See the Eligibility Criteria for each awards:
WAGS/ProQuest Distinguished Master's Thesis and Innovation in Technology Award Criteria
The scholarly “product” eligible for this competition is a formal written thesis. If a nominating department offers both a thesis option and a project option, only the thesis is acceptable for consideration for this award. The nominee must have successfully defended and submitted the final copy of their thesis for the Master's degree (or doctoral thesis for Innovation in Technology Award) within the period July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2020.
WAGS/ProQuest Distinguished Master's Thesis and/or Final Master’s Capstone Project Award in the Creative, Visual and Performing Arts Criteria
The scholarly or creative work eligible for this competition is one of the following:
1. A traditional, formal written thesis;
2. A major capstone paper or creative product (e.g. collection of poetry);
3. An audio, video, or digital file of a performance, portfolio, or exhibition.
Since many fine and performing arts Master’s projects involve a combination of written and artistic products, both may be submitted for review (if applicable) and considered in the decision for the award.
Nominees must have successfully completed all requirements for their scholarly or creative work in the context of degree progression and/or completion. Typically, this means that a written thesis will have been successfully defended and final copy submitted; their major capstone paper or creative product will have been submitted and evaluated for degree completion; or their performance, portfolio, or exhibition will have been publicly presented and/or evaluated for degree completion, as appropriate within the period of July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2020.