Coursework and Credit Requirements for M.S. (Thesis or Professional Paper Option):

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 include:

  • 30 graduate semester credits beyond the Bachelor’s degree.
  • At least 20 of the total credits must be taken within the major discipline. 
  • At least 20 of the total credits must be in coursework and at least half of the coursework credits (minimum 10 credits) must be at the 500 level or above.  Courses below the 200 or 300 level do not count towards the M.S. course requirements.
  • 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.
  • 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.  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.