Both a non-thesis and a thesis option are available. A student in the MNS program must develop by the end of the second semester or upon completion of 15 or more hours of credit a Plan of Study together with an advisor in the College of Science that must have approval of the MNS program administrator.
The Master of Natural Sciences (MNS) degree, administered through the Graduate School in conjunction with the College of Science, provides the depth and breadth of study in the sciences that is required of science professionals and school teachers. The MNS program allows a combination of coursework from allied fields. For instance, certified teachers seeking the MNS can tailor their Plan of Study to include courses needed for add-on certifications in additional subject areas, or professionals in STEM intensive areas (e.g., medical technology, pre-med, forensics, environment, and computation in science) may take an array of courses to enhance their job capabilities.