Degree Options

TYPE OF DEGREE OPTIONS

Thesis Option 

Student conducts a research under the guidance of a thesis committee. Expected outcomes from the thesis research includes, but not limited to, establishment of facts, development of new theories, and reaching new conclusions, which are publishable in prestigious conferences or scholarly journals. Total 6 credit hours of EMGT 6991 must be successfully completed. 

Project Option

Students carry out a capstone project under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Students are expected to apply their skill sets learned from the Engineering Management courses to provide good solution(s), if not optimal, for the project problem. EMGT 6985 must be successfully completed. (Students who enter the program in Summer 2018 or later must take EMGT 5201, 5202, and 5203, to be able to register for EMGT 6985.) There are two paths to complete the project option: 1) perform an individual project with a specific faculty advisor similar to the thesis option, or 2) perform a class project provided by the instructor of EMGT 6985. (See below for detailed procedures of respective paths.)
 

PROCEDURE OF DEGREE OPTIONS

Thesis Option 

  1. Find a thesis advisor who can serve as your thesis committee chair. 
  2. Be advised by the thesis advisor to form a thesis committee. Submit the Appointment of Master's Thesis Committee form to Graduate School.
  3. Conduct the thesis research while registering for EMGT 6991 as per the guidance of the advisor. Submit the Proposal Defense Report for Dissertation/Master's Thesis form to Graduate School. Observe the submission deadline published in the academic calendar. (The Appointment of Master's Thesis Committee form must be submitted before submission of this form.)
  4. Schedule a final defense for the thesis and inform the schedule to the Graduate Program Director (deadline is available in the academic calendar). Provide a complete draft of your thesis to the committee members at least two weeks prior to the scheduled defense date. The defense will be open to the public. When the defense was successful, submit the Final Defense Report form to Graduate School.
  5. Submit a finalized thesis that accommodates any comments provided by the committee members. Submit the Dissertation/Thesis Submission & ETD form to Center for Graduate Life.

Project Option

Path 1: Individual Project
  1. Find a faculty member who can serve as your project advisor and start working on the project. 
  2. Submit the Proposal Defense Report for Dissertation/Master's Thesis form to the Department Office (deadline is same as that of thesis option). 
  3. Register for EMGT 6985 while carrying out the project. For registration, send an email request to the project advisor for approval of registartion. Make sure it is copied to the Graduate Program Director (Dr. Tao Hong) and the Academic Advisor (Nickcoy Findlater). After the advisor approves by 'Reply All', the Academic Advisor will issue a Permit to Register. Student must attend the first class of EMGT 6985.
  4. When the project is finished, make a presenation and submit a project report to the project advisor. Submit the Final Defense Report form to the Departement Office (deadline is same as that of thesis option). Follow the report format that the project advisor recommends. In general, it is recommended that students use a template of a conference paper (e.g., IISE or IEEE).
  5. The project advisor informs the student's final grade to the instructor of EMGT 6985. (Until the final grade is informed to the instructor, student will receive IP for EMGT 6985.)
Path 2: Class Project
  1. Students are advised to take forecasting (6910) and/or optimization (6952) courses before pursuing this path. 
  2. Instructions for this path are announced by the instructor of EMGT 6985 before each semester. 
  3. After enrolled in the course, follow the guidance of the instructor who will serve as your project advisor.