How long does it take to complete a master's degree by distance?

    The M.S. in Optical Sciences degree program is limited to six years. It takes approximately two years to obtain a master's degree if you take classes full-time. If you take one course a semester, it is going to take longer. If you have previous graduate level course approved to count toward your M.S. degree, the actual start date begins with the semester of approved transfer courses. If you near the six-year time limit, you can submit a petition for an extension of time to complete your degree. Speak with the graduate academic advisor for more information and details.