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Traditional Master's Program Overview

The MCDB traditional Master of Science degree offers either a research-based thesis track or a non-thesis track. However,  Master's students in the non-thesis track can also conduct research in laboratories for course credit without completing a thesis.

The program consists of 24 hours of course work:

  • at least 16 hours of MCDB courses at the 400 level or above
  • up to 8 hours research credits may be counted
  • a thesis option is offered but not required

This program is flexible and serves a variety of career objectives such as teaching in secondary schools, employment in a variety of research-oriented jobs, and preparation for further professional training. 

The department does not provide funding for Master's students.

Domestic Master's students may apply for financial aid through the UM Office of Financial Aid. Master's students are also eligible to apply for Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) appointments.

MCDB accepts Master's students for the Fall and Winter terms.
Deadlines for applications are April 1 for the Fall term and November 1 for the Winter term.