All Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) students are required to complete a scholarly activity that demonstrates the student’s advanced level of knowledge and professional competence. Students may meet this requirement by completing either a master’s paper (or research practicum)requirement or a thesis.
These scholarly activities share five important characteristics:
- Demonstration of scholarship, including mastery of a focused area of knowledge related to the student’s advanced practice area.
- Completion of NURS778 and NURS779 (students who matriculated prior to August 2012 complete NURS776 and NURS777 or NURS777 and NURS778).
- Completion of 3 credits for NURS992 (Master’s Paper) or NURS993 (Thesis).
- Supervision by a committee who guides the scholarly activity.
- Completion of a final written report.
Students may begin working on their scholarly endeavor concurrently with their enrollment in NURS778. Students must have a committee chair before beginning their scholarly experience. Further, the advisory committee must be formed and a written proposal for the scholarly activity must be approved by the committee before it is conducted.
As a reminder, no matter which option is selected, several drafts of the proposal and final report may be necessary to achieve clarity and brevity and to be consistent with a style of composition appropriate for scientific or technical reports. This should be factored into the overall timeline for the scholarly activity.
Update July 2012