Department of Educational Administration,

Counseling, & Psychology

MASTER OF EDUCATION DEGREES

IN EDUCATIONAL ADMINISTRATION AND COUNSELING

††††† The Department of Educational Administration, Counseling, and Psychology offers the Master of Education degree with two majors: Educational Administration and Counseling. These degree options are designed to help students improve their competencies in their respective fields by developing new skills and in-depth knowledge, which are requisites for assuming roles of increased responsibility and leadership.

BASIC PROCEDURES

††††† Graduate advisors are designated in each of the two major program areas to assist new students and those for whom graduate committees have not been appointed. The graduate committee chair, when appointed, assists the student in developing a degree plan and, along with the committee members, assumes the responsibility for preparing the student for the comprehensive examinations.

††††† To receive full admission to any degree program offered in the Department of Educational Administration, Counseling, and Psychology, an applicant must meet all standards established by the College of Graduate Studies and all departmental program requirements and be recommended by the graduate advisor, committee chair, or the program admissions committee.

††††† Students who meet the general requirements for conditional admission and are recommended by the Department for full admission will be permitted to pursue one of the major areas in the department. Typically, the student admitted conditionally will be required to complete 12 semester hours including EDU 5983 with a 3.25 GPA.

††††† To remain in good standing, students who have full admission status are expected to maintain a 3.0 GPA. Students whose GPA does not meet the minimum may not enroll for additional work without special permission from the department head.

††††† Consideration for accepting transfer credits will be given only after a student has full admission to graduate study. Credits transferred from an approved institution must meet the guidelines outlined in Limitations on Transfer and Correspondence Courses in General Requirements for the Master's Degree.

COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION

††††† The following comprehensive examination procedures apply to the majors offered in the Department of Educational Administration, Counseling, and Psychology.

Administration and Application Dates

††††† Examinations will be administered three times per year. Examinees must have filed a degree plan and complete an application to be eligible to take the comprehensive exam according to the schedule that follows.

†††††††† Test Date††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Application Deadline

†††††††† Second Saturday in April†††††††††††††† March 1

†††††††† Second Saturday in July††††††††††††††† June 5

†††††††† Second Saturday in November†††††October 1

No examination will be administered other than on a regularly scheduled administration date without permission from the graduate advisor, the department head, and the Graduate Dean.

††††† Comprehensive examinations will be composed of objective and essay sections. A student must receive a satisfactory grade on each section.

Procedures for Educational Administration

††††† SECTION ONE. This section consists of multiple-choice questions that address (1) the degree major core courses, and (2) foundation courses (Human Development, Educational Sociology, and Educational Research). This section is designed to test a studentís knowledge and understanding of content and concepts in the field of study.

††††† SECTION TWO. This section of the examination is designed to assess higher-order thinking skills. It consists of four essay questions. Each test is composed of one common question and one from each of the three committee members.

††††† GRADING PROCEDURES. Section One is computer graded and a student is expected to satisfactorily answer a specific number of questions.

††††† The essay questions are graded on a pass/fail basis. One point will be awarded for each question answered correctly. To pass this section, a student must receive at least three of the four possible points. The committee chair may award up to two points and committee members one point each.

††††† Oral examinations may be required of any candidate with a marginal performance on this section. If a test paper contains grammar and/or composition errors, the student may be asked to repeat the examination.


Procedures for Counseling and Psychology

††††† SECTION ONE. Each committee member will grade the essay questions that he/she submitted for the exam. Two questions are submitted by the chair of the committee, and each committee member submits one question. A committee member may choose to read a studentís response to all four questions.

††††† Each of the exam questions will be graded on a 25 point scale. All four questions must be attempted. To pass this section, a student must receive at least 70 out of the possible 100 points. Points may be subtracted from an essay because of content deficiencies, grammar, or composition errors.

††††† SECTION TWO. This section of the comprehensive examination consists of a computer-graded, 100-question multiple choice examination over the course content of required courses. Each question is worth one point, and the student is expected to attain a score of at least 70 points.

††††† RETAKE POLICY. If an examinee fails either section of the examination, he/she may retake the failed section(s) at the next regular administration date. No one may retake any section of the examination more than two times without authorization from the department head and Graduate Dean.

††††† OTHER PROVISIONS. Blue books, furnished by the department, are required for all essay questions. Examinees will be required to purchase blue books at the door on the day of the test.

MASTER OF EDUCATION IN EDUCATIONAL ADMINISTRATION

DEGREE AND CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

††††† The Educational Administration programs at Tarleton State University are designed to prepare effective education leaders. Requirements for the master's degree (36 semester hours), the Principalís Certificate (45 semester hours), and the Superintendent's Certificate (66 semester hours) reflect the significant changes that occur in society, schools, and the nature of school administration.

††††† Tarleton's Master of Education degree in Educational Administration and the accompanying certification programs are designed to prepare administrators for a variety of roles and responsibilities. The Principalís Certificate qualifies one to hold campus-level administrative positions in the school, including the principalship. The Superintendent's Certificate qualifies one to become a superintendent, and the Supervisor's Certificate prepares one to become a curriculum supervisor, department head, or lead teacher. The programs are designed to support the continuing professional development of career-oriented individuals and help them to be knowledgeable, up-to-date decision makers, capable of providing leadership to the district, campus, and community.

TYPICAL CURRICULUM FOR MEd IN EDUCATIONAL ADMINISTRATION

††††† Following is the typical curriculum for the Master of Education Degree in Educational Administration. A student who wishes to complete this degree and qualify for the principalís certificate should ask his/her academic advisor for information about additional requirements for the principalís certificate.

Foundations

††††† Foundation course work prepares the student for the rigorous study in the Educational Administration core. Foundation course work is derived from three areas:

1.†† The following courses or the equivalent as approved by the advisor:

††††† EDU 5023, 5383, 5983, PSY 5043

2. EDAD 5003

3.†† Three hours of electives not in the educational administration core and approved by an advisor

Educational Administration Core

††††† EDAD 5073, 5083, 5093, 5153, 5163, 5393

Thesis Option

††††† Students pursuing the MEd in educational administration may choose the thesis option. The thesis option involves an original research project under the direction of a graduate faculty member and the preparation of a thesis in addition to the prescribed course work. The 36-hour degree program includes 18 hours from the educational administration core, 6 hours of EDAD 5883, and 12 hours by advisement. The student must enroll in EDAD 5883 for two consecutive semesters and complete the thesis according to the standards and policies determined by the Department of Educational Administration, Counseling, and Psychology and the College of Graduate Studies.

