A student who chooses the thesis option of the program leading to the degree of Master of Science with a major in industrial and systems engineering must satisfactorily complete six hours of credit in ISYE 699A, Master’s Thesis. If a student completes more than six hours in this course, the additional hours are not counted toward the 31 hours required for graduation under the thesis option.
The purpose of a master’s thesis is to train the graduate student, under the guidance of a faculty adviser, to conduct independent research. The responsibility for generating the topic of research, performing the work, writing the thesis and defending it is that of the student. The role of the adviser is to suggest ideas, guide, motivate and support the student, evaluate the work and correct errors. A certain degree of originality and significance of contribution are necessary requirements of a master’s thesis.