Under special circumstances, and with prior approval of the Program Advisor, Behavioral Sciences & Health Promotion students may write a thesis as an alternative to the Behavioral Sciences & Health Promotion Capstone course. It is expected that the thesis will include some independent research and integration of skills acquired by the student through coursework. The thesis includes formulation of research questions, methods to carry out the inquiry and presentation of results of the research. Some theses may require approval of the University’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) prior to initiation of any thesis work. Students should work through their department chair/program advisor to determine if their thesis will require IRB review. Students must maintain regular contact with their Program and Thesis Advisors during their thesis work which usually takes about 12-18 months to complete.