Masters Degree Requirements

Thesis M.S.Total Course Work Credit hrs.BIOL 698Thesis Defense

Time Limit

Microbiology or Ecology 21
B or higher
9
Satisfactory

An acceptable thesis is required.

Oral defense of the thesis is also required unless waived by the Convener of the Graduate Studies Committee upon recommendation of the Advisory Committee
3 yrs
from
entry date
General Biology 21
at least 15 must be in Life Sciences B or higher
9
Satisfactory

Obtaining two Unsatisfactory grades for thesis research is grounds for dismissal from the graduate program.

Support Limit: Academic year – guaranteed two years. Additional year and summer sessions on a case–by-case basis. It is possible to take classes with tuition waived under certain conditions.

BIOL 66200 & 66300 (formerly 2008-09 695F & 695Y): Are required the first year; however, these courses are pass/fail and do not count toward the 30 total credit hours required for a Theses Masters.

Using guidelines established for their specific area of biology, courses are arranged on an individual basis for each student by the student's Advisory Committee. At least one-half of the total credit hours used to satisfy the Master degree requirements must be earned in residence on the West Lafayette campus.

 
Non-Thesis M.S. 22
B or higher
8
BIOL 59500
BIOL 69500
Satisfactory
Not Required 3 yrs
from
entry date

BIOL 59500: Maximum number of credits allowed per the guidelines of the area of your non-thesis M.S.  Cluster-specific guidelines may supersede these general guidelines.

Support Limit: Academic year – guaranteed two years.  Additional year and summer sessions on a case-by-case basis.  It is possible to take classes with tuition waived under certain conditions.

BIOL 66200 & 66300 (formerly 2008-09 695F & 695Y): Are required the first year, they do not count toward the 30 total credit hours required for a Non-Theses Masters.

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