Requirements for Master's Degrees and Certificates

Research Requirement

All students seeking a master's degree must have at least 3 credits for an approved research course.  Approved research courses are designated at the graduate program level.

Completion Time Limit

Course credits more than six years old at time of application for graduation may not be counted for a degree.  Graduate students unable to maintain continuous enrollment may, on a case-by-case basis, be granted an extension.  For military members who have deployed and as a result are unable to continue classes, the time limit may be extended.  The extension may not exceed the period of deployment, as indicated on orders.  For further clarification, contact the Office of Graduate Studies.

Application for Degree Conferral

Candidates for a degree must complete the following requirements no later than the dates specified by the University:

  1. Application for the degree indicating fall, spring, or summer commencement; and
  2. Completion and submission of a "Graduation Application" to the Office of Graduate Studies. To be considered for degree conferral, a candidate must be in good standing with the University. All contractual and financial obligations to the University must be satisfied.

A $40 graduation application processing fee is required at the time the application is submitted.  Students failing to meet degree requirements in the semester in which they have applied to graduate must reapply and pay the graduation application processing fee again.