Master’s Programs

A Master’s program may be thought of as an extension or completion of the higher level of education already achieved in undergraduate studies. It may be an exploration in some depth of a particular area of Science, Engineering, Computer Science, Information Systems, or Management, or it may be intended as a first step toward a Doctoral degree.

Since the Master’s degree carries with it the designation of the department in which it is earned, it is recommended that you work closely with your faculty and/or academic advisor to develop an academic plan that will guide you throughout your studies. This plan will provide a roadmap for you to successfully complete your degree.

Upon request of the Office of Graduate Academics & Student Success, you may arrange an Interdisciplinary program designating at least two professors to supervise the major areas of study. For more information regarding Interdisciplinary programs, please visit this page of the Academic Catalog.

For the Master’s degree, you must earn no less than 30 credits, 15 of which must be in your program’s department. Additional requirements may be required by the department offering the program. Interdisciplinary programs are exempt from the requirements of 15 credits in one department. Thesis requirements, if any, vary with the department. In general, a Master’s Thesis is optional for part-time students, but required by some departments of full-time students who are supported Graduate Assistants or are continuing on to the doctorate. For specific program requirements, please visit your Department’s section of the Academic Catalog.