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Advising, Courses, & Degrees

In this Section:

The Advising Tab Covers:

  • Advising
  • Advising of Non-Degree Students
  • Plans of Study

The Courses Tab Cover:

  • Credit Hour
  • Course Credit Limitations
  • Delivery Context
  • Face-to-Face Classroom Learning
  • Online Classroom Learning
  • Experiential Learning
  • Study Abroad
  • Studio/Ensemble Work
  • Variable Credit Offerings
  • Schedule of Courses
  • Plan for Numbering Courses
  • Catalog Abbreviations
  • Graduate Level Common Courses Numbers and Descriptions

The Programs tab covers:

  • Degree Programs Offered by WVU
  • Graduate Certificate Programs
  • Multiple Master's Degrees
  • Approved Dual Master's Degree Programs

Degree Regulations:

  • Degree Requirements
  • Time Limits
  • Graduate Committees
  • Mater's Degree Coursework Requirements
  • Doctoral Degree Coursework Requirements
  • Promotion to Doctorial Candidacy
  • Theses and Dissertations
  • Thesis and Dissertation Defense
  • Thesis and Dissertation Submission
  • Graduation

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Advising

Academic and scholarly advising varies by graduate program across the University. Each graduate academic unit has one or more graduate advisors, and every graduate student is assigned an advisor at the time of admission or shortly thereafter. This advisor may also be the student’s thesis or dissertation advisor. The advisor and student typically meet soon after the student’s admission to the program to develop a plan of study and on a regular basis thereafter to monitor and review progress.

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Advising of Non-Degree Students

Each dean establishes a mechanism to advise non-degree graduate students who intend to take the majority of their coursework in the dean’s school or college. Such mechanisms may include designating a faculty or staff member at an advising office or center to advise non-degree students. Non-degree students with an interest in programs in two colleges may be assigned to either by the Office of Admissions. It is expected that the student will take responsibility for understanding the policies of each unit and facilitate any needed communication between advisors. 

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Plans of Study

All graduate students must have a plan of study, which is a formal agreement between the student and their program faculty regarding the conditions the student must meet to earn the desired degree. In most programs the plan should be in place no later than the end of the student’s first semester. The plan of study usually lists required courses and activities and describes the timeline for these requirements. The plan may also include suggested or optional courses and activities. Each school or college determines the mechanisms for establishing, changing, and monitoring students’ progress on plans of study.

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Credit Hour

The U.S. Department of Education adopted new regulations related to awarding academic credit for Title IV institutions eligible for financial aid in 2010. The new regulations were engaged on January 1, 2012 and define a credit hour as follows:

A credit hour is an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that is an institutionally-established equivalency that reasonably approximates not less than: (1) one hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work each week for approximately fifteen weeks for one semester or trimester hour of credit, or ten to twelve weeks for one quarter hour of credit, or the equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time; or (2) at least an equivalent amount of work as required in paragraph (1) of this definition for other activities as established by an institution, including laboratory work, internships, practicums, studio work, and other academic work leading toward the award of credit hours.

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Course Credit Limitations

Credit toward a graduate degree may be obtained only for courses listed in the graduate catalog and numbered 400–799. No more than forty percent of course credits counted toward any graduate degree may be at the 400-level. No residence credit is allowed for special field assignments or other work taken off the WVU campus without prior approval. Graduate credit is obtained only for courses in which the grade earned is A, B, C, P or S. Courses taken as audits or courses in which the grade earned is D, F, or U may not count toward a graduate degree.

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Delivery Context

West Virginia University courses offered for credit are based on semester hours. Semesters are fifteen weeks long plus one week for final exams. A single credit hour is equivalent to fifty minutes of guided instruction within the classroom. An hour of preparation, or related activity outside of the classroom, is equivalent to sixty minutes.

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Face-to-Face Classroom Learning

One credit hour is equivalent to one hour of guided instruction (fifty minute class) and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work each week for approximately fifteen weeks for one semester or the equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time such as during the summer sessions, which may be variable. One credit hour in other academic activities, as established by the institution, including laboratory work, internships, practicums, studio work, study abroad, experiential learning opportunities, online learning and other academic work is defined at least by an equivalent amount of work as required in the preceding paragraph and outlined in more detail below

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Online Classroom Learning

One credit hour of online learning is equivalent to fifteen hours of direct instruction via computer-assisted (modules), multimedia interaction, discussions, and/or engagement for exams/quizzes/assessments as documented in the course syllabus and approved to meet best practices in online learning, and thirty hours of student work (e.g. readings, supplemental home work) to complete the course requirements as set forth by the course instructor.

Online courses developed from existing face-to-face instruction adhere to the defined learning outcomes and assessments of the original face-to-face format for the course. All WVU online programs are reviewed for nationally accepted standards for online learning.

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Experiential Learning

In experiential learning, including opportunities representing laboratory/lecture courses, undergraduate research (with or without laboratory), professional development internships, and service learning, a total of three hours of classroom and preparation time per week over a period of fifteen weeks for one credit hour or the equivalent amount of work over a shorter period of time is required. Courses must incorporate adequate opportunities to document student progress and student completion of the stated learning objectives for each experience.

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Study Abroad

One credit hour is equivalent to fifteen hours of guided instruction and thirty hours of cultural, linguistic, or other types of engagements as described by the syllabus and approved by the faculty, department Chair, Dean, and Associate Provost. Exceptions to this general rule would need to be justified and approved on an individual basis.

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Studio/Ensemble Work

In studio courses representing the arts, design, and theatre, one credit hour is equivalent to 1.5 hours of guided instruction and three hours for studio class preparation each week for fifteen weeks as defined by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). In accordance with the National Association of Schools of Music standards, one credit hour of ensemble work in the music field represents three hours of practice each week, on average, for a period of fifteen weeks plus the necessary individual instruction as defined by the major subject.

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Variable Credit Offerings

Variable credit courses often represent student experiences that range in contact hours based on the focus and discipline of the experience. Practicums (teaching and research), field experience, undergraduate and graduate research and laboratory rotations and credit, and independent studies offer a range of contact. One credit hour is equivalent to fifteen contact hours of guided instruction (e.g., student progress meetings, assessment) and thirty hours of student work to complete the requirements set forth by the advisor or course instructor (e.g., team meetings, review sessions, thesis/dissertation preparation) over a fifteen week period. Instructors/Mentors and students should discuss the appropriate number of total credit hours for a given course based on the time needed to attain outcomes of the particular endeavor.

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Schedule of Courses

Before the opening of each term, a Schedule of Courses is posted to http://courses.wvu.edu/ announcing the courses that will be offered by the colleges and schools of WVU.

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Plan for Numbering Courses

For convenience, each course of study is designated by the name of the department in which it is given and by the number of that course. The plan for numbering courses is as follows:

Courses 1–99 Developmental and community college certificate courses (does not require WVU Faculty Senate approval) and undergraduate professional development courses (courses that are designed for professional development and require students to possess a high school diploma but the course would not count toward graduation).

Courses 100 Freshman/Lower Division: Intended primarily for freshmen, although by upper-division students may take them if needed to complete degree requirements.

Courses 200 Sophomore/Lower Division: Intended primarily for sophomores. These courses may have 100 or 200-level prerequisites.

Courses 300 Juniors/Upper Division: Intended primarily for juniors. These courses may have extensive prerequisites or be limited to specific majors.

Courses 400 Seniors/Upper Division: Intended primarily for seniors and selected graduate students. These courses are typically limited to advanced undergraduates within a particular major or degree program and selected graduate students. No more than 40% of the credits counted for meeting requirements for a graduate degree can be at the 400-level.

