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Degrees

Degrees are awarded 3 times each year, in August, December, and May. Each academic year’s degrees are conferred formally at the annual commencement in May. Degree candidates are not eligible to graduate if the graduate grade-point average is lower than 3.0 in all courses acceptable for graduate credit.

Students who are working toward 2 degrees must complete requirements for each degree. Course work may not count toward fulfilling degree requirements for more than 1 degree.

Graduate students may not earn an additional KU degree with the same name and degree code as a previously awarded degree from KU. This applies to the completion of different degree tracks, concentrations, and subspecialties within a given degree. This does not prohibit students from earning additional master’s or doctoral degrees in another discipline.

Note: Current Lawrence and Edwards Campus policies on graduate degrees are listed in the KU Policy Library. KU Medical Center policies are listed in each year's Academic Catalog.

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Master's Degree Programs

Traditional Master of Arts and Master of Science degrees are granted, as well as a number of professional master’s degrees that have developed out of the arts and science degrees.

Note: Current Lawrence and Edwards Campus policies on graduate degrees are listed in the KU Policy Library. KU Medical Center policies are listed in each year's Academic Catalog.

Master of Arts and Master of Science

Historically, most of the master’s degrees granted have been the Master of Arts and Master of Science. This fact conforms with the traditional liberal arts background out of which most U.S. graduate schools developed. These degrees’ requirements are generally concentrated in 1 area or major discipline.

Professional Master’s Degrees

A number of professional master’s degrees are granted, most of which are offered through the professional schools. Consult the appropriate college or school section of the online catalog for detailed descriptions of all professional master’s programs.

A current list of all master's degrees is available on the Academics page.

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Master's Degree Requirements

This section gives the general and common requirements for the traditional degrees of Master of Arts and Master of Science. The school and college sections of the online catalog give specific requirements for these degrees in the programs they offer. Schools list requirements for the professional master’s degrees they offer.

Program Time Constraints

Normal expectations are that most master’s degrees (excluding some professional terminal degrees) should be completed in 2 years of full-time study. However, master’s degree students are allowed 7 years for completion of all degree requirements. In cases in which compelling reasons or circumstances recommend a 1-year extension, the Graduate Division, on recommendation of the department/committee, has authority to grant the extension. In cases where more than 8 years are requested, the appropriate appeals body of the school considers petitions for further extensions and, where evidence of continuous progress, currency of knowledge, and other reasons are compelling, may grant them. Some departments may have more stringent rulings about time restrictions. Students should ask about the policy in effect in the department in which they plan to study.

Note: The current Lawrence and Edwards Campus policy on master's program time constraints is listed in the KU Policy Library. KU Medical Center policies are listed in each year's Academic Catalog.

M.A. and M.S. Degrees

A Master of Arts or a Master of Science degree requires at least 1 year of graduate work or its equivalent. Stated in terms of hours of credit, the standard master’s program requires 30 hours, though some degrees, especially in professional areas, may require as many as 36 or 40 or more. With permission of the department (or in the case of interdepartmental programs, permission of the joint program committee) and of the Graduate Division, it is sometimes possible to complete a 30-hour master’s degree with as few as 24 hours if the student enters the program especially well prepared and maintains a superior grade-point average. Work for a master’s degree is concentrated in the major area, with only a minimal amount of work (usually no more than 6 hours) that is completed at KU permitted outside the major department. Each master’s program must contain a research component, represented either by a thesis (usually for 6 hours of credit) or by an equivalent enrollment in research, independent investigation, or seminars. Within these requirements and well-founded practices, departmental master’s programs may be flexible enough to meet the particular needs of individual students.

In a few cases, the degree is offered through 2 schools and administered by joint committees from the 2 faculties. The Master of Arts degree in speech-language pathology and the Master of Arts degree in audiology are administered by an intercampus committee drawn from the Department of Speech-Language-Hearing: Sciences and Disorders in Lawrence and from the Department of Hearing and Speech of the School of Health Professions in Kansas City.

Note: Current Lawrence and Edwards Campus policies on master's degrees are listed in the KU Policy Library. KU Medical Center policies are listed in each year's Academic Catalog.

Master's Final Examinations

A final general examination or defense of the thesis or culminating master’s project in the major subject is required of all candidates for the Master of Arts or Master of Science. The degree program and the Graduate Division should ascertain that the graduate student is in good academic standing (3.0 or higher grade-point average) before scheduling the final general examination or thesis defense.

At the option of the department, the examination may be oral or written, or partly oral and partly written. In some departments, passing a written examination is a necessary preliminary to taking the oral examination by which success or failure is judged.

Master’s examinations are administered by a committee of at least 3 members of the Graduate Faculty.

The examination is held during the semester of the student’s final enrollment in course work. The thesis defense should be held when the thesis has been substantially completed.

