Psychology 797
Master's Thesis Project
(Committee required)

Catalog Description:
PSY 797 - Thesis (6 semester hours spread over two or more semesters). Supervised  development and implementation of a research study. PREREQ: PSY 615, 616, and consent of  instructor (i.e., permission of advisor).

Students must complete Research Design, Methods, and Statistics I and II  (PSY 615; 616),  select a thesis advisor (chair), develop and deliver a brief, formal thesis proposal to their advisor, and obtain the advisor√≠s approval to enroll for thesis credit hours.

Recommended Texts:
Two texts are recommended that provide guidance on proposing, constructing, completing, and  reporting a thesis research project:

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). (2009). Washington,   DC: American Psychological Association.

Cone, J. D., & Foster, S. L. (2006). Dissertations and theses from start to finish: Psychology    and related fields (2nd ed.). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Literature review materials are determined individually based on the area of research focus.

Evaluation (pass/fail):
Full written and oral proposal presentation to committee      
Written analysis, results, and conclusions    
Oral defense presentation to committee
Each student in consultation with the faculty practicum advisor will identify a committee of at   least three members, a chair and two members. The advisor will serve as chair. One of the two   remaining members may be a faculty member in the Department of Psychological Science.  The   second remaining member must be from another academic department. All must hold    graduate faculty status.  
Successful completion is dependent upon committee approval at both the proposal  and    completion stages.

Contents typically will include:

  • Literature review
  • Hypotheses
  • Research design, methods, and participants
  • Data collection
  • Data analysis
  • Results
  • Conclusions
  • Discussion
  • Research limitations
  • Recommended future directions