Courses 500 Undergraduate Seniors and Master’s Level: Courses intended for advanced undergraduate and graduate students. Seniors may enter via petition/special permission. Undergraduates in any class carrying a 500-level course number must have a 3.0 cumulative grade point average and written approval on special forms from the course instructor and the student’s advisor.

Courses 600 Master’s Level: Courses intended for master’s degree students (no undergraduates permitted).

Courses 700 Master’s and Doctoral Degree Level: Courses intended for doctoral students, and advanced master’s students (no undergraduates permitted).

Courses 900 Professional Development: Courses intended for professional development and require students to possess a bachelor’s degree; these courses do not count toward graduation and are not applicable towards a graduate degree. Grading is S/U only.

Note: Graduate degree credit-hour requirements must include at least 60% at the 500–level and above.

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Catalog Abbreviations:

Abbreviation Description
Ia course given in the first (fall) semester
IIa course given in the second (spring) semester
I, IIa course given each semester
I and IIa course given throughout the year
Yra course continued through two semesters
Sa course given in the summer
HRcredit hours per course
Leclecture period
Recrecitation period
Lablaboratory period
GLABgraded lab
WEBweb-based course
CONCconcurrent - usually listed with PR meaning course must either be completed prior to or at the same time as enrollment in the course it is listed for
PRprerequisite - course must be completed in a term prior to enrollment in the course it is listed for
Coreqco-requisite - courses must be taken in the same term
Consentconsent of instructor required
CRcredit but no grade

An asterisk (*) following credit hours listed as variable indicates that the course normally carries three credit hours. Exceptions are made only in emergencies and must be approved by the departmental chair and by the professor teaching the course.

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Graduate Level Common Course Numbers and Descriptions

590/690/790. Teaching Practicum. I, II, S. 1-3 hr. PR: Consent. Supervised practice in college teaching of ________(Subject matter determined by department/division/college/school offering the course).

Note: This course is intended to insure that graduate assistants are adequately prepared and supervised when they are given college teaching responsibility. It also provides a mechanism for students not on assistantships to gain teaching experience. (Grading will be Normal.)

591/691/791. Advanced Topics. I, II, S. 1-6 hr. PR: Consent. Investigation in advanced topics that are not covered in regularly scheduled courses.

592/692/792. Directed Study. I, II, S. 1-6 hr. Directed study, reading, and/or research.

593/693/793. Special Topics. I, II, S. 1-6 hr. A study of contemporary topics selected from recent developments in the field.

594/694/794. Seminar. I, II, S. 1-6 hr. Special seminars arranged for advanced graduate students.

595/695/795. Independent Study. I, II, S. 1-6 hr. Faculty-supervised study of topics not available through regular course offerings.

696/796. Graduate Seminar. I, II, S. 1 hr. PR: Consent. Each graduate student will present at least one seminar to the assembled faculty and graduate student body of his or her program.

697/797. Research. I, II, S. 1-15 hr. PR: Consent. Research activities leading to thesis (697), problem report (697), research paper or equivalent scholarly project (697), or a dissertation (797). (Grading is S/U.)

698/798. Thesis or Dissertation. 2-4 hr. PR: Consent.  This is an optional course for programs that wish to provide formal supervision is needed during the writing of student reports (698), theses (698), or dissertations (798). (Grading is Normal.)

699/799. Graduate Colloquium. I, II, S. 1-6 hr. PR: Consent. For graduate students not seeking coursework credit but who wish to meet residency requirements, use the University’s facilities, and participate in its academic and cultural programs. Note: Graduate students who are not actively involved in coursework or research are entitled, through enrollment in their department’s 699/799 Graduate Colloquium, to consult with graduate faculty, participate in both formal and informal academic activities sponsored by their program, and retain all of the rights and privileges of duly enrolled students. Grading is normal; colloquium credit may not be counted against credit requirements for masters programs. Registration for one credit of 699/799 graduate colloquium satisfies the University requirement of registration in the semester in which graduation occurs.

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In this Section

Master’s, doctoral, and professional graduate programs are administered by the Office of Graduate Education and Life, the University Graduate Council, and the 14 schools and colleges of the University. Requirements for each degree program are listed in the Graduate Catalog, with additional details available from each program.

Degree Programs Offered by WVU

By College

College of Business and Economics

Program Bachelor's Master's Doctoral/Professional
AccountingB.S.B.Ad.
Business AdministrationM.B.A
Business Administration - AOE: AccountingPh.D.
Business Administration - AOE: FinanceM.B.A.Ph.D
Business Administration - AOE: MaketingPh.D
Business Administration - AOE: ManagementPh.D.
Business Management - AOE: Hospitality and Tourism ManagementB.S.B.Ad.
Business Management - AOE: Human Resource ManagementB.S.B.Ad.
Business Management - AOE: International BusinessB.S.B.Ad.
Business Management - AOE: Small Business/EntrepreneurshipB.S.B.Ad.
EconomicsB.S.M.A.
Economics - AOE: International EconomicsPh.D.
Economics - AOE:Financial EconomicsPh.D.
Economics - AOE: Monetary EconomicsPh.D.
Economics - AOE: Public EconomicsPh.D.
Economics - AOE: Regional & Urban EconomicsPh.D.
Economics - AOE: Resource EconomicsPh.D.
FinanceB.S.B.AdM.S.
General BusinessB.S.B.Ad.
Industrial RelationsM.S.
Management Information SystemsB.S.B.Ad.
MarketingB.S.B.Ad.
Professional AccountancyM.P.A.

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College of Creative Arts

Program Bachelor's Master's Doctoral/Professional
Art - AOE: Art EducationM.A.
Art - AOE: Art HistoryM.A.
Art - AOE: Studio ArtM.A.
Art HistoryB.A.
Art and Design - AOE: Certiification K-12B.F.A
Art and Design - AOE: CeramicsB.F.A.M.F.A
Art and Design - AOE: Graphic DesignB.F.AM.F.A
Art and Design - AOE: Intermedia/PhotographyB.F.AM.F.A.
Art and Design - AOE: PaintingB.F.A.M.F.A.
Art and Design - AOE: PrintmakingB.F.A.M.F.A.
Art and Design - AOE: SculptureB.F.AM.F.A.
MusicB.A.
Music - AOE: Collaborative PianoM.MPh.D./D.M.A.
Music - AOE: Music CompositionB.M.M.MPh.D./D.M.A
Music - AOE: Music Education: Vocal, General , InstrumentalB.M.M.MPh.D/D.M.A.
Music - AOE: Music HistoryM.M.
Music - AOE: Music TheoryM.M.
Music - AOE: Performance: ConductingM.M.Ph.D./D.M.A.
Music - AOE: Performance: Guitar, Band or Orchestra InstrumentB.M.
Music - AOE: Performance: Jazz(Pedagogy)M.M.
Music - AOE: Performance: Jazz StudiesB.M.
Music - AOE: Performance: Piano(Coaching/Accompanying)B.M.
Music - AOE: Performance: Piano(Jazz)B.M.
Music - AOE: Performance: Piano(Pedagogy)B.M.M.M
Music - AOE: Performance: Piano(Traditional)B.M.
Music - AOE: Performance: Piano, Voice, Band, or Orchestra InstrumentsM.M.Ph.D./D.M.A.
Music - AOE: Performance: WoodwindsB.M.
Music - AOE: Performance: VoiceB.M.
Multidisciplinary StudiesB.M.D.S.
TheatreB.A.
Theatre - AOE: ActingB.F.A.M.F.A
Theatre - AOE: Costume Design and TechnologyM.F.A
Theatre - AOE: Creative Dramatics and PuppetryB.F.A.
Theatre - AOE: Design/TechnologyB.F.A.
Theatre - AOE: Lighting Design and TechnologyM.F.A.
Theatre - AOE: Scene Design and TechnologyM.F.A.
Music - AOE: Vocal Pedagogy and PerformancePh.D./D.M.A

