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.