Apr 12, 2024  
Graduate Catalog 2014-15 
Graduate Catalog 2014-15 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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GRAD 7000 - Master’s Thesis

Candidates for the master’s degree may elect to write a thesis in their field of specialization under the supervision of a thesis committee. Prior to the first registration in 7000, Master’s Thesis, a Permission to Elect form (www.wmich.edu/grad/forms.html) must be completed and the student must meet with the Coordinator of Theses and Dissertations in the Graduate College so that the student is informed about the regulations pertaining to the preparation and publication of the manuscript and to the requirements for research involving regulated subjects and hazardous materials. Master’s theses involving research with protected or regulated subjects must include documentation indicating compliance with federal, state, and University requirements for the protection of human/animal subjects or appropriate use of genetic or radioactive materials and chemical hazards. Written approval from the board/committee/official must be included as an appendix to the thesis. The use of Guidelines for the Preparation of Theses, Projects, and Dissertations is required. This publication is available for downloading at http://www.wmich.edu/grad/guidelines. The course 7000, Master’s Thesis, is six credit hours and may be registered for in increments of one to six hours. Following a student’s first enrollment in 7000, the student must have continuous enrollment in 7000 until all thesis requirements are completed satisfactorily and approved by the appropriate bodies. A student unable to complete the thesis within the first six hours of registration will be required to continue to enroll in 7000; however, only six hours of 7000 will count toward meeting the program requirements for the master’s degree. For students not enrolled in Summer I and Summer II sessions, pre-enrollment in the subsequent Fall semester is necessary for access to library resources during Summer I and Summer II. Continuous enrollment is defined as enrollment in all Fall and Spring semesters from the initial enrollment to the semester in which the student graduates. If the student will graduate in Summer I or Summer II, the student must be enrolled in that session. The thesis is graded on a Credit/No Credit basis. In case a student wishes to appeal a negative decision by the student’s master’s thesis committee, the student shall first take the appeal to this same committee, which shall hear the appeal and render a decision. In case a master’s thesis committee cannot reach unanimous agreement and the student wishes to appeal further a negative decision, a Review Committee shall be established consisting of the Dean of the Graduate College, the appropriate academic dean, and the chairperson or director of the unit. The Review Committee shall seek to resolve the controversy without passing on the thesis. The Review Committee handling such a case is limited to procedural actions, such as reconstituting the thesis committee if the case merits it.

Credits: 6 hours

Notes: Open to Graduate Students Only. Graded on a Credit/No Credit basis.

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