Master’s Programs: General Requirements

Since each department or division may have special requirements for any program it offers, you must be aware of those requirements as well as the requirements of the Graduate School. Specific program requirements are listed in the Fields of Study chapter.

A minimum of 30 semester hours is required for all master’s degrees, but several programs require more. Many departments offer both thesis-type and course-type master’s programs, with the student’s objectives and abilities determining which type of program they may pursue. Both types allow between six to 12 hours of research or research-and-thesis credit. Some departments or divisions may require candidates to perform research, teaching, or equivalent services as a part of their degree requirement.

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