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DEGREE COMPLETION, GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

REQUIREMENTS FOR COMPLETING DOCTORAL DEGREES

Students in the cooperative doctoral programs should also refer to Chapter 2 and to the SIU Carbondale website. Students seeking the Doctor of Pharmacy should go to www.siue.edu/pharmacy. Students pursuing the Doctor of Dental Science should refer to www.siue.edu.edu/dentalmedicine. Students seeking the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree should go to www.siue.edu/nursing.

REQUIREMENTS FOR COMPLETING POST-BACCALAUREATE CERTIFICATES

For a post-baccalaureate certificate to be awarded, a student is required to complete at least 18 semester hours of graduate credit with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher (A=4.0). Minimum credit requirements vary by program. For detailed explanation of specific graduation requirements, see program descriptions in Chapter 2. One-half of the required credits must be earned in courses numbered 500 or above. NO CREDIT is allowed toward a graduate program for courses in which a grade below C is earned. Only credit earned within a six-year period preceding the completion of all requirements, whether at SIUE or elsewhere, is counted toward a certificate. No more than 3 of these required hours can be independent readings, directed research, practicum, or other similar courses. No substitution or waiver of courses or completion requirements is permissible for a certificate program. By policy, up to one-third of the total number of hours required for the certificate can be approved for transfer to the program, subject to the additional requirements and restrictions described elsewhere in this publication. Courses taken in a certificate program may also be counted toward the completion of a graduate degree.

REQUIREMENTS FOR COMPLETING MASTER'S DEGREES

For a master's degree to be awarded, a student is required to complete at least 30 semester hours of acceptable graduate credit with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher (A=4.0). One-half of the required credits must be earned in courses numbered 500 or above, and at least two-thirds must be earned in a major field of study or cooperative or interdisciplinary program. Only credit earned within a six-year period preceding the completion of all requirements, whether at SIUE or elsewhere, is counted toward a master's degree. By policy, up to one-third of the total number of hours required for the master's degree can be approved for transfer to the degree program, subject to the additional requirements and restrictions described elsewhere in this publication. Minimum credit requirements vary by program. For detailed explanation of specific degree requirements, see program descriptions in Chapter 2.

NO CREDIT is allowed toward a graduate degree for courses in which a grade below C is earned.

CREDIT EARNED IN WORKSHOPS

Only 10 semester hours of workshop credit may be applied to the total number of hours required for a graduate degree. "Workshop credit" is defined as credit earned in a course taking place within a time frame of two weeks or less and requiring completion of student assignments by the end of the instructional period. A maximum of 6 hours of workshop credit, out of the 10 allowable, earned between the end of one term and the end of the next, may be counted in the total number of hours required for the degree.

THESIS OR OTHER CREATIVE EFFORT

For some graduate programs, the completion of a thesis is one of the exit requirements. While working on a thesis or other creative effort, a student must register for a course numbered 599 or an equivalent number, specifically designated for this purpose. The thesis ordinarily may be counted for not more than 6 nor less than 3 semester hours of credit. Under special circumstances, a student's advisory committee may recommend that a student be permitted to apply for as many as 10 hours of thesis credit toward fulfillment of degree requirements. In such instances, prior approval of the Graduate Dean is required. The request is made on a "Request for Extended Thesis Credit" form, which provides for the written recommendations of all members of the thesis advisory committee. The form is available online at www.siue.edu/graduatestudents/Forms.shtml and in the Office of the Registrar, Rendleman Hall, Room 1207. If the thesis or project is not finished after the student has enrolled in the maximum number of credit hours allowable, the student is expected to enroll in UNIV 500 each term until the work is completed. UNIV 500 is a no-credit "course" for which a fee of $37.50 is charged. This form of enrollment enables the student to maintain access to such resources as faculty, library, computers, and parking.

Each master's degree thesis must be supervised by a committee of at least three members of the graduate faculty. Emeritus faculty may serve on thesis committees but may not serve as chair unless the chair position was held prior to retirement. The thesis proposal must be approved by the committee and the title of the thesis registered with Graduate Records in the Service Center. It is recommended that thesis registration be completed no later than the last day of classes in the term preceding the one in which the student expects to graduate. In order to comply with federal regulations, proposals that involve human subjects, animals, biohazards, or recombinant DNA must be cleared by the appropriate University committee and approved by the Graduate Dean before data collection begins. Information and guidelines for research with human subjects are available in the Graduate School or on the web at www.siue.edu/orp/humansubjectsprotection/index.shtml. The "Registration of Thesis Title" form is available in the Service Center. The "Registration of Thesis Title" form and "Guidelines for the Preparation of Theses" are available on-line at www.siue.edu/graduate/forms.shtml.

Approval of the thesis by the student's advisory committee is validated on a thesis approval page. The original and an acceptable copy of the approved thesis must be presented to the Graduate School for review no later than the last day of classes in the term in which graduation is expected. A student's responsibility for fulfilling this degree requirement does not end until the thesis has been formally accepted in the Graduate School.

NON-THESIS PROGRAMS

Students in graduate programs that do not require a thesis are governed by specific requirements of the appropriate programs, and their work is generally directed by an advisory committee of at least three graduate faculty members. Research papers or other projects required in lieu of a thesis are not filed with Graduate Records. For detailed information on mandatory compliance with federal regulations on research involving human subjects, animals, biohazards, and recombinant DNA, contact the Graduate School.

EXIT REQUIREMENTS

Each master's degree program has individual exit requirements. Check the graduate program for the specific exit requirements. A report of the results of the exit requirements is filed with Graduate Records on a form entitled "Summary of Completion of Requirements for Graduate Degrees."

REQUIREMENTS FOR COMPLETING POST-MASTER'S CERTIFICATES

For a post-master's certificate to be awarded, a student is required to complete at least 18 semester hours of graduate credit with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher (A=4.0). Minimum credit requirements vary by program. For detailed explanation of specific graduation requirements, see the program descriptions in Chapter 2. One-half of the required credits must be earned in courses numbered 500 or above. NO CREDIT is allowed toward a graduate program for courses in which a grade below C is earned. Only credit earned within a six-year period preceding the completion of all requirements, whether at SIUE or elsewhere, is counted toward a certificate. No more than 3 of these required hours can be in independent readings, directed research, practicum, or other similar courses. No substitution or waiver of courses and of completion requirements is permissible for a certificate program.

REQUIREMENTS FOR COMPLETING SPECIALIST DEGREES

Specialist degree programs are for qualified persons with master's degrees who wish to pursue advanced study in an educational field. Specialist degree programs are currently offered in educational administration and in school psychology.

A specialist degree requires a minimum of 32 semester hours beyond the master's degree required by the program of study. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.25 for all work in a program is required. Students pursuing the specialist degree ordinarily complete a thesis or final project, and they are required to pass a final examination for the successful completion of the degree. All credit, regardless of its origin, must have been earned within a seven-year period prior to completion of the program. All Graduate School requirements and procedures pertaining to the scheduling and reporting of the final examination for the degree, as described in the preceding section on "Master's Degree Requirements," apply also to the specialist degree.

Prospective students interested in pursuing a specialist degree should contact the Graduate Program Director for the specific degree program for details relative to admission, enrollment, graduation requirements, and time to completion of all degree components.