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Graduation Requirements

Master’s Degree Requirements

Degrees are not awarded automatically upon completion of scholastic requirements. Each candidate for a master’s degree shall:

  • 1.

    Matriculate as a “regular” graduate student, which includes filing official undergraduate transcripts.

  • 2.

    Complete all requirements as stipulated on the final approved graduate program plan.

  • 3.

    File an application for graduation by the deadline listed on page 38 and pay the appropriate graduation fee with the application.

  • 4.

    Complete a minimum of 30 hours of graduate work approved by the program director. Most degrees require more than 30 hours of graduate work. The additional hours and their nature are described under the “Degree Requirements” for the specific degree as listed in the “Graduate Degree Offer- ings” section of this catalog. Courses in which you earn a grade below C are not acceptable in fulfillment of this degree requirement.

  • 5.

    Earn no more than 50% of the minimum semester hours required for the graduate degree from sources outside CMU coursework which may include a combination of transfer credit and prior learning assessment credit.

  • 6.

    Maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (B) or better and a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (B) in all coursework on the student’s authorized degree program.

  • 7.

    Earn a minimum of 15 semester hours of credit equivalent to the course level of 600 or above which may include prior learning assessment credit.

  • 8.

    Submit evidence of scholarship and/or creative or artistic ability. See “Degree Requirements” for specific degree in the “Graduate Degree Offerings” section.

  • 9.

    Complete all requirements for the degree within seven years prior to the date of graduation.

Graduate Certificate Requirements

Certificates are not awarded automatically upon completion of scholastic requirements. Each candidate for a certificate shall:

  • 1.

    Matriculate as a “regular” graduate student, which includes filing all official undergraduate transcripts.

  • 2.

    Complete all requirements as stipulated on the final graduate certificate program plan.

  • 3.

    File an application for the graduate certificate by the deadline listed on page 38 and pay the appropriate certificate fee with the application.

  • 4.

    Earn a minimum of 15-18 semester hours (as specified by the individual certificate).

  • 5.

    Utilize not more than six hours of transfer credit. Prior learning may not be used to meet certificate requirements.

  • 6.

    Courses used on previous CMU graduate degrees or certifi- cates may not be counted toward another certificate.

  • 7.

    Courses used on previous graduate degrees or certificates may not be counted toward a graduate certificate.

  • 8.

    Maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (B) or better and a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (B) in all coursework on the student’s authorized degree program.

  • 9.

    Complete all requirements within four years prior to the completion of the graduate certificate.

Doctoral Degree Requirements

Students are eligible to receive a doctoral degree as approved and implemented by the university after having:

  • 1.

    Received a master’s or specialist’s degree, if this is a pre- requisite on the curriculum.

  • 2.

    Acquired the research skills of the discipline as required by the department.

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    Passed a comprehensive examination evaluated by more than one member of the graduate faculty.

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    Been admitted to candidacy for the doctoral degree.

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    Completed a minimum of 90 semester hours of graduate work beyond the bachelor’s degree with a grade point average of

3.0 or better. Coursework will be selected in consultation with the student’s academic advisor or advising committee.

  • 6.

    Maintained at least a 3.0 grade point overall. Courses in which the student earns or has earned a grade below C do not count toward meeting any degree requirements. A student with more than two grades below B- may not be awarded a Ph.D., D.H.A., or Ed.D. degree. Coursework that is not part of the student’s doctoral program of study is excluded from this policy. Particular programs may have more stringent grade requirements.

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    Fulfilled all the requirements on the authorized doctoral pro- gram as developed by the student and the student’s advisor or advising committee. The advisor or advising committee will supervise the program until the degree is completed or until it has been determined that the student should discontinue doctoral study;

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    Earned at least fifteen hours in courses at the 700 level or above (excluding dissertation and internship credits) and 50 of the total hours at the 600 level or above.

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    Prepared a doctoral dissertation, or in the case of some ap- plied programs, a doctoral project. A doctoral project must be conducted under an advisor who meets the requirements for regular graduate faculty status as defined by the Academic Senate’s Graduate Education Policy. All other policies and procedures for doctoral project are to be determined by the academic program and will be presented in the section of the Bulletin pertaining to the academic program. For the disser- tation, you may receive a minimum of twelve hours of credit and a maximum of thirty-six hours of credit as specified on the authorized doctoral program under the guidelines of the specific department. The research for the doctoral disserta- tion will be conducted under the guidance of a dissertation supervisor and must be approved by a doctoral committee consisting of at least three graduate faculty members. The student must pass an oral defense of the completed disserta- tion. The committee members are the examining committee and determine whether the student passes the defense. The dissertation must be prepared according to the regulations prescribed in the College of Graduate Studies’ most recent edition of the Preparation Guide for Doctoral Dissertations and Theses and must be submitted to Dissertation Abstracts International.

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    Completed the requirements for the doctoral degree within eight years prior to the award of the doctoral degree with prior relevant graduate degree and ten years if the student began doctoral study without prior relevant graduate degree. Courses completed outside these time frames may not be used to meet the graduation requirements without the written approval of the advisor, the chairperson of the department, and the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies. The re- quest for such approval must be accompanied by a statement giving an explicit reason why the content of the out-of-date courses is still a viable part of the graduate program;

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