Master's Thesis Project
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 advisorís approval to enroll for thesis credit hours.
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.
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: