University of Massachusetts Amherst

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Coursework only option
The coursework only option is a degree based entirely on coursework and independent study credits.  This tends to be a broader degree because the students typically take courses from all areas of the department, as well as some from outside the department.  The student must complete at least thirty graduate credits.  Coursework only MS students are not normally considered for Assistantships, but may receive funding if they graduate and continue for a Ph.D.