The MHPE thesis is intended to be a capstone for the program, providing students the opportunity to synthesize, extend, and apply the knowledge and competencies they have developed during the program. All students must complete a thesis, defined as a work of scholarship, following Boyer’s (1990) and Glassick’s (1997) conceptions of the nature and standards for scholarship. These three types of scholarship, applicable to all disciplines and reflecting the actual work of faculty are: the scholarship of discovery (“original research”), of integration (searching for connections among discoveries obtained by different approaches or disciplines), and of application (application of knowledge to consequential problems). The standards for excellence, applicable to all types of scholarship, are: clear and important goals, adequate preparation in the pertinent literature and scholarship methodologies, appropriate methods used appropriately, significant results, effective presentation, and reflective critique.
Please see the current thesis guidelines.