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Graduation Requirements

The Graduate School offers six different types of programs. Each has its own graduation or completion requirements.

Doctoral programs

MU requires a student to take a minimum of 72 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree in order to earn either a doctor of philosophy or a doctor of education degree. All course work must be approved by the student's doctoral committee, which may also require additional course work. More »

Master’s programs

Every student seeking a master’s degree must take a minimum of 30 hours of course work beyond the bachelor’s degree, 15 hours of which must be at the 8000 or 9000 level. No more than 40 percent of the 30-hour minimum may be satisfied by special investigations, research, readings or problem courses. Students must also maintain a 3.0 GPA. More »

Educational specialist programs

Offered through the College of Education, an educational specialist degree is a 30-hour program of specialization that builds upon a student’s master’s degree. A student must take 24 hours of the 30-hour program with MU faculty, and 6 hours must be completed in residence in a single semester or summer session. More »

Dual degree programs

A student may pursue two master’s degrees concurrently. Each degree requires a minimum of 18 hours of course work that may not be shared between the two degree programs. In addition, students must take 12 hours of 8000-level credit that is shared between programs. More »

Graduate certificate programs

Students may pursue a variety of certificate programs, either as part of a degree program or as a stand-alone certificate. In addition to satisfying the requirements of the individual certificate program, students must also maintain a 3.0 GPA in all course work pertaining to the certificate. More »

Graduate minor programs

Graduate minor programs are either designated or nondesignated. A designated program consists of 9-15 hours of course work approved by an academic program or interdisciplinary group and by the Graduate Faculty Senate. A nondesignated program consists of course work constituting a unified plan of study with a minimum of 9 hours graduate course work. The completion requirements for each designated minor are determined by the sponsoring program or group. More »