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The University offers an online master of science (M.S.) in biology that provides students with advanced knowledge of biology needed for careers in industry and federal and state government agencies. In addition, the program is excellent preparation for professional schools.
- The master of science (M.S.) in biology includes 32 credits. This non-thesis program is a valuable option that enables pre-professional students to develop courses of study tailored to meet their individual needs and interests.
- Coursework includes a required research course plus coursework and seminars selected from areas such as biology, ecology, and organismal biology, and life sciences. In addition, all students complete a culminating experience related to research with a faculty member. Areas of research expertise of the department include behavior, physiology, microbiology, bioinformatics, cell and molecular biology, ecology, evolution, genomics, and conservation. This program does not include a thesis.
- The department is home to the Center for Bat Research, Outreach, and Conservation, which conducts scientific research and community outreach on the biology of bats. The department also houses the core facility of The Center for Genomic Advocacy, a multidisciplinary University center. The core facility is equipped with a next-generation sequencer and other key equipment for genomic research. The department also houses a research museum and maintains a field station. The University owns three natural areas that support field research.
- This master’s program can be completed entirely online in three to five years of part-time study. The University allows students to take up to seven years to earn the degree. Students who have the flexibility to blend on-campus and online coursework can complete the program in two years of full-time study.
- This online program is open to eligible students in the U.S. (including the District of Columbia and all U.S. territories). The program also is open to students in Canada (all provinces). The program is closed to students residing in countries other than the U.S. and Canada except for U.S. military and State Department personnel and their family members with APO/FPO addresses.
Note: The University also offers an on-campus master of science in biology with thesis as well as an on-campus Ph.D. in biology . These program are offered on the Indiana State University campus, located in Terre Haute, Indiana.
The online master of science in biology provides a strong background needed to pursue a career in biology in industry and federal and state government agencies as well as preparing students for professional schools.
The University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission .
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The Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) and the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering (HWCOE) offer a self-supporting non-thesis MS degree for distance learners. UF ABE Online offers two professional master's specializations that focus on modeling and technology, taught by faculty with a strong expertise in these areas. Students looking to obtain a non-thesis MS w ill gain additional knowledge and skills in the discipline of their choosing. Specific strengths for the CALS nonthesis MS are in food production systems, operations management, and SmartAg technologies. Strengths for the HWCOE non-thesis MS are in biological modeling, design and instrumentation, SmartAg engineering, and bioprocessing.
This program is 100% online and students will recieve the same degree as those in the in-resident program. The Agricultural and Biological Engineering department ranks #5 as the best graduate programs in the nation and UF ABE Online is determined to provide credentials and education to everyone all over the world, giving the opportunity for students to "Be a Gator Anywhere."
Specifically the strengths for the CALS non - thesis MS degree are in food production systems, operations management, and SmartAg technologies. Each plan of study in CALS must include a minimum of 9 credit hours of quantitative courses including mathematics at the 5000 level or above; engineering, modeling, simulation, and optimization methods; and statistics and/or probability. These quantitative courses must include 3 credits selected from the approved list of math or data analytics courses in Appendix C. A student’s plan of study in CALS must also include a minimum of 15 hours of ABE, AOM or PKG departmental coursework.
Please note that admission in to the Master ’s of Science program in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences requires a B.S. degree in Agricultural Operations Management or an equivalent undergraduate program. Students who do not have an undergraduate Agricultural Operations Management degree or equivalent and desire a Master ’s of Science degree in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences must complete equivalent requirements.
Strengths for the HWCOE non-thesis MS degree are in biological modeling, design and instrumentation, SmartAg engineering, and bioprocessing. Each plan of study in Engineering must include a minimum of 15 hours of ABE, AOM or PKG departmental coursework. The plan also must include a minimum of 3 credits of mathematics at the 5000 level or higher.
Please not e that a dmission into the M S of HWCOE program generally requires a B.S. degree in Agricultural and Biological Engineering , or related engineering specialty, from an undergraduate program accredited by ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology). If a student desires a master’s degree with a major in Agricultural and Biological Engineering but do es not have an undergraduate degree that has an ABET-equivalency, then articulation course work should be completed prior to or as early as possible in the student's graduate program.
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- 30 credits required
- 15 hours of coursework over 5000 in department
- 3 credits of mathmatics >5000
- 9 credit hours of quantiative courses
Florida residents in this online non-thesis MS would be enrolled with the standard Florida resident tuition rate. Non-residents of Florida would pay a different out of state rate. Rates are subject to change but as of Fall 2021:
IN-STATE TUITION COST
Per credit hour: $448.73 Total Cost: $14,534.40
OUT-OF-STATE TUITION COST
Per credit hour: $530 Total Cost: $16,972.50
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Industrial Engineering Non-Thesis Master's Program
The Non-Thesis Master’s Program provides students from both industrial engineering and non-industrial engineering undergraduate backgrounds the opportunity to supplement their education with a curriculum that prepares them for success in industry through graduate-level technical education. This program is offered in either an online or residential format.
- One to Two-year Residential Program: Students take a combination of advanced technical courses, focusing their study on areas of interest, earning a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering.
- Online Program: Students meet the same degree requirements of our residential program and maintain the flexibility of remote study.
- Career Catalyzation: Most graduates enter careers in diverse fields, often on advanced leadership tracks.
Why Choose a Master's Degree in Industrial Engineering?
- Increased Employment Opportunities: The program provides students with the technical skills needed in industry, such as decision making, systems engineering, operations, and oral and written communications.
- Increased Earning Potential. Our alumni self-report that Purdue Industrial Engineering Master’s graduates earn 15% or more than their peers with a Bachelor’s degree.
Why Choose Purdue?
- Field Defining Innovation & Research: The School of Industrial Engineering has been defining the field and educating future leaders in industrial engineering for 65 years. The graduate program is ranked in the top 10 and the IE on-line degree program is ranked #1 in the nation.
- Excellence at Scale : As one of the top 10 engineering graduate programs in the nation, Purdue's College of Engineering is one of the largest and strongest programs in the nation with 13 different schools and departments.
- Affordable Tuition: Tuition for our program is considerably cost effective compared to other programs.
- Low Cost of Living: The cost of living in the Greater Lafayette-West Lafayette area is one of the lowest in the nation, with housing rent ranging from 23% to 179% less expensive than competing university cities (numbeo.com)
Courses selected for the non-thesis option are intended to provide depth of study in a particular area of interest. The curriculum is designed such that the student has broad selectivity over their coursework. Students are required to select at least 21 credit hours of coursework from IE courses, and are recommended to take at least 6 credit hours from a related area.
Credit Requirements for a Non-Thesis Master's Degree
Have at least 30 total graduate credit hours, which must include:
- 21 credit hours of IE course work; and,
- 9 credit hours of additional graduate-level coursework.
An overall GPA of 3.0 is required for completion of the master’s degree program.
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The 30 Easiest Online Master’s Degree Programs For 2021
An easy online master’s degree program may sound like an oxymoron but some master’s degrees are, in fact, somewhat easier than others. If one is disposed to be disciplined and work hard, online master’s degree programs are generally more flexible, easily accessible, and affordable than traditional master’s degrees. And some online master’s degrees are more flexible and affordable than others.
According to a recent article by Inside Higher Ed, the year 2020 with its accompanying pandemic has been somewhat kinder to higher degree holders. The article says that according to Strada Education Network survey, more than half of Americans lost jobs, experience reduced hours, or lost income due to the pandemic. However, “graduate and professional degree holders are more likely to have started a new job in the past month than people with a bachelor’s degree, associate or vocational degree, some college education, or a high school diploma or less.”
It has also been shown that acquiring a master’s degree places one’s skills in higher demand and yields a higher salary. These statistics have incentivized around 25 million in the U.S. to obtain advanced degrees. These 30 easiest online master’s degree programs give prospective students some options for pursuing a higher degree while maintaining their current jobs and family situations.
For more information: 30 Cheap Online Master’s Degrees or 30 Fastest Online Master’s Degree Programs
We came up with the Easiest Online Master’s Degree Programs highlighting the universities across America with online post-graduate degree programs that are ideal for professionals who are returning to school to enrich their credentials, acquire new skills, and get better chances at advancing their careers.
Our list of Easy Online Master’s Degree Programs operates on varying semester formats. They enable adult distance learning students to obtain their master’s degree with little to no disruption to their personal and professional schedules. The below schools are listed in no particular order, as they each are unique and offer a variety of advantages based on:
- 100% Online or Hybrid formats offering comprehensive Master’s degree program coursework,
- Ease of online learning platform,
- Ease of transfer credits,
- Using the most innovative technology available,
- Average time of completion,
- Faculty support and Student Support Services,
- Financial Aid where applicable,
- Proper Accreditation.
Academy of Art University’s Easiest Online Master’s Degree Programs
San Francisco, California is home to the Academy of Art University that offers a variety of online programs including a master’s degree program in Advertising, Animation & Visual Effects, Fashion, and Communications & Media Technology. Artistic students efficiently complete graduate programs in as few as 18-24 months. Students who will graduate from their programs land in productive jobs in Nickelodeon and DreamWorks. These programs provide the same rigorous education that the university offers on-campus with greater flexibility. The students can study at their own time, at their own pace. They can also take full-time or part-time classes.
Wilmington University’s Online Easiest Master’s Degree Programs
Located in New Castle, Delaware, Wilmington University is a private, non-profit educational institution that offers several online master’s degree programs such as Applied Technology in Education, Applied Family Science, Accounting, Information Systems Technologies, and Management among others. These programs combine the same quality, real-world academics of traditional degree programs with a flexible learning format. Students can access the same support services as their on-campus counterparts, delivered in an accessible online format such as tutoring, advising, and library resources. The university provides an online student navigator that provides personalized guidance for every student’s online learning experience.
Western Governors University’s Easiest Master’s Degrees Online
Western Governors University in Salt Lake City, Utah provides several online Master’s Degree Programs such as Business Administration, Accounting, Health Leadership, Data Analytics, and Teaching. The university’s online degree programs are competency-based with an innovative approach that measures learning, not class time. As a result, students can finish their degrees quickly. Students advance by demonstrating their mastery of the course subject matter. They read complete assignments, accomplish paperwork, and take examinations just like their on-campus counterparts. With programs starting on the 1 st day of every month, students can easily finish their degree in as little as six or up to 24 months. Online resources are easily accessible by students to help them in their online learning journey.
Weber State University’s Online Easiest Master’s Degrees
Established in Ogden, Utah, Weber State University is a coeducational, publicly-supported university offering a variety of online Master’s Degree programs in Respiratory Therapy, Criminal Justice, Radiologic Science, and Executive of Healthcare Administration. The university provides an accelerated, eight-week course in Canvas which makes it easier for students to finish their degrees. They offer several Student Resources such as Testing, Independent Study , and Demo Courses . The school provides online classes that can be started anytime; there is no more waiting time for the next semester to start. Students can breeze through the coursework in just a few weeks or up to 6 months to finish.
Prescott College’s Easiest Master’s Degree Programs Online
Prescott, Arizona is home to Prescott College that offers several online Master’s Degree Programs such as MA in Social Justice & Community Organizing, MA in Environmental Studies, MA in Education, MA in Arts & Humanities, an MA in Adventure Education. The school’s online master’s degrees provide the students with the flexibility they need as well as the support that will guide them in their journey. They have 100% online programs and hybrid programs through their limited-residency format. Students can easily access relevant information and learning content through their Academic Experience and Library which makes their studies easier and convenient.
Wayne State College’s Master’s Degree Easiest Online Programs
Located in Wayne, Nebraska, Wayne State College is a nationally-ranked public college that offers more than 130 programs of study, including an online Master’s Degree program . The school has an MS in Athletic Administration, MA in Business Administration, MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, MS in Counseling, MS in Education, and MS in Human Resource Management among others. Students can easily take their classes through their Blackboard courses. Their 8-week terms provide an easy opportunity to make manageable content for the transfer-friendly online programs. Students can easily access the school’s eCampus that offers a wealth of online resources such as Technology Support, Student Support, Academic Support, Academic Schools, and Online Resources for the students to help them in their online learning journey.
Louisiana State University-Shreveport’s Online Easiest Master’s Degrees
Louisiana State University- Shreveport offers a variety of online programs including a Master’s degree in Business Administration, Education, Health Administration, and Nonprofit Administration. Their master’s degree programs are one of the easiest in the city with a 10-course format. Students can finish their online degree in as quickly as ten months. Additionally, the school provides easy access to learning resources 24×7 online for its online students.
Wayland Baptist University’s Master’s Online Easiest Degree Programs
Based in Plainview, Texas, Wayland Baptist University offers a variety of online Master’s Degree Programs such as MA in History, MA in English, MA in Management, MA in Criminal Justice, MA in Humanities, MBA, and MA in Education among others. The students can easily access their courses through the university’s Blackboard Learn , and an online library where they can easily access learning resources. Additionally, the students are provided with a set of online services such as WBU Help Desk, Student Services, Online Calendar, Financial Aid, and Proctor Request.
Southern New Hampshire University’s Easiest Online Master’s Degree Programs
Situated between Manchester and Hooksett, New Hampshire, the Southern New Hampshire University provides over 200 online Master’s Degree programs including Masters of Science in Accounting, Accounting Finance, Applied Economics, Criminal Justice, Cyber Security, and Management, as well as Master of Arts in Communication. Considered as one of the schools with the easiest programs, SNHU offers five-term schedules per year and does not require GRE or GMAT requirements for their online master’s degree. SNHU offers master’s programs online that are credible, affordable, expert instruction-based, and flexible. The university also provides an easily accessible Student Support online. Under the Online Education Services of SNHU, students enjoy easy access to the Writing Center, Tutoring Services, Career Services, Academic Advising, Technical Support, Online Accessibility Center, Online Library, Wellness, and Online Bookstore.
University of the Potomac’s Online Master’s Easiest Degrees
Washington, DC, and Vienna, Virginia are homes to the University of the Potomac that offer a variety of online programs including Masters of Business Administration, Computer Science, Data Analytics, Healthcare Administration, Healthcare Informatics, and Information Technology. Most of their online master’s degree programs are self-paced for quick completion in as short as 1.5 years. The university utilizes the Blackboard platform for the students for convenient access to their coursework and online resources. The easy online master’s degrees at the University of Potomac are designed and taught by industry professionals.
