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Chapter 7C: The Program of Study

1. University Requirements

General university requirements and descriptions for the student’s program of study are described in Chapter 6.G.The student’s advisory committee chair, in consultation with the advisory committee members, should aid the student in the development of their proposed Program of Study, which is then submitted to the chair/program director. It is the chair/director’s responsibility to assure that the program meets the minimum requirements of the respective program and Graduate School. The chair/program director will submit the Program of Study through the GRM to the dean of the Graduate School for approval to assure that the Program of Study meets the minimum requirements of the Graduate School.

The Program of Study for a master’s candidate should be submitted to the Graduate School as soon as possible and no later than the beginning of the semester preceding the anticipated semester of graduation (e.g., for anticipated graduation in spring, the Program of Study is due no later than beginning of the preceding fall semester).

The following master’s program requirements represent the minimum Graduate School requirements for the master’s program of study; individual graduate programs may have additional requirements. All work taken by a graduate student need not appear on the Program of Study. A complete description of the program requirements for each degree is given in the Graduate Catalog.

Program of Study for Non-thesis Master’s Degree

  • 30 hours minimum of total credits
  • 26 hours minimum of graded (A-F) coursework, which may include up to 9 hours of undergraduate 300-400 level graded coursework.
  • 4 hours minimum of 702-level credit in the major, 2 of which must be taken in the semester of the final exam/project completion*
  • Courses taken for audit or courses graded Pass/Fail may not be used on the Program of Study.

Note: Graded course work at the 500-level may be used in place of the 702 credits only if the program submits a curriculum change that is if officially approved via the Faculty Senate. If the non-thesis curriculum is officially approved via with a capstone (500-level) course in place of 702 credits, a ballot meeting is still required in the final semester in which the capstone course is taken to determine if the student has successfully met all of the program requirements.*

 Program of Study for Thesis Master’s Degree

  • 30 hours minimum of total credits
  • 21 hours minimum of graded (A-F) coursework, which may include up to 6 hours of undergraduate 300-400 level graded coursework.
  • 4 hours minimum of 700-level credit in the major, 2 of which must be taken in the semester of the final exam and/or thesis completion*
  • Courses taken for audit or courses graded Pass/Fail may not be used on the Program of Study.

2. Filing the Program of Study

After the proposed Program of Study is completed by the graduate student, it must be signed by each advisory committee member and submitted to the program chair/director who ensures that it meets the requirements of the program and Graduate School.  The chair/director or the graduate program coordinator will submit the Program of Study to the Graduate School via the GRM module in myWSU for approval to assure that it meets the minimum requirements of the Graduate School.

Once approved, the Program of Study becomes the basis of the requirements for the master’s degree.

3. Changing the Program of Study

Subsequent alteration of an approved Program of Study must be documented with the appropriate signatures signifying the endorsement of the master’s advisory committee and the approval of the chair of the program and submitted to the Graduate School via the GRM. If program changes are made, the Program Change form must be completed, signed and submitted to the Graduate School before a student may submit an Application for Degree.

4. Fulfilling the Program of Study

Once approved, the master’s Program of Study becomes the basis of the requirements for the degree.The Program of Study serves as a contract between the student, the advisory committee, and the Graduate School. Completed courses cannot be removed from the Program of Study to avoid repeating courses with a C-or to change the degree completion deadline.

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