If you're looking for a degree in the sciences, then Clarkson's Master of Science in Basic Science might be for you.

If you have a focus that does not fit within one of the other degree programs already established, then this might be the program you are looking for. The basic science MS program also provides a platform for specialization in numerous areas and can lead into a PhD in many other sciences


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Basic Science Curriculum

Master's in Basic Science

The basic science program consists of 30 credit hours needed for completion. These credits will be in core and elective classes.

Basic Science MS Curriculum

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Degree Requirements

Completion of an MS degree in basic science requires that the student meet the minimum university requirements for the master’s degree, as found in the current Clarkson course catalog:

  1. A minimum of 30 credit hours of graduate coursework, as follows:
    • At least 20 hours of course and seminar work must be completed. The balance of coursework must be consistent with the research or professional experience component.
    • Only courses numbered 500 and above are accepted for graduate credit.
    • 10 credit hours of transfer credit (B grade or better) may be accepted.
  2. Satisfactory completion of a research experience or comparable professional experience, as follows:
    • a written thesis based on independent research;
    • a comprehensive examination; or
    • an appropriate, professionally oriented special project.
  3. At least one academic year of study beyond the BS
  4. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 in courses used to meet graduation requirements
  5. Must be completed in 5 calendar years

Additional graduation requirements may be set by the research advisor or primary department.

Core Courses

15 credits or 5 courses are required

  • Robotics Foundation (one from following):
    • Introduction to Mobile Robotics (EE555)
    • Introduction to Robotic Manipulators (EE556)
  • Perception:
    • Computer Vision (CS652)
  • Cognition (one from following):
    • Computational Learning (CS549)
    • Artificial Intelligence (CS551)
    • Deep Learning (CS570)
  • Action (one from following):
    • Control Systems (EE550)
    • Digital Control (EE551)
    • Linear Control System (EE657)
    • Advanced Modeling and Simulation of Dynamic Systems (ME580)
  • Mathematical Foundation (one from the following)
    • Matrix Theory and Computations (MA573)
    • Numerical Analysis (MA578)
    • Introduction to Applied Optimization (MA579)
    • Probability (MA581)
    • Probability and Statistics for Analytics (IA530) - (for Project and Course Only students)
Elective Courses

Thesis Option: Minimum 6 credits or 2 courses
Project Option: Minimum 12 credits or 4 courses
Course Only Option: Minimum 15 credits or 5 courses

  • Introduction to Mobile Robotics (EE555, if not taken as a Robotics Foundation Core Course)
  • Introduction to Robotic Manipulators (EE556, if not taken as a Robotics Foundation Core Course)
  • Computer Vision (CS652, if not taken as Perception Core Course)
  • Computational Learning (CS549, if not taken as Cognition Core Course)
  • Artificial Intelligence (CS551, if not taken as Cognition Core Course)
  • Deep Learning (CS570, if not taken as Cognition Core Course)
  • Control Systems (EE550, if not taken as Action Core Course)
  • Digital Control (EE551, if not taken as Action Core Course)
  • Linear Control System (EE657, if not taken as Action Core Course)
  • Advanced Modeling and Simulation of Dynamic Systems (ME580, if not taken as Action Core Course)
  • Natural Language Processing (CS668)
  • Computer Graphics (CS552)
  • Mixed Reality (CS561)
  • Human-Robot Interaction: Taken as part of the Human-Computer Interaction course (CS559). Focus will be on developing robotic user interfaces.
  • Parallel Programming (CS543)
  • Advanced CAD Design (ME544)

Thesis course (Minimum of 7 credits) Thesis (CS634)
Seminar course (2 credits)
Seminar (CS707)

Project Course (Minimum of 3 credits) Robotics Project (CS616)


A complete application consists of the following:

Prerequisites: Applicants must have a BS or equivalent degree. A plan of study with an anticipated advisor must be submitted with the application. Admission to the basic science MS program is approved by the appropriate graduate committee.

  • Online Application Form
  • Resume.
  • Statement of Purpose.
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation.
  • Official Transcripts.
  • GRE Test Scores.
    • Waived: The GRE requirement will be waived for Fall 2023 applicants.
  • For International Applicants, an English Proficiency Test is required.
    • Minimum Test Score Requirements: TOEFL (80) and TOEFL Essentials (8.5), IELTS (6.5), PTE (56) and Duolingo English Test (115).
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