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In order to receive a master's degree from UTSA, the following minimum requirements must be met:
A candidate for a master's degree (other than candidates for the M.B.A. degree, who are required to complete MGT 5903 with a grade of "B" or better) must, in addition to other requirements, pass a comprehensive examination which may be oral, written, or both. Students must be registered during any semester or term in which they are taking required examinations.
Comprehensive examinations are given only to those students who have complied with the following requirements:
Each comprehensive examination is developed, administered, and scored under the guidance of a supervising committee with two or more members, one of whom is designated as chair. The chair must be a member of the Graduate Faculty in the major area of study.
In general, all committee members must be members of the Graduate Faculty in the major area of study. Occasionally, scholars who hold nontenured or tenure-track faculty appointments at the University, such as research professors or adjunct faculty members, or off-campus scholars, are appointed because their expertise would be valuable to the student. The composition of the committee is subject to approval by the Dean of the Graduate School.
The supervising committee is responsible for the quality, depth, and balance of the comprehensive examination.
Two options are available for most master's degree programs.
Thesis Option (Option I)
The candidate for a master's degree under Option 1 is required to complete the required number of semester credit hours in coursework approved by the appropriate Graduate Program Committee, including 6 semester credit hours for a thesis. The thesis is subject to approval by the student's program advisor, Thesis Committee, graduate advisor, and the Dean of the Graduate School.
No more than six semester credit hours of thesis can be applied toward a master's degree.
Students receiving advice and assistance from a faculty member in the preparation of a thesis must enroll in the appropriate thesis course (if necessary, for multiple semesters) until final approval of the completed thesis has been given and three copies have been filed with the Dean of the Graduate School.
The following steps for completing a thesis as part of a master's degree are the responsibility of each degree candidate selecting Option I:
Nonthesis Option (Option II)
For a master's degree under Option II, a student can meet requirements without writing a thesis. Instead, the student is required to complete a program of coursework, as indicated by specific program requirements in Chapter 7, Graduate Program Requirements and Course Descriptions, approved by the Graduate Program Committee.
Thesis credits may not be applied to the program of coursework for a master's degree under Option II.
At the beginning of the student's master's degree program, they should, in consultation with their program advisor, select the option most suitable to their needs. Should a student elect to change options, they should consult with the program advisor.
Many independent study, thesis, special problems, special topics, directed research, seminar, dissertation, and other similar courses may be repeated for credit; however, limitations exist on the number of semester credit hours that may be applied toward a degree. Refer to the individual course descriptions for specific details on these limitations and consult the appropriate graduate advisor.
Graduate students have six years from the semester of original registration as degree seeking to complete a graduate degree program under the catalog in effect at the time of initial registration at UTSA, provided they are continuously enrolled at UTSA. If a student drops out for one or more long semester (Spring or Fall), they have the option of reenrolling under a subsequent catalog. These students will have six years to complete degree requirements under the new catalog. In the event that certain required courses are discontinued, substitutions may be authorized or required by the appropriate Graduate Program Committee.
A student who holds a master's or higher degree may pursue an additional master's degree at UTSA only under the following conditions:
It should be further understood that:
Graduation Coordination in the Office of the Registrar evaluates transcripts and designates which graduate courses are acceptable under the above provisions for transfer toward a master's degree at UTSA. Whether or not a course is transferable as graduate coursework is determined by the course number assigned by the institution awarding the credit. To be transferable to UTSA, courses must be defined as graduate courses at the institution where credit was earned. Courses that are defined as undergraduate upper-division by their course numbers, but that can be applied to a graduate degree at the institution awarding the credit, are not accepted for transfer toward a master's degree at UTSA. All work submitted for transfer credit must have been completed with grades of "A" or "B" and must have been completed no more than six years before the degree was awarded.
It is the policy of The University of Texas System that all academic institutions within the System may accept graduate credit from each other, and the regular requirements for residency are adjusted accordingly. The applicability of specific courses from other University of Texas institutions to a student's graduate degree program at UTSA, however, must be approved by the appropriate Graduate Program Committee.
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