General Graduate Guidelines
Preliminary Degree Plan
To facilitate the progress of students, every student that enters our program must complete a Preliminary Degree Plan by the end of the first semester of study.
Credit Hour Requirements
The Master's program has a 30-hour requirement (including Thesis I and Thesis II) as well as additional enrollment in Seminar every semester. The Ph.D. program has a 60-hour requirement (including Dissertation I and Dissertation II) which may include up to 30 hours transferred from a Master's program earned up to 6 years prior to entering the Ph.D. program. In addition, students will also be required to register for Geology Seminar hours every semester (4 semesters total).
Thesis and Dissertation
Every advanced degree requires the writing of a thesis or dissertation. This requires original research performed in close coordination with your advisor.
Master's students need to submit their proposal before the start of their 3rd semester before they are allowed to register for thesis hours.
Ph.D. students must submit and defend their proposal by the 5th semester before they can register for dissertation hours.
A complete thesis/dissertation proposal must include:
Thesis/dissertation signature page
Proposal (refer to guidelines)
These documents will be submitted to the graduate coordinator for distribution to the rest of the faculty.
Comprehensive (Qualifying) Exams
Ph.D. Students are required to take an oral exam covering general topics and also reflecting on the student's area of specialty. The Graduate committee for this exam generally consists of people from whom you have had courses previously. Students must complete this exam by their 3rd semester in the program.
In addition to the above mentioned, Ph.D. students are required to have an annual meeting with their committee to record and plan their progress toward completion of their degree. Incoming students are required to turn in the Milestone's Agreement (graduate school forms), returning students will turn in a progress report (graduate school forms) with the appropriate signatures.