Theses, projects, and dissertations
Graduate degree program students complete their program of study as follows:
- Master of Science: Thesis or scholarly project
- Doctor of Nursing Practice: Final project
- Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science: Dissertation
Master of Science: Thesis or scholarly project
All Master of Science students are required to engage in an independent scholarly inquiry activity resulting in either a scholarly project or a thesis. The distinction between a scholarly project and a thesis option is neither the quality nor the quantity of effort; they are different forms of scholarly inquiry.
Scholarly Project and Thesis requirements
- Demonstration of scholarship, including mastery of a focused area of knowledge. This focused area of knowledge must be relevant to the discipline or the advancement of nursing within the context of advanced and specialized nursing practice.
- Completion of scholarly inquiry coursework:
- NMETH 520 Scholarly Inquiry for Clinical Informatics Practice
- NMETH 530 Scholarly Proposal Development
- NMETH 598 Special Projects (minimum of 3 credits) *
*May be completed in one or more quarters. Length of time varies based on the project topic.
NMETH 700 Master’s Thesis (minimum of 9 credits) *
*Will be completed across multiple quarters. Length of time varies based on the thesis topic.
- Guidance by a Supervisory Committee who must approve a written plan. The Supervisory Committee must approve this plan before students begin NMETH 598 or NMETH 700.
- 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.
- Completion and submission of the Use of Human and Animal Subjects Form.
- Completion of The Final Examination and final quarter requirements.
The thesis is an independent piece of research on a topic of particular interest to the student that involves the application of a research methodology.
A student’s scholarly project may address program needs, issues of quality assurance, policy analysis, or clinical problem analysis.
Scholarly Projects may involve:
- research dissemination;
- research utilization;
- exploration of issues in quality assurance;
- a research practicum, including participation in a study team, or work with an individual researcher or research facilitator;
- clinical problem analysis;
- a demonstration project;
- the development of a scholarly paper, evaluation tool, film or proposal for submission to an external funding agency; and/or
- participation in a public policy process.
Doctor of Nursing Practice: Final Project
Practice doctorate projects are systematic investigations of questions about practice and therapeutics that evaluate and/or translate all forms of evidence into practice. Each student collaborates with an agency to address a real-world clinical problem or health issue. Most often, a student will be engaged in only one phase or aspect of translating evidence into practice.
Examples of final projects include, but are not limited to:
- Appraising evidence and making recommendations of adapting clinical guidelines to the unique population or characteristics of a specific clinic or community
- Disseminating the latest evidence by training staff/community members
- Completion of a needs assessment
- Implementing changes in practice/organizational workflow or policies
- Evaluating the impact of a change in practice or new protocol
- Program development or evaluation
- Policy development or evaluation
Every DNP student is required to complete a final project.
The DNP Project requires 6 credits of NMETH 801: Practice Doctorate Project and 9 credits of NCLIN 801 Practice Doctorate Clinical Immersion (total 15 credits). You complete 3 credits of NMETH 801 each in autumn and winter quarters and NCLIN 801 in winter quarter only.
Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science: Dissertation
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