The Master of Sciences (MSc) Program is a cross-disciplinary program leading to the Master of Sciences degree. It provides an opportunity for present and prospective science and mathematics professionals and others to extend and/or broaden their training in the natural and physical sciences and mathematics at advanced undergraduate and graduate levels.This program is the only graduate-level program in the natural and physical sciences that can be taken entirely at UCCS. The breadth of the program allows students to emphasize their principal discipline of interest and also to take several courses in a related department. There is no list of required courses in the degree program. Instead, each student designs his or her own program in consultation with a departmental advisor.
The MSc options are:
Wide latitude is possible in the details of a degree plan so that each student may follow a course of study most pertinent to his or her interests and career goals. Each degree plan must be approved by the MSc Director and the student’s advisor.
Requirements for Admission
General regulations for admission to the Graduate School apply. Each program has its own admission criteria. Please contact the program for more information.
How to Apply
Applications are submitted online. Contact your program of interest for specific admission requirements or you may contact the UCCS Graduate School.
Requirements for MSc Degree
Each program has its own standards for the MSc degree. All requirements are subject to the general regulations of the Graduate School.
Thesis or Non-Thesis Option
The student has the option of selecting Plan I or Plan II.
Plan I: Thesis Option
30 semester hours, including 3-6 hours of thesis credit. At least 24 semester hours must be at the graduate level, with at least 15 credits taken in their primary department. A minimum of three credit hours must be taken from a secondary department. Student must write a thesis on their research, give a presentation, and defend their thesis before a thesis defense committee. Please see your program advisor of department for the Thesis and Dissertation Guidelines and Manual.
Plan II: Non-Thesis Option
30 semester hours; at least 24 semester hours must be at the graduate level, with at least 15 credits taken in their primary department. A minimum of three credit hours must be taken from a secondary department. Student must complete a paper describing a research project or other specialized study on a topic and give a presentation. This paper must be approved by the student’s committee.