The Graduate School at UNO
Donna L. Dickerson, Interim, Executive Director of Graduate School
In recognition of its duty to provide a center of learning for the community of New
Orleans, the University established a graduate division in 1963, which later became
The Graduate School in 1966. Beginning with master’s degree programs in chemistry
and physics, the Graduate School furthered the expansion of knowledge with graduate
programs across the disciplines. In 1965, six graduate degrees were conferred at commencement:
one Master of Science in Chemistry and five Masters of Education. In May 1967, the
University of New Orleans conferred its first Doctor of Philosophy degree.
The Graduate School in coordination with the Graduate Council, regulates graduate
policy across the University. The University currently offers advanced degrees in
32 master's programs and 12 doctoral programs. The programs are designed to provide
students with opportunities for comprehensive training in special fields of study,
to instruct them in methods of independent investigation, and to foster the spirit
of scholarship and research.
The pursuit of research and free inquiry demand rigor, and graduate students are expected
to exceed minimum requirements and to master subjects rather than pass courses to
simply comply with formal requirements. Coursework at the graduate level should lay
the foundation for the individual scholarship of students.
Types of Admission and Requirements
Degree Program Admission
Applicants for admission to the Graduate School in a degree program are expected
to have the following qualifications:
- A baccalaureate degree from a university or college approved by a recognized accrediting
- Point-hour ratios of at least 2.5 for undergraduate work and 3.0 for all graduate
and post-baccalaureate work for which a grade is given. (A-4, B-3, C-2, D-1, F-0)
- Satisfactory academic standing at the last university or college attended.
- Satisfactory admission test scores (see below).
An applicant who meets all of the above requirements may be granted unconditional
admission, if accepted by the program. Program admission standards may be higher than
the minimum Graduate School requirements. Many programs also require application materials
beyond transcripts and test scores.
Applicants who fail to meet all the admission requirements may, in rare instances,
be considered for probationary admission, but only upon very strong recommendation
by the department concerned on the grounds of other evidence of ability to carry out
the graduate program successfully. The Executive Director of Graduate School will
consider the merits of the case and determine whether probationary admission is warranted.
Applicants who are unable to supply complete credentials because they are currently
enrolled in a university program may be granted conditional admission provided all
records, except for the semester in progress, have been submitted. In such cases complete
credentials must be received not later than 30 days after the first day of classes
in the fall and spring semester and not later than 15 days after the first day of
classes in the summer session, or admission may be cancelled.
Non-Degree Graduate Admission
An applicant who has already earned a baccalaureate degree and who does not intend
to pursue another undergraduate or graduate degree should apply to The Graduate School
as a non-degree student. Students who apply for non-degree status are not required
to submit admission test scores but must submit official copies of the transcript
certifying their baccalaureate or graduate degree. Students are strongly encouraged
to carefully consider the problems that may arise in selecting this status. Short-term
benefits such as temporarily avoiding the admission test may be exchanged for long-term
serious disadvantages such as not being able to apply credits earned toward a degree
program or not being eligible for prompt consideration for admission to a degree program
until admission test scores or complete official transcripts are available. Also,
some 6000-level courses are closed to non-degree students. Non-degree students are
not eligible for federal financial aid.
Some applicants who apply to a degree program but who have not satisfied all the admission
requirements may be admitted as conditional non-degree students temporarily until
the missing materials have been supplied. Such non-degree students must supply any
missing credentials in the same time period outlined above for degree program students.
Conditional non-degree admission does not in any way guarantee subsequent admission
on an unconditional basis or admission to a degree program. It should be noted that
conditional non-degree status for students intending to study in the areas of Business
is rarely given because of the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business
accreditation requirements. A student who has not removed the cause of a conditional
status cannot register for a second semester without special permission of the Graduate
Up to 12 hours earned as a non-degree student may be applied to a graduate degree
program if and only if the courses carry graduate credit, the work is appropriate
to the program, the appropriate graduate faculty recommends the acceptance of the
credit hours, and the student is accepted into a degree program.
