5: Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

General Information | Programs and Degrees Offered | Admission Information
Financial Assistance | Graduate Academic Regulations
Requirements for Specific Graduate Degrees | Departments and Programs | Faculty

Master's Degree | Master's Degree in the Summer Session | Master of Fine Arts
Doctor of Philosophy | Table of Major Requirements

Master's Degree

The masterís 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   Not less 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.

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 masterís 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. dissertation.

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 masterís 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.


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