Graduate Catalog 2003-2004
General Requirements for Master's Degree
Types of Programs
The specific descriptions of the respective master’s degrees are given under the subheadings of Master of Accountancy, Master of Arts, Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Business Administration, Master of Education, Master of Family and Consumer Sciences, Master of Fine Arts, Master of Industrial Technology, Master of Music, Master of Organization Development, Master of Public Administration, Master of Rehabilitation Counseling, and Master of Science. Degree requirements are outlined under the degree headings listed above and in the program descriptions in the “Graduate Programs and Courses” section of this catalog. In several of the programs, students may pursue the degree under either a thesis option (Plan I) or a non-thesis option (Plan II). Students present their intention to pursue either a Plan I or a Plan II master’s degree program at the time of submission of the Tentative Degree Program form to the Graduate College. All master’s degree programs have a culminating option (e.g., thesis, project, or comprehensive examination, etc.).
All master’s degree programs of the University require at least 30 semester hours of graduate course work. Specific credit hour requirements are listed under the degree and program descriptions. Students must be enrolled for at least one hour of credit in the semester in which they graduate. A student who completes all degree requirements by the end of the first day of the semester in which he or she is graduating is not required to regist4er during the graduation semester.
Level of Work
At least 18 hours of credit in the student's master's degree program must be on the 600-level or higher. Many 500-level courses are cross-listed with 400-level undergraduate courses. A graduate student must register for the 500-level section of the course.
A minimum of 24 hours toward the master's degree must be earned at Bowling Green State University. Credits earned at the Firelands extension branch may apply toward the requirements for the master's degree only when the extension course is specifically given for graduate credit. Transfer credit must be in addition to the minimum of 24 hours earned in residence. Unless a degree program has been specifically approved by the Ohio Board of Regents as an off-campus graduate degree program, the individual student must complete at least 51 percent of graduate course work on the main campus of the University, as distinguished from the Firelands branch campus or another offcampus extension center.
Time Limits for Degree and Revalidation
Candidates must complete all requirements for a master's degree within six years from the end of the earliest course used to fulfill degree requirements on the Tentative Degree Program. Course credits older than six years will not apply unless submitted for revalidation. Courses older than seven years may not be revalidated.