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Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources

Program Bachelor's Master's Doctoral/Professional
Aerospace EngineeringB.S.A.E.M.S.A.E.
Biometric Systems - AOE: DNA/Molecular BiologyB.S.B.S.
Biometric Systems - AOE:Microsensors & CircuitsB.S.B.S.
Biometirc Systems - AOE: Signal ProcessingB.S.B.S.
Biometric Systems - AOE: StatisticsB.S.B.S.
Biometric Systems - AOE: Software SysemsB.S.B.S.
Chemical EngineeringB.S.Ch.E.M.S.Ch.E.
Civil EngineeringB.S.C.E.M.S.C.E.
Computer EngineeringB.S.Cp.E.
Computer ScienceB.S.Ph.D.
Computer Science - AOE: Biometrics & Information AssuranceM.S.C.S.
Electrical EngineeringB.S.E.E.M.S.E.E.
EngineeringM.S.E.
Engineering-AerospacePh.D
Industrial EngineeringB.S.I.E.M.S.I.E.
Engineering - ChemicalPh.D.
Engineering CivilPh.D.
Engineering - ComputerPh.D.
Engineering - ElectricalPh.D.
Engineering - IndustrialPh.D.
Engineering - MechanicalPh.D.
Engineering - MiningPh.D.
Engineering - Petroleum & Natural GasPh.D.
Engineering - Occupational Safety and HealthPh.D.
Industrial HygieneM.S.
Mechanical EngineeringB.S.M.E.M.S.M.E.
Mining EngineeringB.S.Min.E.M.S.Min.E.
Petroleum & Natural Gas EngineeringB.S.PNGE.M.S.PNGE.
Safety Management - AOE: Environmental ManagementM.S.
Software Engineering - AOE: Biometrics & information AssuranceM.S.S.E

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College of Education and Human Services

Program Bachelor's Master's Doctoral/Professional
AudiologyAu.D.
Child Development and Family Studies - AOE: Child DevelopmentB.S.
Child Development and Family Studies - AOE: Family and Youth StudiesB.S.
Child Development and Family Studies - AOE: Pre-school Education - Birth-Age 4B.S.
Child Development and Family Studies - AOE: Preschool Special Needs-PreK-KB.S.
Communication Sciences and DisordersPh.D.
Counseling - AOE: Community Agency CounselingM.A.
Counseling - AOE: School CounselingM.A.
Counseling PsychologyPh.D.
Education - Curriculum & InstructionEd.D.
Education - Education - AOE: Curriculum, Literacy, Cultural StudiesPh.D,
Education - Education - AOE: Educational Leadership & Policy StudiesPh.D.
Education - Education - AOE: Human Development and Family StudiesPh.D.
Education - Education - AOE: Learning, Instructional Design, & TechnologyPh.D.
Education - Educational Leadershp/Public School AdministrationEd.D.
Education - Educational PsychologyEd.D.
Education - Higher Education AdministrationEd.D.
Education - Special Education - AOE: Personnel Preparation in Special EducationEd.D
Education - Special Education - AOE: School Leadership in Special EducationEd.D.
Educational Leadership - Higher Education AdministrationM.A.
Educational Leadership - Public School AdministrationM.A.
Educational Psychology - AOE: Child Development and Family StudiesM.A.
Educational Psychology - AOE: Educational PsychologyM.A.
Educational Psychology - AOE: Evaluation and ResearchM.A.
Elementary EducationB.A.
Elementary Education - Elementary - AOE: EarlyChildhood EducationM.A.
Elementary Education - Elementary - AOE: Early Childhood, PreK-KM.A.
Elementary Education - Elementary - AOE: Elementary Education AdvancedM.A.
Elementary Education - Elementary/MDS - AOE: Early Childhood Education , PreK-KM.A.
Elementary Education - Elementary/MDS - AOE: English Education M.A.
Elementary Education - Elementary/MDS - AOE: Foreign Languages EducationM.A.
Elementary Education - Elementary/MDS - AOE: Interdepartmental Studies (Social Studies)M.A.
Elementary Education - Elementary/MDS - AOE: Integrated ScienceM.A.
Elementary Education - Elementary/MDS - AOE: Mathmatics EducationM.A.
Elementary Education - Elementary/MDS - AOE: Multicategorical Special Education K-6 + 5-AdultM.A.
Instructional Design and TechnologyM.A.Ed.D.
Multidisciplinary Studies- Elementary Education - AOE:Early Childhood Education, PreK-KB.M.D.S.
Multidisciplinary Studies- Elementary Education - AOE: English EducationB.M.D.S.
Multidisciplinary Studies- Elementary Education - AOE: Foreign Language EducationB.M.D.S.
Multidisciplinary Studies- Elementary Education - AOE: Integrated ScienceB.M.D.S
Multidisciplinary Studies- Elementary Education - AOE: Interdepartmental Studies(Social Studies)B.M.D.S.
Multidisciplinary Studies- Elementary Education - AOE: Mathematics EducationB.M.D.S.
Multidisciplinary Studies- Elementary Education - AOE: Multicategorical Special Education K-6 + 5-AdultB.M.D.S
Multidisciplinary Studies- Multidisciplinary (Education) StudiesB.M.D.S.
Multidisciplinary Studies- Secondary Education - AOE: Biology & Integrated ScienceB.M.D.S.
Multidisciplinary Studies- Secondary Education - AOE: Chemistry & Integrated ScienceB.M.D.S.
Multidisciplinary Studies- Secondary Education - AOE: Physics & Integrated ScienceB.M.D.S.
ReadingM.A.
Rehabilitation CounselingM.S.
Secondary Education - AOE: Advanced ScienceM.A.
Secondary Education - AOE: Advanced Social StudiesM.A.
Secondary Education - AOE: Biology EducationM.A.
Secondary Education - AOE: Chemistry EducationM.A.
Secondary Education - AOE: English EducationM.A.
Secondary Education - AOE: Foreign Language EducationM.A.
Secondary Education - AOE: General Science EducationM.A.
Secondary Education - AOE: Higher Education Curriculum & TeachingM.A.
Secondary Education - AOE: Math EducationM.A.
Secondary Education - AOE: Physics EducationM.A.
Secondary Education - AOE: Secondary AdvancedM.A.
Secondary Education - AOE: Secondary EducationM.A.
Secondary Education - AOE: Social Studies EducationM.A.
Secondary Education - Secondary/EnglishM.A.
Secondary Education - Secondary/Foreign LanguagesM.A.
Secondary Education - Secondary/Interdepartmental StudiesM.A.
Secondary Education - Secondary/MathematicsM.A.
Secondary Education - Secondary/MDS - AOE: Biology and Integrated ScienceM.A.
Secondary Education - Secondary/MDS - AOE: Chemistry and Integrated ScienceM.A.
Secondary Education - Secondary/MDS - AOE: Physics and Integrated ScienceM.A.
Special Education - Special EducationM.A.
Special Education - Autism Spectrum Disorders - AOE: Autism K-6M.A.
Special Education - Autism Spectrum Disorders - AOE: Autism 5-AdultM.A.
Special Education - Early Intervention.Early Childhood - Pre-school Special Needs PreK-KM.A.
Special Education - Gifted Education - AOE: Gifted 1-12 M.A.
Special Education - Low Vision/Blindness - AOE: Visual Impairments PreK-AdultM.A.
Special Education - Multicategorical Special Education - AOE: Multicategorical Special Education K-6M.A,
Special Education - Multicategorical Special Education - AOE: Multicategorical Special Education 5-AdultM.A.
Special Education - Severe/Multiple Disabilities - AOE: Severe Disabilities K-AdultM.A.
Speech-Language Pathology - Speech PathologyM.S.
Speech Pathology and AudiologyB.S.

