Graduation and General Degree
ACADEMIC POLICIES RELATED TO MASTERS DEGREES
Academic credit toward the degree shall not be given for courses which are
designed to fulfill prerequisites for admission.
TRANSFER CREDIT IN MASTERS PROGRAMS
Students whose master?s program consist of 30 to 36 semester hours may have a
maximum of six semester hours or two courses (whichever is greater in credit) of
graduate work at another university accepted toward their program requirements
at UWF. The department chairperson?s permission is required. Students whose
master?s program consists of more than 36 semester hours may have a maximum of
10 semester hours of graduate work from another university accepted toward their
program requirements of UWF. Graduate credit may be transferred from other
institutions when a grade of ?B? or higher was earned.
USE OF UNDERGRADUATE CREDIT IN A GRADUATE PROGRAM
A graduate program may include a maximum of six semester hours or two courses
(whichever is greater in credit) of undergraduate level course work, and a
maximum of six semester hours or two courses (whichever is greater) of directed
Undergraduate courses must be upper division (3000-4000) level and meet one of
the following criteria:
- upper-division undergraduate courses not annotated for graduate credit
(included in graduate program without additional work for graduate credit);
- upper-division undergraduate courses annotated for graduate credit (included
in graduate program and student does additional work to receive graduate
Directed studies must be at the graduate level.
ADVANCEMENT TO CANDIDACY
Advancement to candidacy may be required by some departments. This is a separate
step from admission to graduate studies. Students are responsible for
determining the requirements in each area of study by consulting with the
COMPREHENSIVE OR GENERAL EXAMINATION
Most departments require a written and/or oral general examination. The
examination may be an initial diagnostic or a final comprehensive examination
over the student?s fields of study. Students must pass any examination required
by the department to be recommended for a graduate degree.
CREDIT BY PROFICIENCY EXAMINATION
At the request of a department and with the approval of the college dean, a
student may be permitted to take six semester hours or two courses (whichever is
greater in credit) of graduate-level credit by examination. Additional
requirements are the same as those for undergraduates.
A student must satisfy the UWF GPA requirement of 3.0 based upon grades for all
courses included in the initial and approved degree plan and grades for all
courses included in subsequent revisions. No grade for a course taken as part of
an approved graduate degree program may be deleted from the GPA. Individual
programs may set more stringent GPA requirements. Students must be cleared from
academic probation in order to be eligible to graduate.
The UWF academic transcript, the student academic record, and grade report do
not reflect the degree program GPA. These records indicate a GPA of all UWF
graduate level courses with the exception of those included in a UWF
NON-DEGREE STUDENT STATUS
Graduate students who wish to change to non-degree status will complete the non-degree student application in the Office of the Registrar.
RECENCY OF CREDIT
Currency of knowledge must be demonstrated to the satisfaction of departmental
faculty for any course work required for the degree if the course was taken more
that five years before graduation. Individual departments may set more stringent
requirements or may adjust to a specific program.
Graduate students must complete a minimum of 24 semester hours of credit at UWF.
The department offering the program may require additional residency.
Students should consult the current
Catalog for the special requirements of the
individual program to determine whether a thesis or alternative is required. A
maximum of 6 semester hours of credit may be applied toward a master?s or
specialist degree for successful completion of a thesis. Upon completion of 6
semester hours of thesis credit, graduate students who continue thesis work must
register for at least one semester hour of credit each semester thereafter until
the thesis is submitted and accepted.
Theses are to be prepared in accordance with the specifications given in the
?Thesis Guide? prepared by and available in the Office of Graduate Studies.
Theses must be submitted to the University Library for binding in the semester
in which the degree is to be awarded (see Academic Calendar for deadlines).
Deadlines for submission to the college dean and the Office of Graduate Studies
are posted online at uwf.edu/graduate.
Students must provide a copy of the thesis to the University Library. A thesis
grade of ?G? (deferred) will be given until the thesis has been approved.
TOOL OF RESEARCH REQUIREMENT
Although the University has no general research tool requirement, some
departments expect demonstrated competence in a research tool, such as
statistics or a foreign language. Students should refer to the appropriate
department to ascertain whether a research tool is required.