Degree Requirements - General

To  earn a degree, all graduate students are required to submit a Degree Audit form, listing all the credits required to earn the degree. This form must be submitted by the deadline the semester prior to graduation. 

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. Students who have questions about specific departmental requirements need to consult with their advisor.
    • 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 cannot be listed on the Degree Audit form. It is up to the Departments to monitor pre-requisites and deficiencies.

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