Master's Degree Culminating Experience
The culminating experience course is one of the following: project, comprehensive examination, or thesis.
Students selecting a professional project are expected to identify a specific project relevant to this field of study. Students are then expected to research relevant literature, identify specific problems or issues involved, identify and examine available alternatives, select the optimal alternative explaining why it is optimal, and carry out the project. They then produce a well written, coherent report detailing goals/objectives, methodology, and project results.
Those selecting the comprehensive exam will complete an advanced readings course, which will consist of a readings list with specific guidance and learning objective for each reading. The questions for the comprehensive examination will be based upon the readings.
Students electing to write a thesis are expected to identify a significant technical or management/policy research problem or question (depending upon the student’s specialization), do a thorough literature review of material relevant to the topic, formulate an appropriate research approach to the problem, collect and analyze data, draw pertinent and defensible conclusions, and produce a well written, coherent thesis. It is expected that the student will apply applicable theory or theories to specific questions or problems.