The Graduate Advisory Committee (GAC) for the degree of Master of Science consists of a minimum of three faculty members, one of whom must be a full member of the graduate faculty. The MS study plan involves course work in the student’s area of specialty and completion of an original research project resulting in an acceptable thesis. Minimal course loads are determined by the student with the approval of the GAC and to meet Graduate School requirements, but must meet the following departmental requirements:
Minimum of 30 hours of credit beyond the baccalaureate or professional degree in courses numbered 4000
Other requirements including seminars and thesis instructions can be found in the departmental Graduate Program Guidelines.
Final Exam and Thesis Defense: A comprehensive final examination will include an open presentation and defense of the thesis followed by an oral examination by the GAC. In order to pass this examination, there may not be more than one dissenting vote.