A thesis for the Master of Science in Radiologic Science degree demonstrates capability for master’s degree level writing. The thesis should demonstrate the student’s ability to gather information from a variety of resources and synthesize it into a meaningful document. It should highlight a point of interest from a new perspective, introduce a new methodology or protocol, or deliver some message for practitioners. It must meet the requirements of quantitative or qualitative research and may require experimental or survey research or a comprehensive review and analysis of literature. It should have academic rigor sufficient to warrant consideration by a peer-reviewed publication.
Thesis topics must be related to the students’ major in the Radiologic Science Program. For example, education major students should write about an education-related topic, management major students should write about a management-related topic, and radiologist assistant major students should write about an advanced clinical practice topic.
The thesis is to be prepared in accordance with the guidelines of the current Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association
Graduate students who select the thesis option are required to complete at least two (total of six credit hours) thesis preparation courses (RADS 6983, RADS 6993). Students must allow plenty of time for research, writing, submission, faculty review, revisions, second faculty review, etc.
By the end of the first thesis course (RADS 6983), students should submit to the GAC the first three thesis chapters: (1) Introduction, including research question, (2) Literature Review, and (3) Methodology including hypotheses.
The following guidelines will help students complete a thesis: