m.s. students must complete at least 30 semester hours of work, including 24 semester hours of course work (typically eight courses) and six hours of research and thesis preparation.
placement examinations and consultations with a faculty advisory committee during new-student orientation are used to select first-year study courses. students normally choose a thesis advisor and committee during the first semester and formulate the remaining course program after consulting with them.
all degree candidates must present at least one research-based seminar to the department as part of their degree program. most students also present their work outside of clemson, for example at a national or regional meeting of a scientific society such as the american chemical society.
the final stage of the graduate degree program involves the writing and defense before the degree committee of a thesis describing the original research project that was completed by the student.
please refer to the graduate handbook (pdf) for more detailed information regarding the m.s. degree program.