Students electing the thesis option are required to complete a minimum of 27 hours of course work and six hours of thesis credit. The student will prepare a thesis prospectus in consultation with his or her adviser and the supervisory committee. The final prospectus must be approved by the supervisory committee and be filed within the chair of the supervisory committee’s home department. A public presentation and defense of the thesis is required.
Students who select the project option are required to complete at least 27 hours of course work and a creative or applied project. A minimum of six credit hours is awarded for the project. Students who select the project option are encouraged to combine internship experiences with their project. Students will prepare a project prospectus which must receive final approval of the supervisory committee. The prospectus meeting for the master’s project may be open to the faculty and graduate students at the discretion of the candidate and his or her supervisory committee. A bound copy of the project or a final professional practicum report must be filed within the chair of the supervisory committee’s home department before the project hours are cleared. A public presentation and defense of the project is required.
Students who select the non-thesis option must complete a minimum of 33 semester hours of course work and pass a comprehensive examination administered by the supervisory committee. Election of the non-thesis option must be made and approved by the supervisory committee prior to the completion of 24 hours of course work. The comprehensive examination consists of a six-hour written examination and a two-hour oral examination or defense. The written examination will test the candidate’s knowledge and understanding of:
the theoretical foundations of humanities-based inquiry of environmental phenomena.
the major methodological approaches in humanities-based research.
the research literature in the candidate’s area of specialization.
A formal decision of “pass” or “fail” of the written examination will be made by the supervisory committee before proceeding with the oral examination. The oral examination will not be scheduled until the committee has agreed that the candidate has passed the written examination and the appropriate form filed with the graduate office.