Time Estimate for Completion of MS Degree
The minimum time for completion of the master's degree program is one calendar year. This can be accomplished by starting in September, taking two semesters of course work on campus, and completing the internship or thesis during the summer. It should be noted that summer internships are sometimes difficult to arrange. This is particularly true with colleges where there are few, if any, opportunities available for summer internships.
Those students who do not intern in the summer usually complete the internship the next semester. In such cases it takes approximately a year and a half to complete the program. Occasionally students desire to take a reduced course load while in residence. Under such circumstances it usually takes two years to complete the program. The maximum time limit for completion of all requirements is three years. After that time, the student is withdrawn from Graduate School if requirements are not completed.
Eligibility for M.S. Graduation
The student must be certain the following materials are received by the Office of Degree Requirements in the Graduate School.
- Grade for the internship or completion of a thesis.
- Completed and signed "Master's Degree Eligibility Form." (This yellow form must be completed, signed and given to the Graduate Program Director no later than two weeks before the last day of classes.)
NOTE: There are specific deadline dates established each year for clearance for degrees granted in September, February, and May. It is the responsibility of the student to comply with these established dates.