The department’s request to schedule the general examination must be made on or before the date set by the Graduate Division, normally a minimum of 2 weeks before the examination date.

Students earning a master’s thesis degree must have completed at least 1 hour of thesis enrollment before the master’s degree may be awarded. See the Graduate Studies website for information and requirements for submitting the thesis electronically.

Note: Current Lawrence and Edwards Campus policies on master's final examinations are listed in the KU Policy Library. KU Medical Center policies are listed in each year's Academic Catalog.

Master's Thesis Submission

When the final oral examination has been passed and the thesis has been signed by the members of the committee, a title page and acceptance page with original signatures are to be delivered to the Graduate Affairs office of the school in which the student’s program resides so that completion of degree requirements may be officially certified. In addition, as a requirement of graduation, the candidate must arrange publication of the thesis and payment of all associated fees (including copyright fee if applicable), through the electronic submission process on the Graduate Studies website.

The student must be the author of the thesis, and every publication from it naturally must indicate that authorship. However, practices vary among disciplines, and even among scholars in a given field, as to whether the mentor’s name may appear as a co-author and whether as senior or junior, on subsequent publication of the thesis (usually revised), or on articles prepared from it. Clear understandings in individual cases are expected to be established during the apprenticeship period, when the ethical practices in publication are addressed within the program’s professional development training.

Note: Current Lawrence and Edwards Campus policies on master's thesis submission are listed in the KU Policy Library. KU Medical Center policies are listed in each year's Academic Catalog.

Master's Enrollment Requirements

All graduate students enrolled in master’s graduate programs must be enrolled the semester they complete master’s degree requirements. Master’s students who complete degree requirements during the first week of summer session or within the first 2 weeks of the fall or spring semester are not required to be enrolled for that term unless they were not enrolled during the previous semester.

Note: Current Lawrence and Edwards Campus policies on master's enrollment requirements are listed in the KU Policy Library. KU Medical Center policies are listed in each year's Academic Catalog.

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Specialist in Education

The degree of Specialist in Education is offered through the School of Education and may be earned as a concentration on the basis of 2 years of graduate work (which can include an appropriate master’s degree or equivalent). Information on this degree, including the concentration in which it may be earned, can be found in the School of Education section of the online catalog.

Note: Current Lawrence and Edwards Campus policies on graduate degrees are listed in the KU Policy Library.

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Doctoral Degree Programs

KU offers 8 graduate doctoral degrees:

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.),
  • Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.),
  • Doctor of Education (Ed.D.),
  • Doctor of Engineering (D.E.),
  • Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.),
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.),
  • Doctor of Occupational Therapy (O.T.D.), and
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.).

The School of Law offers the Juris Doctor (J.D.) and Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.) degrees. The School of Medicine offers the Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree. The School of Pharmacy offers the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree.

The programs offering these degrees are administered by the schools and colleges through their departments and Graduate Divisions, from admission through final recommendation for degree award.

General descriptions for each of the doctoral degrees are given here in succinct form to provide convenient comparison of the degrees. Detailed information about requirements for each degree as it is offered in specific disciplines should be obtained from the appropriate college, school, or department listing in the online catalog. The requirements there are in addition to the general requirements listed here.

Note: Current Lawrence and Edwards Campus policies on graduate degrees are listed in the KU Policy Library. KU Medical Center policies are listed in each year's Academic Catalog.

Doctor of Philosophy

The degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) is the highest degree offered by the university. It is awarded for mastering a field of scholarship, for learning the methods of investigation appropriate to that field, and for completing a substantial piece of original research. In addition to preparing research specialists, the process of earning a Ph.D. shares certain goals with liberal education: putting order into human experience; fostering a love of learning for its own sake; instilling respect for human values; integrating various human powers into a process of creation; and making vital, in many fields at least, a sense of history.

Although the courses and research leading to the Ph.D. are necessarily specialized, the attainment of this degree should not be an isolated event in the enterprise of learning. The Ph.D. aspirant is expected to be a well-educated person with a broad base of general knowledge, not only as preparation for more advanced work but also as a means of knowing how the chosen specialty is related to other fields of human thought.

To give depth and breadth to their doctoral programs, many departments require some work in a minor field or at least an articulated selection of extra-departmental courses. Because of the diversity of the fields in which the Ph.D. is offered, and the variety of needs and interests of individual students, the degree does not have a specific requirement for a minor. However, the Ph.D. aspirant is encouraged to plan an integrated program, under departmental direction, that includes courses outside the major field.

Doctor of Audiology

The Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) degree program prepares the student to enter clinical practice as an audiologist. Offered by the KU School of Health Professions, the program produces professionals skilled in providing diagnostic, rehabilitative, and related services in the fields of sound, balance, and hearing sciences. There is an emphasis on the clinical learning experience, although research is also a significant component of the program. A baccaleaurate degree is required for admission. Degree requirements are listed under Communicative Disorders: Intercampus Program in the online catalog.

