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2018-2019 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
  Jul 14, 2024
2018-2019 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Oral Biology, MS Program

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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.

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