The culminating experience is a generic term referring to the final academic experience in the master of science degree. In the Educational Administration and Leadership master of science degree, 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.