Graduate students may be required to complete a Scholarly Work component as part of their requirements for graduation, as designated by their graduate program. The requirement may be met through one of two options as prescribed for the individual's approved program of study. The options are graduate project or thesis.
A graduate project is a scholarly work which demonstrates synthesis of knowledge obtained from the graduate program of study. This can be in the form of a research project, research paper, scholarly writing, original artistic work/composition, or capstone project. The graduate project must be presented and defended before the student’s graduate committee. The student's advisor and committee must approve the research project and file the Graduate Project Approval Form with the Graduate Office. Committee acceptance of the completed Graduate Project must be filed with the Graduate Studies Office prior to graduation.
A thesis is an in-depth scholarly examination of a particular topic which makes a significant original contribution to the student's academic field. In general, a thesis is based on the examination of hypothesis(es) or research objective(s) and includes the following components: an abstract, a review of literature, methods and procedures, data summary or findings from primary sources, and a discussion of the findings. The thesis requires approval of the supervising graduate research faculty member, the student’s graduate committee and the graduate dean. An oral defense of the thesis before their graduate committee is required. Acceptance by the committee of the completed thesis must be filed in the Graduate Studies Office prior to graduation. The thesis must be submitted to the graduate school for placement in the library according to the Thesis Guidelines Manual.