Non-degree students must read and comply with these provisions and departmental regulations
to avoid serious problems.
Applicants should submit the University application form online along with required
credentials at least 30 days prior to the beginning of registration for the semester
for which they are applying. Credentials include admission test scores and official
transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate college work taken, showing any degrees
awarded. Transcripts must be sent directly to the Admissions Office from each and
every college attended even if no credit was earned and even though the work may be
shown on another transcript. The requests for these transcripts must be made early,
as some institutions take considerable time to supply them.
Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) scores are required for the Master of Science
in Accounting. GMAT scores are also accepted for the Master of Arts in Arts Administration,the
Master of Business Administration, the Master of Science in Health Care Management,
the Master of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management, and the Doctor of Philosophy
in Financial Economics. General test scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
must be submitted for all other programs. Some departments also require GRE subject
test scores. Admission test scores older than 5 years at the time of registration
for the semester for which the applicant wishes to be considered will not be accepted.
University applications must be accompanied by a one-time nonrefundable application
fee of $20. Graduate School priority dates are July 1 for fall semester admission;
November 1 for spring semester; and May 1 for summer session.
RE-ENTRY Students who have interrupted their residence at the University by not registering
for one full year must re-file an online application for admission to the Graduate
School. Degree students must submit supplementary transcripts if any work has been
taken at another institution during the interim.
MULTI-CAMPUS STUDENTS enrolled in graduate programs at other UL System universities who wish to take courses
at UNO should inquire at the Graduate School of their home institution for the procedure
to be followed.
Applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit proof of English
proficiency. There are
several methods by which English proficiency may be verified including satisfactory
scores earned on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), on the International
English Language Testing System (IELTS), on the Michigan Test of English offered through
the Intensive English Language Program at UNO, or with proof of degree earned at an
institution located in a country recognized as English-speaking.
For potential students completing the TOEFL, the Graduate School requires a composite
score of at least 79-80 on the iBT (internet based), or 550 (paper-based). For additional
information on the TOEFL you may visit their web site at www.toefl.org. On the IELTS
test the minimum band score is 6.5. IELP students may satisfy English proficiency
by achieving scores of 70 on the Listening section, 70 on the Grammar section and
75 on the Composition section
of the Michigan test if completed at UNO.
Countries recognized as English-speaking are Australia, Belize, Canada, Ireland, Jamaica,
New Zealand, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Applicants must be advanced in English comprehension and be able to participate in
class discussions. Individual programs may require higher scores. In addition, students
seeking a Teaching Assistantship will be required to have
All admission credentials must be submitted prior to acceptance. Complete records
must be on file at the University at least 90 days prior to registration for the semester
in which the student desires to start. Fees submitted must be payable in U.S. Dollars.
Those requiring a student visa may not be admitted as non-degree students, may not
be admitted on probation, and may not normally be admitted conditionally.
The Graduate School will determine whether the applicant’s grades and coursework are
equivalent to a bachelor’s degree from UNO. A Statement of Financial Support must
also be submitted, indicating financial ability to remain at the University long enough
to complete degree requirements. An acceptable statement must be submitted prior to
evaluation for admission.
All international students are required to participate in the student medical insurance
program. Fees for this insurance will be assessed at registration.
Fees and Financial Resources
(Consult Fees section.)
Graduate Assistantships, Fellowships and Scholarships
A number of teaching, research, and service assistantships are available for qualified
students in all areas of the University. Graduate assistants may be appointed for
the academic year (nine months), fiscal year (12 months), or summer. Graduate assistants
must be enrolled as full-time (9 graduate credit hours in Fall and Spring) students
and maintain a 3.0 grade point average. International graduate assistants who have
primary responsibility for teaching a course (TA3) are required to have a TOEFL score
of 100 (internet-based score) or 600 (paper-based) or IELTS overall band score of
7.5. Individual graduate programs may have higher requirements.
Assistantships provide a salary, tuition exemption, a graduate enhancement fee exemption
and a waiver of the non-resident fee. Should a graduate assistant resign or be terminated
from the University, the student will be held accountable for all tuition and fees
for that semester. Graduate assistants are not permitted to hold employment outside
of the University without written authorization from the Executive Director of Graduate
School. Inquiries and applications should be made directly to the student’s degree
program or University department.
The Graduate School at the University of New Orleans distributes merit-based awards
once each year. Scholastic performance and test scores are among the criteria evaluated.
Applicants must be newly and unconditionally accepted to a UNO graduate program in a Fall semester, have a suitable GRE or GMAT
score, meet the GPA requirements for the award and maintain nine hours of graduate
coursework each semester (spring and fall). In addition, applicants must be nominated
for an award by the program to which they have been admitted. Students should contact
their graduate coordinator to initiate the process. All awards are renewable annually
for up to two years for master’s degree students (three years for MFA students) and
five years for doctoral degree students, provided that students maintain the required
cumulative GPA, successfully complete nine graduate credit hours each semester, and
retain the support of their degree program
Master’s Student Award
Any student fully admitted into a Master’s degree program, with 3.0+ undergraduate
and/or 3.5+ graduate GPA is eligible for this award. This scholarship provides a
waiver of tuition and graduate enhancement fee for the academic year (fall and spring).
Due Date: March 15.
Master’s and Doctoral Level Award
Marcus B. Christian Graduate Scholarship
African-American and other under-represented U.S. minority students accepted to Doctoral
and Master’s degree programs with a 3.0+ undergraduate GPA and/or 3.5+ graduate GPA
are eligible for this award. Strong preference is given to Louisiana residents and
to graduates of Southern University in New Orleans and other historically black institutions.
This scholarship provides a waiver of tuition and graduate enhancement fee for the
academic year (fall and spring). Due Date: March 15
Doctoral Student Award
Any student fully admitted into a Doctoral degree program, with 3.0+ undergraduate
and/or 3.5+ graduate GPA is eligible for this award. This scholarship provides a waiver
of tuition and graduate enhancement fee for the academic year (fall and spring). Due
Date: March 15
SREB/BoR/Ernest G Chachere Doctoral Diversity Fellowship
Any under-represented U.S. minority student accepted to begin a Doctoral program
in the Sciences, with a 3.25+ undergraduate GPA or a 3.5+ graduate GPA, is eligible
for this award. While students of the social sciences may apply, strong preference
is given to applicants in the physical and mathematical sciences and engineering.
This Fellowship provides a waiver of tuition and the nonresident fee for the academic
year (fall, spring and summer) and a $22,000 stipend per year for four (4) years,
as well as a Membership in the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) Doctoral Scholars
Program for each of the four (4) years. Availability of these awards is subject to
funding by the Board of Regents. Due Date: February 15
Student Financial Aid
For detailed information go to www.uno.edu/finaid.
The Career Services office assists students with their career planning and provides
information and materials on career development and employment opportunities. Career
Services is a member of the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE)
and follows NACE's principles. Current students can register for the Opportunities
Database, a listing of job and internship opportunities.
During the fall and spring semesters, representatives from business, industry, government,
and education visit the Career Planning and Placement Center to interview students
for career employment.
Workshops are available for students on preparing resumes, networking, interviewing
and other skills. A credentials service is available for students on an optional basis
and procedures followed are as established in the Family Education Rights and Privacy
Act of 1974.
Oak Ridge Associated Universities
The University of New Orleans is affiliated with the Oak Ridge Associated Universities
(ORAU) which provides research collaboration opportunities with federal research facilities,
other universities within the southeast, and corporate organizations. Together the
universities work toward acquiring joint opportunities to compete for large research
projects, to acquire shared information technology and to work in additional ways
made possible by the critical number of universities involved. ORAU also offer opportunities
to faculty and graduate students to participate in research through fellowships for
graduate students and research affiliations for faculty.
Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium
The Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON) is an organization of public
universities in the state including the University of New Orleans. LUMCON was chartered
in 1979 to develop coordinated marine research and education within the state university
system and provide coastal facilities for these programs.
LUMCON’s principal facility is the Universities Marine Center at Cocodrie. The Marine
Center consists of a fifty thousand square foot laboratory-dormitory complex, ninety-five
foot and fifty-five foot research vessels, numerous small vessels and collecting equipment,
and docking and service facilities for all the vessels. Satellite facilities with
laboratories, accommodations, and small boats are operational at Port Fourchon and
at Fearman Bayou. The Port Fourchon Laboratory provides ready access to salt and brackish
marshes, the bays and bayous of the Timbalier and Barataria Bay systems, beaches,
and the Gulf of Mexico; while the Fearman Bayou Laboratory provides access to a wildlife
refuge on Vermillion Bay, brackish and fresh water marshes, and coastal cheniers.
College courses in the marine sciences offered at all three facilities emphasize extensive
field experience and studies of living organisms in their natural habitat and in the
laboratory. Enrollment in each course may be limited by space and accommodations available
at a particular laboratory, but applicants from member institutions of LUMCON will
be given priority. Students enrolled at UNO will register for LUMCON courses through
UNO and will pay tuition based on the UNO fee schedule. Credit for such courses will
be awarded by UNO and will be recorded on student transcripts. For details of marine
science courses to be offered at LUMCON facilities see course offering in Biological
Sciences, and consult the Chairs of the Departments of Biological Sciences and Geology
Louisiana Alliance for Minority Participation (LAMP)
The University of New Orleans is a recipient of funds from the National Science Foundation
through the Louisiana Board of Regents to implement and administer a program on the
UNO campus called the Louisiana Alliance for Minority Participation (LAMP). LAMP goals
are to expand and reinforce systemic mentoring, including research participation and
guidance to graduate students. The overall goal is to improve minority participation
in science and math education and technology. Various LAMP programs introduce students
to research tools and methods, provide hands-on research experience, build computer
and technology skills, and help students prepare for graduate school.
Southeastern Universities Research Association (SURA)
The University of New Orleans has been a member of the Southeastern Universities
Research Association (SURA) since 1993. SURA is a consortium of colleges and universities
in the southern United States and the District of Columbia established as a nonstock,
nonprofit corporation. SURA serves as an entity through which colleges, universities,
and other organizations may cooperate with one another and with government in acquiring,
developing, and using laboratories and other research facilities and in furthering
knowledge and the application of that knowledge in the physical, biological, and other
natural sciences and engineering.
SURA’s goals are to foster excellence in scientific research, to strengthen the scientific
and technical capabilities of the nation and of the Southeast, and to provide outstanding
training opportunities for the next generation of scientists and engineers.
The most recent consortium emphases of SURA have focused on Information Technology
(IT) and Internet II, advanced materials research, and coastal research activities.
Failure of students to acquaint themselves fully with the organization and regulations
of the University and Graduate School may lead to complications for which the student
must assume full responsibility.
Graduate degrees are not conferred merely upon the basis of number of courses passed
or on length of time spent in residence, but rather upon the basis of the quality
and scope of a candidate’s knowledge and power of investigation. Requirements listed
below must be interpreted with the understanding that the Graduate School prescribes
only minimum standards. Individual departments, rather than the Graduate School, gain
or lose reputation and standing according to the excellence of training given to their
graduate students and for that reason are permitted to demand performance well in
excess of the basic Graduate School requirements. A successful graduate student must
possess the maturity and determination to satisfy intellectual curiosity. As a rule,
students who have made averages lower than B in the major fields as undergraduates
are not encouraged to proceed with graduate work.
Meeting specific requirements for admission to, or retention in, the Graduate School
does not guarantee admission or permission to enter whatever course or curriculum
a student desires to take. The University is not prepared to offer a variety of programs
sufficient to meet the demands of all prospective students, nor has it the resources
to instruct all who desire to enter. It is forced to concentrate its energies upon
students who offer the greatest promise of development in the particular fields in
which it is prepared to give training.