ADMISSION TO ADMINISTRATION PROGRAMS

††††† Admission procedures for the Master of Education Degree in Educational Administration include the following steps:

1.†† Admission to the College of Graduate Studies Students must complete all requirements for admission to the College of Graduate Studies listed in the current University catalog. Students must be eligible for full admission upon completion of the first 12 semester hours of course work, which includes EDU 5983, to continue in the program.

2.†† Admission to the Educational Administration Program

††††† Students will submit a formal application to the graduate advisor of the Educational Administration Programs prior to completing EDAD 5003. This application serves as a basis for advising the student with regard to general graduate and certificate requirements, course work, and degree requirements. The application requires that students submit 3 letters of reference, one of which must be from a current school district administrator, and a satisfactory score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

3.†† Assessment of Knowledge and Skills

††††† After completion of one-third of the course work (15 semester hours), students must complete an assessment of knowledge and skills that will lead to a professional growth plan. Typically, students will complete this requirement as a part of EDAD 5003 (Foundations of Educational Administration).

4.†† Recommendation for Certification

††††† Recommendation for certification by Tarleton State University will be forwarded to the State Board for Educator Certification only after the student has successfully completed the designated course of study, two years of creditable teaching experience as a classroom teacher (see TAC ß 241.20), and the Examination for the Certification of Educators in Texas (ExCET). Students will be allowed to register for the ExCET during the last semester of the course of study and after completing the professional development requirements (see #5 below). Students who fail to register and take the ExCET within 24 months after the date of completing the requirements listed in this paragraph must request permission from the department head prior to registering for the ExCET. The department head may require additional study to ensure that the student is current in the knowledge and skills in the learner-centered proficiencies. The additional study may include, but is not limited to, additional course work.

††††† Students who fail to satisfactorily complete the ExCET must receive permission from the department head prior to registering for a subsequent attempt on the ExCET. The department head may require additional study to ensure that the student is current in the knowledge and skills in the learner-centered proficiencies. The additional study may include, but is not limited to, additional course work.

††††† Students should regularly visit with advisors and the Certification Office for updates and changes in the certification process.

5.†† Professional Development Requirements

The student must complete a minimum of 50 units of professional development experiences related to the professional growth plan. In conjunction with an advisor, the student will develop a growth plan utilizing assessment information and needed educational experiences. The professional development units must be satisfactorily completed prior to approval by the university for the student to take the ExCET.

PRINCIPALíS CERTIFICATE

SUPERINTENDENT'S CERTIFICATE

TYPICAL CURRICULUM

††††† Following is the typical curriculum for the Principalís Certificate. A masterís degree is a prerequisite for this certificate.

Foundations

††††† EDAD 5003

Educational Administration Core

††††† EDAD 5073, 5083, 5153, 5163, 5393

Additional Requirement for the Principalís Certificate

††† EDAD 5993

ADMISSION TO THE PRINCIPALíS INTERNSHIP

††††† Because the internship course work cannot be applied to the Master of Education degree, students pursuing the Principalís Certificate normally complete their masterís degree requirements before doing their internships. The student must enroll each semester until the internship is satisfactorily completed. Application for admission to the principal internship must be submitted to the Graduate Advisor of the Educational Administration Programs no later than June 15 preceding the fall of enrollment for the internship and October 15 preceding the spring internship. Students must complete the educational administration core prior to enrolling in the internship. The internship course typically is a one-semester course; however, this course may be repeated so that the student can satisfactorily complete internship requirements. No more than 3 semester hours of internship course work can be used to satisfy certification plan requirements.

NEW CENTURY EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP PROGRAM

††††† The New Century Educational Leadership Program (NCELP) is an alternative Principal certification program. Its purpose is to prepare highly qualified individuals to serve as public school administrators in Texas. NCELP is not designed to replace or detract from the traditional certification program at Tarleton or any other university. NCELP is a collaborative administrator program between Tarleton State University and public school districts in Texas.

††††† The NCELP is designed for persons who have completed a baccalaureate degree or higher, who have a record of exemplary academic achievement and/or work experience, and who have demonstrated leadership qualities. Certification is earned through a combination of intensive summer course work and monthly seminars coupled with a paid, two-year internship in an administrative position with a public school. The internship is jointly sponsored and supervised by Tarleton State University and the participating school district. Interns develop professional administrative knowledge and skills through the combination of University classes and practical administrative experiences.

††††† Through NCELP, interns earn a Master of Education in Educational Administration and a Principal certificate that enables the intern to accept administrative positions in Texas public schools.

NCELP Entry Requirements

††††† Grade point requirements for entering the NCELP program are more stringent than those of most other administrator education programs. NCELP applicants must present a bachelorís degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution with a grade point average of at least 3.0 on the last 60 hours. Further, applicants with bachelorís degrees must present evidence of at least five years of successful experience in a position with leadership responsibilities. Applicants with graduate degrees must present evidence of at least three years of such experience. All applicants must document at least three years of teaching experience.

††††† In addition, applicants must successfully complete an intensive screening process that includes a formal presentation and input from public school administrators familiar with the applicant.

††††† Concurrent with applying for admission to NCELP. applicants must also apply for admission to the College of Graduate Studies at Tarleton. An acceptable score on the general test of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is required by Tarleton for admission to graduate school.

††††† The applicant must secure a position in a public school in Texas in which he/she executes administrative responsibilities during at least 60% of his/her duty hours.

††††† Additional requirements also apply to NCELP applicants. Persons interested in applying for the program should contact the NCELP Director in the E.J. Howell Building Room 105 or by phone at (254) 968-9948or by contacting the NCELP program specialist at (254) 968-9805.

Collaborative of Educational Organizations Program

††††† Tarleton State University, in collaboration with Education Service Center Region XI and regional school districts, provides the Collaborative of Educational Organizations (CEO) Principal Preparation Program as a two-year program for obtaining certification and a masterís degree. Relevant training is provided through the program along with the support of a mentor principal and CEO program staff.

