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Degree requirements

The minimum course requirements, rules of admission to degree candidacy, language requirements, thesis or dissertation requirements, comprehensive examinations, transfer of credits, and the like are specified for each program in the individual program sections on this bulletin Web site. Additionally, many schools, programs and departments maintain Web sites and publish special brochures, student manuals and program guides that may be requested from the appropriate dean or program director.

In all cases, the official policies and procedures of the University Graduate Council, as published in the Graduate Bulletin and on the Graduate School Web site, are fully applicable to all graduate programs and graduate students, both on- and off-campus, and take precedence over individual program policies and guidelines. Graduate students should contact the Graduate School with questions regarding any discrepancies.

The university reserves the right to revoke any degree, certificate or other university recognition for cause. In addition, any time following the award of a degree, certificate or other university recognition, the university reserves the right to take appropriate action, including, but not limited to, the revocation of such degree, certificate or other university recognition, on the basis of academic misconduct discovered subsequent to, but which occurred prior to, the awarding of the degree, certificate or other university recognition. More specifically, when an action that constitutes a violation of the VCU Honor System leads to a finding that invalidates a major piece of work required for a degree, certificate or other university recognition so that the validity of the degree, certificate or other university recognition is jeopardized, the student or former student will be subject to a sanction that may include (a) rejection of a thesis, dissertation or other work, (b) revocation of a certification or other university recognition or (c) revocation of a degree.


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