Master of Science and Master of Arts

All Master of Science and Master of Arts degree programs are planned with the objective of making possible a reasonable, comprehensive mastery of the subject matter in a chosen field. In most cases, the Master of Science and Master of Arts programs provide training and experience in research in order to familiarize the student with the methods, ideals and goals of independent investigation. In these cases, representative of most Master of Science and Master of Arts degree programs, a thesis is required. A small number of Master of Science and Master of Arts programs do not require a thesis. 

Requirements 

  1. A minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate work in the degree program, unless the specific program requires more hours. (See also Credit Hour Requirements for Master's Degrees in the Graduate Handbook.)

  2. A reading knowledge of a foreign language (in a few programs)

  3. A comprehensive written examination (in some programs)

  4. A thesis (in most programs)

  5. A comprehensive oral examination (except Option B programs)

Time Limit 

Requirements for ALL master's degrees must be completed within six (6) calendar years. For further information about the time limit for degrees, please see Graduate Handbook Section 3.4.