The M.S. degree requires the student to complete and successfully defend a thesis. The thesis must conform to the regulations stated in the NC State Thesis and Dissertation Guide. The graduate advisory committee will approve the content and structure of the thesis, and all degree candidates are expected to prepare their research results for publication prior to completing the program.
Students are required to present a seminar on their research immediately prior to their thesis defense. They should register for MB 690 (Master’s Exam) in the semester they expect to defend.
Upon the student’s satisfactory defense of the M.S. thesis, the advisory committee will approve it for transmittal to the Graduate School.
The student must receive permission from the Graduate School to schedule their final oral exam (defense). To do this, they will submit a Request to Schedule a Master’s Oral Examination to the major professor (who will forward to the DPG) indicating received the unanimous permission of the committee to proceed to the final oral exam.
Note: The student should not submit the form until the committee agrees that the student’s thesis is ready. Therefore, we recommend the student meet with his/her committee to discuss a schedule for review and approval.
A student must pass a final comprehensive oral examination administered by the student’s advisory committee.
The examination can include anything from the broad area of plant biology, but it tends to focus on the student’s project and the coursework featured in their GPOW. We encourage students to discuss how to prepare for the exam with their advisory committee.
The student must receive permission from the Graduate School to take the final oral exam. After consultation with the committee on an appropriate date for the exam, the student must complete the “Request to Schedule Master’s Oral Examination” and submit it to his or her major professor at least 10 days prior to the proposed exam date. The DPG will then forward the request to the Graduate School.
After the examination, the student will receive one of the following outcomes:
(1) unconditional pass;
(2) conditional pass (in which case there must be a clear written statement of what must be done to satisfy the conditions and the date by which that must be done);
(3) failure with a recommendation of a re-examination; and
(4) failure with a recommendation that the student no longer participate in the graduate program.
Options 2-4 must involve the DGP, who will review the appeal and grievance process with the student.