Program of study requirements

The Program of Study form is really the foundation of your graduate program in that it lists all course work or credits that are required to fulfill the requirements for the degree. This includes course work already completed, in-progress, to be completed and transfer credits.

Program of Study form

Doctoral program of study requirements

  • Requirements
    • Minimum of 72 graduate credits
    • Minimum of 48 graduate credits of course work
    • Maximum of 24 graduate credits from a completed master’s degree program or previous post-baccalaureate work may be applied to program (this includes grad special, transfer, the total can not be more than 24 credits)
    • Maximum of 9 graduate credits of S/U grading (including transfer credits) *
    • At least 30 credits of 700-level graduate credits exclusive of dissertation credits are required: as many as 18 of these credits may be used from a masters degree program
    • Doctoral students must enroll in a minimum of 24 dissertation credits for degree completion (Ed.D. minimum enrollment of 12 dissertation credits required for degree completion)
    • Fulfill residency requirement; two consecutive semesters (fall/spring or spring/fall) of at least nine (9) graduate credits each; (students on 20hr/week assistantships require 6 credits each semester (fall/spring or spring/fall)
    • All requirements for the doctoral program, excluding prerequisite graduate course work or masters degrees, must be completed within a period of 8 years immediately preceding the granting of the degree.
    • Continuous enrollment
    • Minimum enrollment of 3 graduate credits each fall and spring semester
    • Some graduate programs have additional requirements
    • No undergraduate credits can be applied to any advanced degree program
    • Every graduate course must be completed with a grade of “C “or better
    • Identify course number and institutions for all credits transferred
    • Advisory committee
  • Advisory-examining committee requirements

    Doctoral candidates, the advisory-examining committee consists of at least five graduate faculty members. In addition to the permanent advisor as chair, this committee is composed of two or more members from the major department, one or more from departments in related fields, and at least one member of the graduate faculty from outside the student’s major department or program who is the Graduate School Representative. All graduate degree advisory committee members must be members of the University graduate faculty.

Master's program of study requirements

  • Master's program requirements

    Thesis programs

    • Minimum of 30 graduate credits
    • Minimum of 21 of these credits earned at UNR
    • Minimum of 18 credits (including thesis credits) taken at 700-level
    • Masters Students must enroll in 6 thesis credits for degree completion
    • Maximum of 3 credits may be taken with S/U grading
    • Maximum of 9 credits completed prior to admission (including transfer credits)
    • All requirements (credits) for degree (including transfer credits) must be completed within the period of six years (6) immediately preceding the granting of the degree.
    • Continuous enrollment
    • Minimum enrollment of 3 graduate credits each fall and spring semester

    Non-thesis programs

    • Minimum of 32 graduate credits
    • Minimum of 23 of these 32 graduate credits earned at UNR
    • Minimum of 15 credits taken at 700-level
    • Maximum of 3 credits may be taken with S/U grading (including transfer credits)
    • Maximum of 9 credits completed prior to admission (including transfer credits)
    • All requirements for degree must be completed within the period of 6 years immediately preceding the granting of the degree.
    • Continuous enrollment
    • Minimum enrollment of 3 graduate credits each fall and spring semester
  • Advisory-examining committee requirements

    The advisory-examining committee consists of at least three members of the graduate faculty, two representing the area of specialization and one who is the Graduate School Representative. If a major/minor program is elected, there must be one committee member representing the major, one representing the minor and one who is the Graduate School Representative. All graduate degree advisory committee members must be members of the University graduate faculty.

    Interdisciplinary/interdepartmental master’s degree programs

    The committee may consist entirely of faculty from that interdisciplinary/interdepartmental program provided that the role of the Graduate School Representative is filled by a graduate faculty member who holds an academic appointment in a department of program different from that of the chair of the committee.

  • Additional requirements

    Time limitations

    All course work for a master’s degree must be completed within six years preceding the awarding of the degree. This means that for a student beginning graduate-level courses in Fall 2008, the student must complete their degree course work by August 2014. When the student was officially admitted to their graduate program is irrelevant: it’s the age of the course work they wish to apply towards their degree. The time limitation therefore applies to graduate-level courses completed while still an undergraduate, as a graduate special, while in a previous graduate program, when first admitted to their graduate program, or transferred from another institution. And, of course, the six-year window shifts as time goes by. That student who is unable to graduate in August 2014 and who then applies to graduate in December 2014 now has to have course work completed no earlier than Spring 2009. Any exceptions to course time limitations approved by the Graduate Dean are for a particular period of time – the approval is not good “forever.” Course work for doctoral degrees must be completed within eight years preceding the granting of the degree. Credits from a previously completed master’s degree approved to apply to the doctoral degree are exempt from this time limitation.
    Grades: All course work for an advanced degree must be completed with a grade of “C” or better. This means a course for which you receive a “C minus” cannot be used to satisfy degree requirements. If the course is required you will have to re-take the course.

    S/U grades

    There are limits to the number of Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (previously called Pass/Fail) credits that may be applied to a degree. For master’s degrees the limit is three (3); for doctoral degrees the limit is nine (9). This limit is not applicable to thesis or dissertation credits or credits for the comprehensive exam (courses ending in 795).

    Filing the Program of Study

    Programs of Study must be filed prior to applying for graduation, generally the semester prior to the one in which you are planning to graduate. The Graduate School website lists the deadlines for filing you program of study under “Important Dates.” Please be aware of these dates. Reminders for deadlines may be emailed to students, but ultimately it is your responsibility as a graduate student to be aware of dates and deadlines. It is best to file a Program of Study as early as possible to avoid delays at graduation time.

    Continuous enrollment

    All graduate students are required to maintain continuous enrollment to stay in good academic standing. Students without assistantships must be enrolled in a minimum of three (3) graduate credits and students with assistantships must be enrolled for a minimum of six (6) graduate credits each fall and spring semester. Failure to maintain continuous enrollment may result in the student being placed on probation, losing an assistantship and various other consequences. If you know that you will need to be gone during a semester, please file a Leave of Absence.