Master’s Degree Requirements
The following minimum requirements apply to all master's degrees, including the M.A., M.S., M.Arch., M.B.A., M.C.R.P., M.C.S., M.Engr., M.SW.Engr., M.Ed., M.Ed.T., M.F.A., M.L.A., M.P.A. (Accounting), M.P.A. (Public Administration), M.S.N. and M.S.S.W., offered by The University of Texas at Arlington. Additional requirements may be imposed for specialized or professional degree programs, or by individual departments or interdepartmental or intercampus graduate studies committees. These requirements are included in descriptions of individual degree programs.
Departmental, Program and College Program Manuals for Students
Many departments and programs issue program manuals, procedures and policy manuals, graduate student handbooks and other informational publications for students and faculty in graduate programs. These publications provide detailed and useful information; however, they are not statements of official policy of The University of Texas at Arlington nor of The University of Texas System. In all matters, the Rules and Regulations of the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System, the Handbook of Operating Procedures of The University of Texas at Arlington, and the Graduate Catalog of The University of Texas at Arlington shall supersede departmental, program or college publications.
Graduate Program Degree Requirements and Academic Performance Standards for Master's Degrees
Degree requirements and academic performance standards given in this section are the minimum required by Graduate School and University policy. Satisfying these general requirements and standards, however, does not imply that all degree and program requirements have been met. Many programs set special course requirements and may require higher grade-point averages or other academic standards than those given in this section. Such program requirements and standards are included in individual program descriptions in this catalog and in departmental and college program manuals or policy statements. These special requirements shall not be considered in conflict with this catalog and shall have the same force as this catalog.
Minimum undergraduate preparation acceptable for graduate concentration in most areas is 12 semester hours of advanced undergraduate work in that area; however, this requirement varies widely, and individual department and program descriptions should be consulted for specific requirements. The appropriate Committee on Graduate Studies may administer an oral, written, or both oral and written examinations to an applicant to assess undergraduate preparation for graduate work. The committee may require the student to eliminate deficiencies in undergraduate preparation before being granted unconditional acceptance into the graduate program.
Master's degree candidates are expected to spend the equivalent of two semesters of full-time study in residence at The University of Texas at Arlington.
The Dean of Graduate Studies will appoint for each master's student a supervising committee upon recommendation by the Graduate Advisor and the appropriate Committee on Graduate Studies. The committee will normally consist of at least three members of the graduate faculty and will be responsible for the design of the student's program. One qualified external person who is not a member of the graduate faculty may serve as a voting member of a supervising committee if nominated by the appropriate Committee on Graduate Studies and approved by the Dean of Graduate Studies. The nomination form is available in the Graduate School and should be submitted to the Dean of Graduate Studies along with the nominee's curriculum vitae. Any external, non-voting members must be in addition to the three voting members and must be approved by the Dean of Graduate Studies. The supervising committee conducts the final thesis examination for thesis degree plan candidates and determines scope, content and form of the final master's comprehensive examination for thesis substitute and non-thesis degree plan candidates.
Degree Plans and Hours Required
Three degree plans (thesis, thesis substitute and non-thesis) leading to the master's degree are available. All programs, except those in Education, and Public Administration, offer the thesis degree plan. In certain departments and programs, a student may follow a thesis substitute or non-thesis degree plan upon recommendation of the appropriate Committee on Graduate Studies and approval by the Dean of Graduate Studies. Plans available in each department or program are listed in the catalog in the section on departmental and program descriptions.
The thesis degree plan requires a minimum of 30 semester hours, of which at least 24 must be in coursework and six in a thesis course. The thesis must be approved by the thesis advisor and by a supervising committee of three or more members appointed by the Dean of Graduate Studies. The thesis is subject to final approval by the Dean of Graduate Studies. Students receiving advice and assistance from a faculty member in the preparation of a thesis must register for the appropriate course even if they are not on campus. Each semester, after consulting with their Graduate Advisor, students must register for the amount of thesis credit commensurate with the efforts to be expended by the student and the thesis advisor in the preparation of the thesis. Once the student is enrolled in the thesis course, continuous enrollment is required. The student must be enrolled in six hours of thesis during the semester in which the thesis is defended and the final Master's Examination is unconditionally passed. The degree candidate must defend the thesis in a final oral examination open to all members of the faculty.
