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GRADUATE INFORMATION

FACULTY ADVISOR

When accepted for admission to a degree program, the student is assigned a fac- ulty advisor from the field of concentration. The faculty advisor assists the student in planning a program and schedule; however, the student must assume responsi- bility for meeting all requirements.

TIME LIMIT

The master’s and educational specialist degrees must be completed within six calendar years. Courses taken at Delta State prior to six years before completion of degree may not be applied to the masters or educational specialist degrees unless revalidated with permission of the graduate advisor, department chair, and the college or school dean. A student is eligible to revalidate up to two courses. In special cases, and with approval of the department chair, the college or school dean may waive revalidation and accept course work that is more than six years old. Guidelines for revalidation are available in the college or school dean’s office. For the doctoral degree, the last 45 hours must have been completed within a seven-year limit prior to degree completion.

COURSE NUMBERS

Courses numbered “500” and above are classified as graduate level with those numbered 600 and above offered exclusively for graduate students. Some course work numbered “500-599” may be split-level and include upper-level undergrad- uate students who are enrolled in the “400” level counterpart. To receive gradu- ate credit for a split-level course, additional assignments are required beyond those expected of undergraduate students. Courses taken for undergraduate cred- it at the “400” level cannot be repeated at the “500” level for graduate credit.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

The course requirements for a master’s degree range from 30 to 60 semester hours, depending upon which program is entered; and, the different programs require from one-half up to 30 semester hours of the total program to be “600” level courses. The minimum requirement for the Educational Specialist degree is 30 semester hours above the master’s degree, one-half of which must be in “700” level courses or above. For doctoral requirements, see separate entry.

TRANSFER OF CREDITS

Graduate courses may be transferred from another accredited college or universi- ty. Transfer credit will be granted only for those courses in which the student received a B or better and which are listed on a program of study approved by the graduate advisor and the college or school dean. Transfer courses may be substituted for required courses if the catalog description reflects similar course content and each course is recommended by the student’s advisor to the college or school dean. A maximum of 6 semester hours of the credit required for a mas- ter’s degree or educational specialist degree may be accepted as transfer credit from another accredited graduate school. When circumstances merit it, a request

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