Note that this information is out-of-date. The Grad Curriculum Committee is working on updates and hopes to have them posted here soon; in the meantime direct questions to Chris Elphick.
This page is for graduate students pursuing a thesis-based Master of Science (MS) degree in EEB and their advisers. This document is provided as a convenience, and it is important to consult the Graduate Catalog for authoritative information on university-level requirements, or for clarification and elaboration of information found here. A more detailed account of EEB's academic guidelines for MS students is available in the EEB Student Handbook<LINK COMING SOON]. If Graduate School guidelines conflict with the EEB Handbook, please notify Chris Elphick immediately. There is a corresponding ontogeny for PhD students.
Full course load
The Graduate Catalog (available on the Graduate School web site) says that a full time on-campus student must enroll in 6 or more credits if holding a 50% (or greater) TA/RA or 9 credits if not on a TA/RA. If working on an off-campus project, see the Graduate Catalog for details.
Formation of the advisory committee is recommended prior to completion of 12 credit hours of course work. The committee should include at least 3 faculty members: the major advisor, a second advisor (normally from EEB), and a third advisor, who must be a member of the graduate faculty at UConn.
EEB MS students are expected to:
- Form a provisional committee of at least 3 faculty members, including the major adviser, before the start of the second semester.
- Finalize committee membership before the end of the second semester.
- Meet with their committee at least annually.
Plan of Study
It is recommended that the Plan of Study be filed with the Graduate School prior to completion of 12 credit hours of course work.
EEB MS students are expected to submit a Plan of Study to the Graduate School before the end of the second semester. See the Graduate School web site for the latest information on what the Plan of Study entails.
Thesis plan approved
EEB MS thesis students are expected to complete their thesis and take their final MS exam before the end of their fourth semester.
Prior to the thesis exam:
- Distribute a complete draft of your thesis chapters to your committee at least two weeks before the exam date.
- Check the Graduate School web site for other university requirements associated with completing your degree.