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2018-2019 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
  Dec 03, 2023
2018-2019 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Research Methodology, MA

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The Master of Education degree requires 39 credits of coursework and a research project.

Additional Research Methods Courses

Choose 9.0 credits from the following 4 courses

Other courses may be approved by the student’s advisor.

Research Requirements

Choose 6.0 credits from the following 3 courses

  • Option 1: Thesis - 6 total credits of PSYED 2499 over 2 terms;
  • Option 2: Supervised Research Project Thesis Equivalent - 3 credits of PSYED 2491 and 3 credits of PSYED 2494;
  • Option 3: Supervised Research Project and Literature Review - 3 credits of PSYED 2491 and 3 credits of 2494

Master’s Comprehensive Examination

Master’s Comprehensive Examination consists of three 100-item multiple-choice tests, one each in the areas of measurement, research design, and statistics.

For the Master’s Comprehensive Examination, a student must attain a score of 60 on each of the three area tests. The students must take each of the three area tests until a score of 60 is attained. Before retaking a test, however, the advisor and the students should make plans for removal of any knowledge deficiency identified from the results of the previous administration. The advisor’s approval for retaking any part of the examination should be obtained. There is no limit on the number of times a master’s student may take the comprehensive examination in order to obtain a passing score at the master’s level. Students cannot retake an examination for at least a month unless the advisor agrees.

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