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The Graduate School's policies are formally approved guiding and governing principles that assist in the conduct of graduate education. Learn more about the Structure and Organization of Graduate Education Policies.

 

Academic policies

Academic policies are directly concerned with the pedagogical mission of the Graduate School, and are enacted by Graduate Council as the representative body of Graduate Faculty. Recent Actions of Graduate Council.

GCAC-201 Scholarly and Professional Goals for All Graduate Degree Students
GCAC-202 [Policy Renumbered]
GCAC-203 Graduate Course Designations
GCAC-204 Graduate Course Definitions - 500- vs. 800-Level Courses
GCAC-205 Concurrent Offering of Graduate and Non-Graduate Courses
  Procedure:
Concurrent Offering of Graduate and Non-Graduate Courses
GCAC-206 Graduate Curricular Proposal Requirements
 

Form:
Graduate Council Program, Option, or Minor Proposal Form

Procedure:
Graduate Curricular Proposal Requirements

Reference:
Overview of the Graduate Council Curricular Review Process

Reference:
Developing Graduate Program Proposals

Reference:
Graduate Course Proposal Submission

Reference:
Curriculum Review & Consultation System (CRCS)

GCAC-207 Degree Program Options
GCAC-208 Dual-Title Graduate Degree Programs
GCAC-209 Concurrent Degrees
 

FAQs:
Concurrent Degrees - FAQs

Form:
Concurrent Graduate Degree Programs Plan of Study - Instructions and Fillable Form (PDF)|(DOC)

Procedure:
Concurrent Degrees

GCAC-210 Integrated Undergraduate-Graduate (IUG) Degree Programs
 

Form:
Integrated Undergraduate/Graduate Semester Report

Form:
IUG/Joint Degree Career Swap Form

Form:
Request for an Undergraduate Student to Take 500-Level Courses

GCAC-211 Joint Degree Programs
 

Form:
IUG/Joint Degree Career Swap Form (PDF)|(DOC)

Form:
Joint Medical/Master's Semester Report (PDF)|(DOC)

Form:
Joint Medical/Ph.D. Semester Report (PDF)|(DOC)(DOC)

GCAC-212 Postbaccalaureate Credit Certificate Programs
 

Procedure:
Postbaccalaureate Credit Certificate Programs

Reference:
Curriculum Review & Consultation System (CRCS)

GCAC-213 Residency and Related Policies for Off-Campus Degree Programs
 

Form:
Expedited Review Process for Limited Off-Campus Course Offerings (PDF)

Procedure:
Expedited Review Process for Limited Off-Campus Course Offerings

Procedure:
Fulfilling the Essential Elements of Residency in Off-Campus Graduate Degree Programs

GCAC-214 Collaborative Graduate Education Programs with Institutions Outside of the United States
 

Guidelines:
Collaborative International-Concurrent Graduate Degree Programs (CI-CGDP)

Guidelines:
Collaborative International-Integrated Undergraduate-Graduate Degree Programs (CI-IUGDP)

GCAC-215 Common Course Numbers
GCAC-216 [Policy Renumbered]
GCAC-217 Degree Titles
GCAC-501 Credit Load
GCAC-502 [Policy Renumbered]
GCAC-503 [Policy Renumbered]
GCAC-504 Visiting or Auditing a Course
GCAC-505 [Policy Renumbered]
GCAC-506 [Policy Renumbered]
GCAC-507 Undergraduate Students Taking Graduate Courses
 

Form:
Request for an Undergraduate Student to Take 500-or 800-Level Courses (PDF)|(DOC)

GCAC-508 Change of Degree or Program
GCAC-509 [Policy Renumbered]
GCAC-510 University Employee Credit Status
GCAC-511 [Policy Renumbered]
GCAC-512 [Policy Renumbered]
GCAC-513 Registration
GCAC-514 Continuity of Registration and Resume Study
GCAC-515 Registration Requirements When Course Work Has Been Completed
GCAC-516 Registration for Work Done Away from Campus

Research Degree Policies - Doctoral (Ph.D.)

GCAC-601 Residency Requirement - Research Doctorate
 

FAQS:
Residency Requirement - Research Doctorate - FAQs

GCAC-602 Ph.D. Dissertation Committee Formation, Composition, and Review - Research Doctorate
 

Form:
Committee Appointment/Signature Form (PDF)|(DOC)

Procedure:
Ph.D. Dissertation Committee Formation, Composition, and Review - Research Doctorate

GCAC-603 Ph.D. Dissertation Committee Responsibilities - Research Doctorate
 

FAQs:
Ph.D. Committee Responsibilities - Research Doctorate

Form:
Annual Assessment of Ph.D. Student Progress - SAMPLE (PDF)

Procedure:
Ph.D. Committee Responsibilities - Research Doctorate - Procedure

GCAC-604 Qualifying Examination - Research Doctorate
 

Form:
Report on Doctoral Qualifying Examination (PDF)|(DOC)

GCAC-605 English Competence - Research Doctorate
 

FAQs:
English Competence - Research Doctorate

GCAC-606 Comprehensive Examination - Research Doctorate
 

Form:
Examination Request Form (PDF)|(DOC)

GCAC-607 Dissertation - Research Doctorate
 

Procedure:
Dissertation - Research Doctorate

GCAC-608 Final Oral Examination - Research Doctorate
 

Form:
Examination Request Form (PDF)|(DOC)

Form:
Doctor of Philosophy Graduation Check Sheet (PDF)|(DOC)

GCAC-609 [Policy Renumbered]
GCAC-610 Time Limitation - Research Doctorate
GCAC-611 Minor - Research Doctorate
 

Form:
Request to Add Graduate Minor (PDF)|(DOC)

Reference:
List of Graduate Council-Approved Stand-Alone Graduate Minors

Research Degree Policies - Master’s (M.A., M.S.)