††††† During the first year of the program, CEO students progress through a field-based program that emphasizes the application of knowledge and skills through a variety of experiences developed around the challenges of administrative practice. Participants remain in their classrooms or their current non-administrative positions and fulfill specific campus leadership responsibilities in preparation for their internship.

††††† During the second year, participants are placed in campus-based administrative positions or internships. Certain duties and experiences are required to be consistent with CEO Principal Preparation Program objectives and to develop skills necessary for the principalship.

††††† Minimum entry requirements include three yearsí teaching experience, a valid teaching certificate, a grade point average of at least 3.0 on the last 60 hours of coursework, a completed CEO Principal Preparation Program application, completion of a district agreement form, an e-mail account and access to the Internet, and full admission to the Tarleton College of Graduate Studies.

††††† There are several screening processes prior to acceptance into the program, and the applicant may need to meet additional admission requirements. The school district that currently employs the applicant must be willing to recommend him/her for the CEO program. The second-year internship must be at least 50 percent administrative in nature.

††††† In both years of the program, participants attend intensive training during June and July. In the first year, course work continues on Saturdays during the school year. In the second year, course work is held on one or two weekday afternoons or evenings each month. Participants must attend all sessions and maintain a 3.0 GPA on all coursework. Participants engage in a continuous process of performance and evaluation in a variety of formats.

††††† Application packets may be picked up in the Administrative Development Department at ESC Region XI, 3001 North Freeway, Fort Worth, TX 76106. Application packets may also be obtained by calling (817) 740-7631 or sending e-mail to lcarson@esc11.net.

††††† There are additional fees associated with this program, besides the standard tuition and fees required by the University. For a delineation of these fees, please call the University program specialist at (254) 968-9805.

ADMISSION TO THE SUPERINTENDENTíS CERTIFICATE PROGRAM

††††† For admission to the Superintendentís Certificate Program, students must (a) have earned the Principal certificate; (b) have been admitted to the College of Graduate Studies according the requirements of the current University catalog; (c) submit copies of official teacher and administration certificates; (d) formally apply with the graduate advisor of the Education Administration Programs for admission to the Superintendentís Certificate Program; and (e) upon acceptance to the program, attend a Program Orientation meeting during the first year of enrollment.

††††† Admission to the program does not guarantee recommendation for certification. To be recommended for certification, students must meet all program requirements outlined during Program Orientation, satisfy the requirements for recommendation for certification outlined on p. 217, and successfully complete the mid-point bench mark.

Additional Requirements for the Superintendent's Certificate

Requirements/Courses††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Semester Hours

EDAD 5173, 5183, 5193, 5203, 5353, 5363, 5973

Additional hours above Principalís Certificate for the

Superintendents' Certificate†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 21

DOCTOR OF EDUCATION IN EDUCATIONAL ADMINISTRATION

††††† Tarleton State University has entered into a partnership with Texas A&M University Ė Commerce in the delivery of a cooperative doctoral program in educational administration. The degree is awarded by Texas A&M University Ė Commerce, but a significant amount of the course work may be taken at the Tarleton campus, and Tarleton faculty are active members in the delivery of the program.

ADMISSION

††††† Admission to the cooperative doctoral program is a three-step process. Step 1 requires satisfactory admission to the A&M Ė Commerce graduate school. Students should consult with Tarleton faculty or the A&M Ė Commerce graduate school to obtain information about minimum requirements. Students who meet the requirements in Step 1 will submit a portfolio for review. This portfolio may be submitted to the respective departments at A&M Ė Commerce or Tarleton State University. Applicants satisfactorily completing Steps 1 and 2 will be invited for an interview, Step 3, with Tarleton and A&M Ė Commerce faculty. Interested students are encouraged to call the department for additional information on admission requirements.

COURSE WORK

††††† The program is a 60-semester-hour post-masterís program, or a 90-hour post-baccalaureate program. The programs require a 36-hour major in educational administration, of which 24 hours must be in prescribed courses that are for doctoral students only. Additionally, students must complete 12 semester hours in research tools and a minimum of 12 semester hours in dissertation course work. The post-masterís program carries a 12-hour elective requirement, and the post-baccalaureate program carries a 30-hour minor with 18 hours of electives.

PROGRAM SEQUENCE

Year 1†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Hours

††††† Foundations of Educational Administration††††††††††††††††††††††††3

††††† Governance of Educational Organizations†††††††††††††††††††††††† 3

††††† elective, minor, or certification courses*†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††6

††††† Advanced Organizational Behavior†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††3

††††† Research Methods†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††3

††††† elective, minor, or certification courses*††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††6

††††† Psychological and Educational Statistics††††††††††††††††††††††††††††3

††††† Instructional Development and School Improvement*††††††††3

Year 2

††††† Advanced Statistical Techniques††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††3

††††† Educational Law and Policy Issues†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††3

††††† elective, minor, or certification courses*†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††6

††††† Ethics and Philosophy*†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††3

††††† Educational Program Evaluation of School Leaders††††††††††3

††††† elective, minor, or certification courses*†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††6

††††† Qualitative Research†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††3

††††† Resident Seminar††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††    3

Year 3 and beyond

††††† Educational Administration Dissertation††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††3

* These courses may be completed at Tarleton.

MASTER OF EDUCATION IN COUNSELING

††††† The Professional Counselor Program offers a program of study leading to the Master of Education degree with a major in Counseling. The degree enables graduates to be eligible for the Professional Counselor License (LPC). The program also enables students to pursue certification as a school counselor. Before school counseling certification can be granted, students must have accrued at least three years of teaching experience in public schools, grades K-12.

††††† Any student pursuing a degree, certificate, or license in counseling must be admitted to the Professional Counselor Program. Applicants must meet both graduate school admission requirements and program admission requirements. Students pursuing school counseling certification must hold a valid permanent teacherís certificate. Students who are not pursuing school counseling certification should have an undergraduate degree in a field related to counseling, such as psychology, social work, or sociology. If their undergraduate degree is in a field not closely related to counseling, these students may be required to take additional coursework.

ADMISSION GUIDELINES

Note: The current admissions process is under review and will be changed effective Fall 2002.

The student must:

1.†† have been admitted to the College of Graduate Studies.

