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Progress toward the master's degree

Graduate School policies governing master's programs are outlined below. Some departments may have more restrictive policies.

Admission requirement

  • Students must be officially admitted to a degree program to be considered degree applicants in the program. An admission decision must be on file for a student to be considered a degree applicant.

  • Enrollment in courses in a department does not confer degree applicant status without an official admission by the department.

Master's degree candidacy

Definition

  • Students achieve candidacy when they file a Plan of Work that is approved by the advisor and the college/school graduate office.

  • Candidacy is a necessary requirement for graduation.

Requirements

  • Students must file a Plan of Work by the time they accumulate 12 credits in the program.

  • The plan must meet the department's degree requirements.

  • For the plan to be approved, students must be officially admitted to the program and have attained a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Procedure

  • Following departmental approval, the plan is submitted to the school/college graduate office for approval.

  • The graduate office notifies the Records Office to advance the student to candidacy.

  • The Records Office changes the student's status to Master's Candidate.

Candidacy holds

  • A candidacy hold is automatically generated for students who have not attained candidacy by the time they accumulate 12 credits. Students will not be able to register until they file a Plan of Work.

  • Once the school/college graduate office receives the Plan of Work, it will remove the hold and will notify the Records Office to advance the student to candidacy.


Time limits

  • Master's degree and specialist certificate requirements must be completed within six years of the date of the first course applied toward the degree.

  • Graduate certificate requirements must be completed within three years of the date of the first course applied toward the certificate.


Full-time and part-time definitions

  • A full-time student is one who enrolls for at least eight graduate credits.

  • A part-time student is one who enrolls for fewer than eight graduate credits.