UW-Madison - Department of Counseling Psychology - Master's Thesis or Project

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CONTACTING US

Main Office

Department of
Counseling Psychology

School of Education
UW-Madison
335 Education Building
1000 Bascom Mall
MadisonWI  53706-1326

Tel: 608/262-4807
Fax: 608/265-3347

Email: counpsych@education.wisc.edu
or by contact form
 

Master's Thesis/Project

Although students are not required to complete a thesis, they may do so under the direction of their faculty advisor. Advisors and students work together: (1) to agree on a subject of interest or a research question to explore; and (2) to determine the exact nature of this product (i.e., length, kinds and numbers of references, and research design, etc.). Students, for example, may collect and analyze data using an experimental design, create and implement a program, write a substantive literature review, or conduct a survey. Students are encouraged to begin thinking about this extended work as soon as they begin the Master’s program and to speak with their advisors periodically about their progress. While preparing the project/thesis, students register for CP 270-990 with their advisor. APA style is mandatory. An oral defense, however, is not required.


Ideally, the project/thesis minimally should demonstrate acquisition of the following knowledge and skills:
  • Ability to summarize, to integrate, and to interpret research
  • Ability to design new research that extends previous knowledge
  • Ability to evaluate data or to interpret research outcomes
  • Ability to write a clear, coherent, and potentially-publishable manuscript
  • APA style and format stipulations

When applicable, students must complete the Human Subjects Protocol Form, securing the signature of the faculty advisor, approval from the Departmental Human Subjects Coordinator, and approval from the UW-Madison Education Research Institutional Review Board Human Subjects Committee. Instructions for preparing a Human Subjects Protocol Form are located in the Human Subjects Guidebook in the department office and online.

Students are required to complete the on-line training course for human subjects research prior to conducting their study.

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