In matters dealing with courses and curricula the Graduate School prescribes certain
standards which it enforces. These may be regarded only as minimum requirements. Individual
departments commonly set their own standards at higher levels. Graduate students must
assume full responsibility for acquaintance with both general regulations and specific
requirements of departments in which they pursue major and minor work.
Candidacy for a Degree
Admission to the Graduate School does not imply admission to candidacy for a degree.
Only as a result of one or more semesters of superior work and departmental approval
does a student qualify to apply for candidacy for a degree. Students on probation
may not apply for candidacy.
Degrees for Faculty and Staff
The Graduate School will not award the doctoral degree to full-time faculty of UNO
above the rank of instructor or to other employees who in the opinion of the Graduate
Council are of equivalent status; nor will it permit such persons to register for
credit toward a UNO doctorate.
All graduate courses for which the student meets the prerequisites are open to graduate
students. Courses numbered above 6000 are graduate courses and only open to graduate
students. Graduate credit is awarded for courses numbered 4000G-level and above. Graduate
credit is not awarded for courses numbered 4000-level and below. Graduate courses
are taught by a member of the graduate faculty, and are taken while the student is
enrolled as a graduate student, or under the limited conditions in which an undergraduate
may earn graduate credit (see Work by Undergraduates). Graduate students who enroll
in 4000G-level courses will be expected to complete assignments conforming to the
higher standards of scholarship and research that guide the Graduate School.
Maximum and Minimum Course Loads
Graduate students enrolled in at least nine semester hours for the fall and spring
semesters and six semester hours for the summer are considered full-time enrolled.
Students on graduate assistantships, scholarships or fellowships are required to be
enrolled full-time. Registration for course loads greater than fifteen semester hours
for the fall and spring semesters and twelve semester hours for the summer requires
program and Graduate School approval.
Work by Undergraduates
A UNO undergraduate student who lacks not more than twelve semester hours for a UNO
bachelor’s degree may be permitted, after scheduling all required work for the degree,
to register for up to 9 hours of graduate credit. This privilege applies only to students
who have maintained a cumulative grade point average of 3.2. It is extended only upon
recommendation of the dean of the student’s college and by permission of the department.
This approval must be obtained prior to the start of the semester involved. The courses
for graduate credit must also be approved by the professor under whom the student
intends to do major work as a graduate student. The total amount of work, graduate
and undergraduate, for which a student covered by this provision may register may
not exceed 15 semester hours.
A student may be admitted to classes as an auditor by obtaining admission to The
Graduate School in the regular fashion and by receiving the written permission of
the instructor of the course. Auditors will not receive university credit, nor will
they be permitted to take a credit examination on work audited.
Students may not change from audit to credit after the last day to add a course. With
permission of the instructor, they may change from credit to audit within the first
15 class days of the semester (7 class days in the summer).
A student must be enrolled in the University to receive credit in any examination
in course work or to satisfy other requirements for advanced degrees. A student may
meet this requirement by registering for Examination or Report/Thesis Only (Course
Number 7040) and paying a fee of $15 at registration. Registration for Examination
Only (that is, registration in 7040) normally allowed for only one semester. However,
in exceptional circumstances a student may be allowed to enroll in 7040 one additional
time. The request should be initiated by a faculty member in the student's degree
program and include information about the student's progress towards the degree. At
a minimum, the student must have turned in a completed draft of the manuscript to
the student's thesis/dissertation committee. If the student is completing a non-thesis
master's program, they must have initiated the comprehensive examination or project
report. The decision regarding a second enrollment will be made by the Executive Director
of the Graduate School. No exceptions will be granted beyond a second enrollment in
Failure to Drop or Resign as Prescribed
Once enrolled in a course, there is a prescribed procedure for either dropping or
resigning. It is the student’s responsibility to follow the required procedures and
to meet the deadlines in this catalog for dropping courses and resigning from the
University. Failure to comply usually results in a grade of F.
