Educational Administration and Leadership (M.S.)

Culminating Project

You will complete your master’s program with a final culminating experience to showcase the knowledge you’ve gained through the Master of Science program. You can chose between a thesis and a portfolio.

Plan A: Thesis

A thesis involves the design and implementation of empirical (qualitative or quantitative) research. You will 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.

Plan C: Portfolio

For the graduate portfolio you will design a portfolio to provide evidence of your knowledge acquisition and skill development by using course work, work, and volunteer related artifacts.

Graduate Studies Guidelines

The School of Graduate Studies includes the guidelines, submission directions, deadlines and timelines for completion as well as tips and workshops for students doing their Culminating Experience.

The St. Cloud State Institutional Review Board ensures that any research project that involves human subjects is in compliance with the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects. The board’s website includes application forms, training modules and information to assist you.

Culminating Experience Resources

The University Library contains numerous resources available to help you with your research. The library also offers study rooms, equipment check out and personal assistance. 

Other Resources

St. Cloud State’s The Writing Center offers individualized help and additional online writing resources.