Degree Requirements - General

The Office of Graduate Studies (OGS) only enforces and monitors institutional degree requirements:

  • Minimum number of credits
    • PHD
      • 72-90 semester hour credits, depending on degree
      • Minimum of 18 semester hours of course credit
      • Minimum of 24 semester hours of research credit
    • MS
      • 30-38 semester hours credits, depending on degree
      • Minimum of 6 semester hours of research credit (thesis students only)
  • Course/ credit degree requirements
    • OGS only looks at courses/credits listed on the Degree Audit form.
    • Departmentally required courses not listed on the Degree Audit form are presumed to be waived by the department.
    • Changes to courses listed on the Degree Audit form must be submitted on the Addendum to Degree Audit form.
  • GPA
    • 3.0 cumulative GPA

The Office of Graduate Studies DOES NOT enforce or monitor:

  • Departmental degree requirements
    • The department needs to enforce departmental requirements by making sure that all courses and research credits required for a degree are listed on the Degree Audit form.
      • Pre-requisites or deficiencies must not be listed on the Degree Audit form. It is up to the Departments to monitor pre-requisites and deficiencies.

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