Doctor of Education

The degree of Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) is a professional degree designed primarily for practitioners in the field of education. Applicants must present evidence of successful experience in professional education. While many of the requirements for the degree closely parallel those for the Ph.D., the degree program—particularly the dissertation—focuses on research concerned with application of existing knowledge rather than on basic research. Specific degree requirements are listed in the School of Education section of the online catalog.

Doctor of Engineering

The degree of Doctor of Engineering (D.E.) is directed toward the practice of engineering and includes the entire process of technology from planning to product. Candidates for the degree are intimately associated throughout their tenure with technology project teams, generally composed of master’s degree candidates and undergraduates. Specific degree requirements are listed in the School of Engineering section of the online catalog.

Doctor of Musical Arts

The degree of Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) is intended as recognition of high professional attainment. Since only exceptionally well-qualified candidates are admitted to the program, students are expected to devote their doctoral studies primarily to developing professional qualifications for teaching at the college level. The degree of Doctor of Musical Arts is offered in the specific fields of bassoon; church music (organ or choral conducting emphasis); clarinet; composition; conducting (band, choral, or orchestral); flute; French horn; oboe; organ; percussion; piano performance, literature, and pedagogy; saxophone; strings; trombone; trumpet; tuba; and voice.

Doctor of Nursing Practice

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) at the KU School of Nursing prepares advanced-practice nurses at the highest level of nursing practice. The D.N.P. offers sophisticated, cutting-edge experiences that help nurses actively engage in a complex, dynamic, and demanding health care field. Skills in collaboration, innovation, and evaluation, complemented by advanced practice skills, prepare nurses to share the future of health care. Students preparing for advanced practice roles learn to provide patient-centered care that is evidence-based, and contribute to the development of the highest level of evidence-based practice. Students preparing for indirect care roles learn to provide the highest level of leadership in a variety of care and educational settings. Requirements are listed in the School of Nursing section of the online catalog.

Doctor of Occupational Therapy

The Doctor of Occupational Therapy (O.T.D.) is a professional degree offered by the School  of Health Professions. This program of study is intended for therapists already in practice who have either a bachelor's degree or a Master of Occupational Therapy degree and wish to upgrade their knowledge and skills to the doctoral level to meet the increasing demands of complex practice issues. Requirements for admission are listed in the School of Health Professions section of the online catalog.

Doctor of Physical Therapy

The Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) is designed for individuals pursuing careers in physical therapy. The program prepares a generalist physical therapy practitioner with the skills for lifelong professional development. To be eligible for admission, the student must have a minimum of a baccalaureate degree or its equivalent. A post-professional D.P. T. program for practicing physical therapists is also available. Both programs are offered by the KU School of Health Professions. Requirements for admission are listed in the School of Health Professions section of the online catalog.

A current list of all doctoral degrees is available on the Academics page.

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Doctoral Degree Requirements

The sections immediately following list the general and common requirements for doctoral degrees. Specific degree requirements, including requirements for the professional doctoral and clinical doctoral degrees, set by specific departments, programs, and schools, appear in the sections of the catalog devoted to those units.

Note: Current Lawrence and Edwards Campus policies on doctoral degree requirements are listed in the KU Policy Library. KU Medical Center policies are listed in each year's Academic Catalog.

Doctor of Philosophy

This section lists KU regulations common to the administration of all doctoral programs. The particular application, interpretation, or method of implementation of such a common element for individual degree programs and departments is, in certain cases, left to the faculty of the department or the degree program (e.g., Research Skills). Additional requirements specific to each degree, along with variations permitting each student to achieve particular academic goals, are listed in the section of this catalog for the school through which the degree program is offered.

When a department or program requests its Graduate Division to schedule a comprehensive oral examination or a final oral examination for a student, it must report on the student’s completion of both the general requirements and the specific requirements of the degree program, department, and school. The degree program and Graduate Division should ascertain that the graduate student is in good academic standing (3.0 or higher grade-point average) before scheduling a comprehensive oral examination or a final oral examination.

Doctoral students completing all their degree requirements within the first week of summer session or within the first 2 weeks of the fall or spring semester are not required to be enrolled for that term.

Note: Current Lawrence and Edwards Campus policies on the Doctor of Philosophy degree are listed in the KU Policy Library. KU Medical Center policies are listed in each year's Academic Catalog.

1. Application and Admission

A student who seeks admission to a doctoral program must apply to the graduate degree program and school offering the desired degree. Upon admission, the student is known as an aspirant for the degree and remains so designated until successful completion of the comprehensive oral examination. After passing that examination, the student is designated a candidate for the degree.

Note: Current Lawrence and Edwards Campus policies on doctoral application and admission are listed in the KU Policy Library. KU Medical Center policies are listed in each year's Academic Catalog.

