A student with demonstrated expertise in a required course that would make the course a repeat of attained knowledge or previous coursework may take other electives (up to 2 courses or 6 hours) offered at the graduate level as approved by the Advisory Committee.
In lieu of a thesis, the candidate must successfully complete a Project Abstract, project/work assignment with performance assessment, a written report/paper and pass an oral defense. It is intended that this Internship/Semester-in-Residence/Project be completed in a 16-week semester period according to established guidelines for the course experience. The type of experience for this project depends upon the student's situation, current employment and right-to-work status.
Advancement to Candidacy
The student will advance to Master's Degree candidacy upon the completion of 23 semester credit hours of coursework, satisfying the Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR), and approval of a Project Abstract by the student's Advisory Committee. The GWAR may be completed either by an acceptable standardized test score for the Analytical Writing subtest of the GMAT or GRE, or a paper(s) that receive(s) a passing score as described in university policy.
Graduate students must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 and earn at least a C (2.0) in each course, except those taken for credit/no credit. Any student whose overall GPA falls below 3.0 for two consecutive semesters will be dropped from the program. A full-time student should be enrolled in the predetermined course schedule and credit hours each semester for the program. In addition, a project report must be submitted, defended and approved at the end of the Internship or Semester-In-Residence. In unusual circumstances where project requirements are not completed, defended and approved at the end of the Internship or Semester-In-Residence, the student may complete the requirements within six months under the guidance of the advisory committee.