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Master's Degree Requirements

For a thesis program:

  • Minimum 30 semester hourscompleted
    • 18 hours (at least) in formal lecture or lecture/laboratory courses.
    • 12 hours completing research leading to a written thesis.
  • Graduate seminar every semester. See details below.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a scale of 0 to 4.0) must be maintained.

The student will defend a thesis in oral examination at the end of their studies. The student's course of study and progress toward a degree are monitored and supervised by the thesis advisor and committee.

For a non-thesis program:

  • Minimum 30 semester hours formal course work completed.
  • A short project(5 hours) in the laboratory or library.
  • Graduate seminar every semester. See details below.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a scale of 0 to 4.0) must be maintained.

The student will defend a thesis in oral examination at the end of their studies. The student's course of study and progress toward a degree are monitored and supervised by the thesis advisor and committee.

Non-thesis program students are not usually eligible for assistantships.

Graduate seminar

Every graduate student must register for the graduate seminar for each semester they are in residence. The student presents a seminar to the department each year.

Doctoral Degree Requirements

The doctoral degree requirements vary depending upon whether the Ph.D. studies are carried out in the joint Ph.D. program with UMass Lowell or in the co-op Ph.D. program with UMass Amherst. Please contact the appropriate department for more details.

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