(Prerequisites, ER 851 and consent of thesis chair.) The opportunity to do empirical research resulting in a thesis in one's discipline is the capstone experience of the master's curriculum. In this course, the student working closely with a faculty advisor and two other committee members, one of which must be outside the student's discipline, will develop a thesis proposal; collect, analyze, and interpret the data; and then develop conclusions. Upon the completion of the research, the student will orally defend the thesis before faculty and peers.