**This option is offered to Distance Education students ONLY**
The non-thesis Master of Science option requires a minimum of 36 semester credit hours of approved courses and does not include a thesis. The student must complete 16 hours of the following core courses:
The student will fulfill the remaining 20 credit hours with elective courses of their choosing, subject to approval from their advisor. This allows the student to take courses in a particular area or areas of interest. Electives may be taken from any Texas A&M University distance learning program, subject to advisor approval as well as any conditions established within the other distance learning programs.
For information on available electives please click here.
A student pursuing the non-thesis option cannot enroll in any 691 (Research) or any 684 (Professional Internship) for any reason and cannot use any 691 or 684 hours for credit towards the non-thesis degree. A maximum of 8 hours of 685 (Directed Studies) can apply toward the non-thesis option. In addition, the number of hours of 685 cannot exceed 25 percent of the total credit hour requirement shown on the degree plan.
Thus, based on the above, a typical non-thesis degree plan will include: