While a thesis is not mandatory for the MSIA program, the School encourages students to consider the thesis option if they plan to pursue Ph.D. programs after the MSIA degree. The thesis is a six-credit research project resulting in a paper of significant length and quality. The student's research is supervised by a thesis advisor and reviewed by a committee of INTA faculty.
The thesis is a significant undertaking that is often more demanding than taking the usual two courses for six credits. Students pursue this option to gain a solid foundation in research methods, to demonstrate proficiency in academic writing and research to graduate schools, or to pursue a specific topic not normally covered through coursework.
Before deciding on the thesis option, students are advised to read the Georgia Tech thesis policies to understand the significant requirements of this endeavor and discuss their plans with faculty members and academic advisors.