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.
3. IRB Application: You cannot collect data or run analyses without IRB-Dearborn approval for any planned research involving human subjects.
4. To graduate after successfully defending your Master's thesis:
1. Starting the dissertation: Experts 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 findings: Experts 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