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Advanced Psychology Research Guide

Advanced Research Processes and Sources in Psychology

Master's Thesis Projects at UM-Dearborn

1. Students may elect to complete a Masters Thesis during the second year of the program. Students selecting this option will take 3 credits in an approved elective course and 6 thesis credits. Contact the program director, Dr. Michelle Leonard, for more information.

2. Browse Master's Theses or Honors Theses to see what approved theses look like.

  • Your thesis will also be uploaded to Deep Blue, UofM's institutional repository (searchable through Google Scholar).
  • You will need to register for an ORCID ID, a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher. 

3. IRB Application: You cannot collect data or run analyses without IRB-Dearborn approval for any planned research involving human subjects. 

  • Your faculty advisors will assist you with the IRB process. Dr. Robert Hymes can also answer your IRB questions.

4. To graduate after successfully defending your Master's thesis:

  • Fill out the Submit Thesis for Format Check Form to submit your Master's Thesis (in Word) for a format check. This process is required by the Graduate Studies Office in order to release your final grade.
  • Your thesis needs to be finalized and approved by your Thesis Chair before you submit it for a format check
  • The deadlines for thesis format check submission are:
    • Summer 2022: August 10, 2022
    • Fall 2022: December 6, 2022
    • Winter 2023: April 12, 2023
  • Use the Master's Thesis Formatting Checklist below to make sure that your thesis meets the Graduate Studies Office formatting requirements for Masters theses. 
  • To help you format your Word document correctly, use:

Research Project Design & Writing

Statistics and Data Analysis/Management

APA 6-step guide to starting, researching, writing and defending your thesis

1. Starting the dissertationExperts offer tips on picking a topic, conducting a lit review, identifying your problem and questions, and staying on track

2. Choose your research methods wisely: Experts offer tips on balancing ambition and realism in your research design

3. Ready, set, collect! Experts offer tips on making your thesis proposal defense, IRB approval, participant recruitment, and data collection go smoothly 

4. Writing up your results: Experts offer tips on analyzing your data, formatting and design the presentation of your results, and staying focused

5. Discussing your findingsExperts offer tips on writing your discussion section, including putting your research into context, striking a balance between telling the story of why people should care about your research without overstating your conclusions, and common discussion mistakes 

6. Publishing your dissertation: Experts offer tips on editing your dissertation to make it publishable in a scholarly journal

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