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Masters Degrees

Students must meet all degree requirements as specified by the Graduate School. Degree completion for the M.A. and the M.S. programs should take between two and three calendar years beyond the baccalaureate degree.


Master of Arts (M.A.) Degree

Study for the Master of Arts Degree (M.A.) should be ideally completed within two to three calendar years beyond the baccalaureate degree, and all courses and degree requirements must be finished within five years. These requirements include the following:

Department Seminars: Students are required to take at least 4 semesters of department seminars. These seminars broaden our students’ exposure to the wide breadth of research in industry and academia.

Coursework: The M.A. degree requires a minimum of 30 credit hours beyond the baccalaureate degree, and 26 credit hours must be in formally structured courses. Students must maintain a 3.0GPA in courses throughout their studies. The student’s advisor and Supervisory Committee will make recommendations and coursework to be taken.

Selection of a Research Advisor and Supervisory Committee: This is one of the most important decisions a student will make during the graduate career. The research advisor will provide mentorship and serve as chair of the student’s Supervisory Committee that will assist the student in selection of coursework. M.A. students are required to choose a research advisor by the beginning of the second semester. The Supervisory Committee must have at least three members all holding the Ph.D. degree, with three of the members having a tenured or tenure-track faculty appointment in the Chemistry department.

Supervisory Committee Meetings: These meetings are required at least once each year, for the student to update the committee on progress in coursework, teaching duties, and other related activities.

Review Paper: M.A. Students prepare a review article on a topic approved by the student’s Supervisory Committee. The student should discuss this with his or her advisor and Supervisory Committee in advance, and follow the posted deadlines of the USF Office of Graduate Studies for completion of the degree requirements for that semester. While there is no requirement to orally present the article for a defense, the student or the student’s committee may opt to have an oral presentation. The final paper must be approved by all members of the student’s Supervisory Committee.


Master of Science (M.S.) Degree

Study for the Master of Science Degree (M.S.) should be ideally completed within two to three calendar years beyond the baccalaureate degree, and all courses and degree requirements must be finished within five years. These requirements include the following:

Department Seminars: Students are required to take at least 4 semesters of department seminars. These seminars broaden our students’ exposure to the wide breadth of research in industry and academia.

Coursework: The M.S. degree requires a minimum of 30 credit hours beyond the baccalaureate degree, and 20 credit hours must be in formally structured courses. Students must maintain a 3.0GPA in courses throughout their studies. The student’s advisor and Supervisory Committee will make recommendations and coursework to be taken.

Selection of an Advisor and Supervisory Committee: This is one of the most important decisions a student will make during the graduate career. The advisor will provide mentorship and serve as chair of the student’s Supervisory Committee that will assist the student in selection of coursework and evaluation of progress. M.S. students are required to choose an advisor by the beginning of the second semester. The Supervisory Committee must have at least three members all holding the Ph.D. degree, with three of the members having a tenured or tenure-track faculty appointment in the Chemistry department.

Supervisory Committee Meetings: These are required at least once each year, for the student to update the committee on progress in coursework, teaching duties, and other related activities.

Project: Students must complete a project resulting in a written thesis.

Oral Defense of the M.S. Thesis: An oral thesis defense, which will serve as the final comprehensive examination required by the Office of Graduate Studies.