Department - MS Degree Thesis Option
What is a Thesis?
purpose of the masters thesis is for the student to demonstrate the ability
to conduct independent research that is of significant value to the
A version of this document will
be given to student at the time he/she agrees to the thesis option. The
following will be found in the upcoming Graduate catalog:
MS-CIS with thesis option would require a
student to complete 36 semester hours of course work and thesis.
30 hours of course work including CIS 8389 (Directed Readings in
Information Systems); CIS 8389 will be a prerequisite for thesis.
All 7-core courses (CIS 8110
- CIS 8170) are compulsory.
Only 2 specialization courses
may be taken.
Total: 36 hours (same
as non-thesis option as existing now).
The student must enroll for the thesis hours
towards the end of his/her program.
A student opting for the thesis option must
have completed a Directed Readings course (CIS 8389) with a graduate
faculty member. The Directed Readings course must be used by the student to
do preliminary work in preparation for thesis work and will be used by the
course instructor to gauge the competence of the student to do thesis work.
The enrollment of the student in a thesis will be contingent upon a positive
recommendation by the course instructor to the masterís program coordinator
and his/her willingness to be the thesis supervisor.
Thesis Supervision and Related Policies:
thesis supervisor is appointed by the department chair on the recommendation
of the masterís program coordinator.
Thesis Examination: Upon
completion of the thesis, the student will submit the thesis to his/her
supervisor who will examine the thesis and assign a Pass/Fail grade to the
thesis. If the student fails, he/she will get one more attempt to submit the
thesis. The student must get a passing grade in thesis within three years
from the start of the MS program by the student.
Presentation of Thesis: Upon
passing the thesis examination, the student must present the thesis through
posters in a Masters Thesis Poster Session to be organized by the department
in which all successful theses will be presented. Poster presentation of
the thesis is a requirement for the completion of the thesis by the student.
MS Thesis Format:
thesis must be formatted according to the Ph.D. dissertation guidelines
published by the CIS department and GSU. The thesis committee chair will be
responsible to enforce the formatting standards. The thesis will not be
submitted to Microfilms.
Enrollment, Course Numbering and Grading System:
The thesis will be assigned the CIS
8990 course number.
The student will fill out the CIS
8990 paperwork and submit it to the masterís program coordinator for
approval. On approval, the student can register for CIS 8990.
The student can register for either
three or six hours in a semester. If the student has completed six hours of
thesis work but has still not completed the thesis then he/she can register
for "zero" hours. The student must register for thesis until it is completed
If the thesis extends more than one
semester, a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grade at the end of the preceding
semester(s) must be given to indicate progress.
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