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    University of the Sciences in Philadelphia
   
 
  Nov 19, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 University Catalog

Master of Science (MS) Degree Requirements


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The following information provides a brief overview of some of the requirements for obtaining the master of science degree. A complete, current description of these requirements is found in the policies and procedures manual available from the Office of Graduate Studies or at www.usciences.edu/graduate.

Master of Science — Thesis Option

Research Advisor

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Each student selects a research advisor from the members of the graduate faculty within the graduate program with the approval of the Committee of Program Directors. The research advisor will guide the student in selecting courses, direct the student’s research, and chair the student’s Advisory Committee.

Advisory Committee

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Each MS (thesis) student will select an Advisory Committee composed of their research advisor, at least one other member of the graduate faculty from the student’s program, and at least one other qualified individual who has the credentials and expertise to contribute to the guidance of the student’s research. Duties of the Advisory Committee are to:

  • Recommend didactic requirements for the student above and beyond those established by the program.
  • Mentor the student.
  • Establish specific research goals/objectives of the student for the next semester at the end of each semester.
  • Monitor the student’s research progress by evaluating the research accomplishments against the established expectations at the end of each semester.
  • Determine when the quality and quantity of research are sufficient to justify the student to prepare and defend a thesis.
  • Advise the student in the preparation of both the research prospectus and thesis.
  • Participate in the final oral examination of the student.

Credit Requirements

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To qualify for the master of science degree, USciences requires that each student must earn not less than 20 credit hours of didactic work acceptable to earn the MS (thesis) degree and not less than 10 credit hours of research. While at least 10 credit hours of master’s research are required to get the degree, the MS (thesis) student may have to continue to register for research credits beyond this minimum requirement to complete the research to the satisfaction of the Research Advisory Committee. Graduate students are expected to participate in all departmental and college seminar programs. Graduate students must achieve a minimum grade of “B-” in each course for which graduate credit is granted and must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.00.

Each of the graduate programs has its own individual required courses and approved electives. Frequently, these programs may have course requirements that exceed the minimum requirements of the university; the student must complete all of the specified programmatic requirements before the student earns the MS (thesis) degree in that program of study.

Students may request transfer of credits earned outside of USciences upon matriculating into a graduate program; a maximum of 12 credits may be awarded due to transfer, advanced placement, and/or life experience. These credits must not have been used to fulfill the minimum degree requirements for an undergraduate/first professional degree. Transcript of transfer credits should be presented to the program director with a request for evaluation. If the courses are of suitable nature and grades equivalent to “B-” or better have been earned in them, the program director may recommend their acceptance for transfer to the dean.

Time Requirements

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Students who are fully prepared for advanced study and who devote full-time to the academic program can usually earn the MS (thesis) degree in about 1 1/2 to three years. Candidates for the MS (thesis) degree must satisfy all degree requirements within five years of entering a graduate program.

Proficiency Examinations

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During the weeks preceding registration, students commencing graduate studies may be required to take one or more proficiency examinations designed to evaluate their degree of preparation for advanced study. The program director or designee will administer and grade these examinations. The results of these examinations will be used to establish an initial program of study and may allow the program director to award advanced placement credit.

The nature of these proficiency examinations is determined by the departmental graduate faculty. If these examinations are to be required, information will be sent to incoming students by the program director shortly after the receipt of the student’s acceptance of the offer of admission.

Research

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At least two weeks prior to the first day of final examinations of each semester that the student is registered for research credits, the student will submit a brief written report to the program director and members of the Advisory Committee that outlines the progress that was made in meeting the specific research goals/objectives established by the Advisory Committee for that semester. The student, in consultation with his/her research advisor, also will suggest specific research goals/objectives for the next semester for consideration by the Research Advisory Committee.

The graduate faculty requires the submission of a formal thesis for this degree. An oral examination as a defense of this research is also required. It is expected that the MS (thesis) student will present his/her research work at a professional meeting outside of USciences prior to completing the degree.

Registration

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Matriculated graduate students are required either to be registered for courses or in absentia (i.e., AB800) or to be on an approved leave of absence every semester until completion of their degree. (Note: students who plan to register in absentia should check with the University’s Office of Graduate Education to understand how this might affect their enrollment status if they have extramural financial aid.) MS (thesis) must be registered for at least one credit during the terminal semester in which they will complete all of their degree requirements.

International students are required by the U.S. government to be registered as full-time students (i.e., at least nine credits) each fall and spring semester unless exempted by the director of multicultural affairs. With the director of international students’ permission, international students may register for less than nine credits but at least for one credit in their terminal semester in which they will complete all of their degree requirements.

Master of Science—Non-Thesis Option

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The MS (non-thesis) degree is an option offered by some programs as a modification of the master of science degree requiring more didactic coursework, less research, and no formal thesis/defense. The degree is intended for students who, because of career or financial needs, choose to pursue graduate education on a part-time basis; who seek an advanced degree primarily to facilitate advancement or promotion; or who wish to attain the degree but are not likely to pursue further graduate education.

While many of the requirements for the MS (non-thesis) degree are the same as those for the MS (thesis) degree, some of the different requirements are listed below.

A minimum of 30 credit hours of didactic work is required by USciences for the MS (non-thesis) degree; individual programs may require more than this minimum. The program director will assign a member of the graduate faculty to serve as the student’s advisor. The MS (non-thesis) student will not have an Advisory Committee nor be required to write a thesis; however, most programs require a written project as part of a capstone course.

Registration

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Matriculated graduate students are required either to be registered for courses or in absentia (i.e., AB800) or to be on an approved leave of absence every semester until completion of their degree. (Note: students who plan to register in absentia should check with the University’s Office of Graduate Education to understand how this might affect their enrollment status if they have extramural financial aid.) MS (thesis) must be registered for at least one credit during the terminal semester in which they will complete all of their degree requirements.

International students are required by the U.S. government to be registered as full-time students (i.e., at least nine credits) each fall and spring semester unless exempted by the director of multicultural affairs. With the director of international students’ permission, international students may register for less than nine credits but at least for one credit in their terminal semester in which they will complete all of their degree requirements.