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Thesis Overview

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The Master's Thesis, in the School of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, Division of Speech and Language Sciences, is defined as the product of scholarly, original research that is designed and implemented by the student in consultation with her or his thesis chair and thesis committee members. The thesis is expected to be an original, empirically-based research study using quantitative and/or qualitative research methodologies.

Examples of thesis methods include experimental studies in which subjects are recruited and tested, new and innovative analyses of existing data, evaluation of new clinical procedures, or ethnographic studies of special populations. The exact design of a thesis study should be discussed with your thesis chair and committee members.

The Master's thesis is one option (Plan A) for completing the program in the School of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, Division of Speech and Language Sciences. This guide is intended to help you decide if the thesis option is for you and to familiarize you with the thesis process. Since the thesis is not required for completing the Master's program, the decision to pursue this option must be made with consideration of several factors.

The thesis is an educational research experience for students who elect this option (Plan A). It is considered an additional educational experience because it is not required of the Master's degree. Generally, students who are interested in this educational opportunity are a) those who want to better understand the research process, b) those who are interested in participating in presentation at national meetings and/or publication in a scholarly journal, and/or c) those who plan to pursue the doctoral degree.

Note that students who elect this option satisfy 3 units of 700-level electives following successful completion of the master's thesis. All other curricular requirements for the Master's degree in SLP remain the same.

last updated: June 2009

NOTE: This document is meant to supplement the SDSU Thesis Manual by articulating school policies and procedures. It does not replace the SDSU Thesis Manual.

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