2. Program Time Constraints

Minimum Tenure

The student must spend 3 full academic years, or the bona fide equivalent thereof, in resident study at this or some other approved university, including the time spent in attaining the master’s degree. Resident study at less than full time requires a correspondingly longer period, but the requirement is not measured merely in hours of enrollment. Because a minimum number of hours for the degree is not prescribed, no transfer of credit is appropriate. However, graduate degree programs take relevant prior graduate work into consideration in setting up programs of study leading to the doctorate.

Residence Requirement

2 semesters, which may include 1 summer session, must be spent in resident study at KU. During this period, the student must be involved full time in academic or professional pursuits, which may include an appointment for teaching or research if it is directed specifically toward degree objectives. Enrollment in approved distance-learning courses offered through KU cannot be used to meet the doctoral residence requirement. The student must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 credit hours a semester, and the increased research involvement must be fully supported and documented by the dissertation supervisor as contributing to the student’s dissertation or program objectives. Research must be performed under the direct supervision of the major adviser if on campus, or with adequate liaison if off campus.

Note: These are minimum residence requirements. Please check with the Graduate Division of your school or college for any additional requirements.

Maximum Tenure

After being admitted to doctoral programs at KU, students complete all degree requirements in 8 years. In cases in which compelling circumstances recommend a 1-year extension, the Graduate Division has authority to grant the extension on the written advice of the department and dissertation committee. Students who complete the master’s degree at KU and subsequently begin doctoral studies have a maximum total enrolled time of 10 years to complete both degrees. Normal expectations, however, are that most master’s degrees (excluding some professional terminal degrees) should be completed in 2 years of full-time study, and both master’s and doctorate in 6 years of full-time study. Some graduate degree programs may have more stringent time restrictions. Students should inquire about the policy in effect in the department in which they plan to study.

A student in any of the above categories may petition the Graduate Division through the department for a leave of absence during either the pre- or post-comprehensive period to pursue full-time professional activities related to the doctoral program and long-range professional goals. Leaves of absence also may be granted because of illness or other emergency. Ordinarily a leave of absence is granted for 1 year, with the possibility of extension upon request. After an absence of 5 years, however, a doctoral aspirant or candidate loses status as such and must apply for readmission to the program and the Graduate Division. See Leave of Absence under General Regulations.

Note: Current Lawrence and Edwards Campus policies on doctoral program time constraints are listed in the KU Policy Library. KU Medical Center policies are listed in each year's Academic Catalog.

3. Research Skills and Responsible Scholarship

All doctoral students must meet the Research Skills requirement before proceeding to comprehensive exams. The requirement must include at least 2 components:

  1. Every doctoral student is required to have training in responsible scholarship pertinent to the field of research.
  2. Every doctoral student is required to obtain research skills pertinent to the doctoral level of research in their field(s).

Procedure

For both of these requirements, it is the responsibility of the department to report when the student completed the requirement and how the requirement was met via the Progress-to-Degree form. Meeting this requirement is determined by the program/department according to the department’s approved research skills requirement plan.

All doctoral programs must have a research skills requirement plan approved by the school/College and the Graduate Studies Office for approval.

It is the purview of the department or program to determine the necessary topics in training doctoral students in the areas of responsible scholarship. Such topics may include:

  • Protection of human subjects
  • Welfare of laboratory animals
  • Conflicts of interest
  • Data management
  • Mentor/student responsibilities
  • Collaborative research
  • Authorship, publication, plagiarism, copyright
  • Peer review
  • Professional practices
  • Maintenance of confidentiality
  • Appropriate research conduct and research misconduct

It is also the purview of the department or program to determine the research skills necessary to perform doctoral level research. Research skills may include:

  • Knowledge of a language(s) significant to the field
  • Research methodology
  • Methods of qualitative and quantitative data analysis
  • Computer programming necessary for the field
  • Laboratory skills and techniques necessary for the discipline

These lists serve as guides; additional appropriate topics may exist.

Note: Responsible scholarship requirements were approved after this catalog was finalized. Contact your department or program for more information about this requirement for doctoral students.

Note: Current Lawrence and Edwards Campus policies on doctoral research skills and responsible scholarship are listed in the KU Policy Library. KU Medical Center policies are listed in each year's Academic Catalog.

4. Comprehensive Oral Examination

When a doctoral aspirant has completed the major portion of the course work at a level satisfactory to the graduate degree program and school and met all other program, school, and general requirements prerequisite to the comprehensive oral examination, including the research skills requirement as appropriately applied and established for the student’s particular program, the degree program must request the Graduate Division of its school to schedule the comprehensive oral examination. It should be determined that the student is in good academic standing (3.0 or higher grade-point average) before scheduling the examination. The examination request must be submitted in advance of the examination date by at least the period specified by the Graduate Division, normally a minimum of 2 weeks. The Graduate Division ascertains whether all pertinent requirements have been satisfied and if reports of any previously scheduled comprehensive oral examinations have been properly submitted and recorded.