2.†† meet admission requirements as described in the Application for Admission to the Professional Counselor Program. Application forms may be obtained from the Coordinator of the Professional Counselor Program, the main office of the Department of Educational Administration, Counseling, and Psychology, or the departmental web site, www.tarleton.edu/~dpce.

3.†† apply for admission to the Professional Counselor Program and must have completed all admission requirements prior to enrolling in CNSL 5503 - Introduction to Counseling. The completed application for admission, GRE scores, and GPA information must be submitted according to the following schedule:

†††††† Fall Semester.................... July 15

†††††† Spring Semester................ November 15

†††††† Summer Session .............. April 15

APPLICATION AND ADMISSIONS PROCESS

††††† An admissions committee consisting of the coordinator of the Professional Counselor Program and counseling faculty will convene once a semester to review applications.

1.†† The following factors contribute to the decision of the admissions committee:

††††† a.†† graduate admission status

††††† b.†† performance in graduate course work

††††† c.†† Essay regarding studentís learning as a result of taking the Sixteen Personality Factor questionnaire and having the test interpreted. The 16PF test is taken during the semester the student is enrolled in CNSL 5503.

2.† The applicantís file is reviewed by the admissions committee, which makes recommendations for acceptance or rejection of individual applicants to the program.

3.†† Studentsí admission status will be reviewed continuously throughout their course of study regarding their ability to develop competence in counseling skills. Should a change in admission status be required, appropriate program procedures will be followed. Please consult program information or ask program advisor for details.

4.†† Additional information regarding informed consent and other program guidelines may be obtained from program advisors.

CURRICULUM

††††† The masterís degree with a major in counseling consists of 48 semester hours of study as follows:

Required courses (42 hours)

CNSL 5233, 5503, 5523, 5533, 5913, 5953, 5963

CPSY 5513, 5543, 5563, 5573

EDU 5983

PSY 5043, 5113

Electives (6 hours)

Total: 48 hours

SCHOOL COUNSELING REQUIREMENTS

††††† Students who pursue School Counseling Certification follow the same procedures for admission to the counseling program. A student who has a masterís degree and wants to pursue School Counseling Certification may be admitted as a special non-degree-seeking student. Alternatively, the student who already has a masterís degree may choose to seek the masterís degree with a major in counseling. No more than six hours of study completed as a special non-degree-seeking student may be applied to a second masterís degree program. A student who does not have a masterís degree must seek the degree concurrent with the certification.

CERTIFICATE REQUIREMENTS

Required Counseling Courses

CNSL 5233, 5503, 5533, 5953, 5963††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††15

CPSY 5513, 5543, 5573†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 9

CNSL 5523 or CPSY 5563 or EDSP 5053††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††3

elective††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††                   3

Required EDU and PSY courses

EDU 5023 or PSY 5113 †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 3

PSY 5043††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††                  3

MASTER OF SCIENCE DEGREES IN PSYCHOLOGY

††††† The Department of Educational Administration, Counseling, and Psychology offers programs of study leading to the Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology and Educational Psychology. The Master of Science in Counseling Psychology provides options in Counseling Psychology, Mental Health, Marriage and Family, and Addiction and Substance Abuse Counseling. These options enable graduates to be eligible for the Professional Counselor License (LPC). The Master of Science degree in Educational Psychology provides options for the Licensed Psychological Associate, Industrial/Organizational Psychology and Human Resources, and School Psychology.

††††† Students wishing to pursue a masterís degree in Psychology must be admitted to the graduate Psychology program. Applicants must meet both graduate school admission requirements and program admission requirements. Students should have an undergraduate degree in Psychology or a related field such as social work, sociology, management, or human resources. A student whose undergraduate degree is in a field not closely related to Psychology may be required to take additional work.

ADMISSION GUIDELINES

1.†† The student must be admitted to the College of Graduate Studies.

2.†† The student must meet admission requirements as specified in the Application for Admission to the Graduate Psychology program. Application forms may be obtained from the office of the Department of Educational Administration, Counseling, and Psychology in Stephenville, the Tarleton University System Center in Killeen, or the departmental web site, www.tarleton.edu/~dcpe.

3.†† The student must return the completed application for admission and all documentation according to the following schedule:

††††† Fall Semester††††††††††††††††††††† July 15

††††† Spring Semester††††††††††††††††† November 15

††††† Summer Session†††††††††††††††† April 15

††††† An admissions committee consisting of members of the graduate psychology faculty will convene once a semester to review applications and make recommendations for acceptance or rejection of individual applicants.

4.†† The following factors contribute to the decision of the admissions committee:

††††† a.†† graduate admission status

††††† b.†† performance in graduate course work

††††† c.†† for some options, an essay regarding the studentís learning as a result of taking the Sixteen Personality Factor Questionnaire and having the test interpreted.

5.†† Studentsí admission status will be reviewed continuously throughout their course of graduate study. Should a change in admission status be required, appropriate program procedures will be followed.

6.† Additional information regarding informed consent and other program guidelines may be obtained from program advisors.

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN COUNSELING PSYCHOLOGY

†† The Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology includes a core curriculum of 27 semester hours of study:

Core Requirements:††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††    Hours

†††††† PSY 5003, 5013, 5043, 5063, 5813, 5843, 5963†††††††††††††††††21

†††††† CNSL 5533, 5583†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 6

Additional requirements for options (in addition to core requirements):

††† Option A: Counseling Psychology (Total hours: 48)

†††††† PSY 5113†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††          3

†††††† CPSY 5543†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††         † 3

†††††† CNSL 5513†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††         3

†††††† from CPSY 5103, 5153, PSY 5103††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††   3

†††††† from CPSY 5113, 5123, 5183, 5243, 5563, PSY 5823††††††† 6

†††††† elective†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††           3


††† Option B: Marriage and Family (Total hours: 48)

†††††† PSY 5053†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††          3

†††††† CPSY 5563, 5093, 5103, 5203††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††12

†††††† CPSY 5243†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††         3

†††††† PSY 5113 or CPSY 5113†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††      3

Mental Health certification may be obtained by taking additional hours of course work upon completion of the degree requirements for the Master of Science in Counseling Psychology. Please consult your advisor for information about this certification.