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College of Law

Program Bachelor's Master's Doctoral/Professional
LawJ.D.

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College of Physical Activity and Sports Science

Program Bachelor's Master's Doctoral/Professional
Kinesiology - Kinesiology - AOE: Physical Education Teacher EducationPh.D.
Kinesiology - Kinesiology - AOE: Sort& Exercise PsychologyPh.D.
Physical Education - Athletic CoachingM.S.
Physical Education - Athletic Coaching Education - AOE: Aquatic Facility ManagementB.S.
Physical Education - Athletic Coaching Education - AOE: Group FitnessB.S.
Physical Education - Athletic Coaching Education - AOE: Personal TrainingB.S.
Physical Education - Athletic Coaching Education - AOE: Strength ConditioningB.S.
Physical Education - Athletic TrainingM.S.
Physical Education - Physical Ed-Teacher EdM.S.
Physical Education - Physical Ed-Teacher Ed - AOE: Administration of Physical EducationEd.D.
Physical Education - Physical Ed-Teacher Ed - AOE: Motor DevelopmentEd.D.
Physical Education - Physical Ed-Teacher Ed - AOE: Special Physical EducationEd.D.
Physical Education - Physical Ed-Teacher Ed - AOE: Curriculum & InstructionEd.D
Physical Education - Physical Ed-Teacher Ed - AOE: Teaching CertificationB.S.
Physical Education - Sport & Exercise PsychologyM.S.
Physical Education - Sport ManagementM.S.
Sport Studies - Athletic TrainingB.S.
Sport Studies - Sports & Exercise PsychologyB.S.
Sport Studies - Sport ManagementB.S.

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Davis College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Consumer Sciences

Program Bachelor's Master's Doctoral/Professional
Agricultural and Resource EconomicsM.S.
Agricultural and Extension Education - AOE: Ag Extension EducationM.S.
Agricultural and Extension Education - AOE: Agricultural & Environmental TechB.S. Agr.
Agricultural and Extension Education - AOE: Agricultural Teacher EducationB.S. Agr. .
Agricultural and Extension Education - AOE: Extension EducationB.S. Agr.
Agricultural and Extension Education - AOE: Teaching Vo-AgM.S.
Agriculture, Natural Resources, & DesignM.Agr.
Agricultural Sciences - Animal & Food Science - AOE: Agricultural BiochemistryPh.D.
Agricultural Sciences - Animal & Food Science - AOE: Animal NutritionPh.D.
Agricultural Sciences - Animal & Food Science - AOE:Animal PhysiologyPh.D.
Agricultural Sciences - Animal & Food Science - AOE: Production ManagementPh.D.
Agricultural Sciences - Plant & Soil Science- AOE: Applied & Environmental MicrobiologyPh.D
Agricultural Sciences - Plant & Soil Science- AOE: Crops AgronomyPh.D.
Agricultural Sciences - Plant & Soil Science- AOE: EntomologyPh.D.
Agricultural Sciences - Plant & Soil Science- AOE: HorticulturePh.D.
Agricultural Sciences - Plant & Soil Science- AOE: Plant PathologyPh.D.
Agricultural Sciences - Plant & Soil Science- AOE: Soil SciencesPh.D.
Animal and Nutritional Sciences - Animal & Nutritional Sciences - AOE: Animal SciencesM.S.
Animal and Nutritional Sciences - Animal & Nutritional Sciences - AOE: Animal & Vet ScienceB.S. / B.S. Agr.
Animal and Nutritional Sciences - Animal & Nutritional Sciences - AOE: BreedingM.S.
Animal and Nutritional Sciences - Animal & Nutritional Sciences - AOE: Human NutritionM.S.
Animal and Nutritional Sciences - Animal & Nutritional Sciences - AOE: Food ScienceM.S.
Animal and Nutritional Sciences - Animal & Nutritional Sciences - AOE: NutritionM.S.
Animal and Nutritional Sciences - Animal & Nutritional Sciences - AOE: PhysiologyM.S.
Animal and Nutritional Sciences - Animal & Nutritional Sciences - AOE: Pre-Health SciencesB.S. / B.S. Agr.
Animal and Nutritional Sciences - Animal & Nutritional Sciences - AOE: Pre-Vet MedicineB.S. / B.S. Agr.
Animal and Nutritional Sciences - Animal & Nutritional Sciences - AOE: ProductionM.S.
Animal and Nutritional Sciences - Animal PhysiologyM.S.
Animal and Nutritional Sciences - BiochemistryB.S.
Animal and Nutritional Sciences - Human Nutrition & Food - AOE: DieteticsB.S.
Animal and Nutritional Sciences - Nutritional & Food ScienceM.S.
Design & MerchandisingM.S.
Design and Merchandising - Design StudiesB.S.
Design and Merchandising - Fashion Design & Merchandising - AOE: Fashion DesignB.S.
Design and Merchandising - Fashion Design & Merchandising - AOE: Fashion MerchandisingB.S.
Design and Merchandising - Interior Design - AOE: Contract DesignB.S.
Design and Merchandising - Interior Design - AOE: Residential DesignB.S.
Forest Resources ManagementB.S.F.
Forest Resource Science - AOE: Forest Resource ManagementPh.D.
Forest Resource Science - AOE: Recreation, Parks, and Tourism ResourcesPh.D.
Forest Resource Science - AOE: Wildlife & Fisheries ResourcesPh.D.
Forest Resource Science - AOE: Wood Science TechnologiesPh.D.
Forestry - AOE: Forest Resource ManagementM.S.F.
Forestry - AOE: Wood Science & TechnologiesM.S. F.
Genetics and Developmental Biology - AOE: Anmal BreedingM.S.Ph.D.
Genetics and Developmental Biology - AOE:Biochemical Molecular GeneticsM.S.Ph.D.
Genetics and Developmental Biology - AOE: CytogeneticsM.S.Ph.D.
Genetics and Developmental Biology - AOE: Descriptive EmbryologyM.S.Ph.D.
Genetics and Developmental Biology - AOE: Developmental GeneticsM.S.Ph.D
Genetics and Developmental Biology - AOE: Experimental MorohogenesisM.S.Ph.D.
Genetics and Developmental Biology - AOE: Human GeneticsM.S.Ph.D.
Genetics and Developmental Biology - AOE: ImmunogeneticsM.S.Ph.D.
Genetics and Developmental Biology - AOE: Life Cycles of Animals & PlantsM.S.Ph.D
Genetics and Developmental Biology - AOE: Molecular Aspects of DevelopmentM.S.Ph.D.
Genetics and Developmental Biology - AOE: MutageneticsM.S.Ph.D.
Genetics and Developmental Biology - AOE: OncologyM.S.Ph.D.
Genetics and Developmental Biology - AOE: Plant GeneticsM.S.Ph.D.
Genetics and Developmental Biology - AOE: Population & Quantiative GeneticsM.S.Ph.D.
Genetics and Developmental Biology - AOE: RegenerationM.S.Ph.D.
Genetics and Developmental Biology - AOE: TeratologyM.S.Ph.D.
Genetics and Developmental Biology - AOE: ToxicologyM.S.Ph.D.
Landscape ArchitectureB.S.L.A.M.L.A.
Multidisciplinary StudiesB.M.D.S.
Plant and Soil Sciences - AgroecologyB.S. Agr.
Plant and Soil Sciences - Agronomy - AOE: Crop ScienceM.S.
Plant and Soil Sciences - Agronomy - AOE: Soil ScienceM.S.
Plant and Soil Sciences - Agronomy - AOE: TurfB.S. / B.S.Agr.
Plant and Soil Sciences - Applied & Environmental MicrobiologyB.S.M.S.
Plant and Soil Sciences - EntomologyM.S.
Plant and Soil Sciences - Environmental Protection - AOE: Pest ManagementB.S. / B.S. Agr.
Plant and Soil Sciences - Environmental Protection - AOE: Soil and Water ConservationB.S. / B.S. Agr.
Plant and Soil Sciences - HorticultureM.S.
Plant and Soil Sciences - Horticulture - AOE: Landscape ManagementB.S. / B.S. Agr.
Plant and Soil Sciences - Horticulture - AOE: ProductionB.S / B.S. Agr.
Plant and Soil Sciences - Plant PathologyM.S.
Plant and Soil Sciences - Soil Science - AOE: Land UseB.S.
Plant and Soil Sciences - Soil Science - AOE: Watershed ManagementB.S.
Recreation, Parks, and Tourism ResourcesM.S.
Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Resources - AOE: Adinistration & PlanningB.S.R.
Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Resources - AOE: Adventure RecreationB.S.R.
Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Resources - AOE: Park & Outdoor RecreationB.S.R.
Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Resources - AOE: Sustainable TourismB.S.R.
Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Resources - AOE: Wildlands Recreation ManagementB.S.R.
Reproductive PhysiologyM.S.Ph.D.
Resource Management - Environmental & Natural Resource EconomicsB.S. / B.S. Agr.
Resource Management - Agribusiness Management & Rural DevelopmentB.S. / B.S. Agr.
Resource Management and Sustainable DevelopmentPh.D.
Resource Management and Sustainable Development - Agricultural & Extension EdPh.D.
Resource Management and Sustainable Development - Human and Community DevelopmentPh.D.
Resource Management and Sustainable Development - Natural Resource EconomicsPh.D.
Resource Management and Sustainable Development - Resource ManagementPh.D.
Wildlife and Fisheries ResourcesM.S.
Wildlife and Fisheries Resources - AOE: Fisheries SciencesB.S.
Wildlife and Fisheries Resources - AOE: PlanningB.S.
Wildlife and Fisheries Resources - AOE: ToxicolocyB.S.
Wildlife and Fisheries Resources - AOE: Wildlife ManagementB.S.
Wildlife and Fisheries Resources - AOE: Wildlife ScienceB.S.
Wood Science and Technology - AOE: ProcessingB.S.
Wood Science and Technology - AOE: UtilizationB.S.

