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What Is a Thesis Statement?

Your instructor may ask you to provide a thesis statement, rather than a research question. The main difference between a thesis statement and a research question is that a thesis statement makes a claim upfront that you will attempt to validate in your paper. A thesis statement:

  • States your position on a topic
  • Is not always required when writing a research paper
  • Is often your research question reworded as a statement with a position

For more information on writing thesis statements, see UMGC's Online Guide to Writing and Research: Thesis Statement and Controlling Idea.

Example thesis statement:
Female managers encounter a glass ceiling in upper-level management positions in Fortune 500  IT companies.