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Culminating Activity

A culminating activity is a summary exercise that is integrative in nature, based on advanced study and accumulated experience, and carried out with a high degree of independence. Students should begin planning for their culminating activity as soon as possible. The best way to do this is to create an Application for Admission to Candidacy (AAC) form before the end of your first semester of classes and use it as your planning and communication tool with your academic advisor. Before filling out the AAC form, review the schedule of classes. Then enter the courses you plan to take and your choice for the culminating activity on the AAC. Plans can change, so the AAC can be edited online. This first version of the AAC will help you make appropriate plans and discuss your plans with your academic advisor.

Students who were admitted to the OPWL MS degree program prior to Fall 2010 semester can choose their culminating activity from the previous culminating activity options or these new culminating activity options. Students who were admitted to the OPWL MS degree program during/after Fall 2010 semester must choose their culminating activity from these new culminating activity options.

There are two culminating activity options:
1. Portfolio
2. Thesis

Portfolio Option (Defense Required)

Before you can submit and defend your portfolio, you must:

  1. Complete or be enrolled in your 33rd OPWL credit including all required OPWL courses.
  2. Submit an Application for Admission to Candidacy (AAC) form, signed by your academic advisor.
  3. Enroll in OPWL 592 (Portfolio) during the semester in which you submit your portfolio. This 1-credit course counts toward your degree credits.
  4. Schedule a defense date by the first day of the semester in which you plan to defend your portfolio. Information can be found on the OPWL website at http://opwl.boisestate.edu/current-students/deadlines-ms-graduation.
  5. Complete the requirements for any courses in which you have received an I (Incomplete) grade.

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Thesis Option (Defense Required)

Prior to STARTING your thesis

1

Draft a thesis course path with advisor using the OPWL AAC

Recommend that this be completed no later than the end of your first semester

2

Complete 4 of the 6 required courses and research courses
531 and 532

   
When you are ready to START your thesis

3

Select a Thesis Advisor

Must be tenured OPWL faculty member

 

4

Submit finalized AAC form to officially declare thesis option

Select two additional thesis supervisory committee members and submit Appointment of Supervisory Committee form

Enroll in OPWL 593 Thesis

Should be completed with and signed by the thesis advisor

Application for Admission to Candidacy


Appointment of Supervisory Committee

5

Submit thesis proposal to thesis supervisory committee

Approval from the committee is required

Thesis Proposal form

6

Each semester enroll in at least one thesis credit with thesis advisor as your sponsoring faculty

A minimum 6 thesis credits are required. A thesis resource is Graduate College’s Jodi Chilson. Click here to book a meeting with her.

 
When you are ready to DEFEND your thesis

7

Apply to graduate and pay the $25 fee prior to the semester you defend

Schedule a thesis defense and submit thesis to your supervisory committee

Post your Defense Notice

Completed thesis is due to the supervisory committee two weeks prior to the scheduled thesis defense date

my.boisestate.edu


Graduate Defense Notification Form

8

Complete your thesis defense

If successful, a Defense Committee Approval page will be signed by your committee and submitted to the Graduate College

Defense Committee Approval (thesis)
Link opens or downloads a Word file.

After revised thesis is APPROVED

9

Submit Final Reading Approval Form

Submit Access Agreement and Approval Page for Electronic Copy

Make the required changes and submit final thesis document to your thesis advisor.
The Access Agreement provides you with the opportunity to dictate how you would like your electronic thesis accessed.

The Approval Page for Electronic Copy ensures that all names, titles, etc. are correct.

Final Reading Approval and final thesis document submitted to Graduate College
Link opens or downloads a Word file.


Access Agreement for Thesis or Dissertation


Approval Page for Electronic Copy
Link opens or downloads a Word file.

10

Submit a draft of the thesis to the Graduate College for format review

If you have questions contact Jodi Chilson at jodichilson@boisestate.edu

Thesis/dissertation template


Also, see the ‘Boise State University Graduate College Standards and Guidelines for theses and dissertations’ document provided by the Graduate College

OPWL Theses Examples

Berg Thesis 2008

Duman Thesis 2009

Kennedy Thesis 2012