Return to: Final Projects
The final phase of study for some Walden master’s students begins with the preparation of a thesis proposal, which is then followed by the execution of a research study or, depending on your program, a comprehensive critical literature review with a proposed research design. Walden does not favor any particular research approach or methodology, but does require that the thesis reflect a high level of conceptual manipulation and contribute original knowledge to the field. Through the thesis, students demonstrate their knowledge of research design and their ability to interpret research findings, both orally and in writing.
For more details about the thesis, refer to Thesis Process portion of the Center for Research Quality website.
Master’s students who want to graduate in a specific quarter must plan their program carefully as follows or their graduation date will be delayed:
- Begin planning for program completion at least 13 months in advance of the anticipated graduation date
- Follow the thesis sequence and meet all deadlines for submitting forms and information
Students need to complete the process by the close of business (5 p.m. Central time) on the final business day of the quarter in which they intend to graduate. Completing the process means that the thesis has received final approval from the chief academic officer of the university.
Note on commencement deadlines: Students who want to participate in the summer commencement ceremony must have their thesis approved by the chief academic officer no later the last business day of the spring quarter. Students who want to participate in the winter commencement ceremony must have their thesis approved by the chief academic officer no later than the last business day of the fall quarter.
Registering for Thesis Credits
Registration for COUN/PSYC 6390 or PUBH 6610 takes place during the regular course registration period. The completion of the thesis occurs in an online classroom, and weekly participation in the class is required. Students in PSYC/COUN 6390 must register for the section corresponding with their thesis chair. They are then registered automatically for PSYC/COUN 6390 in accordance with the sequence prescribed by their program of study for a minimum of 6 credits per term until the thesis is formally approved by the chief academic officer.