Graduation

Graduating

By mid-term of the graduating semester, an "Application for Graduation" must be submitted through MyUNIverse.  This adds your name to the list of graduates. Names are easily removed if plans change; however, it is nearly impossible to add a name once the mid-term deadline has passed.

There is a non-refundable graduation fee assessed at the time of the application to graduate. If graduation plans change, an Application to Graduate must be re-filed the following semester and the fee paid again. Therefore, it is in students’ best interests to work closely with their advisors to be sure they are ready to graduate before filing the application.

Those pursuing the thesis option, must meet all time lines established by the Graduate College for thesis review and submission. Dates are available directly from the Graduate College.  Many of these deadlines are several weeks or months prior to commencement so plan accordingly.

Check lists for monitoring progress through your program are included under the specific guidelines for the Thesis (Appendix F) and Non-Thesis (Appendix G) options.

Thesis versus Non-Thesis Option

In addition to slight differences in course requirements, the main difference between the thesis and non-thesis option is the extent of independent research and creative activity of the final product.  Students choosing the thesis option are expected to do an extensive, independent and original data collection research study. Students anticipating further graduate work (such as a Doctoral degree) are advised to choose the thesis option. The Non-thesis option requires a slightly less extensive product but additional course credits.

In addition to slight differences in course requirements, the main difference between the thesis and non-thesis option is the extent of independent research and creative activity of the final product.  Students choosing the thesis option are expected to do an extensive, independent and original data collection research study. Students anticipating further graduate work (such as a Doctoral degree) are advised to choose the thesis option. The Non-thesis option requires a slightly less extensive product but additional course credits.

When deciding which route to follow on your program, the main things to consider are your goals for your master's program and your own professional goals and interests. Listed below are issues to consider when choosing between the thesis and non-thesis options:

Consider the Thesis Option if:

Consider the Non-Thesis Option if:

  • You are interested in conducting some form of research.

  • You have a specific researchable question in mind.

  • You are considering further graduate work (possibly toward a PhD or EdD).

  • You are interested in a little more course work in content and electives.

  • You would prefer less emphasis on research.

  • One of the non-thesis project options fits your situation well.

Regardless of which option is chosen, all final products require a significant amount of writing and will be evaluated by the criteria listed on the Science Education MA Final Project Rubric (Appendix E).

Page last updated 2-2-2018