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MS with Thesis degree requirements, MSE

The master's degree program in MSE is designed to give students the opportunity to gain additional knowledge and necessary skills in a specific area of Materials Science. A thesis option master's degree is made up of two primary aspects; academic course work and research used to support a written document. The requirements for the MS with Thesis degree, as established by the MSE Graduate Studies Committee, are as follows (semester-based requirements below):

Semester-based degree requirements

For graduate students who entered the graduate program in or after Summer term 2012.

I 30 graduate semester credit hours are required for an MS degree.

A Of these 30 credits, at least 15 must come from graded graduate level courses.

  1. Of these 15 credits, at least 9 credit hours MUST be taken in MSE (thus allowing for up to 6 credits of non-MSE study to count toward fulfillment of an MSE Master's degree).
    • Of these 9 credits in MSE, at least 4 credit hours MUST be taken at the 6000 level or greater in MSE.
    • Of these 9 credits in MSE, 5 may be taken at the 5000 level or greater in MSE.
  2. Of these 15 credits, up to 6 credit hours may be taken in MSE or out of MSE--it is understood that any non-MSE credits are to be related to the student's area of materials study (hard sciences and/or engineering) unless previously approved by the Graduate Studies Committee.

B At least 15 credit hours may come from other courses, besides those listed in A1 and A2, to bring the total graduate credit hours to 30 or greater.

  1. Autumn and Spring enrollment in MSE 7895 (Graduate Seminar and Colloquium, 1 credit) are required of all MSE graduate students. Credits earned while enrolled in 7895 will apply towards the 30 credit hour total for the Master's degree.
  2. Instructional Assistant service. Of these 15 credit hours, at least 4 credit hours are to be from MSE 6193.01 earned while assisting faculty with instruction of MSE courses. Students earn 2 credits per term of service as an Instructional Assistant. Students will attend a university training workshop in support of this curricular requirement. [More about IA service credits]
  3. Of these 15 credit hours, at least 10 credit hours are to be from MSE 6999 (Research in Materials Science and Engineering).

II   Presentation and defense of an acceptable thesis.

 

Courses that apply toward the degree:

  • MSE courses at the 5000 level or above that may be taken for graduate credit.
  • Non-MSE courses at the 5000 level or greater in the hard-sciences, math, and engineering that may be taken for graduate credit.

Updated SU12 & AU13


Quarter-based degree requirements

For graduate students who entered the graduate program prior to Summer term 2012.

I 45 total graduate credit hours are required for an MS degree.

A Of these 45 hours, at least 21 must be graded graduate level courses.

  1. Of these 21 hours, at least 15 credit hours MUST be taken in MSE (thus allowing for up to 6 hours of non-MSE study to count toward fulfillment of an MSE Master's degree--it is understood that all 6 hours are to be related to the student's area of materials study unless previously approved by the Graduate Studies Committee).
  2. Of these 15 hours in MSE, at least 6 credit hours MUST be taken at the 700 level or greater in MSE.

B At least 24 credit hours may come from other courses, besides those listed in A1&2, to bring the total graduate credit hours to 45 or greater.

  1. Of these 24 hours, no more than 6 credit hours of MSE 795 (Graduate Seminar and Colloquium) may apply towards this 24 hour total (though registration in MSE 795 is required for AU, WI, & SP quarters, regardless of the total number of 795 credits a student has earned).
  2. Instructional Assistant service. Of these 24 hours, at least 4 credit hours are to be from MSE 894 earned while assisting faculty with instruction of MSE courses. Students earn two credits per term of service as an Instructional Assistant. Students will attend a university training workshop in support of this curricular requirement.
  3. Of these 24 hours, at least 15 credit hours are to be from MSE 999 (Research in Materials Science and Engineering).

II   Presentation and defense of an acceptable thesis.

 

Courses that apply toward the degree:

  • MSE courses at the 600 level or above that may be taken for graduate credit.
  • Non-MSE courses at the 500 level or greater in the hard-sciences, math, and engineering that may be taken for graduate credit.

Updated 9/08
rev 4/98