Liberty University’s Easiest Online Master’s Degree Programs
Located in Lynchburg, Virginia, Liberty University offers several options for easy online Master’s Degree programs that can be completed in just 12 months. They have an online Master’s degree in Arts and Sciences, Behavioral Sciences, Business, Communication, Divinity, Education, Government, Health Sciences, Law, Music, Nursing, and Visual Arts. Students who are getting an online master’s degree at Liberty University can access online resources such as Degree Completion Plans, Course Guides, Webinars, Supplemental Instructions, IT Help Desk, and Academic Departments. All of their online learning resources make it easier for students to look for information at their convenience.
University of Texas-El Paso’s Master’s Online Easiest Degrees
The University of Texas-El Paso offers a selection of easy online Master’s Degree programs. These include Master of Science in Construction Management and Systems Engineering, M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with concentrations in Bilingual Education and Early Childhood Education, as well as Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and MS in Nursing. UTEP is awarded by the IHEP Champion of Access and Success which makes the university notable for easily accessible online learning resources. The university provides several online tools that help students in their online learning journey.
Marist College’s Online Easiest Master’s Degrees
Marist College is a private, coeducational college institution located in New York that offers flexible and easy online Master’s Degree Programs such as MBA in Business Administration, MA in Educational Psychology, MA in Mental Health Counselling, MA in Integrated Marketing Communication, MS in Information Systems, MS in Physician Assistant Studies, and MS in Software Development. Notably, the school uses the iLearn platform to teach simplified, non-thesis online master’s degree programs. Marist College also provides a wealth of easily accessible online academic resources available 24/7. These include the Academic Learning Center, Library, Advising and Academic Services, Writing Center, and Student-Athlete Support Services, among others. Students can easily complete their degree in as fast as 12 months full-time.
University of Maryland University College’s Online Master’s Easiest Degrees
The University of Maryland University College offers at least 90 academic programs and specializations including master’s degree programs . In particular, UMUC has an MS in Accounting and Financial Management, Accounting and Information Systems, Biotechnology, Cloud Computing Architecture, Data Analytics, Management, and Information Technology. A top-ranking school, UMUC has four start dates every semester and an 8-week online module. Several of the graduate courses are in a 6-credit format, allowing the students to focus on one class per semester. The university also has a Learning Experience Online (LEO) that provides an interactive calendar making it easier for the students to track assignments, deadlines, and course events, access the online classroom through smartphones & tablets, a progress tool, and an audio messaging to easily receive feedback from instructors.
Clarion University of Pennsylvania’s Easiest Online Master’s Degree Programs
Located in Clarion, Pennsylvania, the Clarion University of Pennsylvania provides a wide selection of online degree programs including a master’s degree program across several areas of study. Online master’s degree programs include MS in Library of Science, MS in Nursing, Master of Business Administration, MS in Accounting, MS in Applied Data Analytics, MS in Mass Media Arts and Journalism, and MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling among others. The university has an integrated D2L Brightspace (Desire2Learn) Learning Management System designed to create a vibrant online learning environment for their students. This platform allows the instructors to post course documents, examinations, lectures, and assignments as well as a collaborative learning experience for the students and instructors. The university’s online master’s degree programs have 36 credits with examinations instead of research work for 18-month completion.
Nyack College’s Online Easy Master’s Degrees
New York City, New York is home to Nyack College that offers a variety of online degree programs including an online Master’s Degree programs that include MA in Mental Health Counseling, MA in Biblical Studies, MA in Ancient Judaism and Christian Origins, MS in Organizational Leadership, MS in Childhood Education, and MS Inclusive Education. The school uses Blackboard Learn for easily accessible coursework. Nyack’s unique online cohort, asynchronous online master’s degree programs are comprised of six-week courses.
University of Missouri’s Easiest Online Master’s Degree Programs
The University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri offers more than 100 online degrees including a Master’s degree program across several fields of study. Their master’s degree program includes MS in Agricultural Leadership, Communication, and Education, MA in Economics, MS in Finance, M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education, MS Biological Engineering, MPH in Veterinary Public Health, MA in Architectural Studies, MS in Data Science and Analytics, MS in Biomedical Sciences. The university has an IDEA platform that allows the students to easily take their eight-week online courses for non-thesis programs enabling them to graduate at an accelerated pace. Also, they provide their online students a variety of online student resources that can easily be accessed 2477 over the internet such as Ellis Library Resources , Most-visited Resources , and New Online Student Orientation .
Nova Southeastern University’s Online Easy Master’s Degrees
Nova Southeastern University is located in Davie, Florida that offers a variety of online Master’s Degree Programs such as MS in Accounting, MS in Biomedical Informatics, MBA, MBA in Business Intelligence and Analytics, MBA in Finance, MBA in Supply Chain Management, MS in Clinical Vision Research, MS in College Student Affairs, and MS in Forensic Psychology among others. Most of their online master’s degree programs are self-designed and self-paced, with a 33-credit worth of completion. Students can swap theses for capstone portfolios that allow them to earn their degrees easily. NSU provides one-stop-shop online resources which the students can easily access relevant information and important links.
Metropolitan State University’s Easy Master’s Degree Online Programs
Twin Cities of Minnesota is home to Metropolitan State University that offers a wide selection of online degree programs including a master’s degree program across a variety of areas of study. Students can easily take their coursework with the university’s integrated D2L Brightspace (Desire2Learn) . Throughout their online education journey, each student is provided with online tools such as Student Email, eServices, and StarID. Also, students also take advantage of Lynda.com .
University of Miami’s Online Easy Master’s Degrees
Located in Coral Gables, Florida, the University of Miami offers online Master’s Degree Programs such as M.Ed. in Applied Learning Sciences, MBA, M.Ed. in Sports Administration, Master of Professional Accounting, Master of Public Administration, MS in Finance, and MS in Health Informatics. Through the university’s UOnline , a customized learning platform, students can become part of a learning approach that engaging, collaborative, and results-focused. The university has adopted the Blackboard Learn platform that houses each students’ coursework, assignments, lectures, and examinations 24/7. The easy online master’s degrees can easily be completed in 16 months with the GRE-waived formats.
Holy Apostles College & Seminary’s Online Easiest Master’s Degrees
Holy Apostles College and Seminary are in Cromwell, Connecticut. It offers an array of convenient Master of Arts Degree Programs in Theology , Philosophy, and Pastoral Studies. Their Master of Arts in Theology has eight concentrations namely Apologetics, Bioethics – NCBC Certification, Bioethics – Non-NCBC Certification, Church History, Dogmatic Theology, General Studies, Moral Theology, Sacred Scripture, and Thomistic Studies. The online Master of Arts in Philosophy has five concentrations, namely Christian Wisdom, Ethics, General Studies, History of Philosophy, and Systematic Philosophy. Master of Pastoral Studies has seven concentrations consisting of Catechetical Ministry, Catholic Women’s Leadership Studies, General Studies, Marriage and Family Studies, Pastoral Counseling, Spiritual Direction, and Youth & Young Adult Ministry. The school has adopted CLEP Testing to accelerate the completion of the easy online master’s degree programs.
Faulkner University’s Easy Online Master’s Degrees
Located in Montgomery, Alabama, Faulkner University is a private Christian university that offers adult learners an innovative way to earn their online master’s degrees . These include MS in Management, MA in Biblical Studies, MA in Christian Ministry, MA in Christian Counseling and Family Ministry, MA in Humanities, MS in Counseling, and M.Ed. in School Counseling to name a few. Students have the opportunity to earn their 36-credit degree easily through fast-track, two-month courses. Making these online master’s programs even more convenient is the fact that students skip thesis research and still earn their degree fast.
Granite State College’s Online Easy Master’s Degree Programs
Granite State College is a public educational institution in Concord, New Hampshire that offers a wide selection of online Master’s Degree Programs such as MS in Leadership, MS in Management, MS in Project Management, MS in Health Care Management, MS in Nursing, and MS in Instruction and Leadership. The courses are asynchronous and designed explicitly in six-week terms. The school also provides 24/7 online access for the students to easily locate their assignments, research work, lectures, and examinations. Granite State College accepts up to 90 credit transfer to maximize the previously earned credits and allow students to save time in completing their respective degrees.
University of North Texas’ Online Easy Master’s Degrees
Denton is home to the University of North Texas that offers an affordable, flexible, adaptable, respectable and easy online Master’s Degree Programs such as MS in Advanced Data Analytics, MS in Digital Communication Analytics, MS in Early Childhood Education, M.Ed. in Educational Leadership, MS in Health Services Administration, MS in Learning Technologies, and MBAs with different concentrations. The university has integrated platforms such as Canvas and Blackboard which allows students and faculty to keep track of research assignments, paperwork, lectures, and examinations. The courses are designed in an 8-week format. The mode of teaching for the majority of the degrees offered are simple and straightforward instructions, some in the non-technical easier fields. The university also has an Eagle Connect Email System that serves as a one-stop-shop of online learning-related sources and information.
City University of Seattle’s Easy Online Master’s Degrees
Headquartered in Seattle, Washington, the City University of Seattle offers several online degree programs including an online Master’s Degree program across different areas of study. These include MA in Counseling, M.Ed. in Adult Education, MS in Computer Science, MS in Healthcare Administration, MS in Information Security, MS in Project Management, Master in Teaching, and MBA to name a few. Unlike other universities, CityU accepts up to 135 quarter credit. The university is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
East Carolina University’s Online Easiest Master’s Degree Programs
East Carolina University is based in Greenville, North Carolina. It offers more than 90 online degree programs across different areas to provide the students with the options to meet their objectives. The university offers a wide variety of online Master’s Degree programs in Arts (MFA), Education (MAEd), Educational Leadership (EdD), English (MA), Network Technology (MS), Nursing (MSN), and Public Health (DrPH). ECU Online provides easier non-thesis, and internship-free online master’s degree programs, with 36 credits for completion. ECU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
Cameron University’s Master’s Easiest Online Degrees
Cameron University is based in Lawton, Oklahoma that offers online Master’s Degree Programs such as MBA, MS in Organizational Leadership, MS in Educational Leadership, M.Ed. in Reading, and M.Ed. Special Education. Students can easily take their courses online in an eight-week and 12-week format. Their online programs utilize a straightforward medium of instruction. Student Services is a one-stop online reference for all student-related needs that can be accessed 24/7 online. The university uses Blackboard Learn as a platform for both students and faculty to access learning materials, lectures, coursework, and research assignments, as well as track progress easily.
Arkansas State University’s Online Easiest Master’s Degrees
Located in Jonesboro, Arkansas, the Arkansas State University offers online graduate programs that are flexible and accessible for working professionals. These online graduate programs include Masters of Arts or Science in Teaching, Education, Sports Administration, Strategic Communication, and Media Management. Most of these programs are easily earned in as little as ten months to 18 months depending on the student’s pace. The university has six times start dates yearly for every program which allows the students to start anytime they want. Additionally, the majority of the programs do not need thesis research which makes it easier to earn this degree.
Ball State University’s Online Easy Master’s Degrees
Muncie, Indiana is home to Ball State University that provides several online Master’s Degree Programs such as MA in Applied Behavior Analysis, MA in Business Education, MBA, MA in Career and Technical Education, MA in Coaching Education, MA in Elementary Education, and MA in Mathematics Education among others. The majority of these online degree programs are non-GRE making it easier for students to enroll in the program. Students can easily earn their degrees in as quickly as 12 months. The university provides a wide selection of online resources and information that offers the same type of quality as their on-campus counterparts. Ball State Online Services provide Academic Support Services, Technology Support Services, and Career Planning Services that readily helps online learners in their learning journey.
What is the easiest Master’s degree to get online?
Generally speaking, the easiest master’s degree to get online would be a non-science, non-thesis option, possibly in the fields of Sports Management, Communications, History or the Arts.
What are the criteria for applying for an online Master’s degree program?
Generally, students applying for an online master’s degree program must hold an undergraduate degree, i.e., a bachelor’s degree. They must complete 36-54 semester credits of study or 60-90 quarter-credits with are usually equivalent to 12-18 college courses. Most master’s degree programs require interested applicants to take and pass an admission test such as Law School Admission Test (LSAT), Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), Graduate Records Examination (GRE), and Miller Analogies Test (MAT). Depending on the school and type of master’s degree programs, some require submission of Transcripts, Letters of Recommendation, Personal Statement, and Academic Writing Samples.
Can Master’s degree programs be taken entirely online?
Most master’s degree programs offered by the school are delivered 100% online and offered the same way as their on-campus counterparts. The programs in hybrid online format are web-based but may require on-campus, face-to-face interaction. Depending on the chosen degree, some master’s degree programs such as Nursing and Mental Health Counselling are on a hybrid set-up to create an optimal learning and hands-on environment. While hybrid and online learning both have the opportunity to learn online, both programs require time management, and skills to be able to complete their courses without compromising their studies with personal and professional commitments.
What are some of the ways to fund my online Master’s degree?
There are several ways to finance an online master’s degree program such as fellowships, assistantships, graduate scholarships, and financial aids of the chosen school or university. More so, graduate students have a wide range of options to finance their studies such as Employer Tuition Reimbursement, Federal Financial Aid, Federal Loans, Grants, Federal Work-Study, State Grants, Institutional Aid, Private Loans, Public Service Loan Forgiveness, Income-Based Repayment (IBR), NIH Loan Repayment. All financial assistance programs have deadlines, and there is a lot of competition for funding. The strategy of financing an online master’s degree is to get started early.
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An Online Biological Sciences Master's Degree
Are you looking for a rigorous Biology program that is flexible enough to fit both your schedule and your career goals? The UNC Biological Sciences Master of Science – Non-Thesis Concentration is now available online.
You will be able to enroll in a wide variety of Biology courses focused on medicine, ecology and evolutionary biology. Additional elective options are also available for educators. Our exceptional advisors and faculty work to ensure that your studies support your professional goals – and your interests in the field of Biology.
Flexible Enough to Fit a Variety of Biology Careers
High school and dual / concurrent enrollment biology teaching.
If you are an existing high school Biology teacher, this degree will advance your content knowledge and may help you progress in the pay scale at your school. In addition, this program can help you meet the requirements (master's degree and content expertise) for instructors of college-level Biology courses. If you take 18 credits of BIO coursework in this master's degree program, you will be eligible to teach college and university courses in Biology – including concurrent/dual enrollment courses (in which students earn both high school and college credit in the same course).
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You may be eligible for a scholarship for this program! Read the Financial Aid section of the Costs & Aid tab below for details.
Professional School Preparation
If you are among the many qualified students who can't fit an intensive 9-month MBS program around your employment or family obligations, you can still prepare for your future in medicine, dentistry, pharmaceuticals, or veterinary medicine with this Master of Science program. You will enroll in many of the same courses as the students in our popular Biomedical Science MBS program, but take fewer courses each term.
Advancement in Biology-Related Fields
Open up your path to new opportunities in biological science, biotechnology, health care, and resource management with an online master's degree that fits around your schedule.