No graduate credit is allowed for work done by correspondence study.
Transfer of Credit
The majority of credits toward a graduate degree (either master’s or doctoral) must
be earned at the University of New Orleans. The maximum hours that can be transferred
for doctoral degrees vary. The specific program of interest should be consulted for
the limitations and conditions on transfers for doctoral degrees. Only credits earned
in courses may be transferred; thesis/dissertation research credits may not be transferred.
- A maximum of 12 hours earned as a non-matriculating student may be used in a master’s
degree program, if approved by the program and the College.
- A maximum of one-third of the credit hours required for the degree transferred from
other schools may be used in a master’s degree program, if approved by the program
and the College.
- A maximum of one-half the credits required for a second degree may be applied from
a prior master’s degree at UNO, if approved by the program and the College.
To petition for acceptance of these credits, the student must be currently enrolled,
must have completed at least 9 hours of graduate course work in a degree program at
UNO, and must be in good academic standing. Transfer of credit is approved only for
course work taken as a graduate student; no work graded lower than a B can be transferred,
unless the course is a joint degree program requirement. Transfer credit offered toward
a degree is subject to the same time limits as course work taken at UNO.
Graduate work transferred from other institutions may be applied toward degree requirements,
but the grades earned will not be computed in the UNO graduate average, unless the
course is a joint degree program requirement.
Graduate Grading System
Grades in the Graduate School have these meanings:
||has a value of four quality points per semester hour and indicates superior work.
||has a value of three quality points per semester hour and indicates satisfactory work.
||has a value of two quality points per semester hour and is below the expected level
of performance. In some departments a course with a C grade may be accepted toward
a degree, but, strictly speaking, this grade represents work below the standard expected
of a graduate student and should be construed as a warning that further work in the
subject may be unwise. No more than six semester hours of credit with a grade of C
may be applied to a Master’s degree.
||has a value of one quality point and indicates unsatisfactory work by the student.
A course with a D grade may not be accepted toward a degree.
||has no quality point value and indicates grossly unsatisfactory work by the student.
||If a student, because of extenuating circumstances, is unable to complete all of the
requirements for a course by the end of the semester, the instructor may assign an
incomplete ("I") for the course. The "I" may be used only when all of the following
conditions are met: (a) the student has satisfactorily completed a substantial portion
of the course; (b) the student is unable to complete all course work or final exam
due to unusual circumstances acceptable to the instructor; and (c) the student
and instructor agree on the assignment of the 'I" grade before grades rosters are
due. If the "I" grade is not removed by the end of the following semester (all summer
sessions count as one semester), the grade will convert to an "F." Receiving an "I"
grade may have financial aid consequences; therefore, students should check with the
Office of Financial Aid before agreeing to take an Incomplete.
||is a grade given for satisfactory work in certain seminar and research courses, as
well as in thesis (7000) and dissertation (7050) progression. If petitioned by the
teacher or major professor within 45 calendar days after the last day for submitting
final grades, a grade of S may be changed to a regular letter grade.
||is a grade given for unsatisfactory work in certain seminar and research courses,
as well as in thesis (7000) and dissertation (7050) progression. A grade of U serves
notice of serious and immediate concern with regard to the student’s advancement in
the degree program. If petitioned by the teacher or major professor within 45 calendar
days after the last day for submitting final grades, a grade of U may be changed to
a regular letter grade.
||means withdrawal. This grade is given when a student drops a course or resigns from
the University before the appropriate deadline (see calendar). Credit hours for which
a grade of W is recorded are not used in calculating the student’s average.
||The grade of XF has no quality point value and is treated the same as an F. This
grade is earned when a student stops attending a class.
||is treated the same as a U. There are two instances in which a student may receive
a grade of XU. The first instance is for a student who never attends a class or stops
attending and does not drop the course. The second is for a student who attends a
class, is failing, and does not take the final exam.
