TYPICAL SCHEDULE for Marine Sciences Graduate Student Progress

  • Take elective course(s) either at IMS or in Chapel Hill
  • Meet and interact with Marine Sciences faculty
  • Begin preliminary research project

First Fall

  • Take MASC Core Course(s) [typically MASC 504 and/or MASC 506]
  • Request waiver from any Core Course(s) taken elsewhere (first week of semester)
  • Take MASC 705 How to Give a Seminar (this is a pre-requisite for MASC 706)
  • Take elective advanced courses
  • Meet and interact with Marine Sciences faculty
  • Meet with interim Advisory Committee (required Fall meeting)

 

First Spring

  • Take Core Course(s) [typically MASC 503 and/or MASC 505]
  • Take elective advanced courses
  • Take MASC 706 and present an interdisciplinary seminar (may be delayed until following year)
  • Begin/continue with research
  • Meet with interim Advisory Committee (required Spring meeting) and establish permanent Advisory Committee

 

First Summer

  • Conduct research
  • Some students will take 1 or 2 courses

Second Fall

  • Complete Core Courses
  • Take MASC 705, if not completed
  • Take MASC 706 and present an interdisciplinary seminar, if not completed
  • Take elective advanced courses
  • Conduct research
  • Meet with Advisory Committee (required Fall meeting)

 

Second Spring

  • Complete Core Courses, elective advanced course(s) and MASC 706 (if not completed)
  • M.S. students take written comprehensive exam
  • Conduct research
  • Meet with Advisory Committee (required Spring meeting)
  • M.S. students present a research seminar (well before thesis defense, or prior to   M.S. By-Pass request)
  • Request M.S. By-Pass, if applicable
  • Ph.D. students take comprehensive exam
  • Research to completion of degree
  • Meet with Advisory Committee every Fall and Spring semester
  • Present Final Seminar and defend thesis or dissertation

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