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, the Master of Occupational Therapy, and the Professional Science Masters (PSM) in Biotechnology. 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 following are the minimum requirements for these degrees.


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 9 or more semester credit hours. Enrollment in fewer than 9 semester credit hours is considered part-time enrollment. Graduate students are encouraged to consider 12 semester credit hours a maximum load but may take up to 16 credit hours during fall, spring, or the entire summer.  Exceptions to this policy must be approved by the student's graduate advisor and the Dean of the Graduate School. 

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 a 3.0 GPA, the student is automatically on academic probation and notified of this status. Failing to raise the grade point average to 3.0 or above during the next enrollment results in dismissal from the Graduate School. Students cannot use courses with grades lower than a C to fulfill degree requirements. Departments can set higher standards for their programs. 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 6 years after the suspension.


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.

Notification of probation or dismissal/suspension status will be sent to the student's TWU email address. Messages delivered to the TWU email address will be considered officially delivered. 

All official communications will be sent to students' TWU email accounts. Students are responsible for all emails sent to their TWU email account. Messages delivered to the TWU email address will be considered officially delivered.