Requirements For Specific Graduate Degrees
The masters degree will be conferred upon the holder
of an approved baccalaureate degree who has fulfilled within the designated
time limit all requirements as set forth below. Language requirements are included
in the section on Ph.D. requirements. Successful candidates in those departments
(science and mathematics) which offer both the M.A. and M.S. may upon recommendation
of their departmental faculty elect the M.S. degree.
Program of Studies No fewer than 24 credits of graduate
courses must be successfully completed while regularly enrolled as a graduate
student in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. The program should be arranged
in consultation with the professors concerned, approved by a faculty advisor
of the major subject or department, and then be approved by the dean in a formal
degree application submitted not later than October 1 if the degree is to be
conferred in January, February 1 if the degree is to be conferred in May, or
July 1 if the degree is to be conferred in August. The courses may all be in
one subject or department, but the candidate may, with the approval of his or
her advisor, elect a limited number of appropriate courses offered in other
departments. Only graduate courses (courses taught by members of one of the
graduate faculties of the University) may be counted toward a graduate degree,
and no extension, correspondence, home-study, or transfer courses will be counted
toward the degrees of Master of Arts and Master of Science. Courses applied
for a Masters degree from one department may not be used to fulfill requirements
for a Masters degree in a second department of the Graduate School of
Arts and Sciences.
Following the course descriptions for each department will
be found statements of any special requirements in that department for the M.A.
or M.S. degree.
Thesis Departments may include a masters thesis
as one of the degree requirements. Detailed instructions on the subject and
method of the thesis are available in departments. The physical standards for
the thesis and the deadlines for submission are the same as those for the Ph.D.
Final Examination A candidate must receive a satisfactory
standing in a final examination, oral or written or both, conducted by two or
more faculty members designated by the department in which the candidate is
working. The result of the examination, with the names of the examiners, must
be reported by the chair of the examining committee to the Graduate School no
later than two weeks before final exercises.
Time Limitation All work for the masters degree
must be completed within five years from the time of admission if the work is
done primarily during the regular academic session and within seven years if
the work is done primarily in summer sessions. In special cases, upon approval
of the Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, out-of-date work may
be revalidated by examination.
Masters Degree in the Summer Session
Any one of the masters degrees described in the preceding
pages may be obtained by properly qualified persons in four full summer sessions
of residence, the equivalent in time of the regular session. Except by special
permission of the dean and the committee concerned, not more than two graduate
courses may be taken in each summer session and credited toward the 24 credits
of graduate courses required for the masters degree.
Admission and Registration In order to receive graduate
credit for any courses taken in the summer session, all graduate students must
conform to the same formalities for admission and registration as stated above
for the regular session. Students should check the Summer Sessions on-line
site for current registration information: www.virginia.edu/summer.
Applications for admission, accompanied by official transcripts,
should be mailed in advance to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
Application for a Degree The requirements stated above
for regular session students apply also to students in the summer session, with
the exception that all students must submit their applications for the masters
degree to the Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences not later than
Requirements The requirements stated above for regular
session students also apply to students in the summer session. The candidate
for the M.A. or M.S. degree must submit the thesis by August 1 to the Graduate
School Office, in accord with the regulations stated in the section entitled
All requirements must be met for graduate degrees in the summer
session and a final report made to the Graduate School from the department at
least a week prior to the date for the awarding of degrees. Graduate students
in the summer session must complete all requirements for their masters
degrees within seven summers, or seven calendar years when a part of the work
is taken in the regular academic year.
The regulations concerning grades and acceptance of degrees
are the same as for recipients of the masters degree in the regular session.
Under the course listings of the departments will be found
statements of any special requirements for the degree of Master of Arts or Master
Master of Fine Arts
The Master of Fine Arts program is offered by the Departments
of Drama and English. Specific requirements are listed following the course
descriptions for these two departments.
