Master's Degree Requirements
To be considered for full admission, candidates must:
- Have a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale or a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate work or a graduate GPA of at least 3.0 in at least nine hours of graduate work. This includes classes from all institutions attended. Candidates who do not meet the criteria for full admission may be considered for conditional admission. (See requirements below.)
- Principal and superintendent candidates must supply three letters of recommendation.
- Supply a copy of teaching certificate(s) or license(s) when applicable.
- Possess a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution or hold a first-professional doctorate when no baccalaureate degree was offered (e.g., PharmD, etc.)
- Submit official transcripts, which can be in the form of attested credentials from a University-recognized document verification agency, of all college-level work.
Conditional admission may be considered for those who do not meet the above criteria for full admission. To be considered for conditional admission, candidates must have a cumulative GPA between 2.5 and 2.74 and supply three letters of recommendation. Candidates approved for conditional admission must achieve a minimum 3.0 grade point average in their first nine graduate hours of coursework in order to be granted full admission status.
Students whose native language is not English and who have not graduated from American universities must meet the previously listed admissions conditions, plus:
- Have a minimum score of at least 79 on a verified TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) with 20 or better in speaking and 20 or better in writing or a verified International English Language Testing System (IELTS) academic score with a minimum overall band score of 7.0.
- Provide an affidavit of financial support (original), if not an American citizen or permanent resident.
Nearly all accrediting bodies, including regional accrediting bodies, require a well-defined process for encouraging the orderly progress of students through the program and that students’ progress through all programs be documented. The following requirements must be met for students to successfully progress through and complete a graduate program:
1. There is a degree time limit of seven years. The University of Findlay requires students to complete all graduate program requirements within seven years in order to be eligible to graduate. Students who do not complete their graduate program requirements within this time limit will be ineligible to graduate. The degree time limit begins and ends at the start and completion of a program of study. The degree time limit does not supersede any other obligations to maintain satisfactory academic progress throughout the student’s degree program.
Graduate students are expected to complete their program of study within seven (7) years from the time at which they commence their study. That is, no course more than seven years old from the semester in which a student plans to graduate may be used for meeting the requirements of the degree.
A student will be required to retake any class which was taken more than seven years from the planned semester of graduation. For example: A student wishing to graduate fall 2012 will only be eligible to use courses from fall 2005 until fall 2012. Any course completed outside of this time period will need to be repeated or replaced with a course approved by the student’s graduate program. If the class is no longer available, a comparable or substitute class of a corresponding number of credit hours will be determined by the director of the academic area. Please note, classes removed from a program of study are indicative of the changes that occur within a profession or academic body of knowledge.
Students should proactively plan accordingly in order to be sure that their academic, work and personal lives will accommodate this seven-year rule.
A student may request an exception to this policy by submitting in detail a written appeal to the Graduate Student Standards Committee for review and possible approval.
2. To graduate, a student must complete a declaration of candidacy form for a degree six months prior to the requested graduation date. This declaration is available through the Office of the Vice President of Academic Affairs, the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies, the Office of the Registrar or online on the Registrar’s home page under the advising forms option.
3. To graduate, a student must fulfill all initial, graduate candidacy and retention requirements, including the completion of a culminating project.
4. To graduate, a student must complete a program capstone course which is designed to assess the student’s achievement of program goals.
5. To graduate, students must complete a minimum of 33 semester hours.