All master’s degree programs require either the writing of a thesis or professional paper or the fulfillment of a special project or other requirements.
Each master’s program which includes the writing of a thesis requires the completion of a minimum of twenty-four semester credit hours of approved courses plus a maximum of six semester credit hours for the thesis.
Each master’s program which includes the writing of a professional paper or the fulfillment of a special project requires a minimum of thirty-six semester credit hours, of which a maximum of six semester credit hours may be included for professional paper or special project.
All courses in the program must be graduate-level (numbered 5000 or higher), and in no case may undergraduate credit be accepted toward a master’s degree.
A maximum of 12 graduate semester credit hours earned by a “non-degree student’’ may subsequently apply toward a graduate degree only if the Dean of the Graduate School, upon recommendation of the student’s advisory committee, determines it is appropriate to the degree program.
Graduate students are not permitted to apply toward the master’s degree more than twelve semester credit hours earned in workshops, in seminars, or in any combination of these. Such courses must form part of the logical, related sequence of work leading to the degree.