MPA Project Guidelines (downloadable Word file)
Students need to be cognizant of Buffalo State's policy regarding timely completion of the Master's project or thesis. These mandatory timelines are set by the Graduate School.
Graduate students who do not complete their capstone thesis or project requirement by the end of the term in which they have registered will receive an IP grade on their transcript. Once a student has
registered for the maximum number of credits included in their graduate programs's standard curriculum,*
received an IP grade in the required thesis or project course(s),
not completed the thesis or project requirement after two additional semesters have elapsed (not including summer or J-term),
the student must register for 722 Thesis/Project Extended (non-credit bearing but billable for 1 credit at existing graduate tuition rates) for each fall and spring semester until the thesis or project has been completed. If the student does not register for the 722 course, he or she will become an inactive student and will have to reapply for admission to the Graduate School and pay all other appropriate fees before the capstone project or thesis can be completed. Reapplication must be made in accordance with the established deadline dates and current admission requirements. See Readmission.
722 courses will receive a grade of NR. Once a student has completed the thesis or project, the IP grade(s) will be changed to the appropriate grade.
*A list of credits required in each graduate program will be created and reviewed by the academic departments. This list will be maintained and updated as necessary by the Graduate School.
All MPA papers in PAD 680, PAD 681, and PAD 690 require the use of EndNote, the industry standard for electronic bibliographies. EndNote can be downloaded free of charge by members of the Buffalo State community.
If students experience difficulty downloading from the website, bring a memory stick to the Information Commons in the Butler Library and ask an technician to download to your memory stick.
MPA Defense is accompanied by poster. The Political Science Department pays for the poster printing for the defense. (Student pays for PAD 681 project proposal - poster session.) See MPA Guidelines for details requiring poster formatting and the oral defense. Student use their PAD 681 (formerly 699) posters as their starting template.
Here is the link for poster printing.
To order a poster to be printed: Click button "Poster Request form for Faculty and Staff." Select Political Science as department to be billed.
Select standard conference poster size - 30 x 40. Just the poster, no mounting. (Same system as for PAD 681.)
Through Buffalo State's site license for Qualtrics:
Log in with your Buffalo State credentials.
Students can develop a survey, but publishing the survey requires a faculty/staff network ID or permission from Dr. Laurie Buonanno (PAD research coordinator).
Qualtrics training available online at:
Learn Qualtrics in 5 steps (free)
All Buffalo State MPA Projects must be cleared by the campus IRB. IRB compliance is covered in PAD 680 and PAD 681.
IRB applications are submitted via an electronic system.
Visit this website for details on the electronic IRB submission system:
There are detailed instructions on this website.
You will need to fill out the Protocol Template.
FOR STUDENTS SUBMITTING IRB APPLICATIONS:
First you need to register for a PACS IRB account. Click on this link: http://www.rfsuny.org/Information-For/Online-Tools-/SUNY-PACS/SUNY-PACS-Login/All-Other-Locations-PACS-Login/
SUNY PACS Login Account
Don't have a SUNY PACS account? Click here to register.
After a student registers for an account, he or she needs to create and submit a new study.
Some MPA projects have been uploaded to Buffalo State's Digital Commons.
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