Admissions Requirements

All students admitted to a master’s program must satisfy the general requirements for admission as a graduate student and the requirements for the specific master’s program. To be eligible for admission, with the exception of PlusOne students, applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.

Provisional or Special Students

Some applicants may be accepted as provisional or special students; however, international students cannot be accepted as provisional or special students. Provisional students must obtain a 3.000 grade-point average in the courses specified by the program, not to exceed more than the first 12 semester or 16 quarter hours to continue in the graduate program; they then become eligible to apply for admission as degree-seeking students.

Course Requirements

A candidate for the master’s degree must satisfactorily complete an approved program conforming to the requirements of the graduate school and department or program in which the candidate is registered.

The requirements for the master’s degree are a minimum of 30 semester hours beyond the bachelor’s degree except in the College of Professional Studies in which 45 quarter hours of graduate work are required. Undergraduate-level coursework will not be accepted to meet the requirements for the master’s degree.

Comprehensive Examination

The committee in charge of the degree program may require a final written or oral comprehensive examination(s) for partial fulfillment of degree requirements.


If a thesis is required in partial fulfillment of degree requirements, it must show independent work based, in part, on original material and must meet the approval of the student’s thesis committee. The committee in charge of the degree program is responsible for providing instructions concerning preparation of the thesis.

The student must submit the thesis to ProQuest (or a university-sanctioned successor system) for archiving in sufficient time to allow for acceptance before the degree clearance deadline. Information on archiving a thesis is available in the Graduate Office.