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Credits Required: 30
Time to Completion: Typically 2-3 years (see Course of Study tab below)
Tuition: $609/credit hour
Delivery Option & Start Term: Online program: start Fall or Spring term
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Course of Study
Eligibility & transfer credit, costs & aid.
The program coursework is delivered fully online in the Fall and Spring semesters, with Summers off. You can start the program in either the Fall or Spring semester.
You can choose a course load that fits your schedule and your goals:
- A typical course load of 5-8 credit hours per term will allow you to finish in 2-3 years.
- You can spread your coursework across 3 semesters if you take 10 credits each term.
- You will have a total of five years to complete the program if you take just one course each semester.
You will be enrolled in each course alongside students who are taking the courses on campus. You will view classroom session recordings and take part in online activities with other online and on-campus students.
Required Courses (30 Credit Hours)
For an example of upcoming courses, visit the Current Program Students page.
Research Core (3 Credit Hours)
Complete 3 credit hours from the following courses:
- BIO 502 Biomedicine and Careers (1)
- BIO 596 Foundations of Clinical Research (2)
- SCED 600 Science Education Research for K-12 Teachers (3)
- SRM 600 Introduction to Graduate Research (3)
Content Elective Courses (27 Credit Hours)
Complete 27 credit hours from the following courses:
- BIO 525 Molecular Genetics (3)
- BIO 528 Developmental Biology (3)
- BIO 545 Pathogenic Microbiology (3)
- BIO 547 Immunology and Disease (3)
- BIO 548 Virology (3)
- BIO 550 Cell Physiology (3)
- BIO 552 Advanced Systemic Physiology: Homeostats (3)
- BIO 553 Advanced Systemic Physiology: Control Systems (3)
- BIO 555 Reproductive Biology (3)
- BIO 562 Conservation Biology (3)
- PSY 640 Cultural Issues in Educational Psychology (3)
- PSY 644 Motivation in Education (3)
- PSY 681 Cognition and Instruction (3)
- SRM 602 Statistical Methods I (3)
NOTE: you can take up to a maximum of 9 credits of non-BIO coursework. Several SCED courses are offered online, but the scheduling of these courses is not as consistent.
Non-Thesis students also must pass a written comprehensive exam of topics learned in their graduate coursework, administered by their advisor.
The coursework shown here is specifically chosen for online delivery. For full details of the Biological Sciences MS – Non-Thesis Concentration, see the official program listing in the UNC Graduate Catalog.
Possess (or be in the process of finishing) a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university, or a comparable degree from a foreign institution.
Have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or better (on a 4.00 point scale) for the most recent degree earned or current degree in progress.
If you are still completing your bachelor's degree at the time you apply, admission will be based on your current cumulative GPA, and you will need to re-submit your official transcript (showing your conferred degree and final GPA) during your first semester. If your final GPA fell below 3.00, you will be given additional requirements as defined by the academic program that must be met within one calendar year to remain enrolled at UNC.
If you have completed a master's degree, or at least 18 credit hours towards a master's degree, the GPA of your master's work will be used.
- GRE: 300
PCAT: 50th percentile or higher
You must have completed at least four courses in biology and a combined total of three courses in the areas of chemistry, calculus and physics.
Eligibility by State
At this time, UNC can serve online education to students from every state, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. We are not currently accepting students to our online programs who reside in the CNMIs.
Because some states may have additional requirements or limitations for certain programs, please check the following page to verify your eligibility. Note: if your state is showing "limited authorization" it means you are likely eligible with additional documentation, but please contact [email protected] for details.
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International Student Eligibility
International students residing outside of the United States are eligible to apply to our online programs. Applicants for online programs must demonstrate English proficiency, or enroll in the UNC Intensive English Program , in order to be considered.
Students in completely online UNC programs are not required to come to the United States. You will not need a student visa or receive any immigration documentation, and do not need to provide financial documentation.
Please visit the International Students Admission Requirements page for details about English proficiency requirements and applying as an international student.
Applicable graduate credit with a grade of A or B from a regionally accredited university may be able to be applied towards this academic program. Master's degree students must complete a minimum of 24 credits at the University of Northern Colorado. All work counted in a master's degree program must be completed within five years. The time limit is calculated from the beginning of the first class transferred in and counted in the degree program. See the full Graduate Transfer Credit Policy .
Students must submit an original transcript to their advisor for review. Student and advisor then complete a Transfer of Credit form to submit along with the original transcript to the Grad School for review and final approval.
This is an Extended Campus program, which means that for most students all of your coursework will feature:
- A flat per-credit tuition rate for all students (in-state or out-of-state)
- There are no student fees – they are incorporated into our flat tuition rate
- Certain courses may carry specific course fees for additional services and materials
The tuition for your BIO courses for the 2022-23 academic year (which runs Fall, Spring, and Summer terms) is $609 per credit hour. Tuition for the 2023-24 academic year will be determined mid-June 2023.
- Any non-BIO courses that you take will likely be priced at a different rate per credit hour (with most being priced lower).
- Note: you will be able to complete this program entirely through Extended Campus coursework. However, if you choose to take any courses that are not offered through Extended Campus (whether they are on-campus or online) you will be charged the applicable Resident or Nonresident tuition rate for that course, and will incur the typical student fees that are charged to all on-campus students that term.
All students – federal financial aid.
Students who cannot pay for tuition alone are encouraged to apply for federal financial aid. Students must first complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA priority filing date for each academic year (a Fall-Spring-Summer cycle which begins each August) is June 1, although the form is now available by October 1 of the previous year and requests tax information from the year prior. For example, the FAFSA form for aid for the 2023-24 school year is released on Oct. 1, 2022, and is based off of 2021 tax return information.
Late submissions of the FAFSA are still accepted throughout the school year but you may not be considered for the maximum amount of aid. If the priority deadline has passed for the upcoming/current school year, we encourage you to apply for FAFSA consideration as soon as you enroll for your first courses. Depending on the time of year, you may be able to submit an application for the current academic year and an early/priority application for the following academic year.
Master's degree students must be enrolled in a minimum of 5 credits per academic term for financial aid eligibility. Full time enrollment is based on 9 credits per term.
To apply for federal financial aid assistance
Fill out the FAFSA form at https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa
For more specific help, contact the Office of Financial Aid: [email protected] , 970-351-4862 or via the UNC Financial Aid website .
Students can also find helpful information such as the Guide to Federal Student Aid at https://studentaid.gov/resources . Most of the resources are available in English, Spanish, and Braille.
Scholarship for Teachers in Rural Colorado Districts
If you are a K-12 educator in a rural Colorado school district, you may be eligible to receive the Concurrent Enrollment Educator Qualification Scholarship for this program! This initiative is designed to help rural high school teachers become eligible to provide concurrent/dual enrollment college coursework for their rural students, which will better prepare those students for collegiate success.
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The University of Northern Colorado offers a Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) to all degree-seeking students who enroll in courses on our main UNC Campus, an Extended Campus Center, or Online.
Degree-seeking graduate students enrolled in 6 or more credit hours will automatically receive this benefit each term. SHIP premiums will appear on your semester bill. If you have comparable insurance coverage, and do not want to be charged for SHIP coverage, you must opt out of this plan each Fall via an online waiver process .
Please visit the UNC Student Health Insurance pages for more information about the insurance plan.
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The Master of Wildlife and Fisheries Resources degree (non-thesis) is a flexible option that allows you to customize your education and complete coursework at your convenience. Our online program is asynchronous – which means you can access classes 24/7 and work at times that are optimal for you. And, if you take at least 2 courses each semester, you can finish the degree in as little as 2 years.
Our students include Federal and State Agency wildlife and fisheries employees, educators who wish to increase their knowledge about wildlife and fisheries biology, private industry professionals and individuals with a variety of other natural resource backgrounds.
We also accept a limited number of students who come from out of the natural resources field or who are looking to make a career change. Students who do not have previous experience in natural resources may need to take coursework to strengthen their chance of success in the program prior to applying.
If you’d rather have an on-campus experience, we have that option too.
New enrollees are accepted in fall, spring and summer semesters as space permits. See application deadlines below.
(in addition to Graduate School requirements )
The following requirements must be met to be considered for admission to the online Master of Wildlife and Fisheries Resources:
- A suitable undergraduate education (you do not need an undergraduate degree in wildlife and fisheries resources to be considered for admission).
- Two references.
- A resume or CV.
- GRE (General Test) Scores are encouraged for applicants who do not currently work in a natural resources field or have an undergraduate degree in natural resources/biology with a GPA above 3.0.
- Personal Statement.
- A satisfactory TOEFL score (550 from paper exam or 213 from online exam, or 80 from the internet exam, or 6.5 or higher on the IELTS test) is required for international students whose native language is not English.
Clemson’s graduate school handles applications. All application materials are sent to the graduate school. Use the apply now button below to navigate to graduate admissions.
Deadlines for admissions:
- Fall - June 30th
- Spring - October 15th
- Summer - February 28th
This program is available in an on-campus format, as well as completely through online instruction, with courses offered each semester: January-April, May-August, and August-December. The program requires 30 credit hours of course work to graduate. The student’s plan of study for the 30 hours of course work must be approved by the MWFR graduate advisory committee. At least 15 hours of 8000 level courses are required. Students must also take at least 2 credits of a graduate seminar.
Current Course Offerings
- WFB 8500 – Wildlife Ecology in Manage Forests (3)
- FOR 6340/6341 – Geographic Information Systems for Natural Resources (3)
- FOR 8070 – Plant Taxonomy (3)
- ENR 6130/6131 – Restoration Ecology (3)
- FNR 8080 – Graduate Seminar (1)
- WFB 6440/6441 – Wildlife Damage Management (3)
- WFB 8510 – Advanced Conservation Biology (3)
- FOR 8220 – Invasion Ecology (3)
- WFB 8610 – Intro to Scientific Writing
- WFB 6640/6641 – Mammalogy (4)
- WFB 8610 – Wildlife Behavior (3)
- WFB 8610 – Limnology (3)
- WFB 8610 – Landscape Ecology (3)
- FNR 8080 – Graduate Seminar (1)
- FOR 8930/8931 – Forest Protection (3)
- FOR 8930/8931 – Applied Wildlife Habitat Management (2, optional in-person lab 1)
- FOR 8930/8931 – Issues in Forest Health & Management (3)
- WFB 8610/8611 – Vertebrate Biology & Ecology (3)
- FOR 7070 – Plant Biology (3)
- WFB 8610/8611 – Human Dimensions of Wildlife Conservation (3)
- WFB 6180/6181 – Fisheries Management & Conservation (4)
- WFB 8540 – Fish Ecology (3)
- WFB 6200 – Environmental Education (2 or 3 with lab)
- WFB 6300 – Wildlife Conservation Policy (3)
- WFB 6350 – Aquatic Habitat Management (3)
- WFB 6620 – Wetland Wildlife Biology (3)
- WFB 6720/6721 – Ornithology (4)
- WFB 6800 – Waterfowl Ecology and Management (3)
- FOR 6340/6341 – GIS for Natural Resources (3)
- WFB 8530 – Global Change Ecology (3)
- WFB 8610 – Analysis of Fish and Wildlife Populations (3)
- WFB 8610 – Intro to Scientific Writing (2)
- WFB 8610 – Study Design & Data Analysis (3)
- FOR 7070 – Trees of the Southeastern US (3)
The Clemson Master in Wildlife and Fisheries Resources online program is assessed as a Tier Four Online Graduate Program. Please check the Student Financial Services Page for the most accurate tuition rates. Once on the financial services page select the online tab and choose MWFR Wildlife and Fisheries Resources .
Prior to applying, it is the applicant’s responsibility to identify a faculty member willing to serve as their advisor. Applicants can then email faculty members with a brief description of your interests, prior experience, and inquire about availability of funding and opportunities.
Please note that aspiring students will need to connect with a faculty advisor and be accepted into the Department’s Graduate Program to be eligible for the assistantship. Students that feel qualified for this award should consider mentioning it when communicating with potential faculty advisors. Students on these assistantships will be expected to TA for the Master of Wildlife and Fisheries Resources (online) degree program one semester each year.
Keifer Titus Graduate Research Assistant Email: [email protected] Phone: 864-656-3302 Fax: 864-656-3304
Dr. Thea Hagan Program Director of online MWFR Program Office: 245 Lehotsky Hall Clemson, SC 29634-0317 Email: [email protected] Phone: 864-656-4823 Fax: 864-656-3304
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All transfer credits must be verified by the submission of an official transcript from the institution at which the work was completed. Up to 12 credit hours of coursework (and no more than one-third of the graded course credit hours required for a master’s degree, in the case of Wildlife and Fisheries Biology 10 credit hours) may be transferred to a master’s degree and 48 credit hours of coursework may be transferred to a doctoral degree.
All credits transferred to Clemson’s graduate programs must have been completed at a regionally-accredited institution. Credits may be transferred for work completed at off-campus centers of accredited institutions, provided such courses are acceptable, without reservation, in degree programs at those institutions. In all cases, the use of transfer credits must be recommended by the student’s advisory committee and approved by the department.
The GRE is not required for application. If you have 3 or more years’ experience working in a natural resources field and an undergraduate GPA above 3.0, it is not necessary for you to take the GRE.
We strongly encourage students who do not currently work in natural resource fields and/or those who do not have an undergraduate degree in a natural resources/biology field with a GPA above 3.0 to take the GRE.
- Are there Scholarships/Assistantships? We do not currently have any scholarships or assistantships.
- What is the time commitment for the degree? Expect to spend a maximum of 12 hours a week on a 3-credit hour course. This translates to 3 hours of lecture and 9 hours to work on projects, assignments, readings, discussions and studying for exams or quizzes.
- What is the difference between a thesis and non-thesis master’s degree? A non-thesis Master of Wildlife and Fisheries Resources is intended to serve individuals who do not need hands-on research experience in graduate school. This is a professional degree that is meant for those already working in the field of natural resources management, environmental education, or related areas. Those who wish to be working in these fields but have not yet obtained on-the-job training may be better served by a thesis-based Master of Science degree in a natural resource-related field or may work on the degree while accumulating volunteer and internship experience in natural resources. Pursuit of the thesis requires a student to conduct and report on research and can act as a substitute to field experience obtained on the job.
- Can I be a part of the program as an international student? Yes. Clemson University works to provide global access to its online programs. It is the student’s responsibility to understand current circumstances or special requirements of whether the online degree selected will be recognized in the country of residence; how the collection of student data may be used in your country; and, whether you will be subject to additional withholding taxes in addition to the price of tuition. International students considering an academic program that leads to a professional license should first confirm with the appropriate professional licensing board in their country of residence whether a Clemson University degree is recognized when seeking licensure or certification.
