If the student elects not to submit a thesis, the minimum credit required for graduation is 32 semester hours, to include the 18 semester hours of the required core classes, 14 semester hours in an area of concentration, to be determined by the candidate in consultation with the advisor.
Although preparation of a formal paper or thesis is not required of candidates for this degree, a student may elect this alternative. If the student elects to submit a thesis, the minimum credit required for graduation is 30 semester hours to include the 18 semester hours of the required scientific core, 6 semester hours in an area of concentration, and 6 semester hours of thesis and research to be determined by the candidate in consultation with the advisor.
The thesis must be read by at least two faculty members other than the advisor before it is given final approval. Candidates who contemplate graduate study beyond the master’s degree are urged to write a thesis.
Comprehensive Examination and the Examining Committee
The candidate for the Professional Science Master's in Geographic Information Sciences must successfully complete a final comprehensive examination. The examination will require the candidate to complete a literature review of a topic within their field of study, present a seminar to their graduate committee, and demonstrate comprehensive knowledge in their field of study.
The candidate’s examining committee shall consist of a minimum of the candidate’s advisor and two other faculty members agreed upon by the candidate and advisor.
Successful completion of the examination in a specific concentration must be filed in The Graduate School at least one week prior to the graduation date.