MS with Thesis

A Masters of Science with Thesis:

A master’s thesis is a scholarly composition that demonstrates the ability of the author to do independent and creative work. It explores in some depth a problem or issue related to the major field of study.  Although considerable variations in format and style are acceptable, precise expression, logical construction, and meticulous attention to detail are essential.   The student is required to demonstrate ability to do independent work by completing and presenting a written (thesis) and an oral report of the results.  The MS degree allows the student to continue to the Ph.D program.

The program is broadly based and uses courses in the selected home department (Electrical and Computer Engineering, Management Information Systems, Mathematics, Political Science).  Each home department has their own course requirements that the IA student is required to meet to complete the degree.  The program will consist of 24 course credits with 6 credits of research work for a Master of Science with thesis (699).  Under the home departments 699, students shall seek the approval of the major professor in choosing the thesis research topic. This work in 699 will be graded either as satisfactory or unsatisfactory.  The courses are divided into three categories: core, electives, and thesis research (699). (see the link below)

Students admitted into a Master of Science degree are required to secure a committee appointment and create a Program of Study.  The committee appointment includes three faculty members, the major professor (selected from the students home department), faculty member within your area and one from outside your area.    The student’s Program of Study Committee, in consultation with the student, determines the elective courses to be taken and the acceptability of transfer credits, the list of selected courses are entered on the Program of Study.  The Committee Appointment and the Program of Study (POSC. electronic form) must be submitted to the Graduate College by the deadline and approved in the semester before the Final Oral Examination. Additional information, deadlines, and instructions are located on the Graduate College website (


Students applying in Information Assurance may state their home department preference  in the statement of purpose or  the student will be place in a home department (the department that is most closely aligned with the student’s research interest and background). The home department sets the admission standards, course requirements, and thesis standards.

Admissions requirements for each home department:

The basic prerequisite for admission to this program is a baccalaureate degree in engineering, mathematics, computer science, management information systems, political science, or closely related field.

The GRE or GMAT examination may be required based on the standards of the home department. If the GRE or GMAT is not required it will be considered in admissions decisions if offered. Potential students with baccalaureate degrees in the physical sciences, statistics, or other related fields will be considered on an individual basis, possibly with provisional admission. The degree awarded is a Master of Science in Information Assurance.

Requirements (by home department):