The graduate advisor, designated by the department, will assist you in planning your initial course work prior to granting admission to the program of study. Before seeking enrollment in any course that might be applied toward a master’s degree, you must consult with your advisor. A temporary advisor will be available to those enrolling for the first time in an off-campus course.

Advisory Committee

After receiving admission to the College of Graduate Studies and enrolling for graduate courses, you should consult with your graduate advisor concerning the appointment of an advisory committee. The advisory committee is responsible for:

  1. guiding and directing your entire academic program
  2. administering the comprehensive testing prior to conferral of your master’s degree
  3. counseling you on academic matters, and initiating recommendations to the dean of the College of Graduate Studies in the case of academic deficiency.

Planning Your Degree

You must file a degree plan in order to be eligible to apply for graduation. It is your responsibility to meet with your advisor to establish a degree plan. The catalog of the academic year you were first granted admission is your official contract. However, since courses are selected by you and approved by your advisor to fulfill degree requirements, the degree plan is the official record of courses taken that will apply toward your declared degree program. Consult with your advisor to ensure accurate records of all courses transferred from other institutions and course substitutions. Your degree plan includes those courses listed for degree credit on the official degree plan form. All courses on the approved degree plan must be completed with a satisfactory grade to meet requirements for the degree. Changes in an approved plan can be made with a recommendation to the dean of the College of Graduate Studies by your advisory committee and head of your major department.

If you decide to change your major, you must contact your advisor to file an updated degree plan in the College of Graduate Studies office. Courses listed for graduate credit on the approved degree plan in which you have received a final grade, may not normally be removed from the degree plan, although courses acceptable for graduate credit may be added. Your advisory committee, head of your major department, and the dean of the College of Graduate Studies must approve exceptions to this policy.


The maximum load for a full-time graduate student may be as much as 16 hours in the fall and spring semesters and as much as 12 hours in the summer semester. To be considered full-time, you must take at least 9 hours in the long semesters and at least 6 hours total in the summer semester. Loads in excess of the maximum load require the approval of the College of Graduate Studies upon written recommendation of your advisor and department head. Graduate assistantships and scholarship commitments may require6 hours in the summer.

Completion Time Limit

Course credits more than six years old at the anticipated time for degree completion may not be counted for a degree. Credits are considered to be earned when they are recorded on the official transcript.

Adding a Degree Concentration

You may declare a concentration of 12 hours in a second field. Please consult with your graduate academic advisor

Research and Practicum Requirement

If you are seeking a master’s degree, you must have credit for an approved research course.