Field projects/thesis for the Masters of Science Manufacturing Engineering are selected by the student, and are usually related to their employment. In most cases, quantitative data is collected that mutually benefit the student’s academic program as well as the student’s employer. These projects/thesis are planned in advance by the student under direction of a faculty teaching the MFGE-707 course. Field Project Formulation is taken just prior to INMGT-700. The purpose of this course is for the student to read/critique research papers from previous students and to write a detailed and technically accurate proposal for their desired field project/thesis. The student's accurate field project proposal is then passed out to potential faculty advisers. Learn more about the Research Paper at the Graduate School's Web site.

UW-Stout has an excellent Writing Center to assist students, however this center nor the library provide detailed editing. Professional editing services are available online.

The library is a great source of information and excellent assistance from the staff is available. You can check out the Library Subject and Reference Guide which has gathered information relating to manufacturing engineering. If you have questions on your research projects feel free to contact Lela Lugo who assists graduates in thesis completion and other research projects.

Lelah Lugo
Electronic Resource Access/Assistive Technology Librarian
Office: RSSLC 108
Phone: 715-232-1552

 Frequently Asked Questions

»  Do I have to write a thesis?

Each student is required to complete an independent research study. There are two options for this: A four-credit field problem or a six-credit thesis.

»  What is the difference between a field problem and a thesis?

A field problem and thesis are very similar. A thesis is the more traditional idea of what is associated with a master's degree and is the best option for those who plan on continuing their education into a doctorate program. A field problem is paired with the student’s internship site. It involves investigating a “real-world” topic of interest to the internship supervisor. A thesis and field problem are equally involved and time intensive.

»  Why is there a range for thesis or field problems and internship credits?

There is a credit range because students have many options -- i.e. a student can take thesis or field problem and internship credits all at once or in increments. For example, a student can register for two credits of thesis or field problem over the summer and take additional thesis or field problem credits the following semester. There is an internship range because students can take however many credits they wish for their internship. Keep in mind that you must meet the core credit hour requirements.