An Analysis of Trends in the Use of a Master's Thesis in Graduate Engineering and Management Programs.
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OHIO SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING
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Today there is considerable disagreement about what educational experiences should be required for the masters degree. This research was conducted to examine trends in the requirement for thesis work in engineering and management masters degree programs. Trends in other areas such as thesis credit, masters degree total requirements, minimum grade point averages, requirements for proficiency in a foreign language, and time limits to completing masters work were also examined. Engineering programs have higher average thesis credit requirements than management programs, but management masters degree programs have higher average total degree credit requirements. Finally, a review and examination regarding the current personal advantages and disadvantages of the masters thesis was accomplished through interviews with selected groups of educators. Advantages for the student, faculty, institution, and users of research findings were identified. Disadvantages cited involved high cost for faculty and student time and research facilities.
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