CED Thesis and Project

Many College of Education programs offer the thesis or project as a culminating experience in master’s-level degree programs. Consult with your program faculty advisor to discuss your academic goals if you are interested in completing a thesis or project. Thesis/project applications must be approved by a thesis committee, Department Chair, and the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies to complete this exit option. Some programs require an additional application procedure for students wishing to complete a thesis or project.

Deadlines to apply for the first semester of enrollment:

March 1 for Fall enrollment

October 1 for Spring enrollment

A thesis is a written product of the systematic study of a significant problem. It clearly identifies the problem, states the major assumptions, explains the significance of the undertaking, sets forth the sources for and methods of gathering information, provides an analysis of the data, and offers a conclusion or recommendation.

A project is a significant undertaking appropriate to the fine and applied arts or to professional fields. It evidences originality and independent thinking, appropriate form and organization, and a rationale. It is described and summarized in a written document that includes the project's significance, objectives, methodology, and a conclusion or recommendation.

Thesis and Dissertation Office

Graduate Center drop-in writing support, workshops and individual appointments

All thesis and project students are enrolled in a Canvas group and invited to attend a Thesis/Project seminar offered at no cost to students. This seminar will support students in the timely completion of their thesis or project.

Thesis and Project Guidelines (PDF)

College of Education Graduate Programs Policy on Academic Integrity (PDF)

Faculty Research Experience and Expertise (FREE)

*Please note: when ready to submit your thesis, the deadline to submit to the College of Education Dean is approximately two weeks prior to the Thesis and Dissertation Office deadline.

Application for EDAD 695 - Masters Research Study - Ed Admin Students Only (PDF)

Submit the completed application with requested attachment(s) to the Graduate Studies Office at ced-gradstudies@csulb.edu. You must be advanced to candidacy and obtain all signatures on the application form.  After you submit your application form to the Graduate Studies Office, a permit to register will be issued by the Graduate Studies Office and you will be notified of the class number via e-mail.  Please see Enrollment Services Registration Dates and Deadlines.

If you want to request to change committee members, topic or from Thesis or Project to Comprehensive Exam, please contact the Graduate Studies Office at ced-gradstudies@csulb.edu