .” or “In this essay I will . . .” or any similar flat announcement of your intention
or topic. Read more: Center for Writing Excellence>Tutorials and Guides>Essay
Development>Guidelines for Writing Academic Essays.
Level One Heading
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In addition, keep in mind an academic essay should contain at least five paragraphs,
which includes the introduction (introductory paragraph), the body (which is generally at least
three paragraphs), and the conclusion (generally one paragraph). Most well-developed
paragraphs contain at least three – five sentences, one of which is the topic sentence. Limit each
body paragraph to one sub-topic.
Level Two Heading
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Level three heading. Replace the level three heading with the words for your heading.
The heading must be in bold font. Most master’s level papers will be sufficient with three levels
of heading. Delete the following level four and five heading placeholders if not needed.
Level four heading. Replace the level four heading with the words for your heading. The
heading must be italicized and in bold font.
Level five heading. Replace the level five heading with the words for your heading. The
heading must be italicized.
The closing paragraph is designed to bring the reader to your way of thinking if you are
writing a persuasive essay, to understand relationships if you are writing a comparison/contrast
essay, or simply to value the information you provide in an informational essay. The closing
paragraph summarizes the key points from the supporting paragraphs without introducing any
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of text and replace the information with your reference entry. You can use the Reference
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