Master of Science Degree: Non-Thesis Option

**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:

  • SENG 655: Process Safety Engineering (3 credits)
  • SENG 670: Industrial Safety Engineering (3 credits)
  • SENG 660: Quantitative Risk Analysis (3 credits)
  • SENG 677: Fire Protection Engineering (3 credits)
  • STAT 601: Statistics (4 credits)

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:

  • 16 hours of “core” credits
  • 20 hours of elective courses and directed studies