A graduate program offered by a department
constitutes a rationally structured and well-defined body of information and
techniques deemed appropriate to the discipline. Consequently, the number of
special credits that each master’s and doctoral candidate may count toward a
degree is restricted.
Special credits are defined as those earned
through Independent Study, Individualized Instruction, Special Topics courses,
workshops, or any combination therein.
A master’s degree candidate may submit for credit
toward the degree no more than six (6) semester hours of special credits
approved by the department offering the degree. Doctoral candidates may submit
(a further) six semester hours of special credits beyond the master’s or its
equivalent if approved by the department offering the degree.
Note: Should a special credit offering later
become a catalog-listed course that is part of the degree program, while the
student is still working towards the degree, the student may request from the
department a retroactive reclassification of credits so earned. In such cases,
the student may again submit up to six semester hours of special credits.