Program Requirements

All degree options must comply with these regulations.

Course Organization

  • A minimum of 30 credits must be completed, comprised of at least 15 credits of 600- or 700-level courses, including the thesis or project.
  • A maximum of 18 credit hours may be taken in a discipline that offers a master's degree when the student does a master's thesis (6 credits).  A maximum of 15 credits may be taken in a discipline that offers a master's degree when the student does a master's project (3 credits).
  • A maximum of 18 credits may be taken in a discipline that does not offer a master's degree.

Transfer Credit

  • A maximum of 15 credits may be taken at one or more other accredited institutions.
     
  • Transfer credit must comply with the regulations stated in the course organization section above and must have the prior approval of the principal adviser.
     
  • Only grades of B or better will be accepted as transfer credit.  An official transcript showing transfer credit must be submitted to the Graduate School.

Completion Time Limit

  • Coursework (including transfer credit) must be completed within six years preceding the date of completion of the program.

Grade Point Average

  • A minimum G.P.A. of 3.0 (4.0 scale) is required to graduate.

Independent Study

  • A maximum of six credits of independent study (XXX 590) may be included in the program.

Special Topics/Workshops/Conferences/Microcourses

  • A maximum of six credits of special topics (XXX 587), workshops (XXX594), conferences (XXX 596), and microcourses (XXX 598) may be included in a master's degree program.

Culminating Experience

  • Master of arts candidates must complete a thesis approved by the principal adviser and a second reader.  Individual principal advisers may impose further requirements on candidates based practices and policies of their home department, third reader or oral defense, for example.  These must be specified in writing at the outset of the degree program.
     
  • Master of science candidates must complete a) a research methods course and b) a supervised project approved by the principal adviser.  Individual principal advisers may impose further requirements on candidates based on practices and policies of their home department (second reader or oral defense, for example).  These must be specified in writing at the outset of the degree program.  Please note: International cohort students studying with International Learning Styles Center may complete a master's project only.

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