All Master of Nursing and Master of Science students are required to engage in an independent scholarly inquiry activity resulting in either a thesis or a scholarly project (non-thesis). The distinction between a thesis and a scholarly project option is neither the quality nor the quantity of effort; they are different forms of scholarly inquiry.
Master of Science and Master of Nursing students may elect either a thesis (NMETH 700, minimum of 9 credits) or a scholarly project (must include at least 1 credit of NMETH 598 and other relevant courses) as their scholarly inquiry activity.
Thesis and scholarly project options share five important attributes:
- Demonstration of scholarship, including mastery of a focused area of knowledge.
- Completion of required research course(s). All students are required to complete NMETH 520. In addition, all BNHS students must complete NMETH 530.
- Completion of a minimum of 6 or 9 credits of scholarly inquiry coursework. For thesis students, this coursework will be a minimum of 9 credits of NMETH 700. For scholarly project students, this coursework will be a minimum of 6 credits and may involve only NMETH 598 (Special Projects) or include both NMETH 598 and other relevant courses.
- Guidance by a supervisory committee who must approve a written plan. For thesis students, the plan is the thesis proposal. For scholarly project students the plan is the Master of Nursing Scholarly Project Plan and Final Product Report form.
- All students must complete and submit the Use of Human and Animal Subjects for Theses and Dissertations form.
- Completion of a final examination and final quarter requirements.
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