Master's Thesis or Comprehensive Exam

Master Thesis (Required 6 units)

MBAT 599A. Directed Graduate Research — (3 units)
The purpose of this course is to teach the student how to apply research methods in their Master’s Thesis. This includes selecting a research problem, developing a thesis proposal, as well as instruction on the completion of a thesis after the topic has been approved by the thesis advisor and the thesis committee. Various kinds and types of research will be studied. Systems for gathering and reporting data as well as statistical processing of data will be covered

Students will develop a Final Project, consisting of a preliminary proposal for Thesis Committee Approval and development of the first three chapters of the thesis.

MBAT 599B. Master’s Thesis — (3 units)
Guidance to assist graduate students in the writing of the thesis following thesis writing guidelines. The thesis will demonstrate the student’s ability to clearly define a significant problem; investigate a problem; then organize and logically present data; draw defensible conclusions and make recommendations.

Comprehensive Examination (Required 6 units)

MBAC 599A. Directed Comprehensive Studies — (3 units)
Instruction to assist graduate students in the research of a series of topics for faculty-prepared comprehensive questions covering subject areas studied during the student’s graduate program. Students will conduct their research using the scientific method. Various kinds and types of research will be studied. Systems for gathering and reporting data as well as statistical processing of data will be covered.

MBAC 599B. Graduate Comprehensive Examination — (3 units)
Guidance to assist graduate students in the preparation of the topics in readiness for the exam questions. The examination itself will be of 3 hour duration and consist of writing selected questions under proctored supervision, according to rigorous guidelines.