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Capstone Experience Requirement

Capstone Experience and Program Completion

Candidates for the Master of Science in Technology degree are required to successfully complete a Capstone Experience. Students are expected to begin planning for their Capstone Experience in their first semester of study, to ensure that the process is completed by the time they graduate.

In addition to the Capstone Experience, students must complete the School of Technology Exit Survey during their last semester of study.

There are three ways to satisfy the Capstone Experience Requirement:

  • Complete a certificate program
  • Complete a thesis
  • Complete a research project

Certificate Program

The certificate program option requires completion of 32 credit hours including 18 hours of required and elective coursework for one of the five graduate certificate programs offered by the School of Technology, as well as one hour of independent study course credit in which a project or paper is completed that focuses on the certificate area of study.

Thesis Option

The thesis option requires completion of 30 credit hours including the 3 to 6 hours of thesis course credit. A typical thesis involves literature research, a thesis proposal, conducting a research plan and writing a final defense of the thesis under the guidance of a graduate faculty member.

Research Project

The research project option requires completion of 32 credit hours including the one hour of independent study course credit in which the research project is completed.

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Contact Information

Dr. David W. Melton
Coordinator of Graduate Study

School of Technology
Eastern Illinois University
600 Lincoln Ave
Charleston, IL 61920
(217) 581-5762

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