Master's Degree

Master's Degree

The general requirements for the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees as well as course descriptions in Polymer Science are described in the current University Graduate Bulletin (see index for Polymer Science - course prefix 9871). These requirements are set by the Graduate School. The specific departmental requirements listed in the bulletin are set by the Department of Polymer Science. The combined requirements of the Graduate School and Department of Polymer Science represent the minimal standards for the attainment of a particular degree. As such, they do not adequately describe the concern of the DPS faculty that graduate programs also be tailored to each student's background and research interests. Consequently there are additional requirements and procedures that both the department and the research advisor impose beyond those described in the Bulletin.

Master of Science Degree Requirements

30 Total Credits = (24 course credits & 6 research credits); 2 credits of Seminar I & II for full-time students; formal seminar; pass 1 cumulative exam; pre-thesis written review; final written thesis; computer proficiency.

  • A public discussion referred to as a departmental "formal seminar" is required which reviews the literature pertinent to the research problem.
  • Pass 1 Cumulative Exam - exams are given on a monthly basis (except June, July, August, and December)
  • A pre-thesis written review of the literature will be submitted to the advisor and thesis reader for a grade in advance of the completion of the thesis (submission the fall of the second year for FT students). The written thesis must exhibit the advanced level of understanding of the principles of polymer science that was developed in the courses and in specialized research reading.
  • Final Thesis describing the research in a scholarly manner.
  • Computer proficiency is required and can be satisfied by an earlier undergraduate computer programming course or by a related course taken at the UA.
  • Attendance and participation is required in seminar-type discussions scheduled by the department.

Core Course Program

11 credit hours, (and 2 semesters of Polymer Science Seminar I & II -1 cr. each 9871-607-608), for full-time students). See course descriptions in Graduate Bulletin - course prefix 9871)

9871:601 Polymer Concepts (2 cr.)
9871:613 Polymer Science Laboratory (3 cr.)
9871:631 Physical Properties of Polymers I (2 cr.)
9871:674 Polymer Structure & Characterization (2 cr.)
9871:701 Polymer Technology I (2 cr.)

Elective Courses

13 credit hours of elective courses appropriate to each student's area of interest. Any science, math, or engineering graduate level course is acceptable with the approval of the research advisor.

Research (Thesis) Requirement

6 credit hours
An independent, original, and scholarly research investigation is required for the M.S. degree. It must be submitted to the Department of Polymer Science as a research thesis in the form specified by the UA Graduate School Guidelines for Thesis and Dissertations. It will then be considered and accepted or rejected by the student's research professor and the faculty reader. Then the thesis must be approved by the Chair of the Department, the Dean of the College, and the Dean of the Graduate School.

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