Thesis Option - MS in Engineering

A thesis option is available for designated graduate programs. The thesis replaces one or two courses, which are specified by the degree department. The thesis is required for on-campus mechanical engineering research assistants.

Master’s Thesis

Students must be participants in classes on campus during at least two of the terms in which they are working on the thesis. The degree department will specify which course(s) will be replaced by the thesis. Criteria for topic selection are up to the degree department, as are thesis-option prerequisites, if appropriate. Information about the administrative requirements for a Master’s Thesis may be obtained from the Graduate Office.
A thesis committee of at least three (3) faculty members is required. Students must obtain the written consent of the individuals who will serve on the committee, starting with the professor who will be the major advisor and chair of the committee. If a student is unable to find a professor to be the major advisor, then the student will not be able to elect the thesis option. Students are urged to form the advisory committee and gain approval of a written research proposal during their first year of graduate study and should begin work on the thesis project as soon as the proposal is approved. Registration for thesis credits requires the approval of the chair of the thesis committee. This approval is contingent upon prior approval of the research proposal by the thesis committee.
Master’s theses are theory-based and goal-oriented. The criteria for success are achievement of the research goal and production of a written thesis of publishable quality.
Questions: Contact the program advisor

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