A minimum of 34 credits are required. All degree candidates are required to complete one or more research courses. In addition, students are required to take 1 to 3 credits of comprehensive examination, which may or may not be above the 34 credits of approved courses, for completion of a culminating comprehensive examination, portfolio, or project. Some emphasis areas offer, and students choose to complete, a six-credit thesis as part of the program, resulting in a program of at least 39 credits. A maximum of six graduate credits of S/U grades may be applied toward a master's degree.