1. Submit signed
Advancement to Candidacy (ATC) form (formerly GAP) to the Graduate
Division 2-3 semesters prior to planned graduation.
2. Establish a Culminating
Experience Committee (CEC). Work with your advisor to identify at
least one more faculty from RPT to serve. For a thesis you have the
option of a third member from within or outside SFSU. An ARP requires
the third member to be from the agency for which you are conducting
the research. If doing a comprehensive exam you still must identify
3. Complete the
Culminating Experience form to indicate which culminating
experience option you have selected. This form must be signed by your
CEC. Select the specific form for your type of culminating experience
(comp. exam, ARP or thesis) from the Graduate Division website (www.sfsu..edu/~gradstdy/culminating-experience.htm).
Submit the Culminating Experience form to the Graduate Division.
4. If doing a thesis/ARP
submit to your advisor a very brief (three pages or less) prospectus.
The required contents of the prospectus are found on the Thesis
and ARP Eligibility webpage. If doing a comp. exam, submit a
study plan. Get the approval of this prospectus (study
plan) from your advisor.
5. If doing a thesis/ARP,
you can now start writing your comprehensive written proposal
(Chapters 1-3) that will be submitted to your CEC before your formal
Thesis or ARP Oral Proposal Presentation. It must be submitted
by to your CEC by Nov. 15 in fall or April 15 in spring.
6. If doing a thesis
or ARP, submit your advisor-approved comprehensive written proposal
to your CEC at least two weeks (14 days) prior to your presentation.
Conduct your Oral Proposal Presentation to your CEC and receive
their approval prior to submitting materials to the Human Subjects Protocol
Committee (HSPC) and before you can gather data or start project.
7. If doing thesis
or ARP, everyone must submit a Protocol Approval Form
to the HSPC. Check to see if your research may be exempt from a long
formal HSPC review. If your research/project is not exempt you will
need to go through a full review. Get Human Subjects Protocol Approval
Form signed by HSPC. Submit signed Protocol Approval Form
and signed (by all your CEC) Proposal For Culminating Experience
Requirement Form to Graduate Division. Only now you can proceed
with your thesis/ARP work.
8. When you have
Human Subjects and CEC approval of the proposal, this will allow you
to get a permit number from the Dept. Chair to enable you to add either
RPT 895 or RPT 898. Deadline for submittal is the fourth week of
the semester in which you plan to sign-up for the class. If you
are not able to register before the fourth week you can still proceed
with the next steps, but the following semester you will need to register
for RPT 895 or 898.
9. If doing comprehensive
exam, submit a three page prospectus to your advisor the semester prior
to taking the comp. exam and get advisor and CEC approval . The
semester you will take exam, register for RPT 896. Provide written notice
of intent to take comp. exam by fourth week of the semester. Then as
part of RPT 896 submit a Written Study Plan to your advisor and you
can start studying.
10. If doing thesis
or ARP, submit a complete draft thesis or Professional Paper (PP) to
advisor. After required revisions get verbal OK from your advisor to
set a date and time for your Oral Thesis Defense.
11. If doing thesis
or ARP, submit written thesis or PP to your CEC by Nov. 15 in fall or
April 15 in spring and at least two weeks in advance of your defense.
Conduct your Thesis or APP Oral Defense.
12. Secure signatures
of your CEC on Report of Completion of Culminating Experience
form (and thesis signature page), for either passing comp exam,
or from approval of your thesis or PP at defense.
13. Submit approved
thesis to Graduate Division for a final format approval, and
then bring it to Rapid Copy for binding. If doing an ARP, submit
copy of your approved, bound Professional Paper and pdf file of it to
the RPT Department, your advisor and to each CEC member. It is common
courtesy/practice to provide professionally bound copies of your thesis
or ARP to all your CEC members.
14. Submit signed
Application For Graduate Degree to Graduate Division.
* As of 8/30/11