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M. S. Program Requirements

Master of Science

Program requirements: A minimum of 32 units, that include 9 units of core courses, is required for all focus areas. Additionally, both thesis and non-thesis candidates participate in graduate seminars and internship. The internship (elective) is done at a chemical, biotechnology, or pharmaceutical company, or at another research/teaching institution. This valuable work experience better prepares the student for careers in interdisciplinary research/development teams or in academia. Students are encouraged to complete coursework during the early part of their graduate studies so that the latter part of the program can be sent on full time research.

Thesis - Students conduct research, write a thesis and complete a final oral defense of their thesis. The thesis is based upon a research project that constitutes a contribution to knowledge, or the student must design and evaluate a unique procedure or program in their field. A minimum of two semesters of full time residence at the University is required following the baccalaureate degree or the equivalent in part time residence during summers. The average time to complete the program is approximately 2-3 years.

Thesis Committee: The committee is formed after a student has joined a research group. The advisor assists the student in designing a plan of study, and the committee provides the student with guidance in his/her thesis research, and monitors the student's research progress.