The thesis substitute degree plan requires a minimum of 33 semester hours, of which at least 27 must be in coursework and three in an appropriate project or research course. The thesis substitute may include: 1) internship reports in programs in which the internship has been determined by the Dean of Graduate Studies to be an essential component; 2) reports prepared in certain graduate seminar, conference or research courses; or 3) a design thesis in Architecture. The internship substitute requires a minimum of six semester hours in the internship course.
The non-thesis degree plan requires a minimum of 36 semester hours of coursework, of which at least 24 must be in the major area(s) of study.
Application for Graduation
Students will be admitted to candidacy for the master's degree only when degree requirements have been met. Students must submit an Application for Graduation to the Graduate School by the deadline listed in the Academic Calendar in the semester they wish to graduate. The Application for Graduation is available online through the Graduate School web site. See the Graduate School Calendar for specific deadline dates.
Final Master's Examination
A final program examination is required for all master's degree candidates. The final master's examination can result in: 1) an unconditional pass with a recommendation to the Dean of Graduate Studies that the candidate be certified to receive the earned degree; 2) a conditional pass with the requirement that additional conditions be met, which may include further work on the thesis or thesis substitute, additional coursework with a minimum specified grade-point average, or both (in all cases, the final master's examination must be repeated within a specified period); 3) failure, with permission to be re-examined after a specified period; or 4) failure, with recommendation to the Dean of Graduate Studies that the candidate be dismissed from the program. Most programs limit to two the number of repeats of the final master's examination. Additional repeats require specific advanced written approval by the Dean of Graduate Studies.
For thesis degree plan candidates, the examination will be an oral defense of the thesis. The examination will be conducted by all members of the student's supervising committee but will be open to all members of the faculty. The thesis examining committee must have copies of the thesis at least two weeks prior to the thesis defense.
For thesis substitute or non-thesis degree plan candidates, the final examination will be a comprehensive examination that is written, oral or both. The scope, content and form of the examination(s) shall be determined and administered by all members of the student's supervising committee. Some programs require successful completion of a specified course in the final semester of study to satisfy this requirement.
If applicable, the student's Graduate Advisor must submit a request for the thesis defense or final master's examination to the Graduate School. The request must indicate the time, place and form (oral and/or written) of the examination and be signed by all members of the examining committee, confirming their intention to be present.
The Final Master's Examination Report must be filed in the Graduate School no later than three weeks before the date on which the candidate expects the degree to be conferred. Thesis degree plan candidates must submit one electronic or three unbound paper copies of the unconditionally passed thesis that has been approved for final submission by the Graduate School following all procedures for electronic or paper submission. Candidates will be billed for the required fees as explained in the Tuition and Fees section of this catalog. Details of the submission process and all forms are available through the Virtual Graduate School Advisor.
All master's students must be aware of requirements, components and deadlines associated with the thesis, final defense and submission of the thesis to the Graduate School. Thesis format review and approval by the Graduate School are required and must be completed in order to graduate from UT Arlington. The deadline dates for each semester are published in the Graduate School Calendar at https://grad.uta.edu/leftMenuPages/gradcalendar.asp.
A thesis degree plan student must be enrolled in the appropriate thesis course in the semester in which the thesis is defended. Social work students will enroll in SOCW 6393 to conduct thesis research and SOCW 6398 in the semester in which the thesis is defended. All other thesis option students must be enrolled in the appropriate 6-hour thesis course in the semester in which the thesis is defended.
Thesis Manuscript Preparation
Students pursuing a thesis option master's degree must have the format of the thesis manuscript approved by the UT Arlington Graduate School before the degree can be conferred. The Graduate School specifically checks the document for conformity to UT Arlington formatting requirements. Details regarding thesis formatting requirements are described in the current edition of The UT Arlington Manual of Style and the RAFT Template available online through the Virtual Graduate School Advisor and Turabian's A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations (6th ed.). A template for students to use as a guide to proper thesis formatting and appearance is available under the "Thesis and Dissertation" in the section titled "Manual of Style and RAFT Template."
