Students will demonstrate an ability to perform systems level research that incorporates one or more of the major research areas of the college.
Degree Requirements (30 Hours)
A total of 30 credit hours are required, with a maximum of 12 credit hours of 500-level courses. Six hours of thesis preparation is required with a final oral examination for thesis defense. The course number for the thesis will be specific to the department in which the research is conducted. Student achievement of program objectives will be assessed based on the successful thesis project and defense.
Complementary coursework must be chosen with advisor’s consent.
All candidates for a degree in the MS in System Design graduate program must complete a comprehensive assessment that is distinct from program course requirements. A comprehensive assessment requires the student to synthesize and integrate knowledge acquired in coursework and other learning experiences and to apply theory and principles in a situation that approximates some aspect of professional practice or research in the discipline. Students in this program will fulfill the comprehensive assessment requirement by successful completion and defense of the thesis.