Master of Science Degree (Thesis Option)
The Master of Science (thesis option) is designed for students interested in continuing on to advanced study in a doctoral program, as well as those entering professional service. It requires a minimum of 36 semester hours of study beyond a bachelor’s degree, including at least eight hours devoted to original research documented in a master’s thesis. A final examination on the thesis is conducted by the student’s advisory committee. Normally, it takes two years to complete this degree, although the time varies depending on individual circumstances.
Master of Science Degree (Non-Thesis Option)
The Master of Science (non-thesis option) is intended for current professionals or those seeking a degree leading to professional service in recreation, parks, or tourism. It requires a minimum of 36 semester hours beyond the bachelors degree. Students earning this degree may elect a professional internship as part of the 36 hours, but this is not required. Students write a review paper consisting of library research on a topic approved by the student’s advisory committee. The advisory committee also conducts a final comprehensive examination. For most students, the M.S. (non-thesis) degree can be completed in 1.5 to two years.