GCAC-630 Admission - Research Master's
GCAC-631 Degree Requirements - Research Master's
GCAC-632 Time Limitation - Research Master's
GCAC-641 Minor - Research Master's
 

Form:
Request to Add Graduate Minor (PDF)|(DOC)

Reference:
List of Graduate Council-Approved Stand-Alone Graduate Minors

GCAC-642 Culminating Experience - Research Master's

Professional Degree Policies - Doctoral

GCAC-700-A Residency Requirement - Professional Doctoral Degrees
GCAC-700-B Culminating Experience Committee Composition - Professional Doctoral Degrees
 

Form:
Committee Appointment/Signature Form (PDF)|(DOC)

GCAC-700-C Culminating Experience Committee Responsibilities - Professional Doctoral Degrees
GCAC-700-D Qualifying Examination - Professional Doctoral Degrees
 

Form:
Report on Doctoral Qualifying Examination (PDF)

GCAC-700-E English Competence - Professional Doctoral Degrees
GCAC-700-F Comprehensive Examination - Professional Doctoral Degrees
 

Form:
Examination Request Form (PDF)|(DOC)

GCAC-700-G Culminating Project / Final Performance - Professional Doctoral Degrees
 

Form:
Examination Request Form (PDF)|(DOC)

GCAC-700-H Time Limitation - Professional Doctoral Degrees
GCAC-700-I Minor - Professional Doctoral Degrees
 

Form:
Request to Add Graduate Minor (PDF)|(DOC)

Reference:
List of Graduate Council-Approved Stand-Alone Graduate Minors

GCAC-700-J Doctor of Education (D.Ed.) Degree Requirements
 

Form:
Doctor of Education Graduation Check Sheet (PDF)|(DOC)

GCAC-700-K Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) Degree Requirements
GCAC-700-L Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) Degree Requirements
GCAC-700-M Doctor of Public Health (Dr.P.H.) Degree Requirements

Professional Degree Policies - Master's

GCAC-700-AA Degree Requirements - Professional Master's Degrees
GCAC-700-BB Time Limitation - Professional Master's Degrees
GCAC-700-CC Master's Minor - Professional Master's Degrees
 

Form:
Request to Add Graduate Minor (PDF)|(DOC)

Reference:
List of Graduate Council-Approved Stand-Alone Graduate Minors

GCAC-700-DD Master of Accounting (M.Acc.) Degree Requirements
GCAC-700-EE Master of Applied Statistics (M.A.S.) Degree Requirements
GCAC-700-FF Master of Architecture (M.Arch.) Degree Requirements
GCAC-700-GG Master of Biotechnology (M.BIOT.) Degree Requirements
GCAC-700-HH Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) Degree Requirements
GCAC-700-II Master of Education (M.Ed.) Degree Requirements
GCAC-700-JJ Master of Engineering Management (M.E.M.) Degree Requirements
GCAC-700-KK Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) Degree Requirements
GCAC-700-LL Master of Environmental Pollution Control (M.E.P.C.) Degree Requirements
GCAC-700-MM Master of Finance (M.Fin.) Degree Requirements
GCAC-700-NN Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) Degree Requirements
GCAC-700-OO Master of Geographic Information Systems (M.G.I.S.) Degree Requirements
GCAC-700-PP Master of Health Administration (M.H.A.) Degree Requirements
GCAC-700-QQ Master of International Affairs (M.I.A.) Degree Requirements
GCAC-700-RR Master of Landscape Architecture (M.L.A.) Degree Requirements
GCAC-700-SS Master of Leadership Development (M.L.D.) Degree Requirements
GCAC-700-TT Master of Manufacturing Management (M.M.M.) Degree Requirements
GCAC-700-UU Master of Music (M.Mus.) Degree Requirements
GCAC-700-VV Master of Music Education (M.M.E.) Degree Requirements
GCAC-700-WW Master of Professional Accounting (M.P.Acc.) Degree Requirements
GCAC-700-XX Master of Professional Studies (M.P.S.) Degree Requirements
GCAC-700-YY Master of Project Management (M.P.M.) Degree Requirements
GCAC-700-ZZ Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) Degree Requirements
GCAC-700-AAA Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) Degree Requirements
GCAC-700-BBB Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) Degree Requirements
GCAC-700-CCC Master of Software Engineering (M.S.E.) Degree Requirements
GCAC-700-DDD Master of Management (M.Mgt.) Degree Requirements
GCAC-700-EEE Master of Marketing (M.Mkt.) Degree Requirements
GCAC-700-EEE Master of Public Policy (M.P.P.) Degree Requirements

Administrative Policies

Administrative policies are enacted by the Graduate School. They set operational standards and behavior expectations, and communicate policy roles and responsibilities to ensure that all policies are operationalized, enacted, and enforced. Recent Actions of The Graduate School.