A minimum of 64 graduate credits plus successful completion of a comprehensive written examination are required to complete this master’s degree program. Qualified students may substitute a thesis for the written examination.

The program generally requires the equivalent of four semesters of full-time study for those students who have met the prerequisites prior to entering the program. Many students also enroll for one or more summer terms. At least one semester must be devoted to full-time study, and all degree requirements must be completed within five years after initial matriculation into the program.

Course selection depends on each student’s undergraduate preparation and professional and certification goals.

Candidates must maintain an overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher, with no more than 8 credits of C or C+ work accepted toward the degree. Required courses receiving grades of C– and below must be repeated; a student may repeat a required course only once.

For prerequisite courses that are being completed by matriculating MS degree students, the first course with a grade of C or below must be repeated. Should a grade of C or below be received in a second course, the student will be terminated from the program.

Continued enrollment in the graduate program is contingent upon the maintenance of a minimum GPA of 3.0. Students whose GPA falls below 3.0 for more than one consecutive semester will be terminated from the program. This applies to all graduate students enrolled for more than 4 credits in a semester. The acceptability of C or C+ work in required courses is subject to departmental faculty approval.