The Graduate School offers all master's students the opportunity to attend Thesis and Dissertation Seminars each semester. These seminars provide attendees with detailed explanations of the style guides and hands-on experience with the template that will help students organize their theses in accordance to formatting requirements. In addition, thesis submission procedures, graduation procedures and graduation requirements are reviewed in these seminars. Reservations are recommended and can be made online through the Virtual Graduate School Advisor.
Master's Thesis Format Review
The format of all theses must be reviewed and approved by the Graduate School before the theses will be accepted as satisfying the thesis requirement of the Master's degree. Students must submit theses to the Graduate School for checking as an electronic file using the electronic thesis and dissertation submission process.
Preliminary Format Check
Thesis students have the option to submit a portion of the thesis to the Thesis and Dissertation Specialist in the Graduate School for a preliminary format check. The preliminary format check is not a requirement for graduation and is provided as a service for students who have questions regarding formatting. Students can generally expect feedback regarding the preliminary check within 72 hours (excluding weekends and holidays). However, students should be aware that completed theses submitted for mechanical check will be given priority over preliminary check submissions.
In order to fulfill thesis requirements, master's thesis students must submit a copy of their thesis electronically to the Thesis and Dissertation Specialist in the Graduate School for a complete review of the format of the entire manuscript. This review is called the mechanical check. Students may be required to resubmit the document for additional checks depending on the nature and number of formatting errors found. The thesis submitted for mechanical check should be complete and as near to being in final format as possible.
Generally, students may expect the mechanical check to be completed within 72 hours of submission (excluding weekends and holidays). However, expect the mechanical check to take longer than 72 hours during peak submission periods which occur around submission deadlines. Semester deadlines for mechanical checks can be found in the Graduate School Calendar.
Students will be notified when their latest electronic submission is accepted and no further submissions are required.
All theses must be submitted by the deadline for final submission as listed on the online Graduate School Calendar and must be prepared according to regulations described in the current edition of The UT Arlington Manual of Style and the RAFT Template available online through the Virtual Graduate School Advisor and Turabian's A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations (6th ed.). All thesis students must also submit the Thesis and Dissertation Data Sheet, the Intellectual Property Statement, and the appropriate Thesis and Dissertation Checklist. All forms are available online through the Virtual Graduate School Advisor.
The final copy of the thesis is University property and a student may make no private agreements with employers, funding sources, or others that restrict or infringe upon University rights. Thesis copyrights, where applicable, are held by the student author. Thesis fees are explained in the Tuition and Fees section of the Graduate Catalog.
A request for the thesis defense must be filed in the Graduate School by the student before the date of the defense. The thesis supervising committee must have copies of the dissertation at least two weeks prior to the thesis defense.
The thesis defense will be a public oral examination open to all members of the faculty. Questioning of the candidate will be directed by the student's thesis supervising committee. All members of the student's committee must be present at the defense.
Although the defense is concerned primarily with the thesis research and its interpretation, the examining committee may explore the student's knowledge of areas relevant to the core of the thesis problem. The thesis defense may result in a decision that the candidate has 1) passed unconditionally; 2) passed conditionally with remedial work specified by the committee; 3) failed, with permission to be re-examined after a specified period; or 4) failed and dismissed from the program. The thesis must be approved unanimously by the student's thesis supervising committee and by the Dean of Graduate Studies. Regardless of the outcome of the defense, the thesis defense report must be submitted to the Dean of Graduate Studies. When a scheduled defense is postponed or canceled, the Dean of Graduate Studies must receive written notice of this postponement or cancellation.
The thesis must be finalized with the Dean of Graduate Studies by the date specified in the Graduate School Calendar. Upon acceptance of the final copy by the Graduate School, the student will be billed for the required fees as explained in the Tuition and Fees section of this catalog.
Programs for the master's degree must be completed within six years (time in military service excluded) from initial registration in the Graduate School.
Foreign Language Requirement
A reading knowledge of at least one foreign language (classical or modern) is required by some departments or programs for master's degree candidates. Specific language requirements, if any, are given in the individual departmental and program degree descriptions.