The committee for the comprehensive oral examination must consist of at least 5 members, all of whom must be members of the Graduate Faculty. Its members are appointed by the Graduate Division of the school or college on the basis of nominations submitted by the graduate degree program. At least 1 member must be from a department other than the aspirant’s major department. This member represents Graduate Studies and must be a regular member of the Graduate Faculty. The Graduate Studies representative is a voting member of the committee, has full right to participate in the examination, and reports any unsatisfactory or irregular aspects of the examination to the committee chair, department chair, Graduate Division, and Graduate Studies. The examination may be scheduled provided that at least 5 months have elapsed from the time of the aspirant’s first enrollment at KU.

The comprehensive oral examination covers the major field and any extra departmental work for which the program wishes to hold the aspirant responsible. For every scheduled examination, the degree program reports a grade of Honors, Satisfactory, or Unsatisfactory. If the aspirant receives a grade of Unsatisfactory on the comprehensive oral examination, it may be repeated on the recommendation of the degree program, but under no circumstances may it be taken more than 3 times. In any case, the examination may not be repeated until at least 90 days have elapsed since the last unsuccessful attempt.

Note: Current Lawrence and Edwards Campus policies on doctoral comprehensive oral examinations are listed in the KU Policy Library. KU Medical Center policies are listed in each year's Academic Catalog.

5. Candidacy

Dissertation Committee

Upon passing the comprehensive oral examination, the aspirant becomes a candidate for the doctorate. If it has not begun before, the traditional, close student-mentor apprenticeship relationship comes into being. The student is expected to learn by both precept and example of the mentor, and often in collaboration. The chosen field of scholarship is explored using acquired research tools. The principles and customs of academic inquiry and the codes of ethics traditional to the various disciplines and professional fields become part of the student’s thinking and working.

When the student passes the comprehensive oral examination, the Graduate Division of the appropriate school designates the candidate’s dissertation committee based on the recommendations of the candidate’s major department. The dissertation committee must consist of at least 3 members and may include members from other departments and divisions or, on occasion, members from outside the university. All members of the committee must be chosen from the Graduate Faculty, and the chair must, in addition, be authorized to chair doctoral dissertations. A prospective member of the committee from outside the university must have gained appointment as an Ad Hoc member of the Graduate Faculty before appointment to the committee.

Post-Comprehensive Enrollment

After passing the comprehensive oral examination for a doctoral degree, the candidate must be continuously enrolled, including summer sessions, until all requirements for the degree are completed, and each enrollment must reflect as accurately as possible the candidate’s demands on faculty time and university facilities. During this time, until all requirements for the degree are completed (including the filing of the dissertation) or until 18 post-comprehensive hours have been completed (whichever comes first), the candidate must enroll for a minimum of 6 hours a semester and 3 hours a summer session.

Post-comprehensive enrollment may include enrollment during the semester or summer session in which the comprehensive oral examination has been passed. If after 18 hours of post-comprehensive enrollment the degree is not completed, the candidate must continue to enroll each semester and each summer session until all degree requirements have been met. The number of hours of each enrollment must be determined by the candidate’s adviser and must reflect as accurately as possible the candidate’s demands on faculty time and university facilities.

Note: Current Lawrence and Edwards Campus policies on doctoral candidacy are listed in the KU Policy Library. KU Medical Center policies are listed in each year's Academic Catalog.

6. Dissertation

The candidate must present a dissertation showing the planning, conduct, and results of original research and scholarly creativity. The purpose of the dissertation is to encourage and ensure the development of broad intellectual capabilities as well as to demonstrate an intensive focus on a problem or research area. The dissertation itself should be an evident product of the candidate’s growth and attainment of the ability to identify significant problems; organize, analyze, and communicate scholarly results; and bring to bear on a useful area of interest a variety of research skills and scholarly or creative processes. It must show some original accomplishment, but it should also demonstrate without doubt the candidate’s potential to make future contributions to knowledge and understanding.

The dissertation is to be a coherent scholarly work, not a collage of separate, distinct pieces. Its unity of theme and treatment may still accommodate several subtopics by demonstrating their relationships and interactions. If previously published material by other authors is included in the dissertation, it must be quoted and documented. It should be noted that prior publication does not guarantee acceptance of the dissertation by the dissertation committee. Final acceptance of the dissertation is subject to the approval of the dissertation committee. The dissertation—or 1 or more substantial portions of it, often rewritten—is expected to be publishable and indeed to be published (see the Dissertation Submission and Publication section).

Both the dissertation research and the dissertation itself are to be completed under the guidance and direction of the committee appointed as described above. Instructions about the proper form of the dissertation are available on the Graduate Studies website or from the Graduate Division of each program. Candidates and faculty members are reminded that the dissertation is to be a coherent, logically organized scholarly document. Because the demands and practices of different disciplines are varied, the format is somewhat flexibly described, and moderate departures from the norm are allowed when justified by the nature of the work or the circumstances of presentation. Any substantial divergences must be approved in advance as prescribed by the instructions, and candidates and faculty members are urged to seek early approval to avoid last-minute disappointments over unacceptable format or reproduction.

