Part-time student

This semester-by-semester course sequence is provided as an example for part-time students. Specific course sequences will depend on each students individual situation.

Semester 1

500-level foundation course
500-level foundation course

Credits: 6
Cumulative: 6

Semester 2

600-level elective
600-level elective

Credits: 6
Cumulative: 12

First Summer

Work with faculty member on research.

Semester 3

500-level foundation course
600- or 700-level elective

Credits: 6
Cumulative: 18

Semester 4

600- or 700-level elective
600- or 700-level elective

Credits: 6
Cumulative: 24

Second Summer

Work with faculty member on research.

Semester 5

600- or 700-level elective
600- or 700-level elective
SYSM 681 (required SYSM thesis writing sequence)

Credits: 7
Cumulative: 31

Semester 6

600- or 700-level elective
SYSM 682 (required SYSM thesis writing sequence)

Credits: 4
Cumulative: 35

Third Summer

Work with faculty member on research.

Semester 7

SYSM 697 (Directed Research)
SYSM 683 (required SYSM thesis writing sequence)

Credits: 4
Cumulative: 39

Student submit their qualifying portfolio at the end of this semester.

Semester 8

SYSM 798 (Dissertation Research)

Credits: 6
Cumulative: 45

All students must propose their dissertation to their committee at least 9 months prior to their intended defense date.

Semester 9

SYSM 798 (Dissertation Research)

Credits: 6
Cumulative: 51

Semester 10

SYSM 798 (Dissertation Research)

Credits: 6
Cumulative: 57

Students who have not successfully defended their dissertation must enroll for 1 credit SYSM 798 (Dissertation Research) each semester to maintain continuous enrollment.