School of the Arts
Advanced degree requirements
- Students must achieve candidacy (with the exception of art history students).
- Students must complete all formal course work.
- Students must maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA. No grade below “B” will count toward graduation for students in the art history and the visual communications degree programs. For all students in the theatre program, any grade below “B” in any course will result in termination from the degree program. Students in all programs in the Department of Music must not have more than six hours or 20 percent of semester hours attempted — whichever is greater — with a grade of “C.” For all other degree programs in the School of the Arts, no grade below “B” is acceptable for any course within the student’s major department, and a grade below “B” in a course in the student’s major department will result in termination from the degree program.
- All students must complete the culminating project (dissertation, thesis, final examination, creative project, recital, etc.) as outlined in departmental guidelines. The thesis, or other written documentation related to the culminating project, must be done in a form that can be retained by the university and in accordance with departmental guidelines. Students preparing a thesis must use the guidelines set forth in the Preparation of Thesis, available in departmental offices or the Office of Graduate Studies, School of the Arts.