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Graduate Degree Regulations

  1. In order to pursue a graduate degree, students must be admitted to the specific program for which they are seeking a degree. Students may not be admitted to more than one graduate degree program at a time.
     
  2. To remain in good standing, students must maintain a grade point average of at least 3.00 in all courses on the Graduate Plan of Study (excluding transfer work), and for all graduate work taken at WSU. Demonstrated suitability for professional practice, as determined by faculty, is also a consideration for remaining in good standing in programs leading to advanced certificates or other endorsements indicating advanced professional practice or achievement.
     
  3. Any course taken as a part of an undergraduate degree may not be repeated for graduate credit except when the course contents are substantially different (as indicated by instructors).
     
  4. Upon the advice and consent of the major department, a maximum of 6 credit hours of work in one earned master's degree program may be applied to a second master's degree.
     
  5. No more than 6 hours of independent study coursework (excluding dissertation, thesis and other independent study activities that are terminal degree requirements for a degree) can be used in a degree program.
     
  6. No more than 6 hours of work graded S or Cr may be used toward the requirements of a graduate degree (excluding dissertation, thesis and other independent study activities that are terminal degree requirements for a degree). Refer to individual program areas as they may differ regarding this 6-hour limit.
     
  7. Master's and specialist degree programs requiring fewer than 40 hours may include no more than one-third of the total hours or 12 hours, whichever is greater, of graduate work completed at another institution accredited to offer graduate degree programs (exclusive of hours in a previous master's degree).  Departments may require lower limits on transfer credit and, therefore, students should consult individual program descriptions.  Doctoral, Master of Fine Arts (MFA) and other more lengthy programs have special transfer credit allowances, as indicated in their program descriptions.
     
  8. Transfer credit that is accepted must have been in courses started six years or less before the semester in which the degree work is completed.
     
  9. Enrollment in Final Semester.  Graduate students must be enrolled in appropriate graduate-level coursework during the semester of graduation.  Such enrollment recognizes the use of university resources, including faculty and staff, as part of degree completion.  The minimum enrollment for thesis students is 1 hour of thesis.  The minimum enrollment for doctoral students is 2 hours of dissertation.
     
  10. Doctoral students are required to spend at least two continuous semesters (summer excluded) as full-time students.
     
  11. Faculty members of Wichita State University who hold the rank of assistant professor or higher cannot earn graduate degrees from Wichita State except for unassigned faculty (not attached to a particular college) or faculty members granted specific approval by the Graduate Council.  Full-time faculty members may not pursue more than 6 hours of graduate credit per semester.
     
  12. Doctoral students admitted Fall 2012 or later and Master's students admitted Fall 2013 or later are required to complete professional and scholarly integrity training as determined by their department.  This training should be completed within the first year of enrollment in the program.


Additional information

  • Committee Structure
    Committees for thesis and dissertation oral exams are recommended by the major department and approved by the Dean of the Graduate School.

  • In master's programs, final oral examinations are required of all students presenting thesis or research projects.   A thesis committee is composed of a minimum of three and a maximum of five graduate faculty, including the chairperson, who must be a full graduate faculty member.  At least one committee member, the graduate dean's representative, must be from an academic department outside the major department.  A majority of the committee members must be from the major department.  No more than one committee member may have graduate faculty standing as a graduate faculty affiliate or a practicing professional.

  • In doctoral programs, final oral defense examinations are required for all students presenting dissertations.  The Supervisory (Dissertation) Committee is composed of a minimum of five graduate faculty, with at least four having full membership, including the chairperson who also must have authorization to chair doctoral committees. At least one member, the graduate dean's representative, must be outside the major department. A majority of the committee members must be from the major department.  No more than one committee member may have graduate faculty standing as a graduate faculty affiliate or a practicing professional.  In addition to guiding the student to successful completion of the dissertation, this committee conducts the final oral defense examination.

  • Correspondence Credit
    Correspondence credit cannot be accepted for graduate credit.

  • Credit and Exam Requirements
    All master's degrees require a minimum of 30 credit hours of graduate credit work, including at least 18 hours numbered 700 level or above, excluding workshops. Some programs require more than 30 credit hours, in which case at least 60 percent of the courses must be numbered 700 level or above, excluding workshops and transfer hours.

