M.S., Polymer Science

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Admission Requirements. Admission to the master’s program is based upon previous academic performance and scores on the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE). Requirements include the following: a minimum grade point average of 2.75 or better on the last 60 hours of undergraduate work, three letters of recommendation and submission of scores on the GRE.

Program Requirements. Graduation is based upon:

  • Satisfactory completion of a total of 54 hours (PSC 701, 702, 710, 711, [either 703 or 712], 720, 721, 730, and including research PSC 691) with an overall graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher.

  • Six (6) credit hours of 698-Thesis must be completed before graduation. Students must be registered for at least three (3) hours of 698-Thesis during the semester/term in which he or she defends.

  • Satisfactory* development of an original research project and completion of a master’s thesis.

  • Satisfactory* completion of the final comprehensive examination (i.e., the oral defense of the master’s thesis).

*Satisfactory completion of these additional requirements

            All graduate students must complete the safety course (PSC 510) within three semesters of enrollment.  All graduate students must register for PSC 789 (Seminar) for one credit hour each semester they are enrolled, including the semester in which they graduate.  IHL Board Policy states that the maximum number of hours a graduate student is allowed to take during the summer semester is 12 hours.  The Department usually requires students to register for 13hours during the Fall and Spring semesters.

Time Limitations.The student must complete the master’s degree within six calendar years from the date of initial enrollment in the graduate program.  Special petition to the Graduate School will be required to revalidate over-age credit hours (see the Graduate Bulletin for details).  Unless unusual extenuating circumstances exist, the department/faculty will not grant financial support, via assistantships or fellowships, to a student who has exceeded three years in the M.S. program.

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