Masters Programme Programme Requirements
(a) Admission Requirements
Persons shall be eligible to be admitted to study for the degree of Master programme (120 credits) if they have obtained an appropriate Postgraduate Diploma from USP worth at least 60 credits with a GPA of at least 3.0.
(b) Masters by Thesis /Coursework
Persons shall be eligible to be admitted to study for the degree of Master by Thesis/ Coursework (120 credits) if they have:
i) a Bachelors Degree from USP with a GPA of at least 4.0 in the courses in an appropriate major(s) at the 200- and 300- levels. They may then bypass the Postgraduate Diploma and proceed to complete the Masters programme by thesis. The candidate may be required to complete Postgraduate course(s) as specified for admission to the Masters programme.
ii) obtained an appropriate Postgraduate Diploma from USP worth at least 60 credits with a GPA of at least 3.0.
iii) a student who has obtained a GPA of 4.5 after attaining at least 30 credits in a Postgraduate Diploma programme may be admitted to the Masters degree programme provided one of the courses is Research Methods.
iv) obtained from another tertiary institution a qualification deemed by the relevant Faculty Research Committee to be equivalent to a USP Bachelors Degree worth at least 180 credits with a GPA of at least 4.0 in the 200 and 300 level courses of the relevant discipline.
(c) Masters by Supervised Research Project
To be admitted to Masters by SRP, students must complete a Postgraduate Diploma with the GPA of 3.0 and take 2 additional courses with an average GPA of 3.0.
(d) The Senate or its delegate may require applicants to demonstrate their suitability for admission as students for the degree of Master by carrying out such work and/or sitting for such examinations as it may determine.
(e) Students with a GPA of 3.0 in the Postgraduate Diploma programme after attaining 30 credit points may be invited to submit a statement of research intent at that time with the aim of pursuing a Master by Thesis on completion of their Postgraduate Diploma programme.
(f) Applications for admission into the Master programme must be made to the relevant Faculty Research Committee and include details required in the application for Admission to a Postgraduate programme, including a statement of research intent that has been discussed with and formally endorsed by a potential supervisor(s). This statement of intent shall be converted to a full proposal and endorsed by the supervisor.
(g) Student registration for the degree of Masters shall remain provisional until the formal acceptance of the research proposal. For full time students, the proposal should be submitted by the end of week 7 of the semester; for part time students, the proposal should be submitted by the end of week 14 of the semester.
(h) The Faculty / section must provide provisional approval within 1 week of submission to allow students to continue their research.
(i) At the end of the provisional enrolment period, the appropriate Faculty Research Committee shall, on the advice of the supervisory team, decide whether as a result of the review of the students work, the students enrolment for the Master should be confirmed or definitively cancelled.
(j) If the students enrolment is confirmed, the date of registration of the student of the degree of Masters by Thesis shall be the date on which they were enrolled provisionally for the degree.
(k) Normal semester fee will be charged for the provisional enrolment semester.
The Master of Agriculture is normally undertaken after completing a Postgraduate Diploma in Agriculture. It consists of either a full thesis, or two appropriate postgraduate courses and a Supervised Research Project.