    The total number of hours for the doctoral degree varies with the major department, including the division between course work and dissertation hours. At least 60 percent of the hours beyond the master's degree must be in courses numbered 800 and above.  

    Preliminary examinations are administered by several programs to determine a student's qualifications for further graduate study. Qualifying and/or comprehensive examinations are required in all doctoral programs.

    Most master's programs also require written or oral comprehensive examinations.

  • Credit By Exam
    Graduate credit cannot be earned under a credit by exam program.

  • Degree Progress
    Degree-seeking graduate students are expected to make satisfactory progress toward their degree in a timely manner (six-year time limit for master's and specialist degrees; six to nine years for doctoral degrees). Some departments take action to dismiss students who do not enroll for periods of a year or more.

  • Enrollment Requirement
    Students must be enrolled in the semester of graduation.

    Students writing a thesis or dissertation or engaged in research must be enrolled in courses entitled Thesis, Dissertation, or Research each semester in which they receive advice, counseling, or research direction from their advisors.  Enrollment is for the number of hours that accurately reflects demands of the students on University faculty and facilities, with a minimum of 1 credit hour of enrollment in Thesis hours, and 2 credit hours of enrollment for Dissertation hours.

    When a thesis is part of a student's master's degree program, and for all doctoral students, thesis or dissertation or research project credit must show on their graduate transcripts. The transcript will normally carry the grade of I (incomplete) until the thesis or dissertation is completed and the student has met the requirements of the supervisory committee and the Graduate School. An S (satisfactory) or grade of B or better is required for an acceptable thesis/dissertation. Thesis or dissertation hours in excess of the minimum required for the degree will be graded S.

  • Extension Credit
    Extension graduate credit courses may be accepted for graduate credit as part of a graduate degree program if the work is approved by the major department and the dean of the graduate school, and if the work is an integral part of a program planned by the candidate and the advisor and is listed on the approved Graduate Plan of Study.

  • Following Degree Award
    Students who are awarded graduate degrees at Wichita State University are transferred to non-degree, category A, status in the academic field of their graduate degree. This transfer will allow continued enrollment for students desiring graduate credit beyond the graduate degree. Should such students desire to undertake a new academic program or change advising areas, a new Application for Admission to the desired area of study and application fee must be filed with the Graduate School office.

  • Independent Study
    No more than 6 hours of independent study course work (excluding dissertation, thesis, and other independent study activites that are terminal requirements for the degree) may be used in a degree program.

  • Minimum Grade Requirement
    Grades earned below C may not be used to satisfy degree requirements, but such grades may be repeated according to the repeat policy.

  • Plan of Study
    In order to officially define a program of study for a graduate degree, students must submit the Plan of Study Form leading to admission to candidacy. The proposed plan identifying the completion option must be on file in the Graduate School office no later than the 20th day of the fall or spring semester, or the 10th day of the eight-week summer term during the semester of graduation if not before. Students must meet the program requirements in effect at the time the Plan of Study option is officially approved. It is recommended, therefore, that the Plan of Study completion form be submitted as soon as possible for masters students and by the end of the semester of completion of qualifying examinations for doctoral students.

    The Plan of Study is developed in conjunction with the advisor and signed by the candidate, the advisor (and advisory committee members, if applicable), the chairperson of the major department, and the Dean of the Graduate School. All academic work completed and planned for the degree must be included in the Plan of Study at the time of submission. The process of filing an acceptable Plan of Study is not completed until the student has received a Detail Requirement Sheet of the plan from the Graduate School. If the Detail Requirement Sheet has not been received approximately three weeks following submission, students should check with the Graduate School office.

    Students may make changes to the Plan of Study that are necessary because of enrollment problems or other circumstances by submitting the Revision to Plan of Study form. More extensive changes may be accomplished by filing a new Plan of Study marked "revised plan." Failure to meet the deadline for filing an acceptable Plan of Study may result in a delay in graduation or loss of credit planned for use in the program.

  • Previous Master's Credit
    Upon the advice and consent of the major department, a maximum of 6 semester hours or work in one earned master's degree may be applied to a second master's degree.