Doctor of Philosophy
The degree of Doctor of Philosophy will be conferred upon the
holder of an approved baccalaureate degree who has fulfilled within the designated
time limit all requirements as set forth below under the headings: Language
Requirements, Program of Studies, Dissertation, and Final Examination.
Requirement Examinations in Foreign Languages for M.A./Ph.D.
Candidates Students wishing to take foreign languages examinations to meet
departmental or School graduate requirements should contact their departmental
chair. Examinations are offered in Spanish, German, Italian, French, and Russian,
and special arrangements may be made for ancient and other languages. Once the
student has notified the department, a representative of that department will
then contact the requested language department. At least two weeks notice
should be given to the language department in order that arrangements be made
for test administration.
Two types of tests are available: "proficiency" and
"mastery." Students should carefully review their departmental requirements
before they indicate which level test they wish to take.
Proficiency Examinations The proficiency examination
for the M.A. and/or Ph.D. requirements is designed to test the students
proficiency in the language.
The examination consists of a prose passage in the language
to be translated in 90 minutes into adequate, if not literary, English. The
length will be between 250-750 words. The texts are chosen out of recent books,
journals, or news magazines, and an attempt is made whenever possible to select
them as relating to the major discipline of the student being tested. The student
has to demonstrate a clear understanding of syntactical structures and some
basic knowledge of cultural references. Verb wheels and dictionaries are allowed.
The results of the examinations are sent to the Office of the
Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, with the graded examination
booklets. The booklets are the property of the University of Virginia. A copy
of the results is sent to the graduate advisor and the secretary of the students
The grading fee has been set by the Graduate School, and students
will be informed by their department that they must clear administrative matters
with the Graduate School before receiving credit for the examination.
Mastery Examination The mastery examination differs
from the proficiency examination in that it lasts two hours and is made up of
- A short critical prose passage (not necessarily contemporary) relating
to the students major to be translated in 40 minutes.
- Analysis of a short text relating to the students major. Forty minutes
are allowed to answer six to eight questions about the form and meaning
of the proposed text.
- A short essay in the language with a general question relating to the
Dictionaries are permitted. Administrative details for the
mastery examination are the same as those for the proficiency examination.
Program of Studies Constituting not less than three
complete sessions of full-time graduate work or the equivalent, the program
of studies must be successfully completed under satisfactory conditions of registration.
The student may elect courses in more than one department or subject if they
contribute appropriately to his or her program, but the entire program must
be directed and approved by one department. (See Table of Major Requirements
for specific requirements.)
A formal degree application must be submitted and must be approved
by the dean not later than October 1 if the degree is to be conferred in January,
February 1 if the degree is to be conferred in May, or July 1 if the degree
is to be conferred in August.
With the approval of the supervising department and the dean,
up to one session of the required three sessions of graduate work may be completed
at another graduate school or may be taken at this University on a part-time
basis; also with the approval of the supervising department and the dean, up
to one session or the equivalent may be spent in dissertation research elsewhere.
However, no candidacy will be approved unless the applicant has spent at least
two consecutive semesters during the academic year beyond the M.A. or equivalent
level in full-time residential study at this University.
Exceptional students who complete all other degree requirements
within two calendar years of entering this Graduate School may petition the
dean to waive the third year of graduate work.
Following the course listings of the departments will be found
statements of any special requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Dissertation The preparation of a dissertation exhibiting
independent research in the candidates major subject is required. The
advisory professor will periodically evaluate the students progress on
the dissertation. If the students progress is judged to be unsatisfactory,
the advisory professor may recommend a new topic or may recommend to the department
that the student not be allowed to continue his or her graduate work.
The title of the dissertation is to be approved by the advisory
professor and submitted to the dean on the degree application. The dissertation
must be submitted in completed form to the department for approval by the advisory
professor and by the special examining committee (see below, under "Final
Examination"). The original and one copy, or two electrostatic copies of
the dissertation on acceptable paper, must be brought to the Graduate School
Office for inspection not later than December 1 if the degree is to be conferred
in January, or May 1 if the degree is to be conferred in May, or August 1 if
the degree is to be conferred in August.
