Master's Program (MS)
General Overview of the MSc Degree
MS students generally complete the degree in two years. Initially, students are required to begin coursework and are welcome to discuss their plans with the Director of Graduate Studies who is their assigned advisor. An MS planning worksheet allows students to tailor their degree to specific interests and needs. Students generally start with two courses their first semester and average 2.5 graduate courses per semester unless the student has transferred in courses from elsewhere.
Students can pursue either a thesis or a non-thesis Master’s. The non-thesis option is designed for students to develop more sophisticated programming, theoretical, and applied skills for working in industry. The thesis-based master’s degree is designed for students considering research-based careers, and may pursue a doctoral program. Only the most qualified and well-prepared students are considered for a thesis-based program, and that determination is made after a few semesters in the program. Students who successfully complete an MS degree may command a higher salary and positions with more authority and autonomy in industry.
Students should become familiar with the graduate college policies and department policies and refer to them throughout the program. Submission of MSc GradPath forms are required throughout the program starting with the first semester.