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Master of Science

This is a research degree designed for students who want to specialize in particular academic or scientific areas. This degree is for students who plan an academic, research, or staff specialist career, and for those students who plan to pursue a PhD. Choose from among several disciplinary areas:

*can be declared as an official Area of Emphasis

Curriculum/Program of Study

The MS requires a thesis and minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate level course work, as determined by the advisory committee, but additional courses may also be required by the advisory committee. The MS program of study requires at least 30 semester hours of graduate-level credit which must form a logical whole and meet the following requirements:


Course Requirements for MS Degree Hours
FANR 7000 (Master's Research)       6
FANR 7300 (Master's Thesis)       3
Graduate-only level coursework1,2      12
Any graduate level coursework       9
Total      30

For full details on coursework, a research prospectus, oral/final examinations and other degree-specific requirements, visit our Student Resources page.

Note: Students matriculating in fall 2022 or later are required to take a GradFIRST (GRSC 7001) seminar during their first or second semester. The faculty-led seminars provide first-year graduate students with foundational training in research, scholarship, and professional development. More GradFIRST seminars are scheduled for fall semesters than spring (no summer offerings). This requirement must be included on the program of study as a “University Requirement” but is in addition to the courses required for degree completion.

Learn More about GradFIRST


Resources for Graduate Students

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