The culminating experience is a generic term referring to the final academic experience in the master’s program. In the Educational Administration and Leadership M.S. Program, the culminating experience is one of two choices.
A thesis involves the design and implementation of empirical (qualitative or quantitative) research. Students design an original study, obtain and/or develop data collection tools, organize and implement data collection, input and analyze the data, and write the results and conclusions of the study based on the data. A thesis contributes to your field of study.
A graduate Portfolio involves the design of a portfolio where students provide evidence of knowledge acquisition and skill development by using course work, work, and volunteer related artifacts.