Master of Science Degree, Thesis-Based
Student using furnaceA Master of Science Degree requires the ability to perform research work as well as understand and apply the advanced concepts presented in graduate-level courses in your area of specialization. A Master of Science thesis, which is a report of original scientific research or development, is required for the completion of your degree. You will conduct your research project with the guidance of your advisor but must demonstrate independent thinking.
The Master of Science degree requires a minimum of 30 semester hours of acceptable course work and research credit including:
- 18 hours of Materials Science courses (must have completed the three core courses)
- 6 to 12 hours of thesis research credits depending on Focus Area requirements
- Submit a thesis and pass the Defense of Thesis examination before the Thesis Committee.
You must complete a minimum of 18 hours of approved graduate course work. Up to nine hours of 400-level courses may be counted towards graduation. Up to nine hours of course work with a grade of "B" or better may be transferred from another recognized institution upon the approval of the Graduate Affairs Committee and the Graduate Dean. A total of 30 hours is needed for the Master of Science degree.
The typical time to completion is 1 1/2 to 2 years.
- 1st Semester: Begin course work, including the three core courses; select research topic; appoint thesis committee: begin research.
- 2nd Semester: Present course work to committee; continue course work and research.
- 2nd Year: Complete course work and thesis; defend thesis.