The 45 total credit hour requirement is distributed as 27 credits in Year 1 and 18 credits in Year 2. There are 24 credits of required courses, 15 credits of electives and 6 additional credits for the masters research project.
In addition to coursework, students will be required to complete a masters project which will include at a minimum: 1) a written proposal identifying and describing testable hypotheses developed from a literature review; 2) management and analysis of a sufficiently large dataset to permit hypothesis testing using appropriate multivariate techniques; 3) a written report of the project including standard sections of background, methods, results, discussion and references; 4) an oral presentation of the project to department faculty and students.
The faculty advisor will serve as the supervisor of the master’s project, but the department will require an additional reader of the written report. The second reader may be another faculty of the department or a doctorally trained colleague who has expertise or an affiliation with the project through either its organizational site or dataset.
Sample Plan of Study