Sample M.S. Degree Completion Plan
Regular availability of DACSS core and technical courses - and the wide range of available DACSS substantive courses - allows you to pursue a degree on a flexible schedule. The in-person degree can be finished by a full-time student in as little as one year on a fast track plan with the last 3 months (mid-May through mid-August) compatible with full-time work, while an online student might take 2 to 3 years to complete the degree taking at least two classes each year.
Some of the possible course plans for degree completion are illustrated below. We strongly encourage students without a PhD-level fluency in a particular research literature take a substantive elective alongside the core Research Design course.
When planning your schedule please be aware:
- The Graduate School defines full-time graduate student status as enrollment for nine (9) or more credits; part-time graduate student status is defined as eight (8) or fewer credits.
- For financial aid and loan deferment purposes, half-time is defined as six (6) credits in a semester.
- Immigration law requires that international students be enrolled at full-time status (i.e.e, for 9 or more credits) during the Fall and Spring semesters.
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NOTE: Research and internship opportunities may be paid or may be unpaid, and are not guaranteed to be provided by the DACSS program.