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Applied Science, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #401 (ARWU) , AR,
The Applied Sciences (ASCI) graduate programs are housed in the College of Arts, Letters, and Sciences (CALS). The programs offer applied research in a broad set of emphasis areas, including applied chemistry, applied biosciences, applied physics, materials, nanotechnology, computational science, applied mathematics, and environmental science.


The programs offer applied research in a broad set of emphasis areas, including applied chemistry, applied biosciences, applied physics, materials, nanotechnology, computational science, applied mathematics, and environmental science.

The Applied Science department offers two degrees, the Doctor of Philosophy and the Master of Science. Each degree has multiple emphases. Faculty housed in other departments in both the CALS and the Donaghey College of Engineering and Information Technology (EIT) participate in the emphasis tracks.

The Master of Science degree is an interdisciplinary program designed to advance a student’s knowledge beyond the baccalaureate degree and to teach the student how to approach a research project. Students may either pursue a generic applied science master’s degree or, with sufficient specialized course work, may earn a master’s degree in applied physics.

The degree is designed for students with a wide variety of research and/or curricular interests in science and engineering. The thesis option includes a proposal defense and a thesis defense, and provides the student with an opportunity to carry out thesis-based research. The non-thesis option includes a comprehensive exam and a project. The student choosing the non-thesis option will have three different alternatives to satisfy the comprehensive exam and project requirement. These alternatives are intended to cater to students who

  • are in the Applied Science (ASCI) Ph.D. program and want to acquire the ASCI M.S. degree since they satisfy a majority of the cognate requirements, or
  • want to complete some of the requirements of the ASCI Ph.D. as a precursor to applying for admission to the Ph.D. program, or
  • want to complete a predominately course based master’s degree. 

Programme Structure

Thesis Option

The thesis subject is selected by the student and the Student Advisory Committee at least one year prior to the oral defense.

Non-Thesis Option

Comprehensive Exams

After the candidate has completed eighteen credit hours of graded course work, the candidate may attempt the comprehensive exams. The comprehensive exam requirement must be passed in no more than two attempts.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.75

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.75 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • Applicants must possess a baccalaureate degree in an appropriate scientific discipline, such as chemistry, physics, biology, material science, mathematics, statistics, or earth science.
  • They must have an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0.
  • On the GRE, applicants must have a minimum quantitative score of 151 and verbal score of at least 138, and a 4.0 on the writing assessment portion (or combined 1,000 in the older GRE scoring system with a minimum score of 650 on the quantitative portion).
  • With the approval of the graduate coordinator, applicants with a 3.5 GPA or greater on their last 60 hours of graduate and undergraduate coursework may not be required to take the GRE.
  • Applicants must possess the requisites for their intended area of study.
  • International Students: International students whose native language is not English and who do not have a degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution of higher education must also submit a score of at least 79 on the internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam, or a 550 on the paper-based test, or 213 on the computer-based version. In order to qualify for a teaching assistantship, students whose native language is not English must score a 5.0 on the Test of Spoken English (TSE).

          Tuition Fee

          • International

            725 USD/credit
            Tuition Fee
            Based on the original amount of 725 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
          • National

            725 USD/credit
            Tuition Fee
            Based on the original amount of 725 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
          • In-State

            320 USD/credit
            Tuition Fee
            Based on the original amount of 320 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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          • 875 - 1320 USD/month
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