Watershed Science MS Curriculum

The Watershed Science Master’s program offers degree tracks in both Plan A and Plan B.  Both degrees plans require a minimum of 30 credits to complete a Master of Science (MS).

Plan A Master’s degrees require the preparation of a thesis. The thesis is typically a written formal document which addresses, in an original fashion, some important concern of the discipline. A thesis involves significant independent work. A certain number of credits are allowed for the preparation of the thesis. (Most advisors accept only Plan A students.)

Plan B Master’s degrees do not require a thesis; instead, more credits are earned in other types of courses and/or a scholarly paper is required. Plan B Master’s degrees may also require a project, journal, or professional paper.

University Requirements

  • At least 24 credits must be earned at CSU.
    • Includes courses completed both prior and after admission to the Graduate School.
  • Of the courses earned at CSU, at least 21 credits must be earned after admission to the Graduate School.
  • Of the courses earned at CSU, at least 16 credits must be in 500 or higher level courses. Of the 16 credits, at least 12 credits must be in 500 or higher level regular courses.
    • Course numbers with the last two digits between 82-99 (i.e. PSY 784, JTC 690) are considered non-regular courses.
    • Includes courses completed both prior and after admission to the Graduate School.