Master’s Degree Program

Master’s degree programs are offered in a broad range of fields throughout the University. A master’s degree program represents the equivalent of at least one (1) year of full-time study beyond the baccalaureate (or its equivalent).

The Master of Arts degree usually is awarded to qualified candidates in the humanities, the social sciences, education, and other non-scientific fields. The Master of Fine Arts is a terminal degree in the fields of Art, Digital Media and Design, and Dramatic Arts. The Master of Science degree is awarded to candidates in the natural, physical, mathematical, pharmaceutical, nutritional, and agricultural sciences, as well as Accounting, Nursing, and Engineering. Other master’s degrees awarded include the Master of Business Administration, the Master of Dental Science, the Master of Engineering, the Master of Music, Master of Professional Studies, the Master of Public Administration, the Master of Public Health, and the Master of Social Work.

Required Forms for Graduation

  1. Master's Plan of Study
  2. Report on the Final Examination for the Master's Degree
  3. Thesis Submission Checklist (for Plan A students only)

Plan A (with thesis) Plan of Study

At The Graduate School we require a minimum of 15 content course credits on a Plan A Master's plan of study and a minimum of 9 credits of GRAD 5950 Master's Thesis Research. Some fields of study may require more than 15 credits of content course work. Consult your major advisor about the departmental requirement for your degree. This plan of study should be submitted in the beginning of your final semester.

Plan B (non-thesis) Plan of Study

We require a minimum of 24 content course credits on a Plan B Master's plan of study. Some fields of study require more than 24 credits of content course work. You should consult your major advisor about the departmental requirements for your degree. This plan of study should be submitted in the beginning of your final semester.

Report on the Final Examination for the Master's Degree

You must complete the final examination for your degree if the program requires it prior to the conferral date in which you plan to graduate. Consult your department regarding the format and timing of your final examination.

Thesis Submission Checklist

You are required to submit these forms to The Graduate School at the time of your thesis submission in Digital Commons. One signed approval page with original signatures. The Report on the Final Examination for the Master's Degree with the original signatures and the completed Thesis Submission Checklist.