The combination of BSPS and MSPS degrees in PTox gives students the ability and choice to elect to get two degrees in five years. Currently, BSPS students will take 3.5-4 years to graduate and MSPS students will take 2 years. This will take up to 1 year off of the combined BS-MSPS degree.
All BSPS degree requirements remain intact. The student electing this program will need to achieve two things. First, the student taking classes that are required courses in the BSPS curriculum are also taking most of what is required in the MSPS curriculum in PTox. Some classes that are required in BSPS that may be waived for the Master’s curriculum with an achieved grade of B- or better. More information on the plan of study for the combined program can be found in the graduate catalog.
This will leave the internship which must then be done in the summer between P1 and P2. To fulfill both the internship and degree credit requirements, this must be 9-12 credits during this summer. The student must do the internship and the Master’s degree program thesis with the same PI. This allows ideas and training done in the internship phase to be carried forward in the Master’s degree program.
Master’s degree program students in this combined degree curriculum will be starting in the spring after graduation in December (9 credits). The Master’s program will go through the summer (4-6 credits), following fall (9 credits) and spring (9 credits), and a possible 3 credit summer where the students would defend.