CAPSTONE INFORMATION AND THE RESEARCH REVIEW APPLICATION (RRA) PROCESS

Your instructor will develop his/her teaching syllabus from the Master Course Syllabus.  The teaching syllabus will be used for your specific course section.  There are two resources listed on the MCS.  Most students will have a copy of the APA Style Guide from taking the MSA 600 course.  The Student Guide to the MSA Capstone Project is free and the link can be found on this webpage.

MSA698 MCS.pdf - MSA 698: Directed Administrative Portfolio

  • 16 weeks
  • 5 Ten-page related papers (50 pp minimum) (a paper due every 2-3 weeks)
    • Papers are evaluating your topic based on the angle of each of the MSA core classes with the 5th one being a conclusion paper.
  • APA required
  • IRB/RRA approval not necessary
  • Secondary research accepted
  • Is not related to the proposal developed in MSA 600
  • Rubric scoring
  • 2nd review not required
  • Must be related to concentration
  • Must address a real-world administrative problem
  • Prerequisites will not be waived and may not be taken concurrently


MSA699 MCS.pdf - MSA 699: Traditional Capstone Research

  • 16 weeks
  • ONE 50-75 page research paper
  • APA required
  • IRB/RRA approval required
  • Primary research required
  • Is not related to the proposal developed in MSA 600
  • Rubric scoring
  • 2nd review required
  • Must be related to concentration


Student Guides

This page includes MSA 699 resources: forms, and templates for the Research Review Application process as well as the July 2016 edition of the Student Guide to the MSA Capstone Project, Parts 1 and 2.

MSA 699 Resources (July 2016 Edition and August 2017 update):


Forms for the Research Review Application (RRA) process:

The fillable PDF will accept either a digital signature (see instructions in Student Guide) or a typed signature.  

Instructions and Helps:

Templates

Survey Templates:

Interview Templates

Permission Letter Template


IRB INFORMATION

Institutional Review Board

The majority of MSA students will complete the research review application process.  Students with projects meeting the definition of research will be required to complete CITI training and go through CMU's IRB (Institution Review Board) process. 

CMU's Office of Research and Graduate Studies oversees this process.  ORGS has adopted a software package called IRBNet that is designed to be open to the entire CMU research community and assists in the management and oversight that support IRB, IACUC, and other compliance boards with one unified solution.  IRBNet will allow for online submission of research proposals involving humans and animals and will create required reporting documents for the oversight and regulatory offices. IRBNet is an enterprise-class, hosted toolset that is secure and accessible from anywhere, anytime on any platform. Users need only have an internet connection and a browser, thus making it possible for our off-campus programs to use this system for submission of proposals.

Please review the following guide to get started on IRBNet.  Contact the MSA Office for additional assistance (989-774-2367).  Please note that the instructor must be listed as the primary investigator on all IRB forms.

Online Training in the Use of Human Subjects (CITI)

CITI training is only required for students who need the IRB process because they plan to use human subjects in their research and either publish project results or disseminate to a wider audience. CMU has adopted the online training system offered through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI). CITI offers courses in the responsible conduct of research and can be individualized for specific university needs.  CITI allows for the tracking of individuals who have completed their respective training requirements. Thus, individuals who are required to complete training in human subjects research would complete only the training relevant in this area.

Students and their instructors will register with CITI and complete the Basic Human Subjects—Social and Behavioral Focus course.  The course must be completed at 80% or better for each module.  This training must be in place prior to submission of any IRB materials through IRBNet.

ORSP (Office of Research and Graduate Studies, 989-774-6401)

IRB Committee Information