Note: Current Lawrence and Edwards Campus policies on doctoral dissertations are listed in the KU Policy Library. KU Medical Center policies are listed in each year's Academic Catalog.

7. Final Oral Examination

Completion of the dissertation is the culminating academic phase of a doctoral program, climaxed by the final oral examination and defense of the dissertation. In all but the rarest cases, tentative approval of the dissertation is followed promptly by the final oral examination. When the completed dissertation has been accepted by the committee in final draft form, and all other degree requirements have been satisfied, the chair of the committee requests the Graduate Division to schedule the final oral examination. This request must be made in advance of the desired examination by at least the period specified by the Graduate Division (normally at least 3 weeks). The submission of the request must allow sufficient time to publicize the examination so that interested members of the university community may attend. At least 5 months must elapse between the successful completion of the comprehensive oral examination and the date of the final oral examination. 3 months must elapse between the comprehensive exam and the final defense of the D.M.A. document for Doctor of Musical Arts candidates.

The committee for the final oral examination must consist of at least 5 members (the members of the dissertation committee plus other members of the Graduate Faculty recommended by the committee chair and the department and appointed by the Graduate Division). At least 1 member must be from a department other than the major department. This member represents Graduate Studies and must be a regular member of the Graduate Faculty. Before the examination, the Graduate Division provides a list of responsibilities to the Graduate Studies representative. The Graduate Studies representative is a voting member of the committee, has full right to participate in the examination, and provides a written report on any unsatisfactory or irregular aspects of the examination to the committee chair, department chair, Graduate Division, and Graduate Studies. The Graduate Division ascertains whether all other degree requirements have been met and if reports of any previously scheduled final oral examinations have been submitted and recorded. Upon approval of the request, the final oral examination is scheduled at the time and place designated by the Graduate Division. This information must be published in a news medium as prescribed by the Graduate Faculty. Interested members of the university community are encouraged to attend these examinations.

For every scheduled final oral examination, the department reports to the Graduate Division a grade of Honors, Satisfactory, or Unsatisfactory for the candidate’s performance. If an Unsatisfactory grade is reported, the candidate may be allowed to repeat the examination on the recommendation of the department.

Note: Current Lawrence and Edwards Campus policies on doctoral final oral examinations are listed in the KU Policy Library. KU Medical Center policies are listed in each year's Academic Catalog.

8. Dissertation Submission and Publication

When the final oral examination has been passed and the dissertation has been signed by the members of the dissertation committee, a title page and acceptance page with original signatures are to be delivered to the Graduate Affairs office of the school in which the student’s program resides so that completion of degree requirements may be officially certified. In addition, as a requirement of graduation, the candidate must arrange publication of the dissertation and payment of all associated fees (including copyright fee if applicable), through the electronic submission process.

The student must be the author of the dissertation, and every publication deriving from it naturally must indicate that authorship. However, practices vary among disciplines, and even among scholars in a given field, as to whether the mentor’s name may appear as a co-author and whether as senior or junior, on subsequent publication of the dissertation (usually revised), or on articles prepared from it. Clear understandings in individual cases are expected to be established during the apprenticeship period, when ethical practices in publication are addressed within the program’s professional development training.

Note: Current Lawrence and Edwards Campus policies on doctoral dissertations are listed in the KU Policy Library. KU Medical Center policies are listed in each year's Academic Catalog.

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Interdisciplinary Studies

M.A., M.S., and Ph.D. with a Major in Interdisciplinary Studies

Only superior students admitted and enrolled in a graduate program at KU whose proposed studies require direction not available in any single department are considered for admission to an Interdisciplinary Studies program. Before seeking acceptance, an applicant must assemble a graduate faculty advisory committee headed by a faculty member authorized to direct master’s research (for M.A. or M.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies), doctoral research and dissertations (for Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies). The applicant, in conjunction with the committee, must prepare a proposal for the course of study. The proposal must provide a rationale for the particular mix of disciplines, demonstrating how each contributes to a central theme or focus. It must also show that the proposed program cannot be achieved through an established master’s or doctoral program at KU.

The student seeking to enter the Interdisciplinary Studies program must have an outstanding academic record (a grade-point average of 3.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale for graduate courses or a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale for undergraduate courses if no graduate courses have been taken) and must be admitted to and enrolled in a graduate program at KU at the time of application. A graduate student who has failed to maintain the required grade-point average is not eligible for the Interdisciplinary Studies program. A student is not eligible for this program if he or she has tried and failed to achieve candidacy in a regular graduate department or program at KU.

