Project Requirements

  • Each graduate student is expected to conduct a directed research/development project or thesis for completion of the degree; (see Plans A and B below). To propose an independent project or thesis, the student requests a specific CIS faculty member as the project advisor to chair his/her review committee in agreement with the CIS faculty member. These are normally completed as part of the required GCIS 602 Professional Quality Module: Research course. Decisions about the topic and the committee members are shared between the student and the review committee chair. The committee members participate in proposing and reviewing quality and content for the directed research project/thesis and its written component. These project proposals and formulation of graduate project/thesis committees must be completed prior to registration for any Thesis or Directed Research credits.

    The directed research project/thesis advisor directs the student’s work and determines when to recommend the manuscript for review by a faculty committee. The review committee is appointed by the usual academic approval sequence and consists of at least two full-time Gannon CIS faculty members familiar with the subject material and one member from outside the CIS department. The outside member can be from industry. The CIS faculty member who chairs the review committee becomes the student’s academic advisor.

    Plan A (Thesis)

    The candidate is required to submit a 6-credit thesis as part of the 30-42 credits of graduate course work and to pass a final oral examination on the thesis material and related subjects. Individuals considering further doctoral graduate studies are recommended to pursue the thesis option. The content should represent a researched and creative expression of the student’s advanced capability as a result of the graduate program. The thesis should be proposed and approved prior to the commencement of the thesis work. Proposals must be approved prior to registering for thesis credits. Thesis students register for GCIS 799 Thesis when beginning the research effort and after having received agreement from a faculty member to be the chair of the student’s research effort. While enrolled in GCIS 799 Thesis, the student will be required to satisfy other department-stipulated activities such as attendance at research seminars, participation in research presentations, and writing- or research-improvement seminars. Students who elect to complete a thesis apply three of their thesis credits as a graduate elective within their course of study.

    Plan B (Directed Research)

    The student is required to complete a 3-credit independent project and to pass a final oral examination covering the student’s project area and related subject areas. The content of the independent project can be either (1) in-depth scholarship culminating in a publishable-quality manuscript or (2) study and development of a prototype-level application culminating in a publishable-quality technical report. The content should represent a researched and creative expression of the student’s advanced capability as a result of the graduate program. The directed research project should be proposed and approved prior to the commencement of the independent project work. Proposals must be approved prior to registering for project credits.

    Directed Research students register for GCIS 698 Directed Research when completing the research effort and after having received agreement from a faculty member to be the chair of the student’s research effort. GCIS 699 Directed Research is used for larger, non-thesis research projects. While enrolled in GCIS 698 and GCIS 699 Directed Research, the student is required to satisfy other department-stipulated activities such as attendance at research seminars, participation in research presentations, and writing- or research-improvement seminars.