Degree Requirements

You must be enrolled in any term when a graduate- or doctoral-level milestone is completed

Masters Degree Milestones

Complete plan of study within the first year of enrollment

  • Choose a faculty adviser
  • Select a faculty committee in consultation with the adviser
  • Meet with committee to discuss and/or revise the plan of study
  • Obtain committee signatures for approval by Director of Graduate Studies (DGS)

Complete 30 course credits (normally, 10 courses)

  • This includes six hours from departmental core requirements, COMMRC 2296 Proseminar and COMMRC 3384 Teaching Practicum With compelling reasons and approval from DGS, up to six of required course credits can be taken outside of the department and count towards required credit.

Maintain satisfactory progress of completing 18 credit hours a year

Complete MA Comprehensive exams successfully

Prior to defense, submit two revised seminar papers, to be approved by committee to be recommended to move into PhD Program

Written exam followed about 2 weeks later by oral defense, scheduled with committee.

Doctoral Degree Milestones

Complete plan of study within the first year of post-MA enrollment or by the end of the term when MA comps are completed

  • choose a faculty adviser
  • select a faculty committee in consultation with the adviser
  • meet with committee to discuss and/or revise the plan of study

Obtain committee signatures for approval by Director of Graduate Studies (DGS).

Complete 72 course credits, including credits toward MA (up to 24 hours transfer credit)

  • Six hours from  departmental core requirements, COMMRC 2296 Proseminar and COMMRC 3384 Teaching Practicum
  • With compelling reasons and approval from DGS, up to nine of required course credits can be taken outside of the department and count towards required credit.

Must maintain satisfactory progress of completing 18 credit hours a year

Successfully complete PhD Comprehensive exams, during or in the term immediately following term in which course work is completed.

  • Written exam followed about 2 weeks later by oral defense, scheduled with committee

Prepare a dissertation prospectus for approval by adviser and dissertation committee

  • Form dissertation committee, requiring 3 departmental faculty and 1 outside member
  • Submit prospectus for oral defense
  • Secure committee’s approval of prospectus) 

Complete and successfully defend a dissertation

  • Oral defense of dissertation as a culminating event in the student’s graduate program

Final submission must conform to Electronic Thesis And Dissertation (ETD) guidelines.

For any questions contact your advisor, DGS, or Graduate Administrator