If you do not have experience working in a natural resources field or an undergraduate degree in a natural resources/biology field, we encourage you to take a few undergraduate science courses before applying to the program.
Courses that applicants with undergraduate degrees in natural resources and/or biology have taken that would strengthen out of field applications include, but are not limited to:
- Biology I and II,
- Chemistry (a variety of options are acceptable),
- Statistics (again a variety of options are acceptable),
- Forest Biology or Ecology,
- Wildlife Biology or Ecology,
- Wetland Biology or Ecology,
- Vertebrate Biology or Ecology,
- Fish Biology or Ecology and
- a Dendrology or Botany course.
These courses should be offered at a local community college or online.
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As of 2015, approximately 25.4 million Americans held advanced degrees , with more citizens joining these ranks each year. As studies continue to show the career advancement and salary benefits of completing a master's degree, more and more students elect to pursue advanced educations. When considering their options, many question whether to enroll in a master's requiring a thesis or not. The following guide examines some of the reasons degree seekers may want to write a thesis while also highlighting why they might not. Students on the fence about this important decision can find expert advice, actionable tips, and relevant guidance to help them make an informed choice in the guide that follows.
Understanding the Master's Thesis
What is the difference between a thesis & non-thesis master's program, the decision not to do a thesis.
As students research various master's programs in their chosen discipline, it's common to find that many degrees require a thesis – especially if they want to enter a research-heavy field. While this word gets thrown around a lot in academia, some learners may want more information regarding what it entails in order to make an informed decision.
What is a Master's Thesis?
The master's thesis is an original piece of scholarship allowing the student to dig into a topic and produce an expanded document that demonstrates how their knowledge has grown throughout the degree program. These documents require significant independent research of primary and secondary sources and, depending on the subject, may require interviews and/or surveys to support the overarching argument.
Individual schools and departments dictate the length of these documents, but they typically range between 60 and 100 pages – or approximately 20,000 to 40,000 words. While tackling a document of such heft may seem overwhelming at first, learners need not fret. Each master's candidate receives a faculty advisor early in their tenure to provide support, feedback, and guidance throughout the process. Because the final thesis is expected to be of a publishable quality, learners seeking the highest marks typically send their supervisor excerpts of the document as they write to ensure they are on the right track.
When picking a thesis topic, no magical formula exists. Students should consider their interests and read extensively on that topic to get a better sense of existing scholarship. They should also speak to other academics working in that sphere to familiarize themselves with ongoing projects. Only after they feel reasonably well-read should they begin looking for uncovered angles or interesting ways of using emerging methodologies to bring new light to the topic.
When considering formatting, degree seekers should check with their specific schools and departments, as they may have unique requirements. To get a general understanding of what to expect, learners can review Simon Fraser University's guidelines on thesis formatting. After completing the thesis, some programs require an oral defense before a committee while others read the document and provide a grade. Check with your prospective schools to get a better sense of procedure.
Format & Components of a Master's Thesis
While this guide attempts to provide helpful and actionable information about the process of deciding whether to follow a thesis or non-thesis track in a master's program, readers should remember that specific components and requirements of a thesis vary according to discipline, university, and department. That being said, some commonalities exist across all these – especially when it comes to what students must include in their final drafts.
As the first section a reader encounters after moving through the table of contents and other anterior text, the introductory allows the writer to firmly establish what they want to accomplish. Sometimes also called the "research question" section, the introductory must clearly state the goals of the paper and the overarching hypothesis guiding the argument. This should be written in a professional yet accessible tone that allows individuals without specializations in the field to understand the text.
This section allows learners to demonstrate their deep knowledge of the field by providing context to existing texts within their chosen discipline Learners review the main bodies of work, highlighting any issues they find within each. Constructive criticism often centers around shortcomings, blind spots, or outdated hypotheses.
Students use this section to explain how they went about their work. While scientists may point to a specific method used to reach conclusions, historians may reference the use of an emerging framework for understanding history to bring new light to a topic. The point of this section is to demonstrate the thought processes that led to your findings.
This section allows for learners to show what they learned during the research process in a non-biased way. Students should simply state what information they gathered by utilizing a specific framework or methodology and arrange those findings, without interpretation, in an easy-to-read fashion.
After providing readers with all the necessary information, the discussion section exists for candidates to interpret the raw data and demonstrate how their research led to a new understanding or contributed a unique perspective to the field. This section should directly connect to the introduction by reinforcing the hypothesis and showing how you answered the questions posed.
Even though the previous sections give prospective degree seekers a better sense of what to expect if they decide to write a thesis during their master's program, they don't necessarily help learners decide whether to pursue a thesis or non-thesis track. The following section highlights some of the reasons students frequently choose to complete a thesis or bypass the process altogether by providing a pros and cons list.
Why a Thesis Program
- Especially when entering a research-heavy discipline, completing a thesis shows prospective schools and employers that you possess the skills needed for researching and writing long-form reports.
- Students hoping to pursue a Ph.D. stand in better stead with admissions panels if they wrote a thesis during a master's program.
- Individuals hoping to enter a field that values syntax and grammar often better their writing skills by completing a thesis.
- Students who write a thesis can submit the final product to various academic journals, increasing their chances of getting published.
- Theses expand students' understanding of what they're capable of, deepen their ability to carry out an argument, and develop their skills in making connections between ideas.
Why a Non-thesis Program
- Because they don't require a significant written product, non-thesis master's tend to take less time to complete.
- Often mirrors a bachelor's program in terms of structure, allowing learners to complete classes and take exams without a great deal of research or writing.
- Students who excel in project-based assignments can continue building skills in this arena rather than focusing on skills they don't plan to use (e.g. research)
- Provides learners the opportunity to work more closely and more frequently with faculty on real-world projects since they don't spend hundreds of hours researching/writing.
- Allows learners to take more classes and gain hands-on skills to fill the time they would have spent researching and writing a thesis.
How to Choose a Master's Program: FAQs
Within some academic disciplines and professional fields, research and writing plays a key role in work done on a daily basis. Because of this, master's programs in these fields require learners to complete theses to compete against peers and be seen as competent in their work. Other disciplines, conversely, rely on other tools to accomplish work and progress ideas – making theses less important.
Yes. Master's programs focused more on application than research typically don't require a thesis – although they may still give students the option. Examples of common non-thesis master's programs include nursing, business, and education.
Even though non-thesis students won't be writing a 100-page paper, that doesn't mean they avoid completing a significant project. In place of a thesis, most applied master's programs require students to take part in at least one internship or complete a culminating project. These projects typically ask learners to take what they learned throughout coursework and create an expansive final project – examples include case studies, creative works, or portfolios.
While students who followed a non-thesis path routinely receive acceptance to Ph.D. programs, those with theses often find the process easier. Even if a learner pursues a Ph.D. in a discipline that isn't research-heavy, admissions panels still want to get a sense of your academic interests and ability to engage in independent, nuanced thought. Students with theses can provide solid proof of these skills, while those without may struggle to demonstrate preparedness as thoroughly.
The answer to this question depends on many factors, but typically it is okay not to do a thesis if you plan to enter a field that doesn't depend heavily on research or writing, or if you don't plan to complete a Ph.D.
Students wanting to work in academic, research, or writing should always opt for the thesis track. They should also follow this path if they have any doctoral degree aspirations.
Ultimately, the decision of whether or not to complete a thesis rests with the individual student. Figuring out how to proceed on this front requires lots of careful consideration, and learners should ensure they consider various aspects before coming to a final decision. The following section helps students consider how they should and should not come to a conclusion.
Dos and Don'ts of Choosing a Thesis or Non-thesis Program
- Consider the longevity of your decision: will you feel the same in 5-10 years or are you making a decision based on current desires?
- Talk to others who with experience in this area. Ask them questions about their decision-making process and if they regret their choice.
- Research potential thesis topics before starting a program. Going in with a game plan can help you feel more confident and settled about the process than if you're scrambling for a topic while in school.
- Reach out to prospective schools to speak with faculty and/or current students following both tracks. This will provide knowledge specific to the school while also expanding your network if you choose to attend there.
- Research Ph.D. entrance requirements to ascertain if the majority expect learners to possess a thesis when applying. This will give you a sense of whether you may experience issues later on if you do not complete one.
- Decide not to complete a thesis simply because you have never taken on such a task and feel overwhelmed or fearful that you will fail.
- Complete a thesis simply because you think it will look good on your resume. Theses require intense devotion over an extended amount of time; learners who complete them without conviction often find the process miserable.
- Forget to research alternatives to writing a thesis. Just because you don't complete a research paper doesn't mean a non-thesis track lacks rigor or challenging coursework.
- Forget to read examples of theses by previous students. If you feel overwhelmed by the task, reading work other people have done can often make the task at hand feel less scary.
- Let yourself off easy by taking the non-thesis path. If you find you have extra time in the program, talk to your advisor about taking more classes, develop meaningful projects for yourself, or see about presenting at an academic conference.
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Why might a student decide to follow a thesis track? Why might they follow a non-thesis track?
A student might decide to take a thesis track if she/he wants to pursue a Ph.D. Also, if the students want to focus on careers where research and writing have a strong focus, the students opt for the thesis option. Research assistantships at the graduate level are also more often available to students who opt for the thesis option.
A student who might feel that writing is not one of their strengths might choose to go the non-thesis track. Likewise, a student who has other work commitments may find a non-thesis option more convenient.
Do you have any tips for deciding on a program?
I chose a thesis option because being able to conduct independent research was a big reason to go to graduate school. Also, showing the ability that I could do research was what afforded me research assistantships which meant that my tuition was paid for and I got a stipend that paid for expenses while I was in graduate school. This also allowed me the opportunity to work closely with the faculty mentor that provided me with the support and the accountability I wanted.
I would not recommend taking a non-thesis option if all the degree requires is for you to take courses. You have little to show in terms of your learning other than your grades unless you are already working on something on the side that does that for you and all you need is a certificate.
Opt for a non-thesis option if you can still work closely with a professor or on a project and if you'd rather be involved in multiple projects rather than focus on a single project. If you already have a good (informed) reason for choosing one over the other, go for it.
What's the most important thing to consider when choosing a program?
The most important thing to consider when choosing a program is getting excited about the projects that at least one of the faculty members are involved in. Do some research and see why you are excited about a particular work that at least one of the faculty members have been involved in.
Who should students talk to when considering options?
Students should talk to other students and also reach out directly to the graduate coordinator and even individual faculty members. This means that students should have done prior homework and have some good questions ready. Asking good questions will get you at least halfway through to make the right decision.
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The online M.S. in Environmental Science is a professional graduate degree offered through the College of Natural Resources (CNR) and is geared toward professionals who work full-time and have various family, community, and seasonal obligations. The program is structured like the on-campus CNR counterpart:
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- Online students research the effects of natural and unnatural processes and their interactions with the physical components of the planet and environment.
- Online students explore and propose solutions to the Earth’s environmental issues while learning to keep the biocomplexity of its ecosystems in balance.
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- Through the analysis of existing environmental systems, online students predict future ecological shifts and develop scientific- and mathematical-based solutions for protecting ecosystems and natural resources.
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Individuals interested in applying to U of I’s online Master of Science in Environmental Science program need to follow all requirements detailed for graduate students. In addition to completing an application, candidates need to:
- have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university with a final 3.0 to 4.0 GPA;
- submit three letters of recommendation; and
- show proof of English proficiency, if applying from outside of the United States.
GRE and other standardized test scores are not required.
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The CNR has developed two tracks for the online Master’s in Environmental Science: thesis and non-thesis. Both tracks require 30 graduate-level credits and a research project and have similar expectations and structures:
- Depth requirement: Thesis and non-thesis students are expected to select and complete 500-level and above courses in one of three option areas, including biological science, physical science, and social science.
- Breadth requirement: Thesis and non-thesis online students must complete a minimum of three credits at the graduate level in each of the other two option areas.
- Other requirements: All MS in Environmental Science students must complete one course (3 cr.) in appropriate research methods or statistics at the 500 level and a seminar course (ENVS 501).
- Research requirement: Through ENVS 500 (thesis degree) or ENVS 599 (non-thesis degree), students complete a capstone or a work of original research over three to as many as 10 credits. Learn more about requirements and expectations .
Learn more about the structure for thesis and non-thesis degrees .
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Non-thesis online m.s. in environmental science degree.
The non-thesis online M.S. in Environmental Science degree requires students to complete 27 credits of coursework, of which 12 credits are from the depth requirement and 21 are from 500-level and above subjects, and 3 credits of non-thesis research. Non-thesis projects do not require the student to conduct original research and, instead, are capstones synthesizing the degree’s materials and concepts.
Students selecting this format are further required to involve one faculty member for mentorship and guidance with their research project.
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Online students deciding on this format must complete a thesis research project totalling six to 10 credits and 24 credits of coursework, of which 15 are dedicated to the selected option and 21 are from 500-level and higher subjects.
The thesis must be an original work of research that has potential to be published in a peer-reviewed journal, must be formatted for inclusion in the University of Idaho library, and displays the student’s aptitude for conducting independent, rigorous analysis. Students beginning their project must also assemble a supervisory committee consisting of their Major Professor and two faculty members from two other University of Idaho colleges.
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Careers with a Master’s in Environmental Science
More and more industries are seeking to incorporate or switch to green technologies and sustainable processes. At the same time, consumers are demanding stricter environmental policies and regulations. Reflecting these developments, public and private organizations have an increasing need for professionals with environmental science backgrounds to offer their input and shape efforts for natural resource management, pollution prevention, air and water quality, land use planning, environmental compliance, and waste management.
According to figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, environmental scientists and specialists are expected to experience 8% more demand between 2018 and 2028, while organizations will need 3% more conservation scientists and foresters . As well, openings for environmental engineers and environmental engineering technicians are predicted to increase 8% and 9% respectively.
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The non-thesis Master’s (M.S.) degree program is designed for students who want an advanced degree but are not necessarily ready for or interested in the Ph.D. program. The M.S. degree provides a path to industrial jobs, professional schools, teaching careers, Ph.D. programs, and can be used as part of a multidisciplinary career portfolio. Noting that chemists often work astride multiple disciplines in their research and careers, our students may take relevant graduate coursework across the Schools of Arts & Sciences, Engineering & Applied Sciences, Education, and the Basic Science Departments of Medicine. This flexibility allows for efficient optimization of learning tailored to the student’s chosen research, career path, and goals. Students in the M.S. program are responsible for paying their own tuition, fees, and health insurance premiums (for more information, see the Tuition and Fees section below).
