Degree Programs

All degree programs require a minimum of 30 hours of credit. The requirements of some programs exceed this minimum. Details of credit hours and additional requirements appear in the descriptions of each program.

For the degree Education Specialist in School Psychology, a required course of study of at least 48 credit hours beyond the master’s degree is required. Program requirements reflect the standards of the National Association of School Psychologists.

For the Master of Education degree, the course program varies depending on the particular program being pursued. Details on the various programs are provided in the Education and School Psychology section of this Bulletin.

For the Part-Time Master of Business Administration degree, the course program consists of a minimum of 33 hours in specified graduate courses. Under specific conditions, up to 3 hours may be waived. The 5th Year M.B.A., and the Master of Science in Accountancy degrees require 30 hours of credit.

For the degrees of Master of Arts and Master of Science, some programs offer two plans of graduate work, each requiring the advisor’s approval.

Plan A requires that, in addition to the course program, the student must complete a satisfactory research thesis. Six credit hours are awarded for the thesis upon its approval and acceptance by the appropriate dean.

Plan B requires a minimum of 30 hours of coursework (see specific program requirements) and a research essay or creative project demonstrating scholarly achievement, which must be approved by the department and accepted by the appropriate dean.

Courses numbered 500 and above are open only to graduate students.

Courses numbered 400-499 are open to advanced undergraduates and graduate students. Not all 400-level courses carry graduate credit. Graduate credit will be given for successful completion of 400-level courses listed in the Graduate Studies Bulletin or by way of petition for a course that is part of an approved graduate program. Successful completion of a 400-level course requires an A or B grade. A grade of B- or lower does not earn graduate credit.

In every graduate program at least half of the courses must be selected from among the 500-level courses. Some program requirements exceed this minimum.

For the degrees Master of Business Administration, Master of Science in Accountancy, and Master of Education, special requirements appear in the descriptions of these programs.