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What is a Master of Science?
What is a Master of Science?

What is a Master of Science?


A Master of Science (commonly abbreviated as a M.S. or M.Sc.) is a globally recognized academic degree awarded to graduates for the completion of their course. The degree generally takes one to three years to complete, but will vary depend on the country, institution, subject area and courses selected. Programs resulting in a Master of Science are generally more strictly focused on scientific and mathematical subjects where students are expected to concentrate their academic energies on mastering the technical and practical facets of their field. Typically a M.S. does require a thesis but this can vary from program to program. Master of Science degrees are usually offered in science, engineering and medical areas including computer science, nursing, mathematics, biochemistry, and physics. Read this guide by to learn more!


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