Dissertation/Thesis and Other Creative Activities

Opportunities for graduate students to engage in research and other creative activities are available and are an integral aspect of the total learning experience in all graduate programs at the University. While the various academic disciplines differ in the type and amount of research and creative activity deemed appropriate for master’s degree candidates, they generally subscribe to the following objectives:

  1. Graduate students should receive training in the basic methods of knowing, investigating and discovering that are relevant to their particular academic discipline.
  2. Students should be encouraged and provided with opportunities to engage directly in independent scientific and/or creative work within the framework of their particular discipline.

Students should note the specific departmental research requirement(s) for their master’s/doctoral degree programs. If a student is required, or elects, to complete a research report, thesis, or dissertation, it must be approved by the department chairperson/graduate coordinator and a thesis/dissertation committee.