The M.S. in Molecular Sciences and Nanotechnology (MSNT) is an interdisciplinary graduate program administered jointly by the College of Applied and Natural Sciences (the School of Biological Sciences) and the College of Engineering and Science. The M.S. in MSNT is offered as either the thesis plan (30 semester credit hours) or the non-thesis practicum plan (36 semester credit hours).
Students may apply to the M.S. in MSNT graduate program either through the College of Applied and Natural Sciences or the College of Engineering and Science, depending on the student’s background and area of interest. Admission requirements and degree requirements are the same regardless of through which college a student enters the program.
Admission to the M.S. in MSNT program
Applicants seeking admission to the graduate program in MSNT must meet the minimum requirements of the Graduate School, as well as the following program minimum admission requirements:
a) An earned four-year undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Pharmacology, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Physics, Biophysics, Chemical Technology, Engineering Physics, or in a closely related discipline.
b) For students with an undergraduate degree from a U.S. institution, the following formula will be used to determine eligibility:
- for Unconditional admission (GPA X 200) + GRE verbal score + GRE quantitative score = 1400
- for Conditional admission (GPA X 200) + GRE verbal score + GRE quantitative score = 1200
(Note – the scoring scale for the GRE has recently been modified and scores reported using the new scale are expected to be received late fall 2011. At that time the above equation will be modified to accommodate the new GRE scoring scale.)
Applicants who do not have an earned undergraduate degree from a U.S. institution must provide an official copy of GRE scores, demonstrating a minimum GRE general test score of 1050 (verbal + quantitative).
International applicants must, in addition to the above criteria, meet all Louisiana Tech University Graduate School requirements regarding international students, including proof of English language proficiency
Curriculum for M.S. in MSNT: thesis plan
The thesis plan curriculum is comprised of 24 hours of course work and 6 hours of research and thesis. Successful completion of the thesis plan includes submission of the thesis and satisfactory performance on an oral examination focusing on the thesis research work.
Curriculum for M.S. in MSNT: practicum plan (non-thesis)
The practicum plan curriculum is comprised of 33 hours of course work and 3 hours of practicum.
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