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  1. Master of Science:

    Students must have completed the bachelor's degree in an appropriate field, must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher (4.0 = A).

    In exceptional cases, students whose grade point average is between 2.70 and 3.00, or whose academic backgrounds are deficient, may be admitted if they are able to show evidence of ability to complete an advanced degree in a reasonable time. Examples of the kinds of evidence that can be considered in evaluating applications of those with grades below 3.0 are: high scores on the Graduate Record Examination Aptitude Test, excellent letters of recommendation, relevant work experience, a steadily improving academic record, and a high score on a GRE Advanced Test.

  2. Doctor of Philosophy

    Students must have completed the master's degree in an appropriate field with thesis or must show evidence of research capability.

  3. Study Options:

    For M.S. students only, both Plan A (with thesis) and Plan B (without thesis) degree programs are offered. However, a thesis, or equivalent, must be written before an M.S. graduate may continue towards the Ph.D. Plan A is strongly encouraged. Very few students follow the Plan B option.

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