MS without Thesis (Creative Component) (off campus)

Masters of Science without Thesis (Creative Component)

Students are required to demonstrate ability to do independent work by completing and presenting a written and an oral report on their creative component topic.

The only home department for the off-campus MS program is Electrical and Computer Engineering. The non-thesis program will consist of 27 course credits with 3 credits of creative work for a Master of Science without thesis (Cpr E 599). Students shall seek the approval of the major professor in choosing the creative component topic. This work in Cpr E 599 will be graded either as satisfactory or unsatisfactory. The courses are divided into three categories: core, electives, and creative component  (Cpr E 599). (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 consists of the major professor (selected from the students home department). 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 distance education Information Assurance MS program will select Information Assurance as the major on the ISU on-line admission application form.

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 examination may be required based on the background of the student. If the GRE 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.