Graduate Program in Acoustics


1-year Master of Science (no thesis) option

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This option allows students to complete the required coursework and a scholarly paper to earn the M.S. degree in Acoustics within one calendar year. Students in admitted to the 1-year M.S. option are not eligible to receive funding in the form of a graduate research assistantship. Students in the 1-year M.S. track are expected to pay for tuition and living expenses.

Course Requirements for the M.S. (1-year)

The graduate course credits for the M.S. degree must meet the following criteria:

  • Total number of credits required for M.S. degree = 30
  • Number of core course credits required = 18
  • Students will take 13 credits each during Fall and Spring semesters, and 4 credits during Summer Session

The 6 non-core course credits may be selected from the "Required and Approved" list of courses, realizing that not all elective courses will be available during any given calendar year. Students in the 1-year M.S. program are required to enroll in 1 credit of Research Topics (ACS 594) in both the Fall and Spring semesters, and will take a special summer course, Contemporary Research Topics in Acoustics (ACS 580) during the Summer Session. Students in the 1-year M.S. program will not take any Thesis Research (ACS 600) credits. Students make take more than one credit of Colloquium (ACS 590) and more than six credits of individual Studies (ACS 596) but these additional credits cannot be applied to the total number of required course credits..

1-Year M.S. Scholarly Paper

All students earning the M.S. degree through the 1-year option are required to write a scholarly paper. This scholarly paper will be developed in the ACS 594, Research Topics classes during the Fall and Spring semesters, and will normally be completed while the student is taking ACS 580, Contemporary Research Topics in Acoustics during the Summer Session. This paper will typically be a study of a particular acoustics topic and will involve research, but to a more limited extent than it necessary for a thesis. The paper is free of any formal requirements of the Graduate School but it is expected that the student will follow the formatting requirements in the Thesis Guide available from the Graduate School.

Time to Completion for M.S. (1-year)

The 1-year M.S. option is expected to be completed within one (1) calendar year, from August to August..