MaconCatalog : The School of Engineering : Master of Science in Engineering and Master of Science : Optional Thesis
 
Optional Thesis
Students electing to complete a thesis must complete a minimum of 24 hours of course work and a minimum of 6 hours of research, including a formal master’s thesis. The purpose of the thesis is to further the educational development of the student by requiring him or her to plan, conduct, and report an organized and systematic study which makes a contribution to the student’s field. The thesis must be directed by a member of the graduate faculty. A maximum of 6 hours of research may be counted toward the degree. Only grades of satisfactory or unsatisfactory will be assigned. Each student will work with a faculty advisor to develop a plan for the research that will satisfy the departmental requirements for the degree. A narrative description of the plan, approved by the faculty advisor, must be submitted to the program director during the academic term preceding the initiation of work on the research.
Students may do research “in absentia” provided:
1. They have gained the written approval of their research committee and their department chair.
2. They conform to the continuous enrollment guidelines. Payment of fees is the responsibility of the student regardless of sponsorship by his or her employer.
Deadlines for thesis submission are set each term by the Provost Office.