M.S. with Non-Thesis Requirements

M.S. with Non-Thesis Requirements

The Non-Thesis M.S. is a terminal degree (in that students who receive this degree and wish to pursue a Ph.D. must reapply for admission into the MSE Graduate Program).  Courses used to satisfy degree requirement must be approved as part of the student’s Plan of Study (see Plan of Study description below).

 Course Requirements:

·     27 units of regularly scheduled (A,B,C) graduate courses of which 15 units must be from the MSE department, including MSE 510 (Thermodynamics), MSE 572 – Kinetics.

·     3 units of miscellaneous graduate courses (independent study or regularly scheduled graduate-level courses).   Only 1 unit of seminar (MSE 595a) will count towards the total misc. coursework requirement.   However, the student must be enrolled in seminar each semester*.  

NOTE:  Research units cannot be counted toward the course unit requirements for the Master of Science degree with Non-thesis Option. 

30 Units Total. 

Students may transfer up to six units of course work completed at other institutions accredited for graduate work. Correspondence courses will not be accepted for graduate credit.  Compatibility of course credits for application within the MSE Master of Science, non-thesis option curriculum will be determined by the Department (see Plan of Study requirements below).

Every graduate student is required to enroll in the Seminar, MSE 595a, both Fall and Spring semesters.  In addition, each student at the MS. level is required to make one seminar presentation during the pursuit of his/her degree.

The cumulative grade point average required for graduation is 3.00, based upon courses taken towards the advanced degree. There is a limit of 6 years of total elapsed time from the point of admission to Graduate study to the completion of the M.S. degree requirements.

Master’s Plan of Study

Each student is responsible for developing a Plan of Study as early as possible during the first few months in residence, to be submitted to the Graduate College no later than the second semester in residence.

All deficiencies must be satisfied before the Plan of Study is approved.

The Plan of Study identifies: (1) courses the student intends to transfer from other institutions; (2) courses already completed at The University of Arizona which the student intends to apply toward the graduate degree; and (3) additional course work to be completed to fulfill degree requirements. The Plan of Study must have the approval of the student's major professor and department head (or chair of the Graduate Committee) before it is submitted to the Graduate College.


Completion of Master's Requirements

This form is submitted by the department once student has completed all degree requirements. The department's Graduate Coordinator (Elsa Morales) will submit the Master's/Specialist Completion Confirmation form in GradPath on behalf of the student. The submission of the Completion Confirmation form starts the final audit of the student's program and ultimately leads to the award of the student's degree.

For more information on policies, degree requirements including deadlines and forms, please go to the following website:



*students who are unable to register for seminar in a given semester (s) may request enrollment exemptions.  


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