2018–2019 Walden University Student Handbook (September 2018) 
    
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2018–2019 Walden University Student Handbook (September 2018) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Thesis Completion Process


Return to: Capstone Research: Master’s Thesis  

Once a thesis chair has been assigned and approved, students will proceed through the following steps as they complete their thesis.  

Step

Items to Be Completed

Prospectus

The prospectus is a brief document that provides preliminary information about a student’s thesis. The prospectus helps students organize, delineate, and make decisions regarding their theses and appropriate research style. It is submitted simultaneously with the committee nomination forms to the Office of Student Research Administration (thesis@mail.waldenu.edu) and the student’s tentative (i.e., non-approved) chair.

For more information visit our Thesis Process page and see “Thesis Prospectus.”

Proposal (for proposal-only theses, skip to Completed Thesis URR)

The proposal comprises the first three chapters of a five-chapter thesis. These chapters establish the rational for conducting the study and describe the design and methodology it will utilize.

Proposal University Research Review

Once the chair is satisfied that the first three chapters of the thesis meet all of the requirements specified in the appropriate rubric (see the Thesis Rubrics on the Thesis Process web page), the chair will submit the proposal to thesis@mail.waldenu.edu for review.

The student’s URR reviewer will review the proposal using the thesis rubric, and will either approve the proposal, which enables the student to set up an oral conference, or return the proposal with a set of required revisions.

Proposal Oral Conference

Following URR reviewer approval, the student will present the proposal to the chair and second member via a teleconference scheduled with the Office of Student Research Administration (OSRA).

For more information on this step, see your Thesis Guidebook and visit the Walden Research Center web page.

IRB Approval

Walden’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) reviews each study conducted by Walden students to determine if the anticipated benefits of the study outweigh risks associated with participation in it.

For more information on the IRB approval process, consult the Office of Research Ethics and Compliance web page.

Completion of Thesis

Following IRB approval, students collect, analyze, and report their findings, and complete the remaining chapters or sections of their thesis.

Completed Thesis URR

Once the chair is satisfied that the abstract and full thesis meet all of the requirements specified in the appropriate rubric, the chair will submit the thesis for review.

For instructions on submission of a completed capstone for URR, visit the Thesis Process web page.

Form and Style Review

Upon approval of the completed thesis by the student’s URR reviewer, the document will be submitted to a Form and Style (F&S) editor for an F&S Review, a final check for errors in APA style, spelling, grammar, punctuation, and related issues.

Complete Thesis Oral Conference

Following F&S approval, the student will present the thesis to the chair via a teleconference scheduled with the OSRA. The oral conference is a formal discussion of the scholarly content of the thesis followed by an evaluation of the student’s thesis.

For more information on this step, see your Thesis Guidebook and visit the Walden Research Center web page for further step-by-step guidance.

Final URR Review

After successful completion of the oral and committee approval of the thesis, the chair forwards the final document along with the consensus rubric to the URR reviewer for review while copying thesis@mail.waldenu.edu. At this time, the URR reviewer conducts a final review to make sure all methodological, content, and writing issues have been addressed.

In addition, the URR reviewer reviews the abstract to make sure it meets university guidelines.

Chief Academic Officer Review

When approval from the URR reviewer has been received, the OSRA will send the abstract of the thesis to the university Chief Academic Officer (CAO) or designate. Upon CAO approval, the thesis is officially completed.