Both the thesis and non-thesis programs require the successful completion of a final culminating project, during which, research hours (SCI ED 6299) are earned.

It is strongly recommended that SCI ED 6500 Research Methods in Science be completed before initiating the research project and enrolling in research hours.

Research hours may be spread over more than one semester and for varying number of hours per semester, depending on individual project plans. Although research hours may be earned at any time, they are frequently taken during the last 2-4 semesters of the graduate program. No more than 3 credits for non-thesis and 6 credits for thesis can be counted toward completion of the program.

Requirements to be met for each number of credits are listed below.

Criteria for research requirement

All projects (thesis or non-thesis) can be subdivided into three phases: 1) Proposal, 2) Implementation, and 3) Write-up. Each phase is worth one third of the total number of research credits required (3 credits for non-thesis; 6 for thesis). Grades are awarded when the criteria listed in each phase of the project are completed. Refer to the Final Project Information for complete details and information about the  requirements for each type of final project.


Phase criteria not completed within the designated term of research registration, will be assigned a grade of “Research Continuing” (RC) until the project criteria for that phase is completed.  The grade assigned for the final phase of research will be based on the Final Project Scholarly Rubric. All RC grades must be changed before graduation. All RC grades will be replaced with a grade of F if not completed four (4) years from enrollment.