The Thesis Examining Committee is appointed by the Dean of the Graduate School, in accordance with the policies listed below: Oral Examination Requirement.
Each master's thesis student must defend orally his or her master's thesis as a requirement in partial fulfillment of the master's degree (an additional comprehensive written examination may be required at the option of the program.) Theses are to be submitted to the Graduate School in electronic format after final approval of the document by the Thesis Examining Committee.
These regulations are strict and the Graduate School urges all graduate students to consult with the IRB before beginning any research on living subjects.
For application forms and guidelines on such issues as research involving minors or prisoners, surveys, and the use of audio taping, videotaping, digital recordings and photographs, please see the Institutional Review Board's website.
The entire course of study undertaken for any master's degree must constitute a unified, coherent program that is approved by the student's advisor and Graduate Director and meets Graduate School requirements.
A minimum of thirty credit hours in courses acceptable for credit towards a graduate degree is required (some degree programs require more than 30 credits).
In many cases, successful completion of comprehensive examinations is required by the program.
The graduate program must include at least 12 hours of course work at the 600 level or higher; no fewer than 12 hours of course work credit must be earned in the major subject approved by the graduate program in which the student is enrolled.
Distribution is subject to a release date stipulated by the student and approved by the University.
As the owner of copyright in the thesis or dissertation, students have the exclusive right to reproduce, distribute, make derivative works based on, publicly perform and display their work, and to authorize others to exercise some or all of those rights.