All MS degree candidates must pass a
final examination before the degree is awarded. This requirement may be
met by one of the following options:
a. Thesis Option
This option requires 24 units of
regular course work, followed by 6 units of thesis research (SIE 910).
The thesis option is designed for students who wish to work with a
faculty member on a specific research topic. Thesis work is an
excellent complement to course work and constitutes a valuable
opportunity to develop an appreciation for research. Only outstanding
students are permitted to select the thesis option.
The thesis is prepared under the
guidance of the major professor and is reviewed by members of the
examining committee prior to the oral presentation. The examining
committee consists of the major professor and at least two other members
of the faculty selected on the basis of the student's course work and
field of interest. Other members of the department may also examine the
thesis if they wish to do so.
A final, hard-bound copy of each thesis must be provided to the Student Academic Specialist for placement in the departmental library.
b. Report Option
This option requires 27 units of
regular course work, followed by 3 units of project work (SIE 909)
leading to a written report. The project report option is designed for
students who wish to work on an applied research project. The topic
should have practical significance and require application of
graduate-level course material. The report typically involves the
application of new methodologies to an actual industrial problem. If
the faculty advisor agrees and the project is suitable, up to three
students may work together on the same project and produce a joint
The final examination for this option
is the same as that required for the thesis option. The report is
prepared under the guidance of the major professor and is reviewed by
members of the examining committee prior to the oral presentation. The
examining committee consists of the major professor and at least two
other members of the faculty selected on the basis of the student's
course work and field of interest.
c. Course Work Option
requires 33 units of course work approved by the Graduate Studies
Committee. At least 3 of these units must be taken at the 600-level in
the SIE Department with a grade of A or B. The Graduate Studies
Committee's evaluation of the student's performance in this 600-level
course constitutes the final examination for the MS degree.
d. Examination Option
This option requires 30 units of
course work, approved by the Graduate Studies Committee. The student
must also pass the Doctoral Qualifying Exam.