The Master’s Degree Thesis Option

Each Master’s Degree student will have an option of completing a thesis as part of the requirements for the Master’s Degree in Special Education. Under this option, students enroll in 6 semester hours of EDSP 6000, and this becomes part of the minimum of 36 semester hours on the degree plan. Students completing a Master’s thesis are exempt from taking the comprehensive evaluation. However, students must complete a final oral defense.

If interested in completing a Master’s thesis, students should discuss these plans with their advisor. A thesis committee of at least two full-time faculty members of the College of Education will be recommended by the advisor and approved by the Graduate School. This committee will provide ongoing guidance as the student prepares the proposal, carries out the research project, and completes the written document. The process of planning the thesis, ideally, should begin in the semester in which the student takes Introduction to Educational Research.

The final copy of the thesis is prepared in accordance with the requirements in Instructions for Preparing and Submitting Theses and Dissertations, available online and in the Texas Tech Bookstore.


Evaluation for the Master Degree Thesis


1. Check with your advisor, and with your advisor’s help, choose a 3 member thesis committee. This committee should match your degree plan.
2. Set up a meeting with your thesis committee to talk about your selection for an appropriate topic.
3. Your thesis committee should guide you through the process, including the need for Human Subject approval. However, it is the responsibility of the student to fill out and submit paperwork to his/her advisor.
4. Thesis defenses should be completed by early November or late March to file the thesis with the Graduate School. Remember that the Graduate School has deadlines for submission and students must adhere to these guidelines. It is the student’s responsibility to keep track of all deadlines. Should a student miss the deadlines or fail the thesis defense, he or she has one semester to complete and successfully defend the thesis. Otherwise a failing grade will be recorded.