General Requirements and Regulations for Master's Degrees

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Texas Woman’s University confers three types of master’s degrees: the Master of Arts, the Master of Science, and various professional master’s degrees, such as the Master of Education and the Master of Occupational Therapy. TWU also offers the Specialist in School Psychology degree, which is considered as a master’s level degree for the purposes of Graduate School requirements. The minimum requirements for these degrees follows.


While no specific residence requirement exists for the master’s degree, the student should plan to pursue as much full-time resident study as is possible in the degree program.

Time Limits

No absolute time period exists within which a master’s degree must be completed, but semester credit hours older than six years cannot apply toward any master’s degree. Under extraordinary circumstances, semester credit hours older than six years may be reinstated with the permission of the Dean of the Graduate School, upon request and recommendation of a student’s advisory committee, chair of the department, and dean of the college.

Limits on Course Load

The nature of graduate study is such that the graduate student load should be lower than a normal undergraduate load. A graduate student is considered full-time if enrolled in nine or more semester credit hours. Enrollment in fewer than nine semester credit hours is considered part-time enrollment. Graduate students are encouraged to consider twelve semester credit hours a maximum load and, if employed, to enroll for proportionately fewer semester credit hours.

Grade Requirements

Grades in courses offered for the master’s degree must average B or above in both the major and minor fields. (Some departments of the University accept no grade lower than B for degree work; please see the appropriate departmental sections in this catalog.) In no case may a course with a grade below C apply to the degree.

Graduate students are expected to maintain a B average on all graduate work. Consistent failure to do so results in dismissal from the Graduate School. When a student’s cumulative grade point average on graduate-level work falls below B or when a student receives a grade of D, F, or WF during any one semester or full summer session (including summer one, two or three) of twelve weeks, the student is automatically on academic probation and notified of this status. Earning a grade of D, F, or WF or failure to restore the cumulative average to B or above during the next enrollment results in dismissal from the Graduate School. It is not possible to improve the grade record at Texas Woman’s University by attendance at another university. Students who have been suspended may reapply to the TWU Graduate School when 6 years have elapsed after the suspension.

Notification of probation status will be sent to the student's TWU email address.  Notification of dismissal/suspension will be mailed by certified mail to the student's address on file with the university at that time.  All official communications will be sent to students' TWU email accounts.

Students enrolled for credit or non-credit classes are assigned a TWU email address for receiving announcements, correspondence, and other important messages (including payment deadlines and financial aid information).  Messages delivered to the TWU email address will be considered officially delivered .