The student is expected to assume the initiative in determining his or her potential eligibility through consultation with graduate advisors and, if deemed eligible, in forming an advisory committee and preparing documentation to support the application.

Preadmission Procedures

To enter the program, a student should

  1. Determine that KU offers courses and research in the areas appropriate to the student’s interest(s).
  2. Prepare a tentative study plan based on those offerings to serve as a basis for initial discussion.
  3. Approach a professor whose interests are comparable to those of the student and request that he or she act as adviser. Normally this professor is a faculty member of the program of principal interest to the student. To grant an M.A. or M.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies, it is essential that the school has the authority to grant master’s degrees. To grant a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies, it is essential that the school has the authority to grant doctoral degrees. The selected professor must be a full member of the graduate faculty and authorized to chair doctoral dissertation committees for Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies.
  4. After a professor agrees to serve as adviser, the student should assemble an advisory committee of at least 3 additional professors representing the disciplines covered in the Interdisciplinary program. At least 2 disciplines or departments must be represented.
  5. In conjunction with the adviser and the committee, the student prepares a proposal for study, including
    – A statement, with supporting documentation, that the proposed Interdisciplinary Studies program cannot be accomplished through established programs.
    – A statement of the interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary nature of the proposed area of study.
    – A definition of the field of study incorporating in a consistent way a description of the contribution of each included discipline to the broader field.
    – An outline of the course of study, indicating substantive work in the fields represented. Readings courses and independent study do not substitute for regular courses.
    – A description of the method for satisfying research skills and responsible scholarship requirements.
    – A description of the comprehensive examination procedures for the Ph.D. (nature of the examinations and possible examining committee) or final examination for the M.A./M.S.
    – A description, to the extent possible, of the nature of the field in which a dissertation or master’s thesis might be written, indicating the respective contributions of the selected disciplines to the final product.
    – Attach the following:
    (i) complete transcripts of all previous work,
    (ii) a cover sheet, signed by committee members, indicating their support of the proposal,
    (iii) letters of recommendation and other appropriate supporting documents.

Note: The diploma indicates the degree awarded as "M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies," "M.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies," or "Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies," and does not specify the area of specialization.

The transcript notes the area of specialization as determined by the admissions committee.

Admission and Review Procedure

Upon completion of the above, the student must submit the application for admission into the Interdisciplinary Studies program to the dean of Graduate Studies in Research and Graduate Studies. The dean of Graduate Studies appoints an admission committee consisting of (a) the associate dean of graduate studies or associate dean’s designate for the school most involved in the interdisciplinary undertaking (the school in which the major adviser resides), (b) 2 or more doctoral chairing faculty members from unrelated fields, including at least 1 member of the Executive Council of the Graduate Faculty, and (c) the chair or director of graduate studies of the department in which the student resides at time of application. The dean of Graduate Studies serves as ex officio chair of the Interdisciplinary Studies admissions committee. The committee reviews the documents and may, if necessary, interview the student and the adviser for clarification and additional information or to discuss suggested revisions to the proposal.

Approved Program Implementation

Upon acceptance of the proposal and admission to the Interdisciplinary Studies program, the student is admitted to the school of the major adviser to facilitate record keeping and to provide a central administrative office. The associate dean or director of graduate studies of that school must enroll the student and monitor the program and, along with the major adviser, must make annual reports to Graduate Studies on the student’s progress. These reports are distributed to the directors of other involved programs along with a request to supply any additional information regarding the student’s performance. Proposals for major deviations from the approved course of study must be submitted for review by Graduate Studies and by the graduate studies office of the school in which the student resides. It is understood that no additional requirements unique to traditional graduate programs of the school(s) or departments may be imposed unless stated explicitly in the approved study plan.

Once approved, changes to the program plan must be approved by a Graduate Studies committee, appointed by the dean of Graduate Studies. Significant curricular changes may require a new proposal and admissions process.

All basic rules and requirements for the Master of Arts, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees apply to Interdisciplinary Studies programs. These include program time constraints, residence requirement, post-comprehensive enrollment, final examinations, research skills and responsible scholarship requirements, dissertation submission and publication, grade-point average, etc. (See Master’s Degree Requirements and Doctoral Degree Requirements in this section of the online catalog.)

Note: Current Lawrence and Edwards Campus policies on interdisciplinary studies are listed in the KU Policy Library. KU Medical Center policies are listed in each year's Academic Catalog.

