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The RCR Academic Policy for Master’s Thesis Students applies to all master’s students who are pursuing a thesis. Applicable master's students, as part of their degree requirements, must successfully complete at least one of the following options:

An online CITI RCR course.

A doctoral RCR course that satisfies the in-person RCR training requirement for doctoral students.

A master's RCR course that has been approved for RCR training (programs that wish to pursue this option should refer to the In-house Training Approach Guide PDF).

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The RCR training must be completed and verified before the Request for Approval of Master’s Thesis Topic Form will be processed by the Office of Graduate Education.

Important: Master’s thesis students who plan to transition to a doctoral program are strongly encouraged to complete the First Option and the Second Option above (refer to the Doctoral Policy page for more information).