Master of Arts

General Requirements
All academic requirements of the program and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences must be met. Students must be in good academic standing to be eligible to graduate. Continuing favorable evaluation by the academic program is required.

Master’s degree candidates must complete all degree requirements within four calendar years. During this time, the MA student must enroll for at least two consecutive semesters with six credits per semester. A minimum of 30 credits of graduate work must be accumulated during the duration of the graduate program.

Comprehensive Examination Requirements
The comprehensive examination is taken following completion of the core courses. Failure to pass the examination necessitates retaking the entire examination and meeting any additional requirements of the examining committee. If this examination is failed, only one additional attempt is offered to the potential candidate.

Thesis Option
A master’s thesis on some aspect of the student’s major area of study is written. The thesis research is based on an outline approved by the student’s thesis committee, the program, and the Dean of the Graduate School. A master’s thesis provides evidence of high scholarly achievement in some aspect of the student’s area of study. It must be acceptable in style and composition, show thorough knowledge of the subject and reflect independence of thought, critical insight, and originality. As the final step to achieving a Master of Arts degree, the candidate must successfully defend his thesis before the thesis committee. This will be a public defense.

Non-Thesis Option
A Master of Arts student must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours of course work including the core curriculum. Students write a final paper of publishable quality, typically using a paper written within a previous course as the basis. Once all of the course credit requirements have been fulfilled and the final paper has been submitted, the program will be completed by means of a successful oral public defense.