MS Program

WPI’s thesis-based master’s program provides you with a thesis mentor and the counsel of the advisory committee, working with you to develop an academic plan of study for your research area. You will also have courses to develop your communication skills and knowledge of ethical behavior in research and publishing.

A written research thesis, presentation, and defense are required for graduation. Students typically divide their time among research, courses, and seminars. Graduate Students may choose to take their courses from a variety of sources such as:

  • The Department of Biology and Biotechnology
  • The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • The Worcester Consortium of Higher Education
    • As part of the Worcester Consortium of Higher Education full-time WPI students have the opportunity to cross register for 1 course/semester at any participating institution (Anna Maria College, Assumption College, Becker College, Clark University, College of the Holy Cross, Nichols College, Quinsigamond Community College, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, Tufts School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester State College and WPI). Full-time WPI students who cross-register for courses at other Worcester Consortium colleges pay no extra fees. Students are limited to one course per semester.  Students interested in taking outside courses should discuss them with their  advisor and thesis committee and credit for all outside courses are subject to approval by the  their advisor and the Biology and Biotechnology  graduate committee.  Students interested in registering for Worcester Consortium courses can obtain further information (regulations and registration forms) from the Director of Academic Advising or the  Office of the Registrar.