Program of Study

Program of Study

Degree-seeking students: Students must work with their advisors on a program of study that follows the approved curriculum as described in this bulletin and presented in Degreeworks. All electives and any deviations from the approved curriculum must be submitted to the Graduate School for approval after receiving approval from the academic advisor and either the program director or department chair. All deviations in required coursework must be explained.

The following is a list of the credit limitations for programs of study for degree seeking students. Please refer to individual notations in this section for further information on each item.

  • The Graduate School must receive notification about program of study approval prior to completion of 50% of the minimum required hours for the program. Students who do not have approved programs by the deadline will be blocked from registering for additional coursework.
  • The program of study must include at least the number of hours required for the program as specified in this Bulletin. The program of study should include all required coursework as listed; substitutions must be approved by the advisor, program, and Graduate School.
  • The program of study may not include more than the allowed number of transfer hours (6 or 9 depending on the type of program). Transfer hours must be approved by the advisor, the program, and the Graduate School, and must have grades of "B" or better (note: B- is not an acceptable grade).
  • The program of study may not include more than nine (9) hours of coursework taken before the term of admission to the degree program. Use of these hours must be approved by the advisor, the program, and the Graduate School.
  • The program of study may not include more than six (6) hours of independent study (5500/6500/7500) and also no more than 25% of independent study (5500/6500/7500) and selected topics (5530-5549, 6530-6549, 7530-7549) coursework combined.
  • The program of study GPA must be at least 3.0, may not include any courses in which a grade of "F" or "U" was received, and may not include more than three (3) courses with C-level grades.
  • All coursework on the program of study must meet the seven (7) year time limitation at the date of graduation.
  • Courses numbered 5989 and 7989 may not be used on a program of study.

Certificate-seeking students: Students must work with their advisors on a program of study that follows the approved curriculum as described in this bulletin and presented in Degreeworks. Students must work with their advisors to submit the Notification of Certificate Completion form when they have completed the coursework required for the certificate. The following is a list of credit limitations for certificates. Please refer to individual notations in this section for further information on each item.

  • The program of study must include at least the number of hours required for the program as specified in this Bulletin.
  • The program of study should include all required coursework as listed; substitutions are strongly discouraged and must be approved in advance by the advisor, program, and Graduate School.
  • The program of study may not include more than 25% transfer hours. Transfer hours must be approved by the advisor, the program, and the Graduate School, and must have grades of "B" or better.
  • The program of study may not include more than nine (9) hours of coursework taken before the term of admission to the certificate program. Use of these hours must be approved by the advisor, the program, and the Graduate School.
  • The program of study may not include more than 25% of independent study coursework (5500/6500/7500), and not more than 50% independent study and selected topics (5530-5549, 6530-6549, 7530-7549) coursework combined.
  • The program of study GPA must be at least 3.0, and may not include any courses in which a grade of "F" or "U" was received.
  • All coursework on the program of study must meet the seven (7) year time limitation at the date of completion.
  • Courses numbered 5989 and 7989 may not be used on a program of study.