The degree of Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) is conferred upon a student who completes an approved program of graduate studies in this area. See the .
The Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) is conferred upon a student who completes an approved program of graduate studies in this area. See the .
General minimum requirements of the Graduate School follow for the degrees of Master of Arts and Master of Science – including the several engineering degrees. Program requirements may be higher. Note: For degree requirements in the Master of Arts in Economics, see the Graduate School of Business.
The program of study may consist of courses chosen from one department or it may include such cognate courses from other departments as may in individual instances seem to offer greatest immediate and permanent value. As a general principle, two-thirds of the courses come from the degree program in which the student is seeking a graduate degree. The program of study must be approved by the student’s Advisory Committee or, depending on program requirements, the Thesis Committee. No more than six hours of special problems (individual study) courses may count toward a 30 hour master's degree.
The degree of Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in art, creative writing, drama, or translation is conferred upon a student who completes an approved program of graduate studies in these areas. General policies and procedures for a Master of Fine Arts degree are the same as for the Master of Arts. See the individual M.F.A. programs in , and .
Examination for Candidacy. After completing approximately two years of graduate study, the prospective candidate must take candidacy examinations in specified fields of study in accordance with the requirements of the program/department in which the candidate is working. These examinations may be either written or written and oral, but the expectation is that their purpose is to determine if a student is prepared to move to the independent research stage of his/her degree. Upon satisfactorily completing these examinations, the student may be admitted to candidacy and may proceed to work toward completion of the remaining requirements for the degree. The Graduate School should be notified within two weeks of the student being admitted to candidacy. Note: The Graduate School considers the Advisory Committee to be responsible for administering and evaluating the candidacy examinations, but degree programs may have different structures.
Students who wish to become candidates for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy or Doctor of Education are expected to complete work equivalent to the requirements for the master’s degree as determined by program faculty and must apply to be admitted to the Graduate School and the specific program of study.
When a committee member does not hold graduate faculty status at the University of Arkansas, he/she will be allowed to serve on a student’s master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation committee, in addition to the minimum number of members required by the Graduate School or the department/program. The ex officio member will be allowed to sign the thesis or dissertation and his/her vote will be recorded but will not be binding for conferring the degree. This use of the term ex officio will indicate that the person does not hold graduate faculty status at the University of Arkansas and is serving in an honorary role.
After a student is accepted into an Ed.S. program, a committee with a minimum of three members will be appointed, and a program of study will be established outlining the minimum requirements. Only the adviser and one other member of the student’s committee may be from the program area sponsoring the program. The committee’s responsibilities include the determination of deficiencies, the acceptability of previous graduate work, the approval of the candidate’s program of study, the approval of the original project or research paper, and the conduct of a final examination. This examination will be a comprehensive oral evaluation scheduled near the end of the candidate’s program and will include one or both of the following: 1) evaluation of the original project, research paper, or report, and 2) evaluation covering material related to the background and professional preparation of the candidate. A written examination may not be taken to substitute for the oral examination. A written account of the original project, research paper, or report will be filed with the program area sponsoring the candidate’s program of study.
Program Requirements. All Ed.S. programs contain a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate work beyond the master’s degree in a planned program. The program for each student must include the requirements specified in the particular program to which the student has been accepted; assessed deficiencies in the area of specialization; assessed courses to meet current professional requirements of the Master of Education degree; a minimum of nine semester hours of graduate work in a related field(s) other than the area of specialization; a graduate course in research, statistics, or data processing applicable for educational specialists; and an original project, research paper, or report for which variable credit up to six semester hours is required. A grade-point average of 3.25 is required for the Educational Specialist degree program on all work presented as part of the Ed.S. degree program.
Admission to the Program. Students who wish to become candidates for the degree of Educational Specialist are expected to first complete work equivalent to the requirements for the master's degree as determined by program faculty and must apply to be admitted to the Graduate School and the specific program of study. A student cannot satisfy any part of the residence requirement for the educational specialist degree until after he/she has been officially admitted to the educational specialist program.
The policies and procedures approved for the Master of Arts and Master of Science degrees also apply to the Master of Education degree. In addition to completing other requirements, the candidate must pass a comprehensive examination administered by the respective program area (portfolio for educational technology).