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Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

Program Bachelor's Master's Doctoral/Professional
BiologyB.A., B.S.
Biology - AOE: Cellular & Molecular BiologyPh.D.
Biology - AOE: Environmental Plant BiologyPh.D.
Biology - AOE: Population GeneticsM.S.
ChemistryB.A., B.S.
Chemistry - AOE: Analytical Chemistry M.S.Ph.D.
Chemistry - AOE: Inorganic Chemistry M.S.Ph.D.
Chemistry - AOE: Organic Chemistry M.S.Ph.D.
Chemistry - AOE: Physical ChemistryM.S.Ph.D.
Chemistry - AOE: Theoretical ChemistryM.S.Ph.D.
Communication Studies - AOE: Communication in InstructionM.A
Communication Studies - AOE: Communication Theory & ResearchM.A,
Communication Studies - AOE: Corporate & Organizational ComminicationM.A.
Communication Studies - AOE: Health CommunicationB.A.
Communication Studies - AOE: Integrated CommunicationB.A.
Communication Studies - AOE: Interpersonal CommunicationB.A.
Communication Studies - AOE: Social Media & CommunicationB.A.
Communication Studies - AOE: Strategic/Organizational CommunicationB.A.
Computational StatisticsPh.D.
Creative WritingM.F.A.
EconomicsB.A.
English - AOE: Creative WritingB.A.
English - AOE:Literary/Cultural StudiesB.A.M.A.Ph.D.
English - AOE: Professional Writing and EditingB.A.
English - AOE: WritingM.A,
English - English/Secondary Education B.A.
Forensic and Investigative ScienceM.S.
Forensic and Investigative Science - AOE: Forensic BiologyB.S.
Forensic and Investigative Science - AOE: Forensic ChemistryB.S.
Forensic and Investigative Science - AOE: Forensic xaminerB.S.
Forensic and Investigative Science - AOE: Forensic ToxicologyB.S.
Geography - AOE: Energy & Environmental ResourcesM.A.
Geography - AOE: Geographic Information SystemsPh.D.
Geography - AOE: GIS/Cartographic AnalysisM.A.
Geography - AOE: International Area StudiesB.A.
Geography - AOE: Natural Resources, Environment & DevelopmentB.A.
Geography - AOE: Planning and Regional DevelopmentB.A.
Geography - AOE: Regional DevelopmentPh.D.
Geography - AOE: Regional Development and Urban PlanningM.A,
Geography - AOE: Spatial Analysis/GISB.A.
GeologyB.S.
Geology - Environmental GeoscienceB.A.
Geology - AOE: GemorphologyPh.D
Geology - AOE: GeophysicsPh.D,
Geology - AOE: HydrologyPh.D.
Geology - AOE: PalentologyPh.D.
Geology - AOE: PetrologyPh.D.
Geology - AOE: Professional StudiesM.S.
Geology - AOE: ResearchM.S.
Geology - AOE: StratigraphyPH.D.
Geology - AOE: StructurePh.D.
HistoryB.A.
History - AOE: African HistoryM.A.Ph.D.
History - AOE: African-American HistoryM.A.Ph.D.
History - AOE: American HistoryM.A.Ph.D.
History - AOE: Appalachian/Regional HistoryM.A.Ph.D.
History - AOE: East Asian HistoryM.A.Ph.D.
History - AOE: European HistoryM.A.Ph.D.
History - AOE: History of Science & TechnologyM.A.Ph.D.
History - AOE: Latin American HistoryM.A.
History - AOE: Public HistoryM.A.
Interdepartmental Studies - AOE: Appalachian StudiesB.A.
Interdepartmental Studies - AOE: Individualized StudiesB.A.
Interdepartmental Studies - AOE: Medieval & Renaissance StudiesB.A.
Interdepartmental Studies - AOE: Social StudiesB.A.
Interdepartmental Studies - Biochemistry - AOE: ChemistryB.A.
Interdepartmental Studies - Biochemistry - AOE: Molecular BiologyB.A.
Interdepartmental Studies - Biochemistry/BiologyB.A.
Interdepartmental Studies - Biochemistry/ChemistryB.A.
Interdepartmental Studies - Industrial Mathematics & StatisticsB.S.
Interdepartmental Studies - Interdepartmental Studies/Secondary EductionB.A,
Interdepartmental Studies - International Studies - AOE: A frica & Middle EastB.A.
Interdepartmental Studies - International Studies - AOE: AsiaB.A.
Interdepartmental Studies - International Studies - AOE: Developmental StudiesB.A.
Interdepartmental Studies - International Studies - AOE: Diplomacy & International SecurityB.A.
Interdepartmental Studies - International Studies - AOE: EuropeB.A.
Interdepartmental Studies - International Studies - AOE: Intelligence & National SecurityB.A.
Interdepartmental Studies - International Studies - AOE: International BusinessB.A.
Interdepartmental Studies - International Studies - AOE: International EnvironmentB.A.
Interdepartmental Studies - International Studies - AOE: The AmericasB.A.
Interdepartmental Studies - Latin American StuiesB.A.
Interdepartmental Studies - Religious StudiesB.A.
Interdepartmental Studies - Slavic & East European StudiesB.A.
Interdepartmental Studies - Social StudiesB.A.
Interdepartmental Studies - Women's and Gender StudiesB.A.
Legal StudiesM.L.S.
Liberal StudiesM.A.L.S.
MathematicsB.A., B.S.
Mathematics - AOE: Applied MathematicsM.S.Ph.D.
Mathematics - AOE: Discrete MathematicsPh.D.
Mathematics - AOE: Interdisciplinary MathematicsM.S.
Mathematics - AOE: Mathematics for Secondary EducationM.S.
Mathematics - AOE: Pure MathematicsM.S.
Mathematics - Mathematics/Secondary EducationB.A.
Multidisciplinary StudiesB.M.D.S., B.A.
Philosophy - AOE:Pre-LawB.A.
Physics - AOE: Applied PhysicsB.A., B.S. M.S. Ph.D.
Physics - AOE: AstrophysicsM.S.Ph.D.
Physics - AOE: Astro/Space PhysicsB.A., B.S.
Physics - AOE: BiophysicsB.A., B.S.
Physics - AOE: Chemical PhysicsM.S.Ph.D.
Physics - AOE: Computational PhysicsB.A., B.S.
