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   Chapter Three - Degree Requirements

 Residence  Additional Degrees  Limitation for Faculty
 Grade Point Averages  Graduate Credit
 Continuous Registration  Leave of Absence  Change of Major
 Warning Status/Scholastic Dismissal  Time Limits
 Master's Degree
 Doctor of Philosophy  Doctor of Education  Doctor of Musical Arts
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Continuous Registration

All graduate students are expected to enroll and pay tuition and fees by the twelfth class day of the fall semester and the spring semester of each academic year until graduation. If the student has been admitted to candidacy for the doctoral degree, registration in the dissertation course or the equivalent is required. The only alternative to continuous registration is a leave of absence, discussed below. If the student fails to register and has not been granted a leave of absence by the twelfth class day, he or she may not return to the University without applying for readmission. The student must apply for readmission both to the University and to the graduate program and must pay the general application fee of $40. The application will be reviewed by the Graduate Studies Committee, which may choose to readmit the student or to deny readmission.

Leave of Absence

Graduate students may apply for a leave of absence of no more than two semesters. If the student has not yet been admitted to candidacy for the doctoral degree, this request must be approved in advance of the leave by the graduate adviser; if the student has been admitted to candidacy, the application must be approved in advance by the graduate adviser and the graduate dean. A student on leave may reenter the graduate program by filing an application for readmission. No application fee is required.

A student on leave may not use any University facilities; nor is he or she entitled to receive advice from any member of the faculty. A leave of absence does not alter the time limits for degrees or coursework.

Application to Another Graduate Major (Change of Major)

To change his or her major, a student must submit an Application to Another Graduate Major to the Graduate and International Admissions Center. The application must be approved by the graduate adviser in the new program. If the application involves an additional graduate degree in the same field or a closely related field at the same or a lower level, justification must be submitted to the graduate dean by the graduate adviser in the new program. Applications to another graduate major must be submitted to the Graduate and International Admissions Center by April 1 for the summer session, by July 1 for the fall semester, and by October 1 for the spring semester. Consult the graduate adviser for the proposed new major about priority deadlines and additional requirements, procedures, and materials.

If the student has been away from the University for a semester or longer, he or she must apply for readmission.

Back to Top   Warning Status and Academic Dismissal

To remain in the Graduate School beyond the first semester or summer session, a student must make satisfactory progress in absolving any admission conditions that were imposed by the Graduate Studies Committee or by the graduate dean. If the student fails to remove admission conditions, he or she is subject to dismissal.

To remain in the Graduate School, a student must maintain an overall graduate grade point average of at least 3.00. The overall graduate grade point average includes all upper-division and graduate coursework the student has taken while enrolled in the Graduate School. If this grade point average falls below 3.00, the Office of Graduate Studies will warn the student that his or her continuance in the Graduate School is in jeopardy. During the next semester or summer session in which the student is registered, he or she must raise the overall graduate grade point average to at least 3.00 or be subject to dismissal; during this period the student may not drop any course or withdraw from the University without the approval of the graduate adviser and the graduate dean.

A student who has been dismissed from the Graduate School may be readmitted only by petition either to the original Graduate Studies Committee or to the Graduate Studies Committee for another program that will accept the student. This petition must be approved by the graduate dean.

Academic dismissal is reflected on the student's academic record. A change in status caused by the conversion of an incomplete to a letter grade or by a change in grade is reflected only in the final grade report of each semester.

Additional information about grades and grade point averages is given here.

Back to Top   Time Limits

Master's degree. All requirements for a master's degree must be completed within one six-year period. Work over six years old can be reinstated only with the permission of the graduate dean, upon recommendation of the Graduate Studies Committee.

Doctoral degree. All completed work that is included in a doctoral student's degree program at the time of admission to candidacy must have been taken within the previous six years (exclusive of a maximum of three years of military service). The Graduate Studies Committee will review the program of students who have not completed the degree at the end of three years from admission to candidacy; the committee will review the status of the student's program yearly thereafter. At those times the committee may recommend additional coursework, further examinations, or termination of candidacy. In addition, the program is subject to review by the graduate dean.

Back to Top   Chapter Three

Additional Degrees
Limitation for Faculty
Grade Point Averages
Graduate Credit

Continuous Registration
Leave of Absence
Change of Major
Warning Status and Scholastic Dismissal
Time Limits

The Master's Degree

The Doctor of Philosophy
The Doctor of Education
The Doctor of Musical Arts


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