Definitions of Graduate Research:
A professional paper (MAIS, MSCJ, MEd, MSIS, MS) generally involves a critical investigation of a well-defined issue or problem based on original analysis. The written product of this effort is a scholarly manuscript. The professional paper requires a more detailed and extensive analysis of the issue or problem than that included in a term paper. It is not merely a literature review, needs assessment, or a chronology of work in the practicum. The length of the manuscript, though closely related to the scope of the topic or research problem, normally ranges from 30 to 50 pages.
A thesis is a proposition to be defended in argument; a professional paper written by a candidate as a requirement for an academic degree. Your thesis should be submitted to the Graduate College by the designated deadline and comply with all thesis guidelines as approved by your committee Chair.
A dissertation is a formal discourse or a treatise written to fulfill the requirements for a doctorate from a university. Your dissertation should be submitted to the Graduate College by the designated deadline and comply with all dissertation guidelines as approved by your committee Chair.