Physics - AOE: Condensed Matter PhysicsM.S.Ph.D.
Physics - AOE: Elementary Particle PhysicsM.S.Ph.D.
Physics - AOE: Materials PhysicsM.S.Ph.D.
Physics - AOE: Materials ScienceB.A., B.S.
Physics - AOE: Medical PhysicsB.A., B.S.
Physics - AOE: Plasma PhysicsM.S.Ph.D.
Physics - AOE: Solid State PhysicsM.S.Ph.D.
Physics - AOE: Statistical PhysicsM.S.Ph.D.
Physics - AOE: Theoretical PhysicsM.S.Ph.D.
Political Science - AOE: American Politics and PolicyB.A.
Political Science - AOE: American Public Policy & PoliicsM.A.
Political Science - AOE: GeneralB.A.
Political Science - AOE: Government & BusinessB.A.
Political Science - AOE: International & Comparative Public Policy & U.S. PoliticsM.A.
Political Science - AOE: International Relations, Comp Politics & National SecurityB.A.
Political Science - AOE: Political SciencePh.D.
Political Science - AOE: Pre-Law and Legal StudiesB.A.
Political Science - AOE: Public Policy AnalysisPh.D.
Professional Writing and EditingM.A.
Psychology - AOE: Behavior AnalysisPh.D.
Psychology - AOE: Behaviorial NeurosciencePh.D.
Psychology - AOE: Clinical Child PsychologyB.A., B.S.Ph.D.
Psychology - AOE: Clinical PsychologyM.A., M.S.Ph.D.
Psychology - AOE: Life Span DevelopmentB.A., B.S.Ph.D.
Public Administration - AOE: Healh Care AdministrationM.P.A.
Public Administration - AOE: Local Governance and Community DevelopmentM.P.A
Social WorkB.S.W.
Social Work - AOE: Community Organizing and Social AdministrationM.S.W.
Social Work - AOE: Direct Practice
SociologyM.A.
Sociology and Anthropology - AOE: AnthropologyB.A.
Sociology and Anthropology - AOE: SociologyB.A.
Sociology and Anthropology - CriminologyB.A.
StatisticsM.S.
Statistical and Data Sciences - Applied StatisticsM.PS.
World Languages, Literature, and Linguistics - AOE: Chinese StudiesB.A.
World Languages, Literature, and Linguistics - AOE: Foreign Literature in TranslationB.A.
World Languages, Literature, and Linguistics - AOE: FrenchB.A.M.A.
World Languages, Literature, and Linguistics - AOE: French/LinguisticsM.A.
World Languages, Literature, and Linguistics - AOE: French/SpanishM.A.
World Languages, Literature, and Linguistics - AOE: French/TESOL
World Languages, Literature, and Linguistics - AOE: GermanB.A.
World Languages, Literature, and Linguistics - AOE: Italian StudiesB.A.
World Languages, Literature, and Linguistics - AOE: LinguisticsM.A.
World Languages, Literature, and Linguistics - AOE: Linguistics/FrenchM.A.
World Languages, Literature, and Linguistics - AOE: Linguistics/SpanishM.A.
World Languages, Literature, and Linguistics - AOE: Linguistics/TESOLM.A.
World Languages, Literature, and Linguistics - AOE: Russian StudiesB.A.
World Languages, Literature, and Linguistics - AOE: SpanishB.A. M.A.
World Languages, Literature, and Linguistics - AOE: Spanish/FrenchM.A.
World Languages, Literature, and Linguistics - AOE: Spanish/LinguisticsM.A.
World Languages, Literature, and Linguistics - AOE: Spanish/TESOLM.A.
World Languages, Literature, and Linguistics - AOE: TESOLM.A.
World Languages, Literature, and Linguistics - AOE: TESOL/FrenchM.A.
World Languages, Literature, and Linguistics - AOE: TESOL/LinguisticsM.A.
World Languages, Literature, and Linguistics - AOE: TESOL/SpanishM.A,
World Languages, Literature, and Linguistics - World Languages/Secondary EducationB.A.

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Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism

Program Bachelor's Master's Doctoral/Professional
Integrated Marketing CommunicationsM.S.
Journalism - AOE: NewsB.S.J.
Journalism - AOE: Print JournalismB.S.J.
Journalism - AOE Teaching/Research ProfessionalM.S.J
Journalism - AOE:Television JournalismB.S.J.
Journalism - AOE: Visual JouranlismB.S.J.
Journalism - Strategic Communications - AOE: AdvertisingB.S.J.
Journalism - Strategic Communications - AOE: Public RelationsB.S.J.

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School of Dentistry

Program Bachelor's Master's Doctoral/Professional
Dental HygieneB.S.
Dental Hygiene - AOE: Basic ScienceM.S.
Dental Hygiene - AOE: Education/AdministrationM.S.
Dental Hygiene - AOE: Office ManagementM.S.
Dental Hygiene - AOE: Special PatientsM.S.
Dental Specialties - EndodonticsM.S.
Dental Specialties - OrthodonticsM.S.
Dental Specialties - PeriodonticsM.S.
Dental Specialties - ProsthodonticsM.S.
Dentistry - AOE: Basic Biological ScienceD.D.S.
Dentistry - AOE: General PracticeD.D.S.
Dentistry - AOE: Specific Clinical InterestD.D.S.

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School of Medicine

Program Bachelor's Master's Doctoral/Professional
Biochemistry and Molecular BiologyPh.D.
Biomedical SciencesM.S.
Cancer Cell BiologyPh.D.
Cellular and Integrative PhysiologyPh.D.
Clinical and Translational ScienceM.S.
Exercise Physiology M.S.Ph.D.
Exercise Physiology - AOE: Aqutic TherapyB.S.
Exercise Physiology - AOE: Health ProfessionsB.S.
Immunology and Microbial PathogenesisPh.D.
Pathologist's AssistantM.H.S.
Medical Laboratory Science - AOE: Clinical Laboratory ScienceB.S.
Medical Laboratory Science - AOE: HistotechnologyB.S.
MedicineM.D.
NeurosciencePh.D.
Occupational TherapyM.O.T.
Physical TherapyD.P.T.