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY

†††††† Core Requirements:††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Hours

†††††† PSY 5003, 5013, 5053, 5063, 5143, 5803, 5813, 5843††††††††††††††††††††††     27

†††

††† Requirements for options (in addition to core requirements):

†††††† Option A: Licensed Psychological Associate (Total hours: 45)

††††††††††† CPSY 5513, 5543, 5583†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††                          9

††††††††††† CNSL 5533†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††                              3

††††††††††† CPSY 5123 or PSY 5043†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††               3

††††††††††† Elective††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††                                3

†††††† Option B: School Psychology (Non-thesis, 63 hours;

††††††††††† Thesis, 66 hours)

††††††††††† PSY 5023, 5033, 5043, 5113, 5153, 5833, 5953, 5963††††††††††††††††††    24

††††††††††† CPSY 5583 or EDSP 5053†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††            3

††††††††††† EDU 5383†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††                             3

††††††††††† EDAD 5083†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††                            3

††††††††††† PSY 5883 (Thesis; optional)†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††             3

††††††††††† CNSL 5503†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††                             3

†††††††††††† Department of Health & Physical Education

MASTER OF EDUCATION DEGREE IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION

††††† The Master of Education degree with a major in Physical Education is designed specifically for those students who have completed an undergraduate degree in Physical Education. A minimum of 18 graduate hours in Physical Education is required of majors. The major objective of the Master of Education in Physical Education is to promote professional growth of teachers and exercise specialists.

BASIC PROCEDURES

††††† Graduate faculty members in the Physical Education Department serve as academic advisors to graduate students. After completion of at least 12 semester hours and full admission to graduate study, the graduate student shall select a chairperson of the advisory committee. In consultation with the chairperson, the remainder of the advisory committee will be selected. A degree plan will be filed and admission to candidacy granted, provided all academic requirements have been met. The advisory committee has the responsibility for the degree program and comprehensive testing of the student prior to conferral of the degree.


DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Curriculum

††††† The following courses are required for a Master of Education degree in Physical Education:

††††† Non-thesis Option

††††† The non-thesis option in Physical Education requires the student to complete the following requirements:

††††† P ED 5013, P ED 5363, and EDU 5983

††††† At least 12 additional graduate hours in P Ed

††††† 15 additional graduate hours by advisement

††††† Thesis Option

††††† P ED 5013, P ED 5363, and EDU 5983

††††† P ED 5883 Thesis (a student must enroll in Thesis for at least 2 semesters for a total of 6 hours credit)

††††† At least 6 additional graduate hours in P ED

††††† 15 additional graduate hours by advisement

†††††

Comprehensive Examination

††††† General Policies. Physical Education majors must pass a written and/or oral comprehensive examination during the semester in which graduation is anticipated. Failure of the written examination will result in an oral examination to be administered in a reasonable length of time following the written examination.

††††† Specific Departmental Requirements. The written and/or oral examination date will be selected by the head of the Physical Education Department each semester.


LIBERAL & FINE ARTS

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN LIBERAL STUDIES

††††† The Master of Science degree with a major in Liberal Studies requires 36 semester hours of graduate study consisting of 12 courses. The student must meet academic requirements set by the University for a master of science degree and complete one area of emphasis, one course in research, and elective courses. The area of emphasis will be noted on the transcript. Eighteen hours constitute an area of emphasis. Departments may require some prerequisite courses for the area of emphasis. Selected courses in some disciplines may not be available for this degree for reasons of licensure or certification. The student should consult his/her academic advisor in developing the area of emphasis.

††††† Degree program requirements:

††††† graduate hours in the field of emphasis††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 18

††††† research course at the graduate level (must be

††††††††††† approved by department offering emphasis)†††††††††††††††††††††           3

††††† electives (graduate hours outside the emphasis area)†††††††††††††       15

†††††

††††† A student pursuing the Master of Science in Liberal Studies must successfully complete the comprehensive exam in the field of emphasis. The field of emphasis may be business, criminal justice, or psychology.

Department of English & Languages

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

MASTER OF ARTS IN ENGLISH

††††† Graduate studies in English are designed to continue, enrich, and enhance education in literature, rhetoric, and language. The Department of English and Languages offers the Master of Arts with a thesis and non-thesis track. The thesis track is designed primarily for students planning a career in college teaching; this track also prepares students to continue graduate studies toward the doctorate in English. The non-thesis track is designed primarily for students planning to continue their teaching careers at the secondary level. Students should choose between these two tracks according to their individual needs and goals.

††††† To gain full admission to a master's program in English, students should have an undergraduate major in English and a minimum of 14 undergraduate hours (or the equivalent) in one foreign language. Those who lack the necessary background will be required to complete appropriate undergraduate leveling work. The departmental graduate admissions committee reviews transcripts and determines the nature and amount of leveling required. Students should take no more than six hours of graduate classes before completing leveling requirements.

††††† The department head will assist students in selecting courses, establishing a graduate committee, and deciding between the thesis and non-thesis tracks. Once the student has selected a committee made up of three departmental graduate faculty members, the committee head will serve as the student's graduate advisor. The advisor will assist the student in developing a degree plan and will oversee the thesis (for thesis track) or directed reading (for non-thesis track). Students choosing the thesis track must also receive approval from the graduate admissions committee.


MASTER OF ARTS DEGREE IN ENGLISH--THESIS TRACK

††††† The MA in English with thesis requires 36 semester hours of graduate English credit. All students must complete English 5983 (Methods of Bibliography and Research Analysis). Students also complete departmental courses in the four following categories: 1) American literature, 2) British literature, 3) rhetoric or composition, 4) other. Students may take one English 5863 (Special Problems) course; typically this course is taken the semester before the thesis and used to develop the thesis subject.

††††† A written comprehensive examination (see below) must be taken and passed before students begin formal work on the thesis. When other requirements are completed, students enroll in 6 hours of English 5883 (Thesis) and complete the thesis according to the standards and policies determined by the English department and the College of Graduate Studies. An oral defense of the thesis is required.

