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Jessica Knight
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Curriculum Overview

Students may complete the requirements for the MSES program following one of two degree plans: thesis or non-thesis plans, each requiring a minimum number of 30 units. 

THE THESIS PLAN will require students to perform independent research and will culminate in the completion of a thesis based on the findings of the research. For successful completion of the thesis course, students must submit a research proposal, conduct the research, write the thesis, and successfully complete a final oral defense. Students who choose the thesis option may not do the directed experiential learning or the project. The thesis plan is intended for students who plan to pursue a career in research or plan to pursue a PhD.

THE NON-THESIS PLAN allows students to choose to do a project or satisfy the entire unit requirement through coursework. Students must complete a minimum of 30 units.

1. Project: Primarily intended for students concurrently employed. MSES students who are concurrently employed in a technical capacity may work with their faculty advisor and worksite supervisor to develop a proposal for a worksite project.  The project should be complementary to their MSES curricular plans. It will presumably be a project which is of value to their employer. The assumption is that the student/employee will do this project as a part of their regular employment, receiving normal pay; but this is not required by the university. Upon completion of the project, the student will submit a paper documenting the project.

2. Coursework: Students can satisfy the entire 30 units through coursework. This allows students to take two additional courses, increasing their technical breadth and depth. All students will complete a set of core courses that covers the broader subjects of research and analysis in addition to courses specific to their chosen concentration. Please visit the online Graduate Catalog for more detailed graduate information and a complete list of courses offered.

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