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Master's Degree Program

Students pursuing the Master's Degree, either as a terminal degree or as a stepping stone on the way to the doctoral degree, have two options: thesis or report. Students are responsible for planning their program of coursework and putting together a thesis or report committee composed of two or more faculty members from the Department of Government. The supervisor must be a member of the departmental faculty. All students, regardless of which option they select, must be registered during the semester in which they are to graduate. Students seeking a Master's Degree must complete all requirements within one six-year period. Full-time students can complete the requirements for either the thesis or report in approximately four semesters. Careful planning of the program of study and regular consultations with the thesis supervisor are critical to fulfilling the degree requirements. Students need to maintain at least a "B" average in all of their coursework. Both the Report (398R) and the Thesis (698A and 698B) are taken on a Credit/No Credit Basis.

Master's Degree with Thesis

At least thirty (30) semester hours of coursework are required for the master's degree with thesis. Each program must include at least twenty-one (21) hours of graduate-level coursework, including the thesis. No more than nine (9) semester hours of upper-division coursework may be included, of which no more than six hours may be in either the major area or the supporting work. Supporting work, often referred to as the minor, consists of coursework outside the major area, although the Graduate Adviser may permit some or all of it to be taken in other areas within the department. The student may earn no more than 20 percent of the hours of credit listed on the Program of Work (not including 398R) on a Credit/No Credit basis.

At least eighteen (18) semester hours, including thesis, must be in the major area, and at least six (6) hours must be in the supporting work.

The thesis course is a six-hour course in which 698A must precede 698B. Students must be registered for 698B the semester in which the thesis is submitted and the student graduates.

Master's Degree with Report

At least thirty-three (33) semester hours of coursework are required for the master's degree with report. Each program must include at least twenty-four (24) hours of graduate-level coursework, including the report. No more than nine (9) semester hours of upper-division coursework may be included, or which no more than six (6) hours may be in either the major area or in the supporting work. Supporting work, often referred to as the minor, consists of coursework outside the major area, although the Graduate Advisor may permit some or all of it to be taken in other areas within the department. The student may earn no more than 20 percent of the hours of credit listed on the Program of Work (not including the 398R) on a credit/no credit basis. At least eighteen (18) semester hours, including the report, must be in the major area, and at least six (6) hours must be in supporting work.

Three (3) semester hours of coursework are granted for preparing the report; students must register for 398R in addition to the thirty hours of coursework required for the degree. 398R must be taken on a Credit/No Credit basis and the student must be registered for it each semester that he or she files for graduation until the report is submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies. The report typically consists of application of research, gathering data, analyses, or conclusions drawn from a particular study. The report must follow the approved guidelines and must be approved by the supervisory committee and the Graduate Dean.

Students should download the Graduation Guidelines and Deadlines for Master's Candidates from the web. The website contains detailed instructions for formatting the thesis or report and deadlines for submission.

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