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General Information

Section 6.1 of the Graduate School Handbook

Program of Study. Each student selects a program of study in consultation with an advisor. The program must include a reasonable concentration in a single area or in related academic areas, must be approved by the advisor, and must be within the rules of the Graduate Studies Committee.

Area of Specialization. With the approval of the Graduate Studies Committee and the Graduate School, the student may identify an area of specialization to be entered on the permanent record.

Foreign Language Requirement. The Graduate School has no foreign language requirement for master’s degrees; however, knowledge of one or more foreign languages may be required by the Graduate Studies Committee. Students who wish to acquire a reading knowledge of French, German, Latin, Russian, or Spanish may take special courses offered by language departments. Completion of these courses fulfills the language requirement in many graduate degree programs.

Students are advised to take language courses as soon as possible in the program of study. Placement examinations are given by the language departments to assist students in choosing an effective procedure for meeting language requirements.

Credit Hours and Residency Requirement. A minimum of 30 graduate credit hours is required to earn a master’s degree. Eighty (80) percent of those required credit hours must be completed at this university over a period of at least two semesters. A student must be registered for at least three graduate credit hours the semester or summer term in which graduation is expected.

Time Limit. Each Graduate Studies Committee may establish time limits for the completion of its master’s degree programs.

Deactivation. Enrollment eligibility for a master’s degree student who has not registered in the Graduate School within the preceding two full calendar years will be automatically deactivated. To reenroll, the student must petition the Graduate Studies Committee for reactivation. If the petition is approved, the Graduate Studies Committee notifies the Graduate School, which then reactivates the enrollment eligibility.

Thesis and Non-thesis. There are two master’s degree program plans: thesis and non-thesis. Students may pursue either plan, subject to the rules of the Graduate Studies Committee.

Earning Master’s Degree On the Basis of Candidacy Examination. A student may earn a master’s degree on the basis of satisfactorily completing the doctoral candidacy examination in the same graduate program under the following conditions:

  1. it is recommended by the student’s advisor and the Graduate Studies Committee
  2. the student does not already hold an equivalent master’s degree in the same field
  3. the student submits the Application to Graduate form by the published deadline
  4. graduation deadlines established by the Graduate School are met
  5. candidacy for the doctorate has not expired