MASTER OF ARTS DEGREE IN ENGLISH -- NON-THESIS TRACK

††††† The MA in English without thesis requires 36 semester hours of graduate credit. All students must complete English 5983 (Methods of Bibliography and Research Analysis) and 5803 (Studies in the Teaching of Composition). Students also complete departmental courses in the three following categories: 1) American literature, 2) British literature, 3) other (courses in areas other than American and British literature or Rhetoric and Composition). Students also complete one research-based course in directed readings (English 5863 Special Problems) as the culmination of the graduate course work.

††††† Students on the non-thesis track may select up to six hours of graduate courses in an outside area (such as history or education) with the guidance and approval of the graduate advisor and the department head.

COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION

††††† The written comprehensive examination is required of all students. This examination will be constructed, administered, and evaluated by the student's graduate committee. The committee consists of three members of the graduate English faculty. Non-thesis track students who choose to complete six hours of their course work in a field other than English must include on the committee an additional graduate faculty member from the outside area. An additional question pertaining to the outside specialization will be included on the examination.

††††† If the student's performance is judged to be unsatisfactory, the committee may require the student to retake the examination. The committee may also stipulate additional course work in areas of perceived weakness as a prerequisite.

Department of Social Sciences

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

MASTER OF ARTS DEGREE IN HISTORY

††††† The Master of Arts (MA) in History is offered through the Department of Social Sciences. Two tracks are available to students: 1) thesis, and 2) non-thesis. This degree is designed to expand and enrich a student's knowledge of history and to develop research, writing, and analytical abilities in United States, European, and world history. This degree will help to prepare students who wish to pursue further graduate study for a PhD degree or to improve their teaching abilities.

††††† To gain full admission to the MA program, students must first meet the general requirements for admission to the College of Graduate Studies and hold an under-graduate degree with a history major or 24 hours in history. Those students who lack the necessary undergraduate preparation will be required to complete up to 24 hours of appropriate leveling work. The department head in consultation with the graduate history advisor will review the student's transcript to determine the nature and amount of leveling work and will assist the student in establishing a graduate advisory committee. The graduate history advisor will also assist the student in selecting either the thesis or non-thesis track. Students must have the approval of the department head to change tracks once they have completed 24 hours of course work.

MASTER OF ARTS DEGREE IN HISTORY Ė THESIS TRACK

††††† The MA in History (thesis track) requires 36 hours of approved course work, including HIST 5983 (Historiography and Historical Method), one research course (HIST 5203, 5323, or 5423), and 6 hours of HIST 5883 (Thesis). In consultation with the graduate history advisor and the student's thesis advisor, a student may take 12 hours in an appropriate supporting field. The student must take course work in United States and non-United States history.

††††† Each thesis track student in history must demonstrate proficiency in at least one foreign language prior to the awarding of the MA Degree. Proficiency will be measured either by the successful completion (with a C or better) of 14 hours in a single foreign language (either on the undergraduate or graduate level) or by obtaining a passing score on a standardized foreign language exam.

††††† Each thesis track student will take a written comprehensive examination after completing 24 hours of course work and before registering for HIST 5883 (Thesis). The examination, based on course work submitted for the MA degree, will be constructed, administered, and evaluated by the student's graduate advisory committee. If the examination result is unsatisfactory, the student will be allowed to retake the comprehensive examination one additional time. Additional course work in areas of weakness may be required.

††††† Each thesis track student will complete a thesis under the direction of a thesis advisor, who will chair the student's graduate advisory committee. The student will not begin work on the thesis prior to completion of 24 hours of course work and will enroll in Thesis (HIST 5883) only with prior approval of the department head and graduate history advisor. The thesis will be prepared in accordance with the general procedures specified by the College of Graduate Studies. Upon completion of the thesis, the student will sit for an oral defense before a committee composed of her/his graduate advisory committee and a representative from the Graduate College. Under special circumstances, the thesis advisor, in consultation with the graduate history advisor and the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies, may modify this requirement.

MASTER OF ARTS DEGREE IN HISTORY Ė NON-THESIS TRACK

††††† The MA degree in History (non-thesis track) requires a minimum of 36 hours of approved course work, including HIST 5983 (Historiography and Historical Method) and one research course (HIST 5203, 5323, or 5423). In consultation with the graduate history advisor, a student may take 12 hours in an appropriate supporting field. The student must take course work in United States and non-United States history.

††††† Each non-thesis track student in history must demonstrate proficiency in at least one foreign language prior to the awarding of the MA Degree. Proficiency will be measured either by the successful completion (with a C or better) of 14 hours in a single foreign language (either on the undergraduate or graduate level) or by obtaining a passing score on a standardized foreign language exam.

††††† A written comprehensive examination will be administered after the student has completed course work, or during the semester of anticipated graduation. The examination, based on course work submitted for the MA degree plan, will be constructed, administered, and evaluated by the student's graduate advisory committee. If the result of the examination is unsatisfactory, the student will be allowed to retake the comprehensive examination one additional time. Additional course work in areas of weakness may be required.

MASTER OF ARTS DEGREE IN POLITICAL SCIENCE

††††† The Master of Arts (MA) in Political Science is offered through the Department of Social Sciences. Two tracks are available for students: thesis and non-thesis. This degree strongly emphasizes research and analysis in political science, administrative theory, and governmental institutions as preparation for those students planning additional graduate study at the doctoral level.

††††† To gain full admission to the MA program, students must first meet the general requirements for admission to the College of Graduate Studies and hold an undergraduate degree in political science (government). Those who lack the necessary undergraduate preparation will be required to complete appropriate leveling work. The department head in consultation with the graduate political science advisor will review the student's transcript to determine the nature and amount of leveling work and will assist students in establishing a graduate advisory committee.

MASTER OF ARTS DEGREE IN POLITICAL SCIENCE Ė THESIS TRACK

††††† The MA in Political Science requires 36 hours of approved course work. Each student may choose up to 12 hours in appropriate supporting work, which, if in a single specific field, may be declared a minor. Flexibility according to student need and interest will be permitted in the selection of specific course work.

††††† Each thesis track student must demonstrate proficiency in at least one foreign language prior to the awarding of the MA degree. Proficiency will be measured either by the successful completion (with a C or better) of 14 hours in a single foreign language (either as an undergraduate or graduate student) or by obtaining a passing score on a standardized foreign language exam.

