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Report of Culminating Activity

The term culminating activity refers to a summary exercise that is carried out by a graduate student with a high degree of independence, is based on advanced study and accumulated graduate experience, is integrative in nature, and is typically the focus of the student near the end of his or her graduate career. The traditional culminating activities for master’s students and doctoral students are the thesis and dissertation, respectively, but master’s students in the United States now engage in many other forms of culminating activity such as a project, portfolio, capstone course, series of practicums, recital (performing arts), and comprehensive examination. Satisfactory completion of a culminating activity (or part of a culminating activity) is normally recorded by a grade in a graduate course set up specifically for that purpose (e.g., 592 Portfolio).