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Joint Degree Program | Master of Science | Master of Engineering | Part-time Graduate Students
Commonwealth Graduate Engineering Program | Doctor of Philosophy
Virginia Consortium of Engineering and Science Universities (VCES)
Quality of Work Graduate degrees are not conferred merely upon the basis of the number of courses passed, nor the length of time spent in residence or in research, but primarily upon the basis of the quality and scope of the candidate's knowledge and power of investigation in a chosen field of study. Unsatisfactory work during any semester or an overall grade average less than B may be considered to be sufficient reason for withdrawal of financial assistance or for enforced withdrawal from the graduate program. A graduate student will be considered to be on probation if his or her cumulative GPA for graduate work is less than 3.0 and will be notified of this by the Dean's Office. A graduate student will be subject to dismissal if the cumulative GPA is not raised to 3.0 within one semester.
Research All graduate students doing research will be registered for the appropriate research course. Credits will be assigned to this course in such a way that the total number of hours for which the student is registered will reflect the fraction of time devoted to progress towards a degree. Students must register for a minimum of six credits of research for the Master of Science (thesis) degree and 24 credits of research for the Ph.D. degree. In many cases research in excess of these minimum requirements, particularly for the Ph.D. degree, will be desirable. Project research for the Master of Engineering or Master of Applied Science (non-thesis) degrees is encouraged and, in some curricula, required.
Time Limit For Graduate Degrees The student must complete all the requirements for a Master of Science degree within five years after admission to the graduate program and must complete all the requirements for a Master of Engineering degree within seven years after admission to the graduate program. All requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy degree must be completed within seven years after admission to the doctoral program. Expired credits may be revalidated by examination, upon approval of the advisor, the appropriate department graduate committee, and the Office of the Dean.
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