††††† Each thesis track student will take a written comprehensive examination after completing 24 hours of course work and before registering for POLS 5883 (Thesis). The examination, based on course work submitted for the MA degree plan, will be constructed, administered, and evaluated by the studentís graduate advisory committee. If the examination result is unsatisfactory, the student will be allowed to retake the comprehensive examination one additional time. Additional course work in areas of weakness may be required.

††††† Each thesis track student will complete a thesis under the direction of a thesis advisor, who will chair the studentís graduate advisory committee. The student will not begin work on the thesis prior to completion of 24 hours of course work and will enroll in Thesis (POLS 5883) only with prior approval of the department head and graduate political science advisor. The thesis will be prepared in accordance with the general procedures specified by the College of Graduate Studies. Upon completion of the thesis, the student will sit for an oral defense before a committee composed of his/her graduate advisory committee and a representative for the Graduate College. Under special circumstances, the thesis advisor, in consultation with the graduate political science advisor and the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies, may modify these requirements.

MASTER OF ARTS DEGREE IN POLITICAL SCIENCE Ė NON-THESIS

††††† The Master of Arts Degree (non-thesis track) requires a minimum of 36 hours of approved course work. In consultation with the graduate political science advisor, a student may take 12 hours in an appropriate supporting field.

††††† Each non-thesis track student will demonstrate proficiency in at least one foreign language prior to the awarding of the MA degree. Proficiency will be measured either by the successful completion (with a C or better) of 14 hours in a single foreign language (either as an undergraduate or graduate student) or by obtaining a passing score on a standardized foreign language exam.

††††† A written comprehensive examination will be administered after the student has completed course work, or during the semester of anticipated graduation. The examination, based on course work submitted for the MA degree plan, will be constructed, administered, and evaluated by the student's graduate advisory committee. If the result of the examination is unsatisfactory, the student will be allowed to retake the comprehensive examination one additional time. Additional course work in areas of weakness may be required.

Department of Social Work, Sociology, & Criminal Justice

MASTER OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE

††††† The Master of Criminal Justice with an emphasis in Criminal Justice Administration prepares personnel for administrative positions in the police, corrections, juvenile, and judicial systems. The objectives of the program are based upon the assumption that criminal justice decision and policy making in a modern democratic society require broad academic experience, innovative thinking, understanding the theoretical foundations of the field, and knowledge of appropriate research methods and principles of administration. The major focus is to demonstrate that criminal justice in the United States and the problems associated with crime and delinquency must be viewed within the context of a democratic society rather than as an isolated system. The program includes analysis of the major elements within criminal justice as related elements in a system in which decisions regarding crime and justice in one sphere may have consequences in other spheres.

††††† Graduates are expected to be

1.†† conversant with the theoretical and legal principles implicit in criminal justice administration;

2.†† knowledgeable about essential research contributions in the field;

3.†† capable of research analysis appropriate to the field; and

4.†† competent to assume administrative responsibilities involving decision making in one of the areas of criminal justice administration.

††††† Core Courses:†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Hours

†††††††† C J 5003 or PSY 5003†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 3

†††††††† C J 5013, 5063, 5103, 5403, 5993†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††15

†††††††† from C J 5043, 5083, 5093, 5203, 5863††††††††††††††††††††††††††3

†††††††

††††† Concentration Courses

†††††††† from C J 5043, 5053, 5083, 5093, 5143, 5153,

††††††††††† 5203, 5213, 5223, 5863*†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 6

†††††††† electives, as advised†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††9

††††††††

* No more than 6 hours credit allowed for C J 5863.

COMPREHENSIVE EXAMS

††††† All students must successfully complete comprehensive exams in the areas of criminological theory, research methods, and one specialty area. The student must complete the 18 hours of core requirements and at least nine hours of concentration courses, including electives, to be eligible to take comps. To sit for the comprehensive examinations, students must apply through their advisor and receive approval from the program area chair and department head at least one month prior to taking the exams. Comprehensive exams will be offered the last Friday in the months of October, February, and June each year.

††††† Students who fail the comprehensive exams must retake only the section or sections failed. Students may retake the exam for the failed area the next time the exams are offered, or sooner by special arrangement made through their academic advisor. Students who fail the exam the second time will not be allowed a third attempt except by appeal to the department head. No student may take the failed portion more than three times. Students who are unable to satisfactorily complete the required comprehensive exams will be dropped from the program.

††††† Additional information about procedures for the comprehensive examinations is available from the academic advisor or program area chair.


SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Department of Biological Sciences

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN BIOLOGY

††††† The graduate degree offered in the Department of Biological Sciences is intended to continue, enrich, and enhance education in the biological sciences. The Department of Biological Sciences offers the Master of Science degree with thesis and non-thesis tracks.

††††† Students should have an undergraduate major in biology in order to gain full admission to the program. Those lacking the desired background will be required to complete appropriate leveling work. The departmental graduate advisor, in consultation with the department graduate faculty, will review the student's transcript and determine the nature and amount of leveling work. The departmental graduate advisor will assist students in establishing their advisory committee. The committee chair should be chosen by the end of the first semester of graduate work and will assume advising duties for the remainder of the program. The advisory committee should consist of a minimum of three members: at least two from the department graduate faculty and at least one from the graduate faculty of a department in which the student takes supporting work.

††††† The MS in Biology requires 36 hours of approved course work. Biology 5983 (Research Design and Analysis) and Biology 5093 (Cellular Biology) are required of all students.

††††† Generally, students complete a minimum of 24 hours in biology in addition to supporting course work for a total of 36 hours. The student will consult with his/her advisory committee in determining courses to be taken.

††††† Original research is required in the program if the thesis option is chosen. In this option, students are required to take 6 hours of Biology 5883 (Thesis). The student must prepare a thesis proposal, which describes the thesis research, for approval by the advisory committee and the College of Graduate Studies. The thesis, consisting of the written report of the research, must be the student's original work and must reflect his/her ability to express thoughts accurately and clearly. Both the thesis proposal and the thesis must be written according to guidelines and deadlines established by the College of Graduate Studies. A comprehensive examination on course work and the completion and successful defense of an acceptable thesis will conclude the program.

††††† If the non-thesis option is chosen, a comprehensive written and oral examination on course work will conclude the program.