The dissertation must be double-spaced, upon 20 pound weight
bond paper of good quality (either Cranes Thesis Paper, Standard Permalife,
Xerox Archival Bond Paper, Capitol Bond Paper, Swan Linen Bond Paper, Millers
Falls Old Deerfield Bond Paper, or Southworth Four Star Bond Paper), 8 1/2 x
11 inches, with a left-hand margin one and one-half inches in width. The remaining
margins are to be one inch wide. Paper for the second copy must be of the same
quality as the original, whatever process of reproduction is used, though it
may be of 16 pound weight. Pages should be numbered throughout, consecutively.
Dissertations must be in manila envelopes with the following information noted
thereon: Name of Author, Abbreviated Title of Dissertation (36 spaces or less),
Degree, and Date to be Conferred. See website: http://artsandsciences.virginia.edu/grad/degree for more detailed instructions.
After two copies of the dissertation have been inspected and
approved at the Graduate School Office, the student will deliver these copies
to the Photography Division of Printing Services, Alderman Library, and pay
for the cost of permanent binding. A receipt showing that these two copies of
the dissertation have been delivered to the Photography Division of Printing
Services must be returned to the Graduate School Office. Personal copies will
also be handled by the Photography Division of Printing Services. Theses/Dissertations
can be submitted electronically instead of submitting hard copies. Please visit
the Printing Services webpage at www.virginia.edu/uvaprint/dissertation.html for complete details to ensure your files meet all guidelines.
More detailed instructions for preparing a dissertation are
available in the Enrolled Student Office (438 Cabell Hall, 924-7183) or at http://artsandsciences.virginia.edu/grad/degree.
The student should consult the advisory professor in reference to any special
departmental requirements relating to the dissertation.
All dissertations will be published by having a master microfilm
negative made from each original dissertation. These negatives will be stored
and serviced by University Microfilms of Ann Arbor, Michigan. Positive microfilms,
or enlarged prints, will be produced to order at the standard rate for other
scholars who desire access to any dissertation.
Each dissertation, when submitted, must be accompanied by three
copies of an abstract of 350 words or fewer. The abstract, or summary, will
be published in Microfilms Abstracts for national distribution. No dissertation
will be accepted without this abstract.
A fee of $75 for the above service must be paid to the Photography
Division of Printing Services by the candidate for the Ph.D. degree before it
Final Examination A candidate must receive a satisfactory
standing in a final examination, oral, written, or both. Upon acceptance of
the dissertation by the advisory professor and the department concerned, the
dean will appoint, upon nomination of the department, a special committee to
examine the candidate upon such phases of the major subject and of allied subjects
as the committee shall prescribe. The examining committee, under the chairmanship
of the advisor professor, will consist of not fewer than four members from the
graduate faculty, one of whom must be from another department and serves as
a representative of the graduate faculty. Through its chair, the examining committee
may invite other members of the departmental faculty to take part in the examination;
indeed, it is recommended that the doctoral examination be given before the
entire professional staff of the department concerned. The result of the examination,
with the names of the examiners and their departmental affiliation, must be
reported by the chair of the examining committee to the Graduate School no later
than two weeks before final exercises.
The candidate shall not be admitted to the final examination
before satisfying the foreign language requirement, if such is required by the
candidates department. No candidate may be admitted to the final examination
until the dissertation has been accepted. Preliminary examinations may, in addition,
be required by individual departments.
Time Limitation All requirements for the Ph.D. must
be completed within seven years from the date of admittance into the Ph.D. Program.
In special cases, upon approval of the Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and
Sciences, work out-of-date may be revalidated by examination. In case of interruption
of work by military service, time spent in service will be excluded from the
computation of this seven-year period.
Certificate of Candidacy A Certificate of Candidacy
may be awarded by certain departments to students who have completed all requirements
for the Ph.D. degree except for the dissertation.