The MS program requires satisfactorily completing 39 credits (13 3-hour courses) at the graduate level. One or more of the fundamental courses may be waived at the time of admission based on prior academic experience. As a result students entering this program will complete between 30 and 39 credit hours of graduate studies depending on their background. All MS students are required to take five core courses and then can choose five electives from the department's course offerings.
A student may elect to do a Master's Thesis, in which case two electives may be used for thesis research credits. If a student elects to do a thesis, the student must choose a thesis advisor from the department and form a three member committee that oversees and accepts the thesis.