Department of Chemistry & Geosciences

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

††††† The Master of Science in Environmental Science is designed along strong interdisciplinary lines to provide students with the training and basic knowledge to deal with a wide spectrum of environmental issues. However, special emphasis is placed on water, both surface and groundwater. Graduates are provided with the principles to work in all types of environmental settings, but are uniquely prepared to work with issues related to water.

††††† To gain full admission to the Master of Science in Environmental Science program, students must meet the general requirements for admission to the College of Graduate Studies and must hold an undergraduate degree in one of the sciences such as Biology, Geology, Chemistry, Hydrology, or other areas related to environmental science.

††††† After gaining admission to the Graduate College, the student will be advised initially by the Director of the Master of Science Program in Environmental Science. Depending upon a studentís background and area of interest, the director will assist the student in selecting courses to take. By being familiar with the anticipated rotation of courses, the director will assist the student in planning his/her graduate program. Again, depending upon a studentís background and career goals, the director will assist the student in selecting a chairperson for the studentís advisory committee. The studentís advisory committee will consist of at least three members who are eligible for graduate faculty status at Tarleton State University and who are representative of the studentís field of study and research. A co-chair may be selected from approved professionals from the Texas Institute for Applied Environmental Research (TIAER), the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station, or the Texas Agricultural Extension Service. If a co-chair is appointed from outside of Tarleton State University, the studentís committee will consist of four members.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Foundation Requirements: In addition to a bachelor's degree as described above, students need the following minimum preparation or equivalent:

††††† BIOL 2034; CHEM 2024 or CHEM 4743; GEOL 1054; MATH 1204

Foundation requirements must be completed before a student is allowed to take more than twelve graduate semester credit hours toward the MS in Environmental Science.

††††† All Environmental Science students must have taken as an undergraduate at least one of four possible water analysis courses: Hydrology 4212, ďWater Quality Analysis,Ē Chemistry 4084, ďInstrumental Analysis,Ē Biology 4014, ďEcology,Ē or Biology 4414, ďLimnology.Ē If the student has not taken one of these courses, at least one will be added as an elective in his/her degree plan.

††††† Each student who applies for admission to the Environmental Science program must submit a statement of purpose that describes the following:

1.†† the studentís interest in the area of environmental science and long-term professional goals;

2.†† an explanation of how the studentís personal and research objectives correspond with those of the program.

A resume is not acceptable in lieu of this statement.

REQUIRED COURSES

A.†† Thesis Option (36 hours)

††††††††††† ENVS 5003; BIOL 5203; CHEM 5103; GEOL 5103; BIOL 5983

††††††††††† ENVS 5883, Thesis, 6 hours

†††††

††††† Electives can be chosen from a variety of fields including Agronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Earth Science, Geology, and Hydrology. Elective courses must be approved by the studentís graduate committee, and at least thirty hours of the program must be at the 5000 level. The graduate committee must approve the studentís program degree plan.


B.†† Non-Thesis Option (36 hours)

††††††††††† ENVS 5003; BIOL 5203 and 5983; CHEM 5103; GEOL 5103

††††† Electives in specialty must be chosen from Biology, Chemistry, Geology, or Hydrology. Elective courses must be approved by the studentís graduate committee, and at least thirty hours of the program must be at the 5000 level. The graduate committee must approve the studentís program degree plan.

Graduate Elective Courses: Designated electives must receive the approval of a studentís graduate committee. Students must demonstrate that the selection of electives produces a coherent graduate program focusing on a particular area of emphasis--especially water, both surface and groundwater. However, in some cases, depending on the interest and background of the student, other areas might be emphasized. Possible designated electives are listed below:

††††††††††† GEOL 5213, 5413, 5513, 5613, 5861

††††††††††† ENVS 5283, 5293, 5863, 5903

††††††††††† ENVS 5403 or AGRN 5403

††††††††††† BIOL 5023, 5313, 5863

††††††††††† CHEM 5073

Undergraduate Courses Available as Electives: Acceptable undergraduate courses that might be used include:

††††††††††† GEOL 3143

††††††††††† GEOL 3203 or HYDR 3203

††††††††††† BIOL 4014, 4414, 4423

††††††††††† CHEM 4084

††††††††††† HYDR 4103, 4203, 4212, 4305, 4503

††††††††††† E S 3503, 4133

††††††††††† R&RM 3203

Special Requirements

††††† Students pursuing the thesis option will be expected to prepare a thesis based on original research. A thesis proposal will be prepared for approval by the studentís advisory committee and the College of Graduate Studies prior to the initiation of research. The thesis proposal and the thesis will be in conformance with the guidelines and deadlines established by the College of Graduate Studies. The thesis must demonstrate the capability of the student to perform original research and to present the results obtained from such research in a clear, concise, and well-organized manner. Students pursuing the non-thesis option will take six hours of additional course work instead of the thesis as approved by their committee.

†††† Department of Mathematics, Physics & Engineering

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN MATHEMATICS

PURPOSE

††††† The MS in Mathematics is designed to enhance and enrich training in the field of mathematics for persons who teach at the secondary level or in community colleges, and for people who plan to work as applied mathematicians in industry or government agencies. The department offers the Master of Science degree with thesis and non-thesis tracks.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

††††† Students should have an undergraduate major in mathematics or related field. Those lacking the appropriate background will be required to complete leveling work. The departmental graduate advisor in consultation with the mathematics faculty will review the student's transcript and determine if leveling work is needed. The departmental graduate advisor will assist the student in selecting a graduate committee. The committee should consist of a minimum of three members, two of whom are from the graduate faculty of the Department of Mathematics and Physics. The third can be from the graduate faculty of a department in which the student takes support work.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

††††† The MS in Mathematics requires 36 hours of approved work in Mathematics and supporting areas. At least 24 hours need to be in graduate level mathematics courses excluding a thesis. A student may elect to do a master's thesis. The chair of the student's graduate committee will direct the master's thesis.

COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION

††††† The department requires an oral comprehensive examination for the MS degree. The comprehensive examination will be administered by the student's graduate committee during the last semester of the program. The Dean of the College of Graduate Studies or a representative from the Graduate Office will be invited to participate in the oral examination. If the result of the oral comprehensive examination is less than satisfactory, additional course work in areas of weakness may be recommended before rescheduling the examination.

 

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