Southeast Missouri State University

Biology

Capstone Requirements

Thesis students, under the direction of their advisor, will complete a research project in their area of interest that will contribute to the scientific knowledge of that discipline. Non-thesis students, under the direction of their advisor, will develop a comprehensive scholarly paper addressing a specific area within the discipline of biology that contributes to the student's understanding of the process of science.

Business

Capstone Requirements

All Master of Business Administration students have the opportunity to complete an Applied Research Project that focuses on the student’s primary area of interest in business.

Career Counseling

Capstone Requirements

The Career Counseling program capstone requirements are to acceptably complete a Comprehensive Professional Counseling Portfolio, Personal Counseling Position Paper, Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Exam, and a Comprehensive Oral Exam. For detailed information, please browse through our Student Handbook.

Chemistry

Capstone Requirements

Most students in the Master of Natural Science program complete an original research project and submit and orally defend a written thesis document. Students may choose to complete a comprehensive scholarly paper and a comprehensive examination in the area of emphasis in lieu of the thesis requirement.

Communication Disorders

Capstone Requirements

All students participate in a capstone experience through completion of a graduate research project. This experience may entail completion of a graduate thesis or a non-thesis research project. In addition, all students must pass a comprehensive examination.

Community Wellness

Capstone Requirements

Each student will obtain an approved internship in a public or not-for-profit agency. The student will write a scholarly internship paper, and present and defend it during an oral examination. Or, in place of the internship, and with the approval of the faculty advisor, a student may choose to do scholarly research on a specified topic. The student will write a master’s thesis, and present and defend it during an oral examination. The Thesis Guidelines are available online.

Criminal Justice

Capstone Requirements

All students must complete a capstone experience through one of the following options: thesis, graduate internship, or capstone seminar. All students must defend a paper submitted as a part of the capstone experience.

Criminal Justice - Cooperative With MO Southern State

Capstone Requirements

All students must complete a capstone experience through one of the following options: thesis, graduate internship, or capstone seminar. All students must defend a paper submitted as a part of the capstone experience.

Elementary Education

Capstone Requirements

All students participate in a capstone experience through completion of a graduate research project. There are two options for the capstone requirement: a graduate thesis research project and oral comprehensive examination (3 hours credit) or a non-thesis graduate research paper, written comprehensive examination and an additional elective course (3 hours credit). Both options require advisor approval.

English

Capstone Requirements

There are two options: the completion of a thesis or the completion of a comprehensive exam. Candidates who choose the exam option must also submit a graduate paper. The thesis option can be fulfilled by completing a scholarly thesis, or a creative project. If choosing the comprehensive written exam, students must enroll in GR698: Masters Comprehensive Exam in the semester they plan to take the exam. The exam will consist of one question on research methods; one question on a close reading of poetry, fiction, drama, or nonfiction; and a self-generated question to be formulated in conjunction with the advisor. Exams will be offered once in the fall, once in the spring, and once in the summer.

Exceptional Child Education

Capstone Requirements

All students participate in a capstone experience through completion of a graduate research project. There are two options for the capstone requirement: a graduate thesis research project and oral comprehensive examination (3 hours credit) or a non-thesis graduate research paper, written comprehensive examination and an additional elective course (3 hours credit). Both options require advisor approval.

History

Capstone Requirements

Candidates may elect to write a thesis, or enroll in six additional hours of 600 level credit, write a graduate paper, and take comprehensive examinations.

Human Environmental Studies

Capstone Requirements

Thesis (both quantitative and qualitative formats) and non-thesis paper options are available. The creative thesis option is available for interior design students only.

Mathematics

Capstone Requirements

The Master of Natural Science degree offers two options. The Capstone requirement for Curriculum A is a thesis involving original research. Curriculum B requires the writing of a comprehensive examination over six graduate courses and an expository graduate paper.

Mental Health Counseling

Capstone Requirements

The Mental Health Counseling program capstone requirements are to acceptably complete a Comprehensive Professional Counseling Portfolio, Personal Counseling Position Paper, Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Exam, and a Comprehensive Oral Exam. For detailed information, please browse through our Student Handbook.

Nursing

Capstone Requirements

All students in the MSN program will complete either a thesis with GR699 OR a non-thesis scholarly paper with GR698.

School Counseling

Capstone Requirements

The School Counseling program capstone requirements are to acceptably complete a Comprehensive Professional Counseling Portfolio (CPCP), Personal Counseling Position Paper, Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Exam, and a Comprehensive Oral Exam. See the Graduate Bulletin for more details.

Science Education

Capstone Requirements

Students in our program engage in an action research project – an investigation often executed within their own classrooms; this research is the basis for the required scholarly paper.

TESOL

Capstone Requirements

There are two options; the thesis or the graduate paper. Students choosing the graduate paper may also choose between comprehensive written exams or the portfolio.

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