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School of Nursing

Program Bachelor's Master's Doctoral/Professional
NursingB.S.N.D.N.P., Ph.D.
Nursing - Nursing RNB.S.N.
Nursing - AOE: Family Nurse PractitionerM.S.N
Nursing - AOE: Geriatric Nurse PractitionerM.S.N
Nursing - AOE: Neonatal Nurse PractitionerM.S.N.
Nursing - AOE: Nursing LeadershipM.S.N.
Nursing - AOE: Pediatric Nurse PractitionerM.S.N.
Nursing - AOE: Women's Health Nurse PractitionerM.S.N.

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School of Pharmacy

Program Bachelor's Master's Doctoral/Professional
Pharmaceutical and Pharmacological SciencesPh.D.
Pharmacy - AOE: Clinical PharmacyPharm.D.
Pharmacy - AOE: Clinical Pharmacy PracticePharm.D.
Pharmacy - AOE: Pharmacy ResearchPharm.D.

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School of Public Health

Program Bachelor's Master's Doctoral/Professional
Community Health Promotion - School Health EducationM.S.
Public Health - AOE: BiostatisticsM.P.H.
Public Health - AOE: EpidemiologyM.P.H.
Public Health - AOE: Health Policy Management and LeadershipM.P.H.
Public Health - AOE: Occupational and Environmental Health SciencesM.P.H.
Public Health - AOE: Public Health PracticeM.P.H
Public Health - AOE: Social & Behavioral SciencesM.P.H.
Public Health Sciences - AOE: EpidemiologyPh.D.
Public Health Sciences - AOE: Occupational and Environmental Health SciencesPh.D.
Public Health Sciences - AOE: Social and Behavioral SciencesPh.D.

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University College

Program Bachelor's Master's Doctoral/Professional
Regents BA - AOE: Advertising/Public RealtionsR.B.A
Regents BA - AOE: American HistoryR.B.A.
Regents BA - AOE: AnthropologyR.B.A.
Regents BA - AOE: Art HistoryR.B.A.
Regents BA - AOE: Business AdministrationR.B.A.
Regents BA - AOE: Child DevelopmentR.B.A.
Regents BA - AOE: Communication StudiesR.B.A
Regents BA - AOE: Creative WritingR.B.A.
Regents BA - AOE: Crime & Social ControlR.B.A.
Regents BA - AOE: EconomicsR.B.A.
Regents BA - AOE: Foreign Literature in TranslationR.B.A.
Regents BA - AOE: FrenchR.B.A.
Regents BA - AOE: GeographyR.B.A.
Regents BA - AOE: GeologyR.B.A.
Regents BA - AOE: GermanR.B.A.
Regents BA - AOE: GIS & Remote SensingR.B.A.
Regents BA - AOE: HistoryR.B.A.
Regents BA - AOE: International Studies-African/Mid EastR.B.A.
Regents BA - AOE: International Studies-AsiaR.B.A
Regents BA - AOE: International Studies-Development StudiesR.B.A.
Regents BA - AOE: International Studies-EuropeR.B.A.
Regents BA - AOE: International Studies-The AmericasR.B.A.
Regents BA - AOE: LinguisticsR.B.A.
Regents BA - AOE: LiteratureR.B.A.
Regents BA - AOE: PhilosophyR.B.A.
Regents BA - AOE: Political Science-GeneralR.B.A.
Regents BA - AOE: Political Science-International/World AffairsR.B.A.
Regents BA - AOE: Political Science-Law & Legal StudiesR.B.A.
Regents BA - AOE: Professional WritingR.B.A.
Regents BA - AOE: PsychologyR.B.A.
Regents BA - AOE: Religious StudiesR.B.A.
Regents BA - AOE: RussianR.B.A.
Regents BA - AOE: SociologyR.B.A.
Regents BA - AOE: SpanishR.B.A.
Regents BA - AOE: Women & Gender StudiesR.B.A.

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Graduate Certificate Programs

Academic Affairs

  • University Teaching

Arts & Sciences - Eberly College of

  • Applied Statistics
  • Cultural Resource Management
  • Gerontology
  • Health Care Administration
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Public Management
  • Women's and Gender Studies

Business and Economics - College of

  • Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination

Education and Human Sciences - College of

  • Interdisciplinary Certificat in Disability Studies
  • Public School Administration - Instructional
  • Public School Administration - Principle
  • Public School Administration - Superintendent

Engineering and Mineral Resources - Benjamin M. Statler College of

  • Computer Forensics
  • Information Assurance and Biometrics
  • Interactive Technologies and Serious Gaming
  • Software Engineering

Journalism - Perley Issac Reed School of

  • Digital Marketing Communications
  • Integrated Marketing Communications

Medicine - School of

  • Clinical and Transitional Science
  • Emergency Medicine

Nursing - School of

  • Post-MSN Certificate
  • Post-MSN Certificate:FNP
  • Post-MSN Certificate:GNP
  • Post-MSN Certificate:Leadership
  • Post-MSN Certificate:NNP
  • Post-MSN Certificate:PNP
  • Post-MSN Certificate:WHNP

Public Health - School of

  • Applied Biostatistics
  • Women's Health

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Multiple Master’s Degrees

University policy permits students to obtain more than one master’s degree. Except in the case of some approved dual master’s degree programs (see below), a separate application is required for each program. Each application must be accompanied by payment of a nonrefundable application fee.

A student desiring to obtain more than one master’s degree with the same degree conferral date may simultaneously apply up to twelve credit hours to more than one master’s degree program. Individual graduate units may allow a smaller maximum number of shared credit hours to be applied to their program. The student must complete all specific program requirements for each degree.

A student desiring to obtain a subsequent master’s degree after conferral of another WVU master’s degree may apply up to twelve credit hours earned prior to the conferral of the prior degree to the subsequent degree. Individual graduate units may allow a smaller maximum number of prior credit hours to be applied to their program. The student must complete all specific program requirements for the subsequent master’s degree.

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Approved Dual Master’s Degree Programs

West Virginia University offers several approved dual master’s degree programs. Approved dual degree programs are programs in which certain courses or credits are accepted for credit by each program. Total coursework credit requirements for the dual degrees must be at least 75% of the summation of the separate degree programs. Students in such programs must also successfully complete any specific program requirements. Individual graduate units may require higher percentages of credit to be earned under their direction. Students should contact the individual units regarding admission and academic requirements and regulations for these approved dual degree programs.

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Degree Requirements

Graduate education at West Virginia University began in the late 1800s, with the awarding of the first master’s degree in 1899 and the first doctoral degrees in 1932.

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Time Limits

Master’s degree students are permitted to continue in a program for a maximum of eight years under their original application. Students who have been inactive for two or more years, or who do not enroll for one year after initial admission, are required to apply for, and be accepted for readmission. The application fee is assessed for reapplication. Graduate work planned with the student’s advisory committee (e.g., plan of study) must be satisfactorily completed within a period of eight years immediately preceding the conferring of the degree. A course taken more than eight years previously must be revalidated if it is to be used towards meeting degree requirements. Revalidation can be accomplished by submitting the following information for approval to the Office of Graduate Education and Life:

  • A letter from the course instructor listing the criteria used to revalidate the course material
  • A copy of the student’s performance on the student’s revalidation examination
  • A letter from the college/school graduate coordinator and/or dean supporting the revalidation

At the doctoral level, the number of years involved in attaining or retaining competency cannot be readily specified. The doctoral student’s competency is generally assessed and verified through the qualifying examination in a reasonable period of time after acceptance into a program. Because the qualifying examination attests to the academic competence of the student and is the formal mechanism for admitting the student to candidacy, it cannot precede the conferring of the degree by too long a period of time. Thus, doctoral candidates are allowed no more than five years in which to complete the remaining requirements after being admitted to candidacy. In the event a student fails to complete the doctorate within five years after admission to candidacy, an extension that may be obtained only by repeating the qualifying examination and meeting any other requirements specified by the student’s committee, including the setting of deadlines by which all degree requirements must be completed. A request for an extension of time in order to complete degree requirements should include the following:

  • A statement documenting the circumstances that justify the request
  • A statement of the impact the proposed extension would have on the validity of the student’s coursework and program
  • Evidence of endorsement of the request from the student’s advisory committee and the office of the dean. Extension requests are made to the Associate Provost for Graduate Academic Affairs

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Graduate Committees

General requirements for all graduate committees — The majority of the members of any graduate committee must be regular members of the graduate faculty, including the chair of the committee. No more than one person may be a nonmember of the graduate faculty. No family member may serve on the graduate committee of his or her relative. All graduate committees are subject to the approval of the chairperson or designee of the department/division and the dean or designee of the college/school. Once a graduate committee has been officially established, it will not be necessary to alter it if the graduate faculty status of member(s) of the committee is downgraded.

