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GRADUATE DIVISION

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MASTER'S DEGREE PROGRAMS

Requirements and Procedures for Master's Degrees

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Requirements and Procedures for Master’s Degrees

The rules and requirements listed below are those of the Graduate Division and must be observed by all students pursuing a master’s degree. Note that some graduate programs have special requirements.

Residence

The minimum residence requirement is two semesters of full-time work or four six-week summer sessions or the equivalent in credit hours applicable to the student’s degree program.

Language Requirements

At the option of the graduate program, the intended candidate for the master’s degree may be required to demonstrate comprehension of one or more foreign languages. For specific language requirements in particular graduate programs see the appropriate graduate program listed in this Catalog. English is not considered a foreign language in this context. These requirements must be passed before they can be advanced to candidacy.

Students should consult the Graduate Division Records Office and their department for test dates and registration deadlines.

Time Allowed

Candidates for the master’s degree will be expected to complete all requirements within seven years after admission into the master’s program. Candidates who fail to complete all requirements within the specified time are automatically dropped from the program. Reinstatement for a limited period of time is possible only upon submission of a petition by the graduate chair providing a detailed degree plan and a time line specifying steps to the completion of all degree requirements.

Types of Master’s Degree Programs

In general, there are three types of programs that students may follow to earn a master’s degree; thesis, portfolio, and examination. Not all plans are available in all programs.

Graduate Division uses progress forms to track thesis and dissertation students. These forms are available on the web.