Psychology Master’s Thesis Project
Psychology Thesis Guidelines:
- Please refer to the CSULB Thesis and Dissertation Office website for information on deadlines, the submission process, and formatting.
- Contact your Thesis Chair and/or the Graduate Advisor to answer any questions that are not addressed below.
Beginning the Process
- Consider a topic area and schedule a meeting to ask a tenured/tenure track Psychology Professor to serve as your committee Chair. Note: MAPR Students are assigned mentors upon admission to the program. Nevertheless, this formal meeting must take place.
- Report Chair’s agreement to the Graduate Advisor.
- Enroll in PSY 698 for either 3 units for two semesters or 6 units for one semester. (Consult with the Graduate Advisor to determine the number of units and timing that would be best.) You must have a committee Chair to enroll in thesis units.
- Consult with your thesis Chair to determine faculty members that would be suitable for your additional two committee members. Schedule a meeting with each to request membership on your committee.
- Conduct literature review and write thesis proposal.
- After your thesis Chair has approved your proposal, consult with all committee members to schedule a date and time for your preliminary orals meeting.
- Provide a copy of your proposal to the committee one week prior to the meeting.
- At the meeting, you will present your proposal to the committee. The members may make suggestions for you to incorporate into the proposal.
- After the committee approves your proposal, you work with your thesis Chair to ensure IRB approval of the project.
- After your thesis Chair has approved your thesis, consult with all committee members to schedule a date and time for your preliminary orals meeting.
- Provide a copy of your thesis to the committee one week prior to the meeting.
- At the meeting, you will present your thesis to the committee, with a particular focus on the results and discussion. The members may make suggestions for you to incorporate into the thesis.