Each master’s degree program must include a thesis or professional project.
A master’s thesis is a substantial document presenting independent research that makes an original contribution to the current body of knowledge in the students’ respective scholarly field. The author may conduct an original investigation or develop an original interpretation of existing research and/or literature.
A professional project demonstrates a student’s mastery of theoretical and practical concepts taught in their program as applied to a specific professional problem or situation of interest to them.
Both master’s theses and professional projects will follow guidelines and style specification provided by the Graduate CommitteeChair of the program of study. Any research topics pertaining to human participants or cultural intellectual property of the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes, as described in the Flathead Reservation Research Ordinance, require approval according to the ordinance and college research review procedures.
The master’s degree will not be awarded until the thesis or professional project is approved by the student’s committee, any required corrections are finalized, and the student receives final approval from both the Graduate Committee Chair and the Dean of Graduate Studies.