M.S. Thesis Option: Coursework and Credit Requirements.
The specific courses (program of study) that a graduate student enrolls in will be tailored to each individual, based on their academic background, professional interests, and the focus of their thesis work. However, the minimum requirements for the M.S. Degree (thesis option) include:
- 30 graduate semester credits beyond the Bachelor’s degree.
- Of these, at least 20 must be in coursework. At least half of the coursework credits (minimum 10 credits) must be at the 500\level or above, and at least 20 must be taken within the major discipline. Special approval must be received from the Graduate School upon recommendation of the graduate student's program if a student wishes to count more than six (6) credits of 300 UG (Undergraduate/Graduate) courses toward their graduate degree. Courses below the 200\level do not count towards the M.S. course requirements. Note: The 20\credit minimum (within the major discipline may include up to 10 credits of research or thesis credits.
- Up to 10 of the 30 credits may be taken as research (699), thesis (697), or independent study credits (596).
- Enroll in at least one\credit of graduate seminar per semester (See Section 7).
- Complete a research methods course related to their field of study, and at least one course in graduate level statistics (or comparable analytical course) at the university.
In addition to these specific requirements, a list of required/suggested coursework must be approved by the committee no later than the second semester in residence, but earlier if possible (Appendix D). Other suitable courses (e.g., emphasizing analytical skills) can be substituted at the discretion of the student’s committee.
Professional Paper Option: Coursework and Credit Requirements.
Students selecting the professional paper option must:
- Complete a minimum of 36 graduate credits approved by the student’s committee. Up to four credits from research (FOR, RECM, or WBIO 697) may be part of this required load, and at least 20 must be taken within the major discipline (CFC).
- The Graduate School requires that half of the 36 credits must be at the 500\level or above. If research credits are earned, half of the remaining credits must be at the 500\level or above.
- Enroll in at least one\credit of graduate seminar per semester (See Section 7). A minimum of two credits of graduate seminar (FOR, RECM, or WBIO 594) are required.
- The remainder of the required credits must be in coursework.
- Students whose work requires any assessment of quantitative data should take at least one course (or series of courses) in graduate\level statistics (or comparable analytical course) at the University (e.g., STAT 451 and 452 together with companion computer labs).
Other suitable courses (e.g., emphasizing analytical skills) can be substituted at the discretion of
the student’s committee.
* Please review the Graduate Handbook for more information on student supervision and degree requirements.