The MS Program requires about two years, but no longer than four, to complete. It is distinct from the PhD Program. MS students may apply to be accepted for the PhD Program once they are accepted into the MS program. If the student is accepted into the PhD program at a later date, courses taken toward the MS will satisfy doctoral degree credit and residency requirements.
Requirements for the MS Degree
- Total of 30 credits (28 didactic and 2 in research);
- Successful completion of core curriculum
- Scientific Ethics/Fundamentals of Research course;
- Quantitative methods and design course(s);
- A one-year research project leading to an master’s thesis;
- Defense of the master’s thesis before a thesis committee research; and,
- A master’s thesis.
Students must successfully complete the first-year required curriculum and receive a grade of B, or better, in all required courses.
A student who earned a master of science degree from another institution may petition the Graduate Studies Committee to waive the preliminary examination.