You must complete all but 6 hours of the coursework required for the MS degree at The University of Texas at Austin.

The requirements for each option are listed below:

1. Thesis/Report Option

Students who are enrolled in the Thesis/Report option will complete either 24 hours of coursework plus 6 hours of supervised research thesis (EM 698A and 698B) or 27 hours of coursework plus 3 hours of supervised research report (EM 398R). Up to 6 hours of upper-division undergraduate coursework may be included in the required coursework. A faculty advisor will be assigned to approve your course plan and supervise your research. In the case of the Master's thesis, the supervised research must be taken in two consecutive semesters. For both the Thesis and the Report, the final research course must be taken in the semester of graduation.

2. Coursework Option

Students who are enrolled in the Coursework option will complete 30 hours of coursework. Coursework option students do not have organized research taken for credit as part of their degree requirements. Up to 6 hours of upper-division undergraduate coursework may be included in the required coursework. A faculty advisor (normally the Area Coordinator) will be assigned to approve your course plan.

Regardless of the degree option, 6 hours must be completed in supporting coursework outside the Area of Study. Your faculty advisor can determine which courses are considered to be outside your Area of Study. Master's degree students may count one 3 hour graduate-level, business-related course toward their degree with their advisor's approval. All courses must contain a significant technical component. Master's degree students may transfer up to 6 credit hours of approved coursework from another program if the courses have not been applied toward any other degree. In most cases, the courses must be similar to ones that are offered at The University of Texas to be eligible for transfer credit.

Master's degree students may not count courses taken on the credit/no credit basis toward the degree.

Time Limit

Coursework for the MS degree is good for a maximum of 6 years. If a student takes longer than this to complete their degree, they will have to take additional courses.