Formal Program (Program of Study)

The formal program (program of study) is a statement of the academic requirements that students must meet for the master’s/doctorate degree. The following University requirements apply to the program:

  1. It must be composed of a minimum of 30 units of 400-, 500- and 600-level work.
  2. None of the courses on the program may have been used for any other degree earned in the past.
  3. A maximum of 9 units of 400-level coursework may be used on a program of study. Check with the program for their specific policy on 400-level coursework, which could be fewer than 9 units.
  4. No more than 9 units in combination of transfer work, extension work or work completed prior to earning a baccalaureate degree can be used toward the degree.
  5. No more than 6 units of independent study may be included in the program and all independent study arrangements must have prior approval of the instructor and of the department chair.
  6. The program must terminate with a culminating experience which will consist of a Thesis, Graduate Project or Comprehensive Examination.
  7. Enrollment is required in the semester that the degree is awarded.