Master’s committees consist of no fewer than three members. It is recommended that at least one member of the committee be from outside the student’s department. Master’s committees of students choosing a thesis option must be chaired by a regular graduate faculty member and the majority of the committee must have regular graduate faculty status. Master’s committees of programs not requiring a thesis generally consist of no fewer than three members, one of whom must be a regular graduate faculty member. No more than one person may be a non-member, and the non-member cannot chair or advise.

Doctoral dissertation committees consist of no fewer than five members, the majority of whom must be regular graduate faculty, including the chairperson. At least one member of the committee must be from a department other than the one in which the student is seeking a degree.

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Master’s Degree Coursework Requirements

Students in a master’s program must complete a minimum of twenty-four hours of coursework other than thesis credit. Many programs set requirements for higher numbers of coursework credits to earn the master’s degree.

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Doctoral Degree Coursework Requirements

The doctorate is a research or performance degree and does not depend on the accumulation of credit hours. The three requirements of the degree are admission to candidacy, residency, and completion and defense of a dissertation. The program of doctoral study is planned with the student’s graduate advisor and committee to combine any or all of the following: graduate courses of instruction, special seminars, independent study, supervised research, and supervised training designed to promote a broad and systematic knowledge of the major field and to prepare the student for the comprehensive qualifying and final examinations and writing of the dissertation.

Graduate education, especially at the doctoral level, involves many learning experiences that take place outside the formal classroom setting. These involve observing and participating in activities conducted by the graduate faculty, using departmental and University libraries, attending lectures presented by visiting scholars, informally debating other students, and similar activities. To insure that graduate students experience these kinds of informal learning, doctoral programs at WVU generally require one year in residence in full-time graduate study. However, because of the contractual nature of graduate study, an individual student or graduate committee may propose an alternative plan by which the student can gain equivalent educational experience. For example, the plan of study may require the student to spend time in residence at a national or foreign laboratory, institute, archive, or research center as partial fulfillment of the residency requirement.

Competence in one or more foreign languages may be a requirement in some graduate degree programs. The faculty in the program specifies the language or languages and the level of competence to be demonstrated. Language examinations are arranged by the Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics. Students should contact the graduate program coordinator or chair in that department for more information.

When only reading competence is required, the foreign language examiner may waive the examination in those cases where the student’s transcript shows, at a date that falls no earlier than seven years before promotion to doctoral candidacy, either completion of thirty semester hours or equivalent coursework in an approved foreign language with a grade of B or better in the last three hours or completion of one course at the 300-level with a grade of B or better at WVU.

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Promotion to Doctoral Candidacy

Admission to graduate study and enrollment in graduate courses do not in themselves imply acceptance of the student as a candidate for a doctoral degree. This is accomplished only by satisfactorily passing a comprehensive or qualifying examination (either oral, written, or both) and by meeting specified language and/or other requirements.

A student will be given a comprehensive examination to demonstrate knowledge of the important issues in the field of study, their relation to other fields, and the ability to employ the instruments of research. The examination is intended to determine whether the student has the academic competence to undertake independent research in the discipline and to insure that the student possesses a thorough grasp of the fields outlined in the plan of study. The exam is generally taken as soon as a student has completed the major portion of the course requirement. Successful passage of this examination is the University-wide minimal determination of acceptance to candidacy. It is at this point that the five-year to completion rule begins. Individual degree programs may require additional requirements such as the acceptance of a prospectus, a grant exercise, or other form of student evaluation.

It must be the consensus of the doctoral committee that the student has passed the examination, although the committee may permit one dissenting vote. A single portion of the examination may be repeated at the discretion of the committee, but if two or more members are dissatisfied, the entire qualifying examination must be repeated. The student must petition through the doctoral committee in order to be permitted to repeat a qualifying examination. Academic tradition does not allow a qualifying examination to be administered more than three times; many units limit administration to two times.

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Theses and Dissertations

Many master’s degrees require the completion of a research project under the direction of the faculty of the University on some topic in the field of the major subject. The thesis must present the results of the master’s degree candidate’s investigation. Doctoral candidates must submit a dissertation pursued under the direction of the faculty of the University on some topic in the field of the major subject. The dissertation must present the results of the candidate’s individual investigation and must embody a definite contribution to knowledge.

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Thesis and Dissertation Defense

After the committee has tentatively approved the student’s written thesis or dissertation, the final presentation and defense can be scheduled. This presentation is not given until the term in which all other requirements for the degree are to be met. At the option of the faculty responsible for doctoral degree programs, a comprehensive final written examination also may be required of doctoral students. The student’s committee chairperson must indicate in advance the time, place, and committee members and receive clearance from the office of the school or college dean before the thesis or dissertation is presented. Such notifications of thesis and dissertation presentations must be received at least three weeks before the defense date. All doctoral final examinations and dissertation defenses are open to the public and the university community.

The student cannot be considered as having satisfactorily passed their defense or examination if there is more than one unfavorable vote among members of the committee. Results of each defense or examination must be reported to the school or college dean within twenty-four hours. Re-examination may not be scheduled without approval of the request by the school or college dean. All committee members are to be present for a defense or examination. One committee member (but not the chair) may attend by audio or videoconference, but should be available electronically during the entire time of the defense or examination. If a defense or examination cannot be scheduled at a time convenient to all committee members, the dean or designee may permit another faculty member to substitute for the original committee member, provided that the original committee member was not the chair. There can be no substitute for the chair. Only one substitute is allowed, and the request for a substitute must be made in writing to the dean prior to the examination. The request for a substitute should be signed by the committee chair, the student, and both the original faculty member and the substitute faculty member. A substitute faculty member must have the same or higher graduate faculty status as the original faculty member and represent the same academic discipline or specialization. If there is a substitute faculty member scheduled for the defense, the substitute signs the shuttle sheet; however, the original committee member is to sign printed copies of the thesis if generated.

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Thesis and Dissertation Submission

Once approved by a student’s graduate committee, the final version of all WVU theses and dissertations must be submitted electronically through the University Libraries. Information about formatting, submission, and approval of electronic theses and dissertations is available at thesis.wvu.edu . Exceptions to filing electronically must be approved by the Office of Graduate Education and Life.

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Graduation

Students anticipating completion of all degree requirements by the end of a term must complete an Application for Graduation (see registrar.wvu.edu/current_students ) by the posted deadline for that term. The candidate must complete all requirements by posted deadlines. If the degree is not earned during that term, the student must submit a new Application for Graduation by the posted deadline for the term in which completion is again anticipated. Students must be enrolled for at least one credit during the term of graduation.

Colleges and schools are responsible for certifying that master’s and doctoral students meet the minimum requirements of the University as well as any additional college or school requirements. Deans’ offices are responsible for maintaining all student records necessary to certify students for graduation.

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