For the degree of Master of Science, the student must have satisfactorily completed a program of study of at least 66 units of graduate subject credit and a thesis, both acceptable to the department in which he or she is enrolled. If 34 units and the thesis are in a single field, as determined by a departmental graduate committee, the degree will be recommended with specification of the field in which the student has thus specialized; otherwise, the degree will be recommended without specification. Degrees either with or without specification require the same high standard of academic performance in a program approved by a departmental graduate committee.
Any departmental graduate committee may accept a record of satisfactory performance in equivalent work taken at the School of Chemical Engineering Practice in lieu of the thesis required for the degree of Master of Science, with or without specification.
The choice of area of specialization must be approved by the graduate committee of the department in which the student is enrolled. Approval of the entire program must be obtained from this committee and from the student’s faculty advisor. A special interdepartmental committee, approved by the Office of Graduate Education, may be appointed to supervise a program in an interdepartmental field. Special committee approval is not necessary when pursuing one of the established interdisciplinary graduate programs.
The satisfactory completion of the master’s degree requires the student to be in residence as a full time regular graduate student for a minimum of one regular academic term (not the summer session). Every degree candidate working on a thesis must register for thesis in all semesters during which the thesis research or writing is actually in progress, and during the term the student’s name appears on the degree list.