The Master’s Degree Academic Requirements

A candidate for the master’s degree must complete a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate-level course work and such other study as may be required by the department in which the student is registered.

To qualify for the degree, a minimum cumulative average of 3.000, equivalent to a grade of B, must be obtained. This average will be calculated each semester according to the university grading system and will exclude any transfer credits or repeated courses. A student who does not make satisfactory progress toward degree requirements, as specified by the individual department, may be terminated from the program.

Comprehensive Examination

A final written or oral comprehensive examination is required in some programs. This examination will be given by the department concerned at least two weeks before the Commencement at which the degree is expected to be conferred.

Thesis

A master’s thesis is required in some programs and should demonstrate the individual’s capacity to execute independent work based on original material. Registration for Thesis is required in most programs.

Theses must be approved by the departmental graduate committee and, in cases in which a grade is required, must receive a grade of B (3.000) or better to be accepted.

Continuity of Registration

Students are expected to maintain satisfactory progress toward their intended degrees. Students who have not completed their thesis after having registered for the specified number of thesis credits must register and pay for Master’s Continuation each subsequent semester until the thesis is approved and submitted to ProQuest. Master’s Continuation will carry no credit but will be recorded on the student transcript with the appropriate grade (S or U) for each semester of registration. All students must be registered in the last semester of their program.