We offer a thesis and a non-thesis option for the Masters of Science in Visualization.

 

MS Thesis Option

The curriculum is divided into prerequisite courses (to be taken as directed on admission; no credit awarded towards the degree), two required core course (4 credits), three selected core courses (12 credits), electives (8 credits) and thesis research (8 credits) for a total of 32 credits.

 

 

 

Thesis

The research thesis is the culminating activity of the Master of Science curriculum. It allows and requires that the student pursue a focus topic in significant depth.  The student’s research must be documented in a written thesis and presented at a public defense.  The thesis research is done under the guidance of the student’s advisory committee.  This committee is composed of a committee chair and at least two additional graduate faculty members.  The chair and one of the members must be selected from the Visualization faculty. The third member must be from outside the Visualization faculty.

Thesis research in the Visualization Sciences program spans a very wide range of possible topics.  Past thesis research (2002-present) can be found at the  thesis archive  by searching for the discipline "visualization".

 

MS Non-thesis Option

The curriculum is divided into prerequisite courses (to be taken as directed on admission; no credit awarded towards the degree), two required courses (5 credits), three selected core courses (12 credits), and electives (19 credits) for a total of 36 credits.

 

 

Because the field of visualization is multidisciplinary, it is not unusual for admitted students to lack some of the necessary background to go directly into all of the required core courses.  Prerequisite courses are offered as a route into the core curriculum courses for which the student lacks necessary preparation.  These prerequisite courses are to be taken as directed in the student’s admission letter and must be completed with a grade of “B” or better during the first year.  Prerequisite courses may not be taken for credit toward the degree.  Students with deficiencies not addressed by the prerequisite courses will not be admitted into the program.

Advisors

The student will be assigned an academic advisor upon admission to the program.  The advisor will provide initial direction to the student and help with the choice of courses during the first year of study.  During the first year, the advisor will help the student locate a faculty member who has expertise in the student’s chosen focus area to chair the student’s advisory committee.  The student and the committee chair will locate two or more graduate faculty members to join the committee.  The role of the advisory committee is to provide guidance, advice and critical judgment for the student in matters pertaining to degree planning, research methods, and thesis work.

 

Departmental Requirements for MS Degree