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Students pursuing the M.S. degree must complete a total of 30 credits. Six of these credits must be research (three credits per semester are permitted). Thus, while a thesis is not required for the M.S. degree, the program offers the opportunity for substantial research experience. The remaining 24 credits are comprised of graduate courses, with opportunities to take graduate-level professional development courses. Successful completion of the M.S. degree requires a B cumulative average (3.0 GPA), and the minimum passing grade in any graduate course is B - (B minus). Specific coursework selection varies with student interest and goals.
Graduate courses outside of Chemistry can be taken with approval from the Director of Graduate Studies. Depending on career interests, students may be allowed to substitute one or two graduate courses per semester from disciplines other than Chemistry (e.g., Biology, Pharmacology, Physics, Materials Science Engineering, Education, Computer Science, etc.).
Students wishing to use their M.S. degree as a stepping-stone to a Ph.D. degree may want to transfer their M.S. degree course credits to a Ph.D. program. This can certainly be done in its entirety after successful admission to the UVA Ph.D. program, but it is important to emphasize that sometimes only limited graduate coursework can be transferred between different universities.
Additional English Language and Culture Curriculum for International Students
International M.S. degree students whose first language is not English will take an intensive 6-week summer English for Academic Purposes ( EAP program ), provided by UVA's Center for American English Language and Culture ( CAELC ) , to expand their academic English reading, writing, and speaking skills. . The Chemistry Department covers EAP tuition and fees, but students are responsible for their own living expenses and having their own health insurance plan at the time of arrival.
International M.S. students can also participate in free English language and culture courses, also provided by CAELC, during the fall and spring semesters at no additional cost. This instruction is designed to help smooth the student’s entry into American life and to rapidly build their academic English speaking and writing skills to help optimize their graduate experience.
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Students in Chemistry’s MS program are self-funded and responsible for paying their own living expenses, tuition, fees, and health insurance plan (by purchasing a UVA student health plan or demonstrating that they have another plan with the same standard of coverage). The tuition and fees include access to university facilities, such as fitness centers, and sporting events. Click on the following link to find the current cost of tuition, fees, and health insurance for in-state and out-of-state master’s level students: the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Tuition and Health Premiums .
Applicants who are U.S. citizens may complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to determine whether they are eligible for federal aid in the form of work-study and loans. For more information, please visit the UVA’s Financial Aid Basics: Graduate Students .
Qualifications for Admission
Applications for admission to the UVA Chemistry M.S. program are reviewed by the Department Graduate Admissions Committee, which is composed of department faculty. Admission decisions are based on the review of the applicant’s undergraduate transcript, personal statement describing experiences and interests, letters of recommendation, and in some instances, TOEFL scores.
Given the integrated CAELC services available, the Chemistry M.S. degree program can consider international applicants with outstanding scientific and educational credentials but with TOEFL scores below the Graduate School's minimum score provided that the applicant is committed to working with CAELC to improve their English proficiency.
In addition to students who have completed a bachelor’s degree in chemistry or biochemistry, the Chemistry Department also accepts students with training in biology, chemical engineering, physics, and other disciplines, who may not have completed study in all of these core areas, but who have completed a rigorous program in an allied discipline and have sufficiently strong training in chemistry.
How to Apply
Students are admitted to the MS program for the fall term of each year. Applications are accepted between October 1 to December 15. Prospective applicants interested in applying after December 15 should first email the Department ( [email protected] ) to see if positions are available before applying.
Applications and all supporting documents must be submitted through the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences' (GSAS) online application portal . Technical questions related to the application system should be addressed to the Graduate Admissions Office, by email ( [email protected] ) or phone (434-243-0209).The deadline for MS applications is December 15 .
The following materials must accompany the application in order for it to be considered complete.
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- An application fee of $85 (the fee is automatically waived for current UVA undergraduates; external applicants who believe they qualify for a fee waiver should review the our fee waiver policy below)
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- Unless they have completed a 4-year undergraduate degree in the U.S. or at an international program whose instruction is entirely in English, international students whose first language is not English must submit self-reported TOEFL/IELTS scores (if they accept an offer of admission, students must have the testing agency send official scores directly to the Graduate Office of Admissions).
- International students are strongly encouraged to submit GRE Chemistry (or a related subject) test scores.
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A master's degree in three semesters — The Chemistry & Biochemistry Department offers the M.S. in Chemistry online and on campus. With convenient online courses, you can earn all 30 credits needed to receive your degree in as few as three semesters. Along the way, you will acquire skills and knowledge in a wide range of chemical and biochemical topics.
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Professional development for career success — This program is designed particularly for science teachers and professionals. Our goal is to help students become highly effective and successful scientists and teachers by providing them with the interdisciplinary skills and professional development needed to enhance their career success.
Renowned faculty — You will be taught by the same group of internationally renowned professors who teach our on-campus classes. The Chemistry & Biochemistry Department at Ohio University hosts an outstanding faculty with research interests spanning a wide range of areas in the chemical sciences. The mission of the graduate program is to provide education and research that is relevant and timely to society in an atmosphere that promotes cooperation and interaction among the students and faculty.
No thesis — A thesis is not required for this degree; instead, you will write a research literature review article on a topic assigned by a faculty mentor.
All graduate applications must be submitted electronically through the Graduate College. Be sure to select “online” for your Planned Campus of Enrollment selection (located on page 2 of the application in the Application Information section).
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- The spring deadline for submitting applications is November 15.
- The summer deadline is April 1 .
- The fall deadline is July 15.
- Bachelor’s degree in science with undergraduate chemistry courses (typically one year general chemistry, one year organic chemistry, and one semester of calculus)
- GPA (or equivalent) of 3.0 or better in most recent degree program
- Three letters of recommendation
- Specifically states that you are applying to the online master's program
- Resume , which must include a list of every school attended, as well as the GPA obtained at each institution
- English Proficiency : Non-native speakers of English must demonstrate English proficiency by submitting official test scores for either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Photocopies and/or faxes of English proficiency scores are not accepted.
A total of 30 credits is required.
There is no thesis, but students will write a research paper on a selected chemistry topic under the direction of their adviser. For degree conferral, students must meet the Standards of Work requirements as stated in the Ohio University Graduate Catalog and have obtained a B (3.0) or higher in five 5000-level classes out of the six currently being offered.
- CHEM 5200 - Science Research Literature and Writing (4 credits)
- CHEM 5805 - Advanced Organic Synthesis: Reactions and Mechanisms (4 credits)
- CHEM 5890 - Basic Biochemistry (4 credits)
- CHEM 5760 - Modern Inorganic Chemistry (4 credits)
- CHEM 5860 - Advanced Analytical Chemistry (4 credits)
- CHEM 5510 - Physical Chemistry (4 credits)
- CHEM 6950 - Research and Thesis (6 credits) *
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- CHEM 5200 - Chemical Literature
- CHEM 5860 - Advanced Analytical Chemistry
- CHEM 5890 - Basic Biochemistry
- CHEM 5805 - Advanced Organic Synthesis: Reactions and Mechanisms
Note: The Summer 2023 Session starts on May 15.
- CHEM 5510 - Physical Chemistry
- CHEM 5760 - Modern Inorganic Chemistry
*CHEM 5200 - Chemical literature as well as three other classes are needed for CHEM 6950 .
Tuition and fees are assessed based on the number of credit hours of enrollment, Ohio residency and program.
- See Graduate Tuition and Fees .
Financial Aid : When graduate students take two 4-hour courses per semester, their attendance is considered half-time for financial aid purposes. U.S. citizens and permanent residents have access to federally funded loans through Ohio University's Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships . The Ohio University school code is 003100.
For more information about the Online M. S. in the Chemistry & Biochemistry Department at Ohio University please contact Dr. Michael Jensen , chair of the online graduate recruitment committee in the Chemistry & Biochemistry Department.
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The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers a non‐thesis option for the Master of Science degree. The non‐thesis Master of Science student is required to do a technical job interview with an assigned faculty member.
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For the non‐thesis Master’s degree option, students must complete 30 graduate level credit hours. EEL 6065, EEL 6910, EEL 6933, and EEL 6940 cannot be used to fulfill any credit requirements for the Master’s degree. At least 21 hours of ECE coursework must be taken. This course requirement can only be fulfilled by completing ECE coursework at the University of Florida. EEL 5905, 6905, and EGN 5949 are not counted for this requirement. CDA 5636 (Embedded Systems) can be used toward this course requirement by exception. No credit for EEL 6971 is allowed.
Students are required to complete a 12 credit hour depth/breadth requirement in order to receive a Master’s degree in ECE. To complete this depth/breadth requirement, students must take at least 9 depth credits of ECE coursework from one of the five research divisions in the ECE department (i.e., Computer Engineering, Devices, Electromagnetics and Energy Systems, Electronics, Signals & Systems). At least three of these nine depth credits must be at the 6000 level. In addition, students must complete at least three breadth credits of coursework in the ECE department outside of their declared depth research division. Students can determine which ECE courses are housed in each research division by referring to the research division flow charts at the end of this manual. ECE courses used to complete this depth/breadth requirement will be counted toward the minimum 21 credits of ECE coursework required for the Master’s non‐thesis degree.
Master of Science non‐thesis students must successfully complete a technical job interview with an ECE faculty member (see section below).
Up to 18 hours of Special Topics (EEL 5934, 6935, and 7936) may be applied toward the degree. Up to six hours of unstructured credit hours total (EEL 5905, EEL 6905 or EGN 5949) may be applied toward the degree. Students can count a maximum of 3 credits of EGN 5949 toward their degree program. No other S/U credit can be counted toward the degree. All non‐thesis students are required to have a one‐member supervisory committee. The ECE department chair serves as the default non‐thesis committee member for all non‐thesis students and is automatically appointed for all non‐thesis students during their graduating semester. Students must receive a final grade of “C” or better to receive degree credit for a letter graded course. A course with a final grade of “C” and above cannot be repeated for credit. If a student receives a grade less than a “C” for a course, s/he may retake the course and an average of both grades will be used when compiling GPA graduation requirements. Courses in which students receive a grade of “C‐“ or lower will not be used to fulfill credit requirements but will adversely affect a students’ GPA.
Final Examination Procedures
The MS non-thesis final exam will be administered each semester and students will complete their mock job interview during their second semester of enrollment. Students will register for their mock job interview via a registration web form and will select a preferred research division from which a faculty member will be assigned to conduct the interview. After the registration period closes, the student will receive a faculty assignment from the ECE Graduate Advisor. Each student will be responsible for emailing their assigned faculty member to set up a mock job interview. Interviews will need to be completed before the stated deadline for the semester.
Students will be required to submit a one-page job application cover letter and resume to their assigned faculty member 24 hours in advance of their appointment via email. Students are required to dress appropriately for the “job interview.” Students may contact the UF Career Connections Center for more information regarding appropriate cover letter and resume formats. The Career Connections Center can also provide students with information regarding appropriate dress for a job interview. The faculty member will ask questions as deemed appropriate and students will be assigned a pass/fail grade. If a student has deficiencies that result in a failing grade, he/she can schedule another interview with the same faculty member to address those issues. Students are required to submit a signed MS non-thesis final exam form to the Student Services Office by email by the stated deadline. Failure to submit this form by the deadline may result in delayed graduation.
Students are also be required to complete an Exit Survey during the semester in which they intend to graduate to complete the MS non-thesis final exam requirement.
A complete checklist for students graduating with a Master’s Degree Non-Thesis Option is available as part of the Graduate Guidelines .
M.S. Non-Thesis, Community Nutrition Online
A professionally oriented program for those who wish to expand their knowledge and ability to utilize nutrition research in fields such as school nutrition, extension service, community outreach, the food industry and more.
- 30 Credit Hour Non-Thesis Master's of Science degree
- All courses taught 100% online
- Can be completed in as little as 1 full year or over several years part time
- Courses offered year round
- Experienced and highly accomplished instructors
- Developed to meet the needs of working profesisonals and those desiring to further their knowledge and careers in nutrition related fields
- The program provides opportunities for hands on real world experience in providing nutrition interventions and education
- Students who wish to obtain their Georgia School Nutrition Director’s certification may be able to meet all requirements for our school nutrition director’s certification program within the framework of this degree
- This degree does not independently qualify a student to become a registered dietitian nutritionist. Students should be aware of the laws governing the practice of dietetics in their respective states.
- More informmation is available on the UGA Online Learning website
Applicants to the program will be asked for the following materials, information or experience:
- Hold Baccalaureate degree from accredited college or university
- Have a semester of basic biology, basic chemistry, and foundational nutrition on their transcript (students may be admitted if they are missing one of these prerequisites, but they will be required to take that course in the first semester of the program)
- Have cumulative grade point average for all previous undergraduate courses of 3.0 or above on 4-point scale
- Provide three letters of recommendation from people who know you professionally or as scholar
- Provide a statement of purpose and goals that can reasonably be met by the degree program
- Have access to computer with high-speed internet connection and email account
- Work or volunteer experience in an area related to health, nutrition, or food science preferred
Nutr core courses (19 credits).
- NUTR 4050/6050E (3) Optimal Nutrition for the Life Span
- NUTR 6240E (3) Nutrition and Obesity Across the Lifespan
- NUTR 6670E (4) Nutrition Intervention
- NUTR 6560E (3) Nutrition Health and Aging
- NUTR 6665E (3) Childhood and Adolescent Nutrition
- NUTR 6270E (3) Community Nutrition
Research Methods (3 Credits)
- HPRB 7510E (3) Health Promotion Research Methods (preferred) or
- ERSH 4200E/6200E Methods of Research in Education (3) or
- LLOD 6200E Evaluating and Interpreting Research in Learning,
- Leadership and Organization Development (3) or
- ALDR 8200E Research Methods in Agricultural Education (3)
Electives (8-9 Credits)
- NUTR 6250E Diet and Disease for Nutrition Educators (3)
- NUTR 6640E Food Sanitation and Safety (3)
- NUTR 6620E Management of Food Service Organizations (2)
- NUTR 6800E Pharmacotherapy for Disease Management (3)
- NUTR 6230E Current issues in Sport Nutrition (3)
- ALDR 7350E Team and Organization Development in Ag. Organization (3)
- LLOD 7030E Program Development in Learning, Leadership and Organization Development (3)
- LLOD 7040E Training Design and Delivery (3)
- ALDR 7020E (changing to ALDR 8350E) Program Evaluation (3)
- ALDR (AGED) (AGCM) 4800E/6800E Grant Seeking (3)
- FDST 7150E Food Ingredients and Function (3)
- LLOD 8205E Leading from Within: Developing Personal and Interpersonal Leadership Capacity (3)
- LLOD 8210E Leading Change in Workplace and Adult Ed. Org. (3)
- LLOD 8320E Facilitating Group Change and Development (3)
- LLOD 8110E Learning, Leadership & Organization Development For Community Development (3)
- WFED 9020E Leadership Development in Workforce Education (3)
- LLOD 8300E Organization Development (3)
Students in School Nutrition Director’s certification program only may take:
- NUTR 7650E (1) Field Experience I
- NUTR 7670E (1) Field Experience II
- NUTR 6770E Managing School Nutrition Programs (4)
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Master of Arts in Christian Apologetics (Non-Thesis)
Transfer credits, next start date, follow your calling with a master’s degree in christian apologetics online.
