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Master's Degree

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:

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.