Graduate degrees granted in our program require that you demonstrate proficiency in
- the basic concepts of the discipline in which you are enrolled
- graduate course work, and
- the conduct of original research.
Demonstration of proficiency in the basic concepts of your discipline is accomplished by successful completion of the Qualifying/General Exam Sequence. The graduate course work you must successfully complete includes both required courses as well as elective courses which are selected on the basis of your research interests. Your major adviser and advisory committee, as well as the Graduate School must approve your selection of courses for your graduate program. This is accomplished through submission of a Plan of Study to the Graduate School. Your major adviser and advisory committee also oversee the design and progress of the research project that you must complete as part of the requirements for your degree. This is accomplished via the Thesis Defense at the masters level or by completion of a Dissertation Proposal and Dissertation Defense at the doctoral level.
The most comprehensive information on program requirements can be found in our Graduate Program Handbook.