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Theses, Research Papers, and Capstone Projects

Depending on your department or program, you may have the option of completing a research paper, thesis, or capstone project.  Make sure to discuss your options with your advisor.  

Program Options

  • Biology (M.S.)

    • Thesis
    • Research Paper
  • Counseling Psychology (M.S.)

    • Thesis
    • Research Paper
  • Education (M.Ed.)

    • Capstone Experience
  • Education (M.S.)

    • Thesis
    • Research Paper
  • English (M.A.)

    • Thesis
    • Creative Thesis
  • English (M.S.)

    • Thesis
    • Research Paper
  • Environmental Studies (M.S.)

    • Thesis

Thesis/Creative Thesis

A student electing the Thesis Option is required to submit one (1) original and one (1) photocopy of the thesis to the School of Graduate Studies in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree. 

The thesis must demonstrate an ability to work independently, and give evidence of independent thought, both in perceiving problems and making satisfactory progress toward their solution. 

All theses must be prepared in accordance with the "Handbook for the Preparation of the Thesis or Research Paper," which may be accessed on the School of Graduate Studies website (see Resources section below), and any additional corresponding formatting manual required by the department or School of Graduate Studies.

Please see the following thesis for an example in proper formatting.  *Note: this thesis is in APA Manual style 6th edition.

Resources

 

  • Industrial Technology (M.S.)

    • Thesis
    • Research Paper
  • Mathematics (M.S.)

    • Research Paper
  • Science (M.S.)

    • Thesis
    • Research Paper
  • Special Education (M.S.)

    • Thesis
    • Research Paper
    • Capstone Project
  • Sport Studies (M.S.)

    • Thesis
  • Technology/Career & Technical Education (M.S.)

    • Research Paper


Research Paper

A student electing the Research Paper Option is required to submit one (1) original copy of the research paper to the School of Graduate Studies in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree. 

The research paper must be prepared in accordance with the "Handbook for the Preparation of the Thesis or Research Paper," which may be accessed on the School of Graduate Studies website (see Resources section below), and any additional corresponding formatting manual required by the department or School of Graduate Studies.

Capstone Experience/Projects

Every Applied Master (M.Ed.) Program must include a capstone experience, i.e. an experiential-based activity typical of preparation for practice in the field.

Students completing an MS in Special Education also have the option of completing either a Capstone Project A or Capstone Project B in place of a thesis or research paper.