Do you want to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with non-believers? If clarifying misunderstandings about Christianity or responding to intellectual objections sounds like fun, then maybe you have a calling to study apologetics. Removing the obstacles that are in the way of someone seeing the truth of Scripture is something that apologists do regularly.
Liberty University’s Master of Arts in Christian Apologetics is a 100% online Christian ministry degree program. Our online Christian apologetics courses can provide you with the philosophical, historical, and biblical knowledge to defend the truth claims of Christianity. Through our Christian apologetics training, you can gain a more profound understanding of Scripture for personal ministry and strengthen your understanding of the Bible.
What is Christian Apologetics?
The word “Apologetics” comes from the Greek word apologia which means “speaking in defense.” The simple definition is that it is a branch of Christian theology that defends Christianity against objections. You can study and research historical data, philosophy, and use reason to defend the truth in Scripture. Individuals in Christian apologetics strive to find outside sources to reinforce the authenticity of the teachings found in the Bible.
Liberty University’s master’s in apologetics seeks to uphold this pursuit by ensuring that each online apologetics course has a rich foundation in biblical principles. You can explore hermeneutics, examine miracles within the Bible, and study the history of Christian apologetics. This is an opportunity for you to follow in the footsteps of great apologists such as G.K. Chesterton, C.S. Lewis, and Dr. Gary Habermas.
Liberty University’s John W. Rawlings School of Divinity is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools ( ATS ) .
Your divinity degree is approved by ATS and has met rigorous accreditation standards, so you can feel confident that your degree is both academically excellent and well-respected among churches, ministries, and nonprofit organizations.
Why Choose Liberty’s Master’s Degree in Christian Apologetics?
Liberty University’s 100% online master of arts in apologetics was created to prepare students to enter Christian ministry. This online apologetics degree is an excellent next step to further your ministry and prepare for higher education in a doctoral program, should you choose to pursue one in the future.
The importance of apologetics is not only in teaching non-believers the Good News of Jesus Christ but in strengthening the Christian faith of those already in the church. Did you know that 75% of college students will walk away from their faith within 2 years of entering college?* These days more than ever, we need passionate people such as yourself to help fulfill the Great Commission.
We know that many of our students are currently serving in a ministry and need the flexibility and structure that an online degree offers. With a flexible, online master’s degree in Christian apologetics, you can fit your studies into your life and better understand the Scriptures to defend biblical teachings. Liberty University is proud to partner with you through an online degree as you prepare for a lifetime of effective ministry!
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What Will You Learn in Our Master’s in Apologetics?
Christian apologists must be able to defend the Bible with confidence and intelligence. Liberty University’s master’s degree in Christian apologetics can give you in-depth training in the core areas of apologetics to prepare you for the challenges of ministry. Through an exploration of the Old and New Testaments, you can study complex and fascinating topics such as miracles, the history of interpretation, and the intersection between faith and reason.
One of the false accusations against becoming a Christian is that you must abandon reason and take a blind leap of faith. Your studies can train you in the use of logic in biblical apologetics and the nature of God, man, and the human mind. You can also learn to defend the resurrection of Jesus and the many miracles that are often denied by contemporary skeptics.
You can also gain a deep understanding of key issues in the Old Testament. You can study the history and archaeological developments in regard to the study of the Old Testament. Because our apologetics courses integrate a biblical worldview into the curriculum, you can be confident that your training is preparing you with sound doctrine. With an online Christian apologetics degree, you can strengthen your faith and prepare to defend your beliefs in your career and your ministry!
- APOL 550 – Faith and Reason
- APOL 610 – Miracles
- NBST 610 – Hermeneutics
- THEO 650 – Public Theology
M.A. in Christian Apologetics Degree Information
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- A thesis track is available for interested students.
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Potential Career Options with a Master’s Degree in Christian Apologetics
As a graduate of our master’s degree in Christian apologetics, you may be qualified to pursue the following careers:
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With a majority of Master’s programs, graduation is earned after the submission of a Thesis. There are Master’s degrees that do not require a Thesis in the areas of Management. But programs that stem from departments like the arts and humanities, and the sciences, generally ask for a Master Thesis. There is also an option to choose between programs that are Thesis-based or Non-Thesis-based. This resource guide analyzes what a Master Thesis is, its format and structure, guidelines and tips to write one, and much more.
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What is a Master’s Thesis
A common enough question on most students’ minds is, “what is a Master’s Thesis?” The answer to that question is not rocket science! A Master Thesis is a creative document that illustrates (a) how much knowledge the student has assimilated throughout the Master’s program, (b) the student’s fresh, original, creative, and unique research into a subject using proper scientific and research methodology, and (c) the ability of the student to assess, evaluate, and interpret results and outcomes from such research, and finally infer and draw conclusions accordingly.
The following points sum up everything that a Master’s Thesis is:
- It is a creative work but based a lot on scientific methodology and data researched from other scientific works.
- It covers only one original idea, problem, topic, theory, or proposition.
- It demonstrates the ability to evaluate information, think critically, and present findings and results systematically and in a logical manner.
- It is usually an academic requirement for graduation.
- It is almost always prepared and submitted at the end of the Master’s program.
- It provides an opportunity to demonstrate analytical, logical, and reasoning skills through the defense of the chosen idea/topic.
Format and Components of Master’s Thesis
Students need to factor in two key aspects when writing a Master Thesis – Format and Components. While formatting takes care of the presentation part of the Thesis, the components cover all the content that must go in. Together, the two can make the final document a compelling read while adhering to all guidelines and Thesis requirements in general.
Although each college or program may have its requirements for how a Thesis should be written, here is an example of a generic Master Thesis outline:
- FORMAT Formatting is essential to make all the content of the Thesis clear, legible, and presentable. There are several formatting aspects that students should make sure they implement throughout their Thesis.
- The name of the major should be absolutely correct.
- The title of the Thesis must be in CAPITAL letters and double-spaced.
- The date must be the month and year of graduation.
- The front matter must preferably be numbered with lower case Roman numerals.
- A ‘Table of Contents’ , with a list of tables, a list of figures, acknowledgments, chapters, references or bibliography, and appendices (with titles), should be included.
- The Chapter Titles in the Table of Contents should be identical to the actual Chapter Titles used in the text of the Thesis.
- Chapters should be numbered consistently. (example: Chapter Four, Chapter 4, or Chapter IV)
- Page 1 should be the first page of the Thesis and must sequentially continue till the end without breaking.
- Running headers should preferably be avoided.
- Page numbers should not be embellished. (example: Page 7, -7-, or 107a)
- Fonts should be standardized and legible.
- Depending on the font, a size between 10pts. and 13pts. is suggested for body text, and between 14pts. and 18pts. for headings.
- The font size of all headings should be consistent. (example: all main headings are 18pts. and sub-headings are 16pts.)
- Italic text should be limited to foreign words, book and journal titles, and special emphasis.
- Margins should be maintained equally and consistently across all pages, preferably 0.75 inches or 1 inch on all sides.
- Line spacing should be consistent and reasonable, of say 1.2pts to 1.5pts.
- Each chapter should begin on a new page.
- There should be no blank pages in the entire document.
- When submitting a soft copy of the Thesis, the Portable Document Format (PDF) should be used, and the file name should be short and simple, without using special characters.
- COMPONENTS The main part of a Master’s Thesis is, of course, the content. It is important to cover all generic and necessary components while including those that may have been specifically asked for. The list of components below presents a rough idea of what an entire Thesis would consist of:
- (a) Title Page The Title Page will typically consist of only the Title of the Thesis and the month and year of graduation. This page should always be unnumbered.
- (b) Committee/Faculty Page The Committee Page lists the names and titles of faculty members who have approved the work.
- (c) Abstract or Summary An Abstract is a brief outline of the Thesis that typically includes a summary of the study, techniques, and methods used for research, and the findings or conclusions.
- (d) Table of Contents The Table of Contents is a compilation of headings and page numbers that correspond to headings and page numbers in the text of the Thesis.
- (e) Lists of Figures, Tables, Maps, Abbreviations, or Multimedia Items Separate pages for figures, tables, etc., should be used to list them out with their captions and page numbers. Ensure that the same captions are used in the text of the Thesis, and the page numbers match.
- (f) Preface (optional) A Preface is not mandatory. But if the author finds a need to explain the genesis of the work, or if the author’s contribution to a multiple-authored work needs citing, a preface could be included.
- (g) Main Content The Main Content is the bulk, essence, and substance of the entire Thesis. It generally outlines an Introduction, Methodology, Findings and Results, Discussion, and Conclusion.
- (h) Acknowledgments (optional) Acknowledgments must be made only if the author has been granted permission to use copyrighted material. In such cases, the grant sources should be acknowledged. If federal funds were used for the Thesis, they too must be acknowledged with a disclaimer that the findings of the Thesis do not necessarily reflect the view of the funding agency.
- (i) Bibliography or References All works that were referred to for the Thesis should be mentioned in the Bibliography or References page.
- (j) Appendices An Appendix may contain relevant material but is tangential or very detailed (raw data, procedural explanations, etc.). These should be labeled A, B, C, etc., and not 1, 2, 3 or I, II, III.
Important: Students are advised to check with their faculty members and/or their Program Thesis Guidelines (that is often a part of the student’s curriculum) for more and exact information on Thesis requirements. This is because such requirements may vary by college or program.
Top Tips for writing the Master’s Thesis
Preparing for and writing a Master Thesis can be difficult for some. Many students become anxious and nervous when they have to either begin with their research or have finished their research but have to piece it all together in the form of a Thesis. Here are a few top tips for writing a Master’s Thesis with relative ease:
- Locate an Easy Idea, Topic, or Problem Area The first step before even contemplating the writing of a Thesis is to find a topic that is easy for the individual to carry out research, write about, and defend. Students must avoid complex Thesis topics that may be hard to research and leave much to be desired.
- What is the research problem?
- What is its importance?
- What are the other comparative works available to read?
- What have others researched, found, and concluded?
- What are the comparisons that one can make?
- What are the yardsticks, parameters, and methods of the study?
- Brainstorm Read, read, and read more! The more one reads, the more one’s knowledge increases. Find publications, journals, and other Theses that are relevant to the topic. That done, toss all ideas and thoughts onto some sheets of paper or a book. These could be brief points, keywords, statistical figures, etc., but should be considered important at this stage.
- Analyze and Assess & Conclude With any Thesis, it is important to look for trends and patterns that will help understand the significance of results obtained. In their research, students should check for commonalities and distinctions between comparative situations and how to describe them. They should explain trends and patterns while also illustrating unexpected and expected ones. Furthermore, any results should be justifiable coherently, and their significance outlined in the conclusion of the Thesis. In conclusion, one must mention the overall impact of the study and how it furthers one’s understanding of the topic while also highlighting the areas that need further investigation. Predictive potential, if any, can also be added.
- Organize and Structure Collected data is key to writing a good Thesis. Find reliable and relevant data sources and findings and design a framework to organize such data and interpret it. Use empirical categories to segregate findings such that they become easier to include in the Thesis. Finally, structure everything to create a logical flow and presentation of all findings, data, interpretations, results, and conclusions.
- Write a Draft Compiling all critical components of a Thesis and writing the first draft is always advisable. A first draft can be a compilation and culmination of all the points – from 2 to 5. That done, read the first draft to make changes, correct text, and generally build upon it.
- Review a Second Draft Once the first draft has given way to a second and more complete draft, it is best to ask a faculty member, mentor, or senior (such as a doctorate student) to review this draft and provide critical feedback. Based on this feedback, additional changes should be made, after which a third or final draft can be prepared for proofreading.
Thesis Vs Dissertation
Many students interchange the terms Thesis and Dissertation. While they do have their similarities, they are distinctly different in more ways than one. To begin with, since a Thesis is shorter than a Dissertation, it is generally looked upon as the first step towards a Doctorate. In Science-related Master’s programs, students tend to take up advanced coursework and gain hands-on experience working on a research project, but not to the lengths that a Doctoral student would go to. Students are expected and encouraged to put forth their ideas in a Master’s program, but more emphasis is on gaining professional knowledge than conducting original research. In certain disciplines, for example, Chemistry, individuals can write truncated research as a Master’s Thesis without actually having to undergo a Master’s program and eventually go on to pursue a Doctorate.
In conclusion, the Thesis vs. Dissertation confusion can be cleared up by this summation: A Thesis is generally applicable to Graduate students to earn a Master’s degree, while a Dissertation applies to Doctoral students to earn a Ph.D.
Thesis Vs Non Thesis Masters
The battle of Thesis vs. Non-Thesis Masters always flummoxes students when they are applying for a Graduate program. Even though the job market does not concern itself much with either of these tracks of programs, so long as you, the candidate, has one, taking up a Thesis or Non-Thesis track can significantly impact students’ skills throughout their academic career.
To find out which type of Master’s is most suitable for an individual, the following questions need to be answered, based on which the right choice becomes more apparent:
- What kind of academic skills is one looking to acquire?
- What are the academic needs and professional objectives that need to be met?
- Does one prefer to learn in a classroom environment or prefer to be more self-directed?
- Is one interested in research, and does one want to dive deeper into a particular study area?
The list below further illustrates the difference between a Thesis Master’s and a Non-Thesis Master’s and may also help students with making their decision of which one that suits their needs:
A Thesis Program is better suited for students who:
- want to pursue a Ph.D.;
- wish to publish their Thesis in one or more Academic Journals;
- need to acquire skills that are required to study for or work in research-intensive disciplines;
- build critical, analytical, and logical reasoning skills necessary to deduce and infer coherently, and defend and argue effectively;
- desire to work in fields that value writing skills, vocabulary, grammar, and syntax.
A Non-Thesis Program is better suited for students who:
- are not so interested in research or writing at length;
- want to graduate in as little time as possible. (Non-Thesis programs tend to be shorter than Thesis-based ones);
- prefer to gain exposure by working with faculty on real-world projects, rather than spending time on research;
- desire to take up additional courses to widen their scope, amass more knowledge, and gain hands-on-skills, rather than researching and writing on one topic;
- wish to emulate the structure of their Undergraduate degree/s, with more coursework, assignments, and examinations, instead of research.
