Culminating Activities - Thesis, Project, Capstone
Consult with the Office of Graduate Studies and Research in Education to determine which culminating activity is the best fit for you
The Capstone is conducted in a supportive seminar environment that draws on the participant’s experience in the graduate program in order to synthesize the student’s learning in the creation of a significant contribution to scholarship and/or professional practice.
A Project is generally intended as an application to an existing methodology or procedure. Often, students will use the project as a demonstration or as an implementation of something that does not currently exist in their system. Thus, it is more practice oriented, even though it must have solid grounding in the literature. Students engage in a systematic inquiry of a topic relevant to their profession. This inquiry is grounded in theory and research but typically focuses on practice. Methods of inquiry may be both qualitative or quantitative.
A Thesis is theory-oriented, and begins with the posing of a question that will in some way contribute to the building or validating of theory. Considerable depth is expected in the review of literature, the application of a disciplined and clearly described methodology for dealing with the research questions, a thorough description of the results of the work (both descriptive and connotational), a synthesis of the research finding with extant literature, and implication of the research for both theory and practice.
Carefully review the forms, guidelines and reference information regarding your culminating activity. It is critical that students orient themselves to the process.
Refer to the School of Graduate Studies Policies and Procedures and the Graduate Studies Calendar and Course Catalogue for detailed information.
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