Master's of Science

Degree Requirements

An MS student must complete no less than 30 credit hours consisting of at least 20 credit hours of formal coursework plus at least 10 credit hours of thesis research.  Students who want to take a course outside of the College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) must obtain permission by completing the “Approval for Courses Outside CEAS” form.  The student must submit and orally defend a written thesis conforming to the requirements of the University Graduate Handbook.  An MS student is considered to be a “thesis student.”  The thesis work will be guided and judged by a committee, chaired by the student’s advisor.

Additional Requirements

1. Once a year (typically toward the end of the Spring Semester) the MS student must initiate with the advisor an annual progress review.  The Annual Progress Review Form to be filled is signed by the student and the advisor and turned into the Graduate Director.

2. Each MS student is required to submit to the faculty advisor a journal or conference paper manuscript suitable for submittal to a reputable peer-reviewed journal or peer-reviewed conference before undergoing the final thesis defense.

3. Each MS student is required to fill the Plagiarism Pledge before graduating.

4. In order to be certified for graduation, after all requirements are met, each MS student must schedule a final interview with the Graduate Director, resulting in the compilation of the Final Interview Form which is signed by the Graduate Director.