Do’s and Dont’s for choosing between Thesis and Non-Thesis Masters Programs
Students are often faced with the dilemma of Thesis vs. Non-Thesis Masters. There should be compelling reasons to sign up for a Master Thesis instead of a Non-Thesis Masters, and vice versa. Here are a few things to do and not do when deciding to choose between the two tracks of Master’s degrees:
Taking everything into account, the one-degree path is not better than the other one. Each type of Master’s track – Thesis, or Non-Thesis, offers its benefits, which students must assess themselves. Both tracks provide a high-quality education that will lead to success.
One deciding factor could be that a Non-Thesis Master’s degree will help students change fields when returning to school after a sabbatical or help them advance in their careers faster. A Thesis Master’s degree, on the other hand, could be more invaluable for those who have a desire to pursue a career in research and development or study a Ph.D.
Another factor to think about is the learning style. While a Non-Thesis degree is better suited for students who love coursework, working in group projects, and taking up assignments, students who like to dive deep into topics and are independent thinkers are best suited for a Thesis degree.
In the end, students must identify their individual needs, know their style of learning, and what their ultimate academic and professional goals are.
Note: Students should connect with their school’s faculty or admissions office for more information on the two tracks of degrees. After all, the knowledge and skills one gains from the degree are far more important than the title of the degree!
FAQs about Master Thesis
Additional Resources for writing Master Thesis
There are many resources students can tap into for help on writing a Master Thesis. However, one should remember that these resources should only serve as information, references, or insights and not be misused to write a Thesis (especially by copying and pasting). Here are a few from many more that are available to get started:
- Rutgers University Libraries Rutgers University Libraries have a long list of online resources that are of use when preparing for or writing a Master’s Thesis. There are sample Theses, formatting tips, and common style guides as well.
- The Thesis Whisperer The Thesis Whisperer has a wealth of content that is tailored around students and academic supervisors. The website also has insightful articles and links to other resources.
- wikiHow wikiHow has a detailed write-up on how to write a Master’s Thesis with pictures. It illustrates how one can choose a topic, select the text, plan an outline, move through the writing process, and finalize the Thesis.
- Patter Patter is a very interesting site that claims to be about research education, academic writing, public engagement, funding, and other eccentricities (as it says)!
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Degree program options.
- On-campus: This option is offered at the Greeley, Colorado, main UNC campus.
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How does this degree program work?
This M.S., non-thesis, degree program is designed to provide post-baccalaureate training in any area of biology, primarily through the completion of traditional lecture and laboratory courses. This degree program can be completed in as little as one year, but multiple-year plans of study can also be accommodated. In the pursuit of this degree, you will work closely with a faculty advisor who will help you to tailor a program of study to match your educational needs.
Who is this degree program for?
This degree is appropriate for talented students who already possess an undergraduate degree in the sciences and who want to strengthen or broaden their biology knowledge. Moreover, it can be used as a path to career advancement or as a stepping stone on the way to other graduate or professional programs.
This degree requires completion of 30 credits of study. The UNC catalogs contain the official descriptions and requirements of all programs at the university.
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In addition to information about yourself and your academic history, applicants are asked to provide letters of recommendation, a curriculum vitae (CV) or resume, and a letter of intent. The following sections offer advice on how to maximize the impact of those documents.
Letters of recommendation for your application
Letters of recommendation (also called letters of reference) are extremely important to your application. Choose the people that you ask to write these letters thoughtfully. Letter writers should be able to comment on your potential for successful graduate work from a position of experience. Typically, they will be academic faculty or work supervisors that have knowledge of your academic or scholarly performance and other attributes relevant to success in graduate school.
- A statement of how the person knows you and for how long
- An indication of the person's professional expertise
- Comments on your intellectual strengths, motivation, creativity, time-management skills, work ethic, collegiality, and ability to handle stress and work independently
- Comments on your writing and verbal communication skills
- An assessment of your potential and abilities relative to others at your level of education and experience
- Ask each potential recommender if they are willing to act as a professional reference on your behalf. If they decline your request, move on.
- Be sure to let each potential recommender know the deadline for submission of the recommendation, and allow sufficient lead time for them to write and submit a strong letter.
- Provide your recommender the list of expectations (above) for what should be included in the letter.
- Supply a copy of your curriculum vitae or resume to each recommender to refresh their memory about your past education and achievements. This is particularly important if you haven't been in touch with them for a while.
- Supply a copy of your letter of intent to each recommender. This will help them to understand why you are applying to graduate school and what you want to do with your advanced education.
Your curriculum vitae (CV) or resume
You may choose to provide either a curriculum vitae or a resume. This document should summarize your preparation and experience relevant to graduate study in biological sciences. A curriculum vitae is most appropriate for applicants with career goals in academia, while a resume might be more appropriate for currently working professionals. CVs and resumes will be reviewed equivalently and with reference to the career goals that you outline in your letter of intent. Find specific advice about what to include on a CV or resume here .
Your letter of intent
At a minimum, your letter of intent should include the following:
- Your academic experience, interests and preparation
- Background qualifications for the program
- Your career goals and how this degree will help you to achieve those goals
In addition to the required components of the letter of intent (listed above), you may choose to add more information that you believe is important for the Graduate Committee who evaluates applications to consider in reviewing your application. For example, some applicants may feel it is useful to explain anomalies in their transcript that co-occurred with significant life events.
In addition to communicating your goals and qualifications, your letter of intent also serves as an example of your communication skills. Prepare your letter carefully, editing it for logical flow, grammar and spelling, and succinct prose.
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Students who successfully complete our online M.S.-Nutrition and Dietetics Program will earn a master's degree in Nutrition and Dietetics and be eligible to take the CDR RDN credentialing examination to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN).
Note to prospective students: As of 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration has changed the requirement from a bachelor's degree to a master's degree in order to be eligible to take the CDR credentialing exam for registered dietitian nutritionists.
This is a full-time, three-semester, non-thesis Future Education Model Graduate Program that integrates supervised experiential learning with graduate coursework.
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Are you an rd/rdn interested in earning a master's degree.
Our online M.S. Nutrition and Dietetics program offers Registered Dietitians/Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RD/RDN) an affordable, high-quality "seamless approach" to becoming a master's-prepared RD/RDN.
This 36-credit, project-based M.S.-Nutrition and Dietetics Program is designed specifically for RDs/RDNs. You will receive 12 hours of prior learning credit for successful completion of an ACEND-accredited Dietetic Internship and passing the national registration examination for dietitians. You will then be able to complete the remaining eight courses (24 credits) online in one year or part-time (two to six years).
We are looking for highly motivated, self-directed RDs/RDNs who are interested in earning a master’s degree and can thrive in our online environment. Criteria include:
- minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0
- demonstrated evidence of ability to take responsibility for one's own learning in an online program
The GRE exam is not required.
Application deadline: May 1
All students applying for admission to the M.S.–Nutrition and Dietetics Program (RD/RDN) are required to:
- Submit a completed graduate application with a non-refundable $50 fee (waived for SUNY Oneonta alumni);
- Provide evidence of completion of a bachelor’s degree by submitting all official undergraduate transcripts;
- Provide a copy of RD/RDN registration card or CDR registration certificate;
- Provide two letters of recommendation; and
- Include a letter of application that addresses the following: 1) reason(s) for applying, 2) evidence of your personal and professional growth and achievement, 3) evidence of having developed the ability to assume considerable responsibility for your own learning, 4) career objectives, 5) previous experience with distance learning and/or independent learning, and 6) an analysis of your strengths and weaknesses that are relevant to completing this online M.S. – Nutrition and Dietetics Program.
NOTE: Recent changes in state authorization legislation have established significant application and fee requirements for colleges providing online courses or programs. At this time, SUNY Oneonta is not able to accept applicants residing in California.
Accepted graduate students are required to complete 9 credit hours of core courses, 9 credit hours of electives and a 6-credit-hour Service Learning Project.
RD/RDN's who meet admission requirements and are accepted into the M.S.-Nutrition and Dietetics Program will be awarded 12 credit hours of prior learning. Accepted graduate students would then be required to complete the remaining 24 credit hours of coursework, either part-time or full-time.
Part-Time Course Schedule:
SAMPLE SCHEDULE A (complete program part-time in two years)
Year 1 (Begins summer)
- Summer semester (3 credits): NUTR 5200- Nutrition Focused Physical Assessment
- Fall Semester (6 credit hours): NUTR 5500- Advanced Nutrition Therapy, NUTR 5700- Current Issues in Dietetics
- Spring Semester (3 credit hours): NUTR 5900- Population Health
Year 2 (Begins summer)
- Summer Semester (6 credit hours): NUTR 5250- Applied Health Statistics, NUTR 5400- Research Methods
- Fall Semester (3 credit hours): NUTR 6090- Service Learning Project Proposal
- Spring Semester (3 credit hours): NUTR 6099- Serving Learning Project
SAMPLE SCHEDULE B (complete program part-time in three years)
Year 1 (Begins fall)
- Fall Semester (3 credit hours): NUTR 5700- Current Issues in Dietetics
- Fall Semester (3 credit hours): NUTR 5500- Advanced Nutrition Therapy
Year 3 (Begins summer)
- Summer Semester (6 credit hours): NUTR 5300- Applied Health Statistics, NUTR 5400- Research Methods
Full-Time Course Schedule (summer - spring)
Year 1 (Begins summer, complete program in 3 semesters or one year)
- Summer Semester (9 credit hours): NUTR 5300- Applied Health Statistics, NUTR 5400- Research Methods, NUTR 5200- Nutrition Focused Physical Assessment
- Fall Semester (9 credit hours): NUTR 5500- Advanced Nutrition Therapy, NUTR 5700- Current Issues in Dietetics, NUTR 6090- Service Learning Project Proposal
- Spring Semester (6 credit hours): NUTR 5900- Population Health, NUTR 6099- Service Learning Project
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Thesis or non-thesis option.
The Department of Computer Science offers both a thesis and a non-thesis Master's degree. Here are some factors to consider while deciding which option is best for you.
The Non-thesis Master's Degree
A non-thesis Master's degree can be completed in less time than a thesis Master's. The final project usually takes one or two semesters, while the thesis takes at least two semesters. Most students can complete the non-thesis course requirements in four long semesters by maintaining a moderate-to-high course load (9-12 credit-hours/semester). Most part-time students can complete the degree in about four years (one course per term, including summers). Another advantage of the non-thesis option is you usually can plan your program and predict when you will complete your degree. Completing a thesis can be a more variable endeavor.
- Thesis Process
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The Thesis Master's Degree
The time to complete a thesis Master's varies, but it usually takes longer than a non-thesis degree. Full-time students typically take 28-30 months to complete their course work, plan and carry out their thesis research, and write their thesis. Part-time students take four years or more.
Why choose to take the extra six months to complete a thesis master's degree? Here are some possible reasons:
- You want to work on a more ambitious project than typically encountered in the classroom. Depending on your thesis topic, you may gain specialized skills and knowledge that makes you more attractive to certain employers. A thesis may be especially valuable if you hope to work for research or cutting-edge development companies. Any company, however, should appreciate your ability to complete a nontrivial project and to present your work orally and in writing (critical skills in industry).
- You want to work closely with faculty and network with potential colleagues. You will be supervised by one of the faculty, and-depending on the research project-you might work with other research staff and faculty members. They may be able to bring your work to the attention of colleagues who could hire you. And because they have worked with you over several months, they can tell potential employers more about your abilities than the fact that you got an "A" in their class.
- You plan to get a Ph.D. later. A master's thesis gives you a chance to try your hand at research, the central task in earning a Ph.D, and see whether you enjoy it. Moreover, completing a Master's thesis demonstrates research experience and strengthens your application to Ph.D. programs.
- You like a challenge. While completing a master's thesis, you learn how to understand the research literature in your field, how to write for a scholarly audience, and how to present your work in writing and as a lecture. In addition, you will learn more about your topic than you would ever learn in a classroom.
- You hope to get funding for your thesis research. Some research projects may have funding for specific work that could constitute a suitable thesis. A student who is willing to tackle such a project for their thesis might be able to arrange partial funding (e.g., tuition waiver) for part or all of the research phase of the thesis. It should be emphasized, though, there are no guarantees of funding even if you write a thesis.
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- A master's in criminal justice provides professional, financial, and personal benefits.
- In addition to tuition costs, master's degrees can have hidden costs that students should be aware of.
- Master's in criminal justice jobs include policing, social service, and legal careers.
Our communities rely on the criminal justice field and its professionals to establish order, protect us, and prevent and punish crime.
So what makes up the criminal justice field? This industry includes many career paths, including traditional law enforcement , paralegals , and community service professionals.
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The FBI alone fielded nearly 850,000 cybercrime incidents in 2021, resulting in more than $6.9 billion in damages. If you want to get in on the action, a master's in criminal justice can get you there.
Here, we explore some of those rewards and opportunities and the programs that best prepare you for them.If you're considering an online master's in criminal justice degree, here's what to do next:
- Explore this page to determine whether this path is the right choice for you.
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Why Should You Get a Master's in Criminal Justice?
A master's in criminal justice can provide you with many professional benefits. The degree can impact your career trajectory, your responsibilities, and your earnings.
Below, we outline some of the rewards you could reap for getting your master's degree in criminal justice and a few of the reasons for pursuing it online.
Benefits of Getting a Master's in Criminal Justice Degree
- Better understand advanced topics in policy development, social justice, and crime analysis
- Access more specialization opportunities
- Qualify for more leadership positions within your industry and community
- Earn higher wages from high-ranking positions
- Greater control over your career direction and professional happiness
- Build a foundation for further education
- Study while working in the field to advance your experience and education
Reasons for Getting Your Master's in Criminal Justice Online
First: An online master's in criminal justice provides you with more convenience and flexibility, such as nontraditional class times or asynchronous delivery schedules .
Second: Online degrees have fewer travel limitations and on-campus requirements, which can open up the door to more school, program, and specialization options.
Third: Online studies give you more control of your time and education, meaning you can organize your studies around your work schedule and family demands.
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What jobs can you get with a master's in criminal justice degree.
A master's in criminal justice leads to many different careers, but the following chart highlights some of the more popular options and their respective salaries. The upside? With a master's degree, you may have access to some of the highest-paying positions within each of these professions.
As a criminal justice graduate, you'll have the opportunity to join one of several fields. The demand in these industries and professions varies, but — as an essential service — the majority provide job security.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects a 10% growth for legal occupations . These fields will add more than 200,000 new jobs, including more than 20,000 police and detectives and nearly 50,000 paralegals and legal assistants .
