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305. Requirements for the Master of Arts (M.A.) and the Master of Science (M.S.)

  1. The provisions of Divisional Regulations 250 through 300 shall apply. Each department shall determine which of the two plans described below is to be required of each candidate for any master's degree it offers. (Am 7 Nov 96)
  2. Plan I: Thesis.

    Under this plan:
    1. At least 30 units of upper-division and graduate courses must be completed, including no fewer than 20 units in graduate courses in the major subject or in graduate courses related to that subject as approved by the departmental graduate advisor.
    2. A thesis is required, which must be approved by each member of the master's committee.
    3. The major department may require any examination deemed necessary to test the student's command of the field. (Am 7 Nov 96)
  3. Plan II: Comprehensive Examination or Project.

    Under this plan:
    1. At least 36 units of upper-division and graduate courses are required, including no fewer than 24 units in graduate courses in the major subject or in graduate courses related to that subject as approved by the departmental graduate advisor.
    2. The student must satisfactorily complete one of the following options:
      1. A comprehensive final examination set by the major department and administered by the master's committee. (Am 7 Nov 96)
      2. A project under the supervision of at least one ladder faculty member. Completion requires approval by the project committee. (Am 2 May 02; Am 7 Jun 18)
  4. Courses in Related Fields

    Subject to the fulfillment of course requirements of the major department, the student may elect upper-division or graduate courses in fields significantly related to the major subject.