MS Program Guidelines

The sections below provide detailed information for current master’s thesis students. If you have any questions about the information below, please contact the bioengineering department’s student affairs office.

Master’s Thesis Details

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Requirements to defend the master’s thesis:

  • Students must be in good academic standing.
  • Students must submit their Intent to Graduate prior to any term when they might be graduating. Students should log in to the University portal, locate the “Academics” tab, and go to the “Records” sub-tab. Choose “Links,” and then find the link for “Intent to Graduate.” Read the information carefully, and follow the instructions given. For more information, visit the graduate deadlines
  • Master’s students do not need to be registered for the term when they defend their thesis if they have finished all coursework and thesis research hours. However, registration (including zero-hour registration) is required for all master’s students holding a student visa, as stipulated by the Office of International Services. Also, certain fellowships, assistantships and tuition fee waivers require a minimum number of credit hours.
  • Zero-hour registration: Master’s students are only eligible for “Zero Hours Option A.” Charges for Option A include Range IV (0 hours) tuition, tuition differential, and all related fees, including CampusCare (unless under the the opt-out option). The petition must be submitted by the 10th day of the fall or spring term, or the fifth day of the summer term. Students should register for 0 credit hours of Master’s thesis research (BIOE 598) by the registration deadline each term, even if the petition is still pending approval. Please check with the Graduate Program Coordinator (GPC) to confirm that all degree requirements have been fulfilled prior to petitioning for zero hours. More information about zero hour-registration, including important information for international students, can be found on the zero-hour registration page.
  • Thesis submission deadlines: In order to be eligible to graduate for a certain term, students must submit the thesis and have it approved by the deadline according to the Graduate College academic calendar. Failure to submit the thesis by the deadline will delay a student’s graduation to the following term.