Grade Appeal Policy
The course final grade appeal policy provides the student with a safeguard against
receiving an unfair final grade in a course, while at the same time respecting the
academic freedom of the instructor which is vital to the integrity of the teaching
process at the University of New Orleans. The course final grade appeal process strives
to resolve a dispute between student and instructor in the assignment of a course
final grade at the collegial level. The intent is never to embarrass or disgrace students
or instructors, nor to assess penalty or retribution on any party when mistakes are
discovered, but instead to provide a neutral forum for the discussion of differences
of opinion. Every student has the right to have a request for consideration of his
or her final grade reviewed by the chair of the department and a departmental Grade
Appeal Committee. The course final grade appeal is confined to charges of unfair action
against an individual student and may not involve a challenge of an instructor’s class
grading standard. It is incumbent on the student to substantiate the claim that his/her
final grade in the course represents unfair treatment, compared to the standard applied
to the remainder of the class. Only the final grade in a course may be appealed.
Academic Performance Standards
A cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 is considered by the Graduate School to be
the minimum standard of academic performance. A student who fails to maintain a cumulative
3.0 average on graduate course work taken at UNO will be placed on academic probation
and denied a graduate assistantship.
A student must earn a semester grade point of 3.0 or better each semester while on
probation until a cumulative grade point of 3.0 is achieved. Failure to earn a semester
grade point of 3.0 while on probation will result in being dropped from the University
for one semester (not including summer). Any student who returns after being dismissed
returns on probationary status and must maintain a 3.0 semester grade point or else
be dismissed permanently from the University. A student who is admitted to a graduate
program on probation, a student must make a 3.0 grade-point average in each semester
in which the first twelve hours of graduate work is completed or the student will
be dismissed from the Graduate School. (For these purposes, the summer session is
regarded as a semester.) Failure to meet specific academic performance standards established
by the department may also result in the imposition of academic action against the
Academic Requirements for a Degree
To receive a graduate degree, the Graduate School requires that the student have
a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 on all graduate course work, as well
as all course work applied specifically to the degree. A grade of D or F in any course
may not be used to satisfy degree requirements. A student may not graduate during
a semester in which academic probation is imposed. (See also the sections on Graduate
Grading System and Academic Performance Required.)
Generally, a student must meet all the requirements for a degree outlined in one
catalog. The student may elect any catalog in force during his or her enrollment at
the University, provided enrollment is continuous. A student who breaks enrollment
(either voluntarily or by compulsion) for five calendar years may not elect a catalog
earlier than the one in force at the time of re-entry. Under no circumstances may
a catalog more than 10 years old be used. In some instances, program or college graduation
requirements may be imposed that are not included in the catalog under which the student
has chosen to graduate. These additional or different requirements are well publicized
by the colleges involved. There are several requirements which must be completed by
all students prior to graduation. The student must:
- complete all academic requirements for a degree. This includes both the general degree
requirements and the particular program of study in which the student is enrolled.
- ascertain, through the college of the major, that his or her academic record is accurate
and complete. This should be done not later than one semester prior to graduation.
- submit an application to the Registrar’s Office for the degree during the registration
period of the last semester in residence. The student will be required to make this
formal application and state the exact name to appear on the diploma.
- pay the diploma fee at the last registration. Thesis and Dissertation students will
be charged an additional fee to defray the cost for processing the manuscript. A student
who has previously paid a diploma fee, but who failed to graduate at the time expected,
must reapply and pay the application fee again.
- have all financial indebtedness to the University cleared prior to graduation.
- exit interview for financial aid.
A student who does not follow and complete the above requirements and procedures will
not be allowed to graduate.
Application for Degree (Diploma)
It is the responsibility of every graduate student to submit an application for degree
to the Registrar’s Office during the registration period of the last semester in residence.
The student will be required to make this formal application and state the exact name
to appear on the diploma. In addition, the student must pay the diploma fee at this
last registration. A student who has previously paid a diploma fee, but who failed
to graduate at the time expected, must reapply and pay the application fee again.
A student must have all financial indebtedness to the University cleared prior to