  • Repeat Policy
    A graduate student may enroll in graduate courses (for credit) a second or subsequent time and have it counted as part of the semester's load. If a course is repeated, the Graduate School will consider that the last grade earned replaces the original grade for purposes of admission and degree completion (in calculating initial and subsequent admission GPA's, in certifying the student's eligibility for graduation, in certifying completion of certificate programs, and in computing the WSU grade point average). Although the last grade earned becomes the grade of record (replaces the original grade), the original course and grade continue to remain on the graduate transcript. Within existing departmental and University guidelines, WSU courses repeated at another institution may be used to complete program requirements, but the repeat grade will not be counted in the WSU grade point average (as transfer courses are not counted in the WSU grade point average).

  • Research Credit
    Students writing a thesis or dissertation or engaged in research must be enrolled in courses entitled Thesis, Dissertation, or Research each semester in which they receive advice, counseling, or research direction from their advisors. This includes the semester of graduation. Enrollment is for the number of hours that accurately reflects demands of the students on University faculty and facilities.

    When a thesis is part of a student's master's degree program, and for all doctoral students, thesis or dissertation or research project credit must show on their graduate transcripts. The transcript will normally carry the grade of I (incomplete) until the thesis or dissertation is completed and the student has met the requirements of the supervisory committee and the Graduate School. An S (satisfactory) or grade of B or better is required for an acceptable thesis/dissertation. Thesis or dissertation hours in excess of the minimum required for the degree will be graded S

  • Residency Requirement
    Doctoral students are required to spend at least two continuous semester (summer excluded) as a full-time student.

  • Time Limits
    Courses started more than six years before the semester in which the master's degree work is completed may not be used as part of a degree program.

    For doctoral programs requiring a master's degree for admission, the doctorate must be completed within six years from the effective date of admission. In those programs permitting admission directly after the bachelor's degree, the doctorate must be completed within nine years after the semester of admission.

    In cases where the above time limits are exceeded and in which the student desires to have such course count toward degree completion, the outdated course must be validated, substituted with a course within the time limits, or require the filing and approval of a Request for Exception to Graduate Regulations to waive the time limits for the course in question. To have courses validated, students must submit a Validation Request Form to the Graduate School for validation approval.   The instructor must identify on the form the process that will be used to certify B or better performance by the student.

    Transfer courses and work that originally received a grade of C or below may not be validated. Courses completed 10 or more years before the degree is granted, even if previously validated, may not be used to meet degree requirements.

  • Tool Requirement
    The Graduate School has no overall tool or language requirements, although such requirements have been established by some departments. Students should consult an individual department's section of the Graduate Catalog for information regarding such requirements.

    Any tool subjects (e.g., foreign language, computer programming, statistics, etc.) required by the major department must be identified in the student's Plan of Study. The completion of this tool is not required prior to submission of the Plan of Study but is required prior to graduation.

  • Transfer Credit
    Students may transfer, with departmental approval, graduate credit from an accredited graduate school under the following conditions:

    1. (a) The credit offering institution is accredited by the cognizant regional accrediting association to offer graduate degree programs appropriate to the level of credit to be transferred. 
        (b) The credit is fully acceptable at the other institution in satisfaction of its advanced degree requirement.
        (c) The credit is applicable in terms of content to the student's program of study at WSU, and carries a minimum grade value of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale. Grades lower than B, including B-, will not be accepted.
    2.  Master's and Specialist degree programs requiring fewer than 40 hours may include no more than one-third of the total hours or 12 hours, whichever is greater, of graduate work completed at another accredited graduate school (exclusive of hours in a previous master's degree. Departments may require lower limits on trasnfer credit and therefore students should consult with the individual program.
    3.  Doctoral programs may include a maximum of one-third of the course work hours, exclusive of acceptable hours in a master's degree.
    4.  Transfer credit that is accepted must have been in courses started six years or less before the semester in which degree work is completed at WSU.
    5.  An official transcript containing the requested transfer work must be on file in the Graduate School. It such work is shown on the transcripts provided in support of the original admission to Graduate School, an additional transcript will not be required.  Students should contact their previous institutions to determine the process by which they must request transcripts.  Transcripts should be sent to:   

    The Graduate School
    Wichita State University
    1845 Fairmount
    Wichita KS  67260-0004

  • Workshop Credit
    Workshop graduate credit courses may be accepted for graduate credit as part of a graduate degree program if the work is approved by the major department and the dean of the graduate school, and if the work is an integral part of a program planned by the candidate and the advisor and is listed on the approved Graduate Plan of Study.