The Course-Type Master of Science (MS) degree is a coursework intensive program. This program provides a highly personalized curriculum which can be tailored to one’s intellectual interests and which can serve as a foundation for further education. This program can be completed in 1-2 years, depending on the intensity of the course load. Unlike our MS-Thesis and PhD programs, students are not expected to have a strong background in research. All Course-Type MS students must complete two semesters of Directed Individual Study (research-based or literature-based) but the primary requirements of this program are driven by coursework.
|Term||1 Year Plan||2 Year Plan|
The Program Director will initially advise students. Incoming students will find a major professor to work with, thereby forming a supervisory committee in the first year that will oversee the Comprehensive Examination, the DIS and submission of the research paper.
|Meet with Program Director||Meet with Program Director every semester||End of Semester|
|Declare Major Professor (faculty member in Biology)||Submit memo to Graduate Office||End of 1st Semester|
|Program of Studies Form- list of courses that you plan to take||Meet with Committee (Major Professor plus the Program Director). Submit Program of Studies to Graduate Office||End of 1st Semester|
|DIS Requirement||Literature/Research-based directed independent study with Major Professor for 2 semesters||Final Semester|
|Comprehensive Examination||Complete written examination||Final Semester|