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Requirements for the Graduation

Requirements for the Graduation with the Master of Arts degree include the following:

  1. Completion of at least 30 semester hours of coursework, with an average grade of "B" or above in each course approved for the program, including both didactic courses and research.  Students can obtain no more than two grades of C, and these credit hours must be balanced out by the same number of credit hours in which a student obtains an A.
  2. The required 30 hours of coursework should include least 21 hours in courses intended principally for graduate students (numbered 500 or above).  A maximum of six hours of graduate coursework may be transferred from another accredited institution.  This 30 hours of coursework should include at least 3 registered hours, and no more than 6-9 hours (depending on the graduate program) in Thesis Research that count toward this 30 hour requirement. To allow students to be registered for at least 9 hours per semester ( ie as a full-time graduate student) during their training, students may also register for Thesis Preparation, but the hours registered for thesis preparation do NOT count toward the 30 hours of graduate work.

    The grade requirements beyond the minimum 30 hours may be set by the graduate faculty of the program, but the overall GPA of a graduate student must be 3.0 or above to qualify for graduation with the Master's degree. Courses may be repeated no more than once for a higher grade.
  3. Completion of a satisfactory Master's thesis on a subject approved by the student’s research mentor/supervisor and the members of the student’s thesis committee.  The public defense of a student’s thesis also is required.
  4. Receipt and approval of three copies of the thesis submitted in final form to the Library following the thesis defense and after corrections have been made in response to requests from the thesis committee . Receipt of the thesis by the library and provision of the receipt to the Office of Graduate Studies and the Registrar serves as the final documentation that the trainee has officially earned a Master’s Degree from Fisk Univeristy .