There are four options for masters programs at Sultan Qaboos University:
· Master’s by thesis
· Master’s by course work and thesis
· Master’s by course work
· Master’s by course work and comprehensive examination.
The options available for each degree program should be clearly stated. A program may be offered in more than one option. Where more than one option is available for a particular program, acceptance of candidates into a certain option will depend on the department’s decision. A student may not submit for assessment material which has already been submitted for another degree at this University or any other academic institution.
The four options of the Master’s degree are described below.
Masters by Thesis
Research leading to a thesis.
The focus of the program is the undertaking of guided research combined with appropriate course work, if required. The course work, which should normally not exceed 12 credits, shall be completed as specified in the degree plan, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00. The research for the thesis need not necessarily be entirely original, but must represent elements of novelty in approach or application. The culmination of this effort is an investigation which makes a contribution to the body of knowledge in the specific area, and which must demonstrate that the candidate has achieved the necessary level of proficiency in both the subject matter and allied research methodology. The student should identify the research problem in consultation with the supervisor, which normally takes place in the first semester. The student should register for the thesis in his/her first semester. The format and style of the thesis is defined in Appendix A (General Format for a Thesis).
Masters by Course Work and Thesis
24-30 credits of course work in addition to research leading to a thesis.
The student should complete the course work requirements specified in the degree plan with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00. For the thesis, the candidate is required to conduct the necessary literature search, undertake the research, analyse the results, write the report and communicate the results at an oral defence. This work need not necessarily be original research, but should be a new application of ideas. The student should identify the research problem in consultation with the supervisor, which normally takes place in the second semester. The student should register for the thesis in the third semester after having completed at least 12 credits of the course work. The format and style of the thesis is defined in Appendix A (General Format for a Thesis).
Masters by Course Work
36 credits of course work.
The student should complete all course work requirements with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00.
Masters by Course Work and Comprehensive Examination
30-36 credits of course work and a comprehensive final examination.
The student should complete all course work requirements with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 and should pass the comprehensive examination. This examination is at a significantly higher level than undergraduate course examinations and requires the synthesis and interpretation of the material, concepts and skills of individual courses. Rather than re-testing course level material, it is expected that a candidate will understand, discuss and demonstrate the ability to integrate and apply acquired knowledge in a way that requires independent thinking and critical analysis. Such an examination may be written, oral, or practical, and is usually some combination of these assessment modes.