THESIS VERSUS NON-THESIS OPTION


REQUIREMENTS FOR THESIS OPTION

Courses selected for the thesis option are intended to provide some depth of study in a particular area of interest. The prerequisites to the program assure a minimal amount of knowledge in the general field of industrial engineering. The minimum requirements for the program are 21 credit-hours of course work with at least 12 hours in industrial engineering. At least 6 hours of course work is recommended from a related area. In addition, the student must take at least a total of 9 credit-hours of thesis research (IE 698), complete, and successfully defend in an oral examination a thesis representing evidence of independent research. The student must be registered for at least 3 credit-hours of IE 698 thesis research during the session the degree is conferred.

Credit Requirements for Plan of Study (THESIS) Credit Hours
Course Work at Purdue (must be for a grade) 21
Industrial Engineering Courses 12 or more
Additional courses that pertain to your area of research Varies
Research Credits IE 698 MS Thesis Research
(DO NOT INCLUDE ON PLAN OF STUDY)
9 or more
Minimum Total Credit Hours
for a MS
30

REQUIREMENTS FOR GENERAL NON-THESIS OPTION

Courses selected for the non-thesis option should provide the student with a certain degree of breadth as well as depth in the field of industrial engineering in order to permit entering professional practice immediately upon graduation. The minimum requirements for the program are 30 credit-hours of course work with at least 21 hours in industrial engineering. At least 6 hours of course work is recommended from a related area. A relevant industrial engineering design project (IE 590 or IE 690) of significant value utilizing the course material in the plan of study that provides the candidate with an independent creative experience can be used to satisfy a maximum of three credit-hours of course work.

Credit Requirements for Plan of Study (NON-THESIS) Credit Hours
Course Work at Purdue (must be for a grade) 30
Industrial Engineering Courses 21 or more
Additional courses that pertain to your area of research Varies
Minimum Total Credit Hours
for a MS
30