Degree Requirements – Master of Science

Photo 2013 ASP Grads2Please submit the following to the Graduate School office:

 Thesis Advisory Committee Form

Graduation Application Form

Graduation fee paid when registering for last semester $

Notification of Thesis Defense (Thesis only) – Email Dr. Kristen Sterba with the date, time, and location.

Verification of Thesis Acceptance:  Upon successful submission of the thesis to the Library, the Library staff will fax a copy of the thesis title page and committee signature page to the Graduate School office 686.5661.  (Thesis only)

Statement from program upon successful completion of exam and coursework (Non-thesis only) Pattie Hamilton

Campus Clearance Form  (if email notification is received that departments need to be cleared)

Detail of Requirements for the Master of Science Degree

The Regulations for Preparing Theses and Dissertations can be found on the Graduate School website.

Listed below are the detailed requirements of the UAMS Graduate School for the awarding of the Master of Science degree. Individual graduate programs may have additional program specific requirements for the awarding of the degrees.

Time Frame for Completion of Degree. All requirements for a master’s degree must be satisfied within six consecutive calendar years from the date of the first registration.

Grade Point Average and Semester Credit Hours. Thirty (30) semester credit hours and a minimum cumulative grade point of 2.85 on all graduate courses are required. If a student is submitting a thesis, he/she must register for a minimum of six (6) semester credit hours of thesis. When a thesis is completed a letter grade will be reported for six (6) hours of thesis regardless of the total number of thesis hours for which the student registered.

Non Thesis Option. A comprehensive examination is required for students enrolled in a program’s non-thesis option. The format of the examination is at the discretion of the program. Immediately following successful completion of the examination, the program will submit to the Graduate School Office a written statement indicating that the student passed the examination and that all program degree requirements have been completed.

Thesis Option. A comprehensive examination and public thesis defense are required for students submitting a thesis; the format of the examination is at the discretion of the program. Students submitting a thesis will have a Thesis Advisory Committee consisting of a minimum of three UAMS graduate faculty members. At the time the committee is appointed, notification of the committee membership must be forwarded to the Graduate School Office. After a student presents a written thesis to the Thesis Advisory Committee the committee chair (with the concurrence of the committee) will schedule a thesis defense. Not less than ten days prior to the date of the thesis defense, public notices will be posted by the program announcing the title of the thesis, and the date, time and place of the defense. Two copies of the thesis must be submitted to the library for approval no less than ten class days before the degree is conferred. All signatures on the final copies must be original, and two copies must be submitted unbound. After approval the UAMS library retains two copies.

Notification of Thesis Defense. Once the defense is scheduled, Dr. Kristen Sterba  in the Graduate School Office should be notified of the date, time and place of the defense.  The thesis must be submitted in accordance with the guidelines contained in a manual, Regulations for Preparing Theses and Dissertations, which is available in the UAMS Bookstore and on the Graduate School website.

A copy of the thesis title page and committee signature page must be submitted by the library to the Graduate School Office prior to the conferring of the degree. The committee signature page must have verification by the UAMS Library that the thesis has been accepted.

Degree Application. A degree application form must be submitted to the Graduate School Office and a graduation fee paid during registration for the semester in which degree requirements will be completed and graduation is projected. The student must contact the UAMS Graduate School Office concerning their projected graduation date. If a student fails to complete the degree requirements on the projected date, the program must contact the Graduate School office.

Campus Clearance. The Graduate School Office will submit a roster of graduates to departments requiring clearance of students for each semester/session. The student will be notified by mail if there are departments to clear.  Students who receive notification of departments  to be cleared will need to submit a campus clearance form to the Graduate School office. The Graduate School will not issue a diploma and/or requested transcripts for graduates who are not cleared by these departments.

Grades and Transcripts Withheld. Grades and transcripts will be withheld and registration refused to students who fail to return laboratory, library or other university property entrusted to their care; who fail to complete the campus clearance procedure; who fail to comply with rules governing the audit of student organization accounts; or who have failed to pay any fees, tuition, room and board charges, fines or other charges assessed by UAMS.