Students may complete the requirements for the MSES program following one of two degree plans: thesis or non-thesis plans, each requiring a minimum number of 30 units.
The non-thesis plan requirements may be completed following one of two options:
1. Project: Primarily intended for students concurrently employed. MSES students who are concurrently employed in a technical capacity may work with their faculty advisor and worksite supervisor to develop a proposal for a worksite project. The project should be complementary to their MSES curricular plans. It will presumably be a project which is of value to their employer. The assumption is that the student/employee will do this project as a part of their regular employment, receiving normal pay; but this is not required by the university. Upon completion of the project, the student will submit a paper documenting the project.
2. Coursework: Students can satisfy the entire 30 units through coursework. This allows students to take two additional courses, increasing their technical breadth and depth. All students will complete a set of core courses that covers the broader subjects of research and analysis in addition to courses specific to their chosen concentration.