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- Columbus, OH
- Online + Campus
100% Online | Self-Paced Classes
Avg. Cost per Credit In State | $670 Out of State | $670
Credits to Graduate 32
School Information School Accreditation | Higher Learning Commission
Franklin's MA in criminal justice administration builds career skills for aspiring law enforcement officers, criminologists, and community college professors. You can incorporate a criminal justice management certificate into your degree plan. The online program offers multiple start dates and spans 14 months.
Coursework for Franklin's criminal justice program includes criminology, victimology, and adult and juvenile justice systems. It culminates in a public administration capstone. You must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited school with a minimum 2.5 GPA.
- Romeoville, IL
Avg. Cost per Credit* In State | $600 Out of State | $600 *Cost based on traditional learning and may vary for online programs.
Credits to Graduate 36
Lewis' master's in criminal justice offers concentrations in criminal justice and security studies. You'll take courses in criminal law, federal criminal justice systems, and terrorism. The program ends with a comprehensive exam. Lewis belongs to the Academic Alliance of the FBI National Academy Associates, Inc.
Lewis' master's in criminal justice takes place in an accelerated format. Admission requirements include a bachelor's degree in social or behavioral science from an accredited school. You must also either currently work in the criminal justice field or have completed two introductory criminal justice courses with at least a "B" grade.
University of New Haven
- West Haven, CT
Avg. Cost per Credit In State | $1,055 Out of State | $1,055
School Information School Accreditation | New England Commission of Higher Education
New Haven's MS in criminal justice focuses on contemporary criminal justice theory and research. You can choose to concentrate in crime analysis, police behavioral studies, or leadership and management. In New Haven's program, you can take accelerated courses, offered year round.
You must pass a comprehensive exam to earn your degree. New Haven does not require GMAT or GRE scores for admission. First responders and other public safety professionals enjoy a 50% tuition discount.
Texas Southern University
- Houston, TX
Avg. Cost per Credit In State | $100 Out of State | N/A
School Information School Accreditation | Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
TSU offers its executive master of administration in criminal justice through the Barbara Jordan Mickey-Leland School of Public Affairs. If you're a law enforcement, corrections, or social services professional seeking mid-career-level management skills, TSU's program may be a good fit. Plus, you can complete the degree in two years.
You must hold an accredited bachelor's degree with a minimum 2.5 GPA. In addition, admission requires current employment and at least five years of experience in criminal justice, social services, or a related field.
- Boca Raton, FL
Avg. Cost per Credit In State | $650 Out of State | $650
Credits to Graduate 37
Lynn developed its executive online master's in criminal justice for law enforcement and public affairs professionals working nontraditional schedules. Lynn's criminal justice program offers small class sizes and accelerated completion in as little as one year. And as an online student, you'll qualify to participate in Lynn's iPad Initiative program.
The MS in criminal justice culminates in an applied research project. You can hold an accredited bachelor's degree in any field and do not need to submit GRE scores for admission.
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University of North Georgia
- Dahlonega, GA
Avg. Cost per Credit In State | $303 Out of State | $303
UNG's online master's in criminal justice emphasizes international crime theory and policy. You can choose from electives including forensic behavioral analysis, homeland security, and international political violence. UNG's master's program ends with a capstone seminar.
UNG offers criminal justice graduate courses in an annual rotation and allows you to begin the program in the fall, spring, or summer semester. Admission requires a bachelor's degree from an accredited school and a 2.75 cumulative GPA.
Avg. Total Program Cost In State | $953-$1,103 Out of State | $953-$1,103
Credits to Graduate 32-34
Northeastern's online MS in criminology and criminal justice follows an experiential learning model. You may opt to complete a co-op work experience and experiential integration, spanning two consecutive semesters. Northeastern's master's in criminal justice also offers an optional cybersecurity concentration.
You can enter the program in the fall or spring and choose from full- or part-time study options. The program lasts for one year — not including the co-op experience, which extends completion time by six months.
University of Louisville
- Louisville, KY
Avg. Cost per Credit In State | $775 Out of State | $775
If you're a legal professional looking to advance your career, UofL's online master's degree in criminal justice may be a good fit. Coursework covers the criminal justice system and applied statistics and research methods in criminal justice. The program culminates in a final research paper. And UofL's program includes an optional practicum experience.
UofL offers eight-week terms and year-round courses, so you can earn your master's in criminal justice in three semesters. Plus, UofL maintains a rolling admissions schedule. You must hold an accredited bachelor's degree and a minimum 3.0 GPA.
University of Houston-Downtown
Avg. Cost per Credit In State | $414 Out of State | $772
UHD offers its online master's in criminal justice through the College of Public Service. UHD's program might be for you if you currently practice criminal justice and aspire to teach at a community college or pursue a doctorate. You may choose a thesis or non-thesis option.
You must hold an accredited bachelor's degree, preferably in criminal justice or a related field. In addition, admission requires a cumulative 3.0 GPA.
Concordia University-Saint Paul
- Saint Paul, MN
Avg. Cost per Credit In State | $475 Out of State | $475
CSP focuses on hands-on learning for students completing the master's in criminal justice online. Courses cover research methods, applied ethics, and correctional design, culminating in a criminal justice capstone.
The online MA in criminal justice leadership follows a cohort model and spans about two years. You must hold an accredited bachelor's degree with a cumulative 3.0 GPA. CSP does not charge an application fee.
How Much Does an Online Master's in Criminal Justice Cost?
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The facts don't lie: A master's degree can come with a hefty price tag. Unfortunately, there are hidden college costs that can add up on top of the listed price. A list of costs that you should consider when laying out your college expenses include:
- College fees
- Room and board
- Equipment and materials
- Miscellaneous expenses
But not all costs have to come out of your pocket. You may qualify for financial aid and federal grants , tuition discounts, or criminal justice scholarships . Plus, an online master's in criminal justice may provide you with additional savings or allow you to earn more money while you study.
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How Long Does an Online Master's in Criminal Justice Take?
An online master's in criminal justice program typically takes 1-2 years to complete and features 30-45 credits. These programs aim to attract leaders who can leverage ethics, empathy, and professional standards when making decisions.
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Required course credits*.
*Varies depending on your school/program
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Is a Master's in Criminal Justice Degree Worth It?
The job security, above-average pay, and strong growth make a master's in criminal justice a worthwhile investment. But you should also consider what you want to accomplish and the direction you want to take in your career. Then, decide if a master's in criminal justice will make that easier.
Here are a few of the pros and cons to compare:
- Cost of education vs. salary increase
- Time spent in the program vs. advancement potential
- Challenging studies vs. access to more specialized fields
At the end of the day, a master's in criminal justice can grant you more opportunities and a competitive advantage over many of your peers. But it will challenge you and require a considerable amount of time, money, and effort. You have to put a value on that process yourself.
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A master's in criminal justice gives you the qualifications and skills for many protective service, legal, and community occupations. This includes police and detective, probation officer, and paralegal roles at the entry and supervisory levels.
You can also continue your education with a doctorate in criminal justice or a law degree. This would create a path for you to become a postsecondary teacher, researcher, or lawyer.
What are the highest-paying jobs with a master's in criminal justice?
Salaries ultimately depend on your specific location and employer. In general, first-line supervisors of police and detectives make the highest wages.
According to the BLS, police and detectives made a mean annual wage of $98,760 in May 2021. Those employed in the federal executive branch made the highest mean annual salaries at $138,630. The top 10% of all supervisors made more than $159,850.
What do you study in a master's in criminal justice program?
Every program looks a little different, but you'll typically study criminal behavior, the judicial system, and public and criminal justice policies. You may analyze and evaluate professional practices and programs while also examining the effects these have on law offenders and the public.
Depending on your program, you may specialize in the following fields:
- Homeland security
- Public policy
- Cybercrime and cybersecurity
- Strategic management and leadership
- Crime analysis
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Is A Non-Thesis Masters Degree Right For You?
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A PhD is the highest degree that you can earn in most fields. To get a PhD, you usually need to complete several years of coursework and then complete and defend a dissertation. A non-thesis masters degree could be ideal for someone who wants to get a masters degree in order to improve their job prospects, but who does not want to commit to the time and expense of a PhD. There are many jobs that require a masters degree but not a PhD, so a non-thesis masters could be a way to get the degree you need without going through the process of completing a dissertation.
The process of obtaining a PhD without having a Masters degree is as simple as that. There are students who want to skip enrolling in the Master of Arts in order to complete a doctorate degree. In addition to project availability, working closely with your supervisor is another advantage. A Bachelor’s degree is required for consideration for a PhD if you are not pursuing a master’s degree. You will be able to determine what frequency is best for you and how the PhD student-supervisor relationship works. Here’s a link to a supervisor guide to help you find a good PhD supervisor. It is considered acceptable for an individual to pursue a PhD degree if they have made a significant contribution to their field. Publications or long-term research projects can be used to accomplish this. There is no single list of PhD programs without a Master’s degree available.
It is not the case that a professional master’s degree will prevent you from pursuing a PhD if that is the path you want to take, or that a research master ‘s degree will prevent you from pursuing a career that is not directly related to academic work.
It would be beneficial for students who want to advance within their current or new professional roles while also pursuing a master’s degree to consider a non-thesis program because it may provide them with a more flexible schedule and a shorter path to completion. It is possible to pursue a Ph.D. if you are interested.
Can You Get A Phd Without Thesis?
For decades, a PhD degree required a thesis, but as many institutions offer online programs without one, it is becoming less common. Students may, however, develop a capstone project in order to demonstrate their knowledge and provide new perspectives on the field.
A PhD degree is a prerequisite for an academic career. Every year, several years are required to complete a PhD thesis . There are a number of study fields where a PhD thesis is not required. If you do not have a bachelor’s degree, a PhD in psychology, international education, law, or nursing can be obtained. If you want your degree to have value and credibility, it is best to enroll in accredited online schools with internationally recognized diplomas. If you have expert status, you may be able to persuade a committee to grant you a PhD. If you don’t have the time or resources to complete a doctoral project on your own, you might want to think about getting professional help.
The prospect of writing a dissertation is daunting for many people. In any case, if you can demonstrate you can write well, research well, and can write for a long period of time, you may be able to earn a Masters without doing an undergrad thesis. In your research, you may be surprised to learn that almost all PhD programs require a thesis. To obtain a professional doctorate, such as the doctoral Capstone Experience offered by Capella University, you must devote a significant amount of time and energy to writing and research, as if you were an undergraduate student. As a result, if you can demonstrate you have the skills and ability to write a dissertation, you may be able to graduate without writing an undergraduate thesis.
Getting A Phd Without A Dissertation
A PhD can be obtained without a dissertation in a variety of ways. All of the required course work and exams can be completed, as well as a research project that your PhD advisor approves. The adviser for an ABD student will complete your dissertations for you.
What Is A Masters Without A Thesis Called?
A masters degree without a thesis is typically called a “terminal masters.” This is the highest degree that can be earned in a particular field without completing a doctoral program. A terminal masters can be useful for those who wish to enter a field that does not require a doctoral degree , or for those who want to stop their education at the masters level .
Thesis Not Required For All Master’s Degrees
Most master’s degrees require students to submit a thesis for graduation, but there are some exceptions. A few bachelor’s degree programs , in addition to requiring undergraduates to write their thesis, typically require them to submit an undergraduate thesis, which is shorter and less detailed than a master’s thesis.
Can You Get A Phd Without A Thesis
There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question. Some PhD programs may require students to complete a thesis, while others may not. Some students may choose to complete a thesis even if it is not required by their program. Ultimately, the decision of whether or not to complete a thesis rests with the individual student.
There are now doctoral programs that do not require a dissertation on the rise. Universities are increasingly offering one-year online doctorate programs as part of their doctoral programs. Online classes make it easier than ever to attend classes from far away because moving can be costly and inconvenient. It is less common for PhD programs to be offered without dissertation requirements than it is to have them. Depending on your field, you might not need to obtain a dissertation in business, education, or leadership. Is a PhD without a thesis considered a decent graduate program? Check to see what programs best suit your interests and needs.
Thesis-only Phd Programs: Pros And Cons
Many universities are requiring PhD students to submit a thesis in order to complete their degrees, which is making it more difficult for them to complete a thesis-only program. There are, however, a few PhD programs that do not offer thesis-only courses. If you want to pursue a PhD but don’t have a Master’s degree, you might be able to get into a program that only offers thesis options . However, all of the credits you have earned from your Masters degree will not count toward your PhD. If you’re interested in pursuing a PhD but don’t have a master’s degree, you might be able to apply to a program that only offers thesis options. The following are some PhD programs that offer thesis-only degrees: California Institute of Technology, Columbia University, Johns Hopkins University, University of Pennsylvania, and Yale University. Furthermore, all of your Masters credits will not count toward your PhD.
Master Degree Without Thesis
Most master’s degree programs in the United States do not require a thesis for completion. A thesis is typically required for students pursuing a Ph.D. A master’s degree without a thesis may be beneficial for students who wish to complete their degree quickly or who do not wish to pursue a Ph.D.
Universities Offering Phd Without Masters
A few universities, on the other hand, offer PhD programs without receiving a master’s degree. There are several universities that offer PhD degrees without an MS, including Northeastern University, Walden University, the University of Bridgetport, and others. Students who want to maximize their time and effort can enroll in dual Masters and PhD degree programs.
PhDs are the most prestigious academic degrees in any field. It is also the highest level that a researcher can achieve if he or she specializes in a specific field. There are other schools all over the world where you can earn a degree without a PhD, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), which was founded in 1861 as an industrial school for mechanical engineers. Caltech is ranked third in the world for engineering and technology and fourth in computer science, according to the Higher Times Education World Reputation Rankings 2019. Yale University is a private, Ivy League university in New Haven, Connecticut. Imperial College London is one of the Russell Group’s research-intensive universities. Cambridge and Oxford are two of the top universities that offer PhD programs without a master’s degree. The University of Chicago is a private research university that is located in Chicago, Illinois. It was founded in 1890 by John D. Rockefeller and Andrew Carnegie as part of their foundation.
Can You Get A Phd Without A Masters?
A PhD degree can be obtained without a master’s degree at all. Students completing undergraduate or junior degrees at a university can apply directly to a PhD program . A master’s degree may be required in some cases for applicants to certain schools or programs. A Bachelor’s degree is typically followed by a Masters degree to pursue a PhD. The good news is that a Masters degree can be substituted for a PhD. If you have completed a research project that meets the program’s requirements, you may be able to waive the additional requirements for passing a PhD thesis.
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