There are two different masters degrees in the AEST department: Masters of Science (MS-AEST) and Masters (M-AEST).
In order to receive an M-AEST degree, students must:
1. Satisfy all university requirements for the Master's Degree;
2. Advance to Candidacy prior to the beginning of the semester in which the student intends to graduate. Advancement to Candidacy for the M-AEST degree does not require a research proposal;
3. Complete 30 credits of course work approved in advance by the student's graduate committee; and
4. Satisfactorily complete a written comprehensive examination during the final semester prior to graduation.
When a student is within one semester of completing the course requirements, the graduate committee will administer a comprehensive exam to evaluate the candidate's knowledge of advanced environmental science principles. The exam will be developed by a graduate faculty committee and will contain questions consistent with the student's coursework areas of concentration. The student may select an outside reviewer approved by the Dean or designee of the program to participate in the examination to assure that the examination is fair and appropriate. The outside reviewer is a faculty member from another department in the university or other qualified individual in the area in which the student is seeking a degree.
Students who fail to pass the comprehensive exam will work with their graduate advisor to develop an action plan to correct any deficiencies noted in the comprehensive exam. This action plan may require additional coursework, research and/or independent and directed study. After completing the items identified in the comprehensive exam. Failure to pass a second time will result in dismissal from the program.