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Degree Requirements

Advisor or Supervisory Committee

A student admitted to a master’s program must be under the guidance of either a supervisory committee or an advisor appointed soon after admission. Refer to Graduate Student Advising.

Credit Requirements

The program of study leading to a master’s degree must include at least 30 total credits. All credit applied to meet the total credit requirement must be graduate academic credit except that a limited number of credits earned in undergraduate courses outside the major are allowed. At least two thirds (2/3) of the total credit requirement must be earned at Boise State University after admission to the master’s program. All credit must be approved for application by the chair of the supervisory committee or the advisor.

Language Proficiency

A master’s student must be proficient in English and may be required to demonstrate a prescribed level of ability in one or more other languages. If language ability beyond proficiency in English is required, the means of verification are defined by the graduate program.

Culminating Activity

The program of study leading to a master’s degree must include at least one culminating activity that may be a thesis, project, portfolio, capstone course, series of practicums, performance recital or lecture recital, or comprehensive examination. The culminating activity or activities should be represented in the program by nonzero credit but cannot exceed one third (1/3) of the total credit requirement. Exceptions to the culminating activity requirement can be made by a master’s program and must be approved by the Graduate Council.

Final Oral Examination

A student enrolled in a master’s program with a thesis requirement must pass a final oral examination that probes his or her ability to describe and defend all aspects of the thesis in both a public setting and a private conference with a supervisory committee.

Duration of Graduate Study

The minimum duration of study for the master’s degree is one (1) academic year after admission to the program. All requirements for a master’s degree (including transfer courses) must be started and completed within a single continuous interval of no more than seven (7) years. This single continuous interval includes summers and any semesters in which the student is not enrolled. In addition, it must encompass all courses applied to the degree, including transfer courses.