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Non-Thesis Option

The non-thesis option for the Master of Science in Technology degree requires 32 semester hours of credit, including the four core classes mentioned previously. The remaining 20 hours can be elected from the following areas of study:

  • Technology Management
  • Training and Development
  • Career and Technical Education
  • Computer Technology

Certification of Comprehensive Knowledge

Candidates for the non-thesis option are required to successfully obtain a Certification of Comprehensive Knowledge (CCK) during spring or fall semesters when they expect to graduate with the degree.

The purpose of the CCK is to determine the quality and degree of knowledge that students have gained during their study in the Master of Science in Technology program. Also, the CCK serves as a basis for certifying comprehensive knowledge to the Graduate School.

The objectives of the CCK are to verify that a student

  • has met the goals and objectives of his/her graduate study, and has attained comprehensive knowledge of the field of study
  • has the ability to integrate and synthesize information
  • can demonstrate proficiency with presentation technologies
  • is able to effectively communicate with written and oral modalities

Three CCK Options

Beginning Spring semester 2014, students may select from three CCK options. In summary, the CCK process includes following three options. 

Click here to view the complete CCK process.

1.      Case Study - A student will research and identify a reality-based case.  The student is expected to present solution(s) to demonstrate how the knowledge, principles, and tools learned during the graduate study may be applied to solve problems or to resolve practical issues.  The case should be an actual case based upon candidate’s professional experience and/or personal experience, or literature review.  Concepts and principles from at least four graduate courses should be integrated into the case. A final paper and a presentation will be required.

2.      Capstone Project or Project-Based Activity - A student will engage in a capstone project or project-based activity.  The student is expected to develop and deliver a technology-related project/product including mission definition, project scope and measurable outcomes.  Students are expected to fully document the project and present the final products, including the paper, to the committee. A final paper and a presentation will be required.

3.    Mini-Thesis or Research - A student will engage in a scholarly investigation, similar to but not as intensive as thesis research.  The student is expected to conduct literature research, design their experiment or research instrument, perform the research or experiments, collect and analyze the data, and write a report regarding the research.  The research topic has to be related to career and technical education, computer technology, technology management, or training and development.  A final paper and a presentation. 

The CCK Committee will evaluate the comprehensive knowledge of the candidate based upon the tasks and requirements defined in each options.

Click here to download an Application for Comprehensive Knowledge (CCK) 

Click here to view the CCK Evaluation Rubric.