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Combined Degrees

Combined degrees are granted in programs meeting the requirements of the graduate master’s or doctoral degree and the professional post-baccalaureate degree. Approved programs include the following degrees:

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Architectural Engineering with M.Arch. (3-year)
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Health Information Management with M.H.S.A.
Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) with Ph.D. in Audiology
Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) with M.A. or M.S. in basic medical science fields
Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) with M.H.S.A.
Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) with M.P.H.
Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) with Ph.D. in Bioengineering
Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) with Ph.D. in basic medical science fields
Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) with M.B.A.
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) with Au.D.
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in basic medical science fields with M.D.
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Behavioral Psychology,
offered through the Department of Applied Behavioral Science
with M.P.H.
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Bioengineering
with M.D.
Juris Doctor (J.D.) with M.A. with a major in East Asian Languages and Cultures
Juris Doctor (J.D.) with M.A. with a major in Economics
Juris Doctor (J.D.) with M.A. with a major in Global Indigenous Nations Studies
Juris Doctor (J.D.) with M.A. with a major in Philosophy
Juris Doctor (J.D.) with M.A. with a major in Political Science
Juris Doctor (J.D.) with M.B.A.
Juris Doctor (J.D.) with M.H.S.A.
Juris Doctor (J.D.) with M.P.A.
Juris Doctor (J.D.) with M.S. in Journalism
Juris Doctor (J.D.) with M.S.W.
Juris Doctor (J.D.) with M.U.P.
Master of Architecture (M.Arch.) (3-year)
with B.S. in Architectural Engineering
Master of Architecture (M.Arch.) (3-year) with M.B.A.
Master of Architecture (M.Arch.) (3-year) with M.U.P.
Master of Arts (M.A.) or Master of Science (M.S.) in basic medical science fields with M.D.
Master of Arts (M.A.) with a major in American Studies with M.U.P.
Master of Arts (M.A.) with a major in East Asian Languages and Cultures with M.B.A.
Master of Arts (M.A.) with a major in East Asian Languages and Cultures with J.D.
Master of Arts (M.A.) with a major in Economics with J.D.
Master of Arts (M.A.) with a major in Geography with M.U.P.
Master of Arts (M.A.) with a major in Global Indigenous Nations Studies with J.D.
Master of Arts (M.A.) with a major in Latin American Area Studies with M.B.A.
Master of Arts (M.A.) with a major in Philosophy with J.D.
Master of Arts (M.A.) with a major in Political Science
with J.D.
Master of Arts (M.A.) with a major in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies with M.B.A.
Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) with J.D.
Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) with Master’s in Management from ESC Clermont, France
Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) with M.Arch.
Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) with M.A. with a major in East Asian Languages and Cultures
Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) with M.A. with a major in Latin American Area Studies
Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) with M.A. with a major in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies
Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) with Pharm.D.
Master of Health Services Administration (M.H.S.A.) with B.S. in Health Information Management
Master of Health Services Administration (M.H.S.A.) with J.D.
Master of Health Services Administration (M.H.S.A.) with M.D.
Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) with J.D.
Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) with M.S. in Nursing
Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) with M.U.P.
Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) with M.D.
Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) with M.S. in Nursing
Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) with Ph.D. in Behavioral Psychology,
offered through the Department of Applied Behavioral Science
Master of Science (M.S.) in Journalism with J.D.
Master of Science (M.S.) in Nursing with M.H.S.A.
Master of Science (M.S.) in Nursing with M.P.H.
Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) with J.D.
Master of Urban Planning (M.U.P.) with J.D.
Master of Urban Planning (M.U.P.) with M.A. with a major in American Studies
Master of Urban Planning (M.U.P.) with M.A. with a major in Geography
Master of Urban Planning (M.U.P.) with M.Arch. (3-year)
Master of Urban Planning (M.U.P.) with M.P.A.
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Combined Medical and Master’s Degrees

Graduate students in the basic medical science departments in the School of Medicine are enrolled, for the most part, only in graduate programs. Outstanding medical students, however, are allowed to participate in work leading jointly to the M.D. degree and a graduate degree. A student admitted to both academic programs may enroll concurrently in courses in the respective programs, provided the regular medical course load is reduced to compensate for the added graduate work. The student should discuss concurrent enrollment with the chair or graduate adviser of the master’s degree program; departmental policies vary. All requirements for the degrees must be met, but within these limitations, superior students may be able to complete the joint degree program in less time than the total required for the 2 degrees to be earned separately. For the master’s degree, a student must complete graduate work equivalent to at least 1 academic year in addition to the time spent on the medical curriculum.

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Combined Medical and Doctoral Degrees

Outstanding students who are qualified to do so may participate concurrently in work leading to the M.D. and the Ph.D degrees. Credit hours earned in the medical curriculum cannot be transferred as graduate credit hours toward the requirements for the Ph.D. degree, although recognition of satisfactory performance in appropriate medical courses may be given by the involved Ph.D. program when formulating the student’s additional graduate curriculum for the Ph.D. All the requirements for the respective degrees must be met. The joint degree requirements and application information for the joint M.D.-Ph.D. program are posted on the M.D.-Ph.D. website.

 

This catalog is not itself a source of policy and does not create a contract between the University of Kansas and its students. University policy is the binding agent in the event an inconsistency is noted between the catalog and official University policy. Whenever possible the catalog provides links to the policies referenced.

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