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Master's in Basic Science

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Clarkson University offers a Master's degree in Basic Science for qualified students who desire graduate study within the sciences, with a focus that does not fit within one of the degree programs shown below: The Basic Science MS program also provides a platform for specialization in the following areas:

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The applicant should have a solid foundation within their chosen area of scientific study, as evidenced by academic grades and scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).  International applicants must also submit a TOEFL score.  All general application requirements for the School of Arts & Sciences will apply as well - please visit the Arts & Sciences graduate website for details.

Research Advisor

In order to be considered for admission into the Basic Science Master's degree program, an applicant must identify a research advisor with whom they would be able to complete their graduate work.  Together with the potential advisor, the student must present a projected plan of study which will be reviewed by the admission committee as part of the application.  This allows both the student and the advisor to carefully consider the desired outcomes of this program.  Please note: this requirement does not apply to applicants of the Biology or Data Analytics specializations.

Degree Requirements

Completion of an MS degree in Basic Science requires that the student meet the minimum university requirements for the Master's degree, as found in the current Clarkson Catalog:

  1. A minimum of 30 credit hours of graduate coursework, as follows:
    1. At least 20 credit hours of course and seminar work.  The balance of coursework must be consistent with the research or professional experience component. 
    2. Only courses numbered 500 and above are accepted for graduate credit. 
    3. 10 credit hours of transfer credit (B grade or better) may be accepted. 
  2. Satisfactory completion of a research or comparable professional experience, as follows: 
    1. A written thesis based on independent research; 
    2. A comprehensive examination; or, 
    3. An appropriate, professionally oriented special project.
  3. At least one academic year of study beyond the B.S.
  4. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 in courses used to meet graduation requirements
  5. All work must be completed in five calendar years

A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Master of Science degree will be examined by a committee of at least three Clarkson faculty appointed by the student's department.  After approval by the examining committee, the thesis requires signature approval by the dean of the Graduate School, and two copies of the thesis will be deposited in the University library.

To be eligible to receive a degree during Commencement exercises at the end of the spring semester, a student who has submitted a thesis acceptable to the advisor and committee must file the completed final copies with the appropriate School office no later than 10 working days before the Faculty vote to award degrees.

Student failing to perform satisfactorily will be separated from the University upon the request of the department chair and with the concurrence of the dean of the respective School.

Any changes in the student's degree program must be approved by the dean of the School.

Additional graduation requirements may be set by the research advisor or primary department.

Contact Us

For additional information, please contact:
Carmen Camp
Graduate Coordinator, School of Arts & Sciences
TAC 122