Practicum, Independent Study, or Thesis Requirements

Students in the MA in Research & Evaluation Methods (general track and Assessment concentration) have three options for addressing the culminating requirement to complete the master’s degree: practicum, independent study, or thesis. Students should meet with their faculty advisor to determine which option they wish to pursue based on academic and professional goals.

To register for an individualized “special study” course such as practicum, independent study, or thesis, you will need to complete a Special Processing Form.

Students should complete the Student Section and sign it, and work with their faculty advisor, or practicum/independent study/thesis supervisor if it is not your faculty advisor, to complete the Independent Study/Thesis Completion Contract section. Essentially, this section is for students and faculty to be on the same page. It is recommended students use the questions in this section to guide their discussion with faculty.

Completed Special Processing Forms with student and faculty signatures (or a forwarded email indicating approval in lieu of a physical signature from faculty) should be submitted to the Academic Advisor via email for processing. Students will either be automatically enrolled in the course or emailed when registration information once it is available.