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          Variable Tuition Information

          IBB Policies

Graduate Advisor Highlights


Student Status

Time Limit

Time to Degree
3 years
5 years
Doctor of Philosophy
Full and part-time
9 years
Doctor of Education
Full and part-time
7 years

Students must be continuously enrolled through their graduating term to receive their degree.

GPA Requirements

  • Students in all degree programs must earn at least 15 credits in the program for which they will receive a letter grade; credits must be earned after matriculation into the program
  • Grades of pass/fail/satisfactory/unsatisfactory/satisfactory progress/unsatisfactory and transfer of credits do not count toward this minimum
  • Students must hold a GPA of 3.00 or higher to graduate

Transfer Credits

  • Must have a letter grade of B (3.00) or better to be eligible for transfer
  • Transfer credits cannot be over 7 years old at graduation (9 years for Doctor of Philosophy)
  • Number of credits
    • 9 credits may be transferred for Master's degree
    • 9 credits may be transferred for Doctor of Education
    • 24 credits may be transferred for Doctor of Philosophy
  • Credits by examination are included in these limits
  • Master's Programs requiring more than 30 credits may allow more transfer credit
  • Transfer Credit Policy and form (PDF) available

Degree Requirements

  • Master's: 30 credits required (minimum 15 graded); which includes minimum of 6 and maximum of 15 research credits for thesis students
  • Doctor of Philosophy: 75 credits required; which includes minimum 30 course credits (minimum 15 graded) and minimum of 20 research credits
  • Doctor of Education: 59 credits required; which includes minimum of 17 research credits
  • All Graduate students must pass a comprehensive exam - this can be written, oral or both, and the passing grade must be submitted in writing to the Graduate College
  • One 100/200 level undergraduate course for master's and two for doctorate may be applied towards the graduate degree, if approved prior to the semester the student takes the course. Forms for the approval are available here.

Thesis/Dissertation Requirements

Chairperson from another Dept/Program
Defense Committee Total (minimum)34
Graduate Faculty Members (minimum)24
Defense Notice 3 weeks prior to defense
Format check 3 weeks prior to defense

Final Submission

  • Final submission of thesis/dissertation must occur within 6 weeks of defense.