A Master’s degree is a post-secondary degree that allows students to have a more concentrated curriculum that is different from their undergraduate program. For most programs, we offer 2 MS plans, Plan I which requires a written thesis and Plan II which requires a project/capstone/examination. Typically, a minimum of 24 units is required for an MS degree at UC Merced and a minimum of 1 year of full-time study beyond the bachelor’s degree.
For more information regarding minimum M.S. Degree Requirements, please refer to the Graduate Policies & Procedures Handbook at: http://graduatedivision.ucmerced.edu/faculty-staff-resources/forms-publi....
For our M.S. Advancement to Candidacy workshop, you may view the presentation slides here: ms_advancement_to_candidacy.pdf
Each graduate program is different and you should visit the graduate program website to inquire about which plans are offered and the requirements.