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GRADUATE EDUCATION

ACADEMIC POLICIES

CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS

MASTER'S DEGREE PROGRAMS

Plan A (Thesis)

Plan B (Portfolio)

Plan C (Examinations)

DOCTORAL DEGREE PROGRAMS

TUITION, FEES, AND FINANCIAL AID

Requirements and Procedures for Master’s Degrees

The rules and requirements listed below are those of the Office of Graduate Education 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 discretion of the graduate program, candidates may be required to take an examination to demonstrate comprehension of one or more foreign languages. Please refer to the graduate program’s website for additional information on such requrements.

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. Academic probation will be placed on a student’s record at the beginning of the seventh year. However, this does not preclude a graduate program from requesting an academic probation action earlier than year 7. Official correspondence will be sent from Graduate Student Services with further information at the time of the probation action.

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, Plan B, and examination. Not all plans are available in all programs.

Graduate Student Services uses progress forms to track thesis and dissertation students. These forms are available on the website.