Step-by-Step Graduation, Masters
Step-by-Step Toward Graduation - Masters
Each step toward graduation must be approved and recorded in the College of Education Graduate Studies Office.
Master of Arts, M.A. (thesis or non-thesis option)
Master of Education, M.Ed. (non-thesis only)
All forms submitted in support of graduation will require an approval of the advisor and the Program Director of Graduate Studies. Completed forms are to be submitted to the Student Services Graduate Studies Office, room 1204 Benjamin Building for review and approval of the Associate Dean of the College of Education.
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Continuous registration is required each fall and Spring semester. Summer registration is required if you are advising with your adviser or using University facilities. if you are advising with your adviser or using University facilities, or graduating in August). Newly admitted students must register in the semester of admission in order to validate the admission offer
Registration is required in the semester of graduation, including one of the summer sessions if graduating in August.
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Consult with your advisor to develop your program of study using the Master's Approved Program Form (MAPF)
Some master’s programs (thesis and non-thesis) in the College of Education require a comprehensive examination or a comparable product at the discretion of the program. Programs determine the requirement of the comprehensive examination and also determine what constitutes a comprehensive examination. Comprehensive examinations are developed and administered by the student's Program. Students should check directly with their Program Graduate Coordinator for applications, processes, and deadlines.
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At the University, all research that involves the use of human subjects requires review and approval by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) prior to the initiation of the research. Researchers should review the IRB web page for regulations and application forms. All researchers are required to complete CITI Training as a condition of IRB approval. Be sure to click on “Registration and CITI Linking Guidance” on the IRB web page.
Consult with your advisor regarding the Program’s research course requirement(s). Some Programs require EDMS 645, Quantitative Research Methods I, while others require an approved substitute. If you believe that you have taken an equivalent course previously, outside of the University of Maryland, consult with your advisor to see if he or she is willing to support a request for an equivalency review by the EDMS Program.
Graduate students admitted to the Graduate School, College of Education, must make satisfactory progress in meeting programmatic requirements, must demonstrate the ability to succeed in his or her course of studies or research, and must attain performance minima. Please check with your Program to obtain satisfactory progress requirements. Please note that your Program requirements and deadlines may exceed those established by the Graduate School and/or College of Education.
Foundational Competencies Policy/College of Education Technical Standards
Request the transfer or inclusion of any course work that you may have taken from:
Complete and submit the Transfer or Inclusion of Credit form. Criteria for the transfer of credits is listed on the form.
Transfer coursework beyond 5-years of the degree program at the University of Maryland may not be used.
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File the required forms by the published deadlines in Important Dates. Please keep in mind that all forms must be advisor and program approved prior to submission to the Graduate Student Services Office in Education, so allow extra time to meet the deadlines.
Master of Arts (non-thesis) program must reflect a minimum of 30 credit hours (departments may require more). Of the 30 credit hours, 18 credit hours must be at the 600 level or above, including EDMS 645, a College approved substitute (or equivalency form on file).
The Master of Education program must reflect a minimum of 30 credit hours (Programs may require more). Of the 30 credit hours, 15 credit hours must be at the 600 level or above, including EDMS 645, or a Program approved substitute (or equivalency form on file).
Courses numbered at the 300-level may not be listed or used toward the graduate program. Courses numbered at the 400-level must be approved for graduate credit and appear in the Graduate Catalog in order to be listed or used toward the graduate program.
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Non-thesis degree option
Thesis degree option
Nomination of Thesis or Dissertation Committee
The Graduate School formally approves and appoints the committee to which the student defends the final thesis or dissertation. This form must be submitted by the deadline in the semester in which the student intends to graduate, or six weeks prior to the final oral defense, whichever is sooner to the College Graduate Studies Office. An oral defense may not be held without the formal approval of the committee by the Graduate School. Committee construction must meet the Graduate School criteria. Committee construction criteria are listed on the form. All members of the committee must be in physical attendance at the oral defense. If one member of the committee finds it necessary to attend from a remote site,special permission for remote participation) must be requested of the Graduate School.
The members of the Thesis Examining Committee should receive the thesis at least seven working days before the scheduled defense. Should the Thesis Examining Committee deem it reasonable and appropriate, it may require submission of the thesis more than ten working days in advance of the defense.
Note: Refer to the Graduate Catalog for Graduate School requirements applicable to all master’s degrees.
The College of Education will request graduates to file an Exit Survey in the semester of graduation. Graduates will receive, by e-mail, instructions, and passwords in order to file the survey on-line. This survey information is used to determine how education programs can be improved. Your participation in the survey is important to the College as it enables us to evaluate our strengths and weaknesses. More importantly, this survey gives you the opportunity to assess your professional competence and to evaluate the University of Maryland's performance in preparing this important endeavor.
If you are a graduating international student and are on an F-1 Visa, you must comply with Sevis Regulations that are monitored by the International Student and Scholar Services Office on campus. As part of the regulations, you must file the F-1 Exit Plan Form before you complete your program requirements. This form will require your advisor's signature