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The option of writing a master’s thesis is available in the criminal justice, forensic computing, forensic psychology and forensic science programs. Students in programs that offer the thesis option are required to complete a total of 30 to 39 credits, including the appropriate Prospectus Seminar 791 course (e.g., CRJ 791, FCM 791, FOS 791, or PSY 791).
Permission of the instructor teaching the prospectus seminar is required in order for a student to pursue the thesis option. Successful registration of 791 occurs when the student’s prospectus has been approved and a full-time thesis advisor has been identified. When the student completes the thesis and has the approval of the first, second advisor and the Dean of Graduate Studies, then the student receives a passing letter grade (P).
A student must submit two copies of the approved thesis to the Library for binding. An original and one copy of the thesis approval page and a receipt from the Library and Bursar’s Office for the binding fee shall be submitted to the Registrar’s Office for clearance.
Note: There is no thesis option in the MPA Program, although those who successfully complete the MPA qualifying exam and have at least a 3.7 average after completing all coursework may also write a thesis as an honors option.