Master of Science

General Requirements
All academic requirements of the program and of 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 MS 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.

In addition, each candidate for this degree must pass an examination administered by the department. This examination is either a public defense of the thesis or a comprehensive examination based on the total graduate program of the student. Failure to pass the examination necessitates retaking the entire examination and meeting any additional requirements of the examining committee.

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 department or program, and the Graduate School Dean. A master’s thesis must give evidence of marked scholarly attainment in some aspect of the student’s major subject. It must be acceptable in style and composition, show thorough knowledge of the subject and reflect independence of thought, critical insight, and originality. Upon the approval of the Program Director, students who pursue a MS in Biostatistics prepare written reports in lieu of a thesis.