Advancement to Candidacy

In order to be advanced to candidacy a student must have the following:

  1. Achieved classified standing;
  2. Satisfactorily completed 16 units in the program including ESTM 510, 511, 512 and 680, with a grade of "B" or better in each course;
  3. Secured approval of candidacy from the College of Education;
  4. Filed an approved graduate program for completion of the degree. This must be prepared in consultation with an advisor in the College of Education and approved by the program coordinator;
  5. Satisfaction of the graduate entrance writing requirement.

Requirements for Graduation

  1. A minimum of 48 quarter units of acceptable graduate level work, with a minimum of 36 completed in this program;
  2. A minimum of 24 units taken after the student has been advanced to candidacy for the degree;
  3. A grade point average of 3.0 ("B") in course work taken to satisfy the degree requirements and grades of "C" (2.0) or better in all courses in the program;
  4. The graduation writing requirement is met upon successful completion of the Master's Degree Project or Thesis, ESTM 699, or the Comprehensive Examination ESTM 999;
  5. Successful completion of one of the following three tracks.

Thesis Preparation, Presentation and Examination

The purpose of the thesis is twofold. First, it demonstrates that the student has articulated a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education design and development of research agenda consistent with the needs of both the professional community and the researcher or scholar. Second, it demonstrates willingness and ability to direct one's effort to completion of an appropriate culminating experience.

The student must conduct a research study, and from these efforts, write a thesis acceptable to the student's thesis committee and the Dean of Graduate Studies. The student's thesis committee shall be chaired by the major advisor and two other faculty members who are chosen by the student upon consultation with the major advisor and the graduate coordinator. One faculty member on a committee may come from another college in the university. The thesis topic and major advisor must be included on the program of graduate study submitted with the application to candidacy, although this may be amended. The student shall enroll in ESTM 699 and the students, who do not complete the thesis in the quarter they registered, must be in continuous enrollment until the completion of their thesis. The student, upon completion of the thesis, must give a public presentation of the research at ESTM 681. The student is given a maximum of five years from the time the student was advanced to candidacy to finish the degree.

  1. ESTM 690. STEM Education: Advanced Research
  2. ESTM 699. Master's Degree Project

A satisfactory thesis is one which reflects original works and shows a level of competence appropriate for a master's degree. A thesis is reported in the form of a paper. A thesis will be planned in consultation with the student's thesis committee and submitted in an approved format. Students must successfully complete ESTM 690. Further information is available from the Graduate Studies Office regarding the approved format.

Project Preparation, Presentation and Examination

The purpose of the project is twofold. First, it demonstrates that the student has articulated a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education design and development or research agenda consistent with the needs of both the professional community and the researcher or scholar. Second, it demonstrates willingness and ability to direct one's effort to completion of an appropriate culminating experience.

The student must implement and complete a project acceptable to the student's project committee and the Dean of Graduate Studies. The student's project committee shall be chaired by the major advisor and two other faculty members who are chosen by the student after consultation with the major advisor and the graduate coordinator. One faculty member on a committee may come from another college in the university. The project topic and major advisor must be included on the program of graduate study submitted with the application to candidacy, although this may be amended. The student shall enroll in ESTM 699 and the students, who do not complete the project in the quarter they registered, must be in continuous enrollment until the completion of their project. The student, upon completion of the project, must give a public presentation of the research at ESTM 681. The student is given a maximum of five years from the time the student was advanced to candidacy to finish the degree.

  1. ESTM 690. STEM Education: Advanced Research
  2. ESTM 699. Master's Degree Project

A satisfactory project is one which reflects original work and shows a level of competence appropriate for a master's degree. A project can be reported in the form of a paper and/or through other media. A project will be planned in consultation with the student's thesis committee and submitted in an approved format. Students must successfully complete ESTM 690. Further information is available from the Graduate Studies Office regarding the approved format.

Comprehensive Written Examination

The written comprehensive examination is designed to test the student's ability to integrate the knowledge of the field of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education, to show critical and independent thinking, and to demonstrate mastery of the subject matter. Students may take the examination twice. Students who choose the comprehensive examination option must successfully complete eight units in the electives category with approval of an advisor. The student shall enroll in ESTM 999 after consultation with the graduate coordinator and during their last quarter for completion of the degree.

  1. ESTM 999. Comprehensive Examination
  2. Eight units of electives.

A minimum of 36 units in courses numbered 500-600 or above must be included in the graduate program. The program may not include more than 12 quarter units in approved extension and transfer courses from other colleges or universities. California State University, San Bernardino will not consider for transfer credit course work from an institution that will not accept that work in its own advanced degree program.

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