Research Degrees

The Graduate School offers research degrees and professional degrees in nearly 100 fields of study with opportunities for further exploration in 18 minor (non-degree granting) fields. 

 Research degrees:

  • M.S. (Master of Science)
  • M.A. (Master of Arts)
  • M.A./Ph.D. or M.S./Ph.D. (joint Master’s/Doctor of Philosophy)
  • Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy)


Degree Requirements

The Graduate School’s degree requirements are kept to a minimum in order to give the Special Committee and the student freedom to determine appropriate degree requirements and to define a program of study best suited to the student’s particular goals.

For the Ph.D., M.A., and M.S. degree programs there are three requirements imposed by the Graduate School:

  • registration units,
  • examinations, and the
  • dissertation or thesis.

The graduate fields may set additional requriements.  Please check with your field for more specific field-related information.

Except in certain professional degree programs, requirements for credits or courses are not imposed by the Graduate School.