Requirements for Compliance with Graduate School Regulations
The following 11 questions will help you know whether you are in compliance with Graduate School regulations.
- Have you been admitted unconditionally to the Graduate School and to the Department of Modern Languages? Have you been admitted on provisional status?
If your answer is 'no,' then you must fulfill any requirements this semester for a transfer to unconditional status. When you have met the conditions, you need to notify the Graduate Advisor with the documentation and if applicable (test scores, for example) to demonstrate that you have met them. If this is not done, you may find it impossible to register for the following semester and may have to reapply to the program.
- Have you been admitted on probationary status?
If your answer is 'yes,' then you may not earn a grade lower than a "B" during your first twelve hours of graduate work.
- Have you taken the GRE exam?
If you have not taken the GRE exam, you must take it during the first semester of course work if you wish to be admitted unconditionally to the Graduate School. Continuation of graduate student status is contingent upon obtaining an acceptable score on the GRE.
- Are you a degreed undergraduate taking graduate courses?
If so, you have not been admitted to the Graduate School and cannot obtain a Master's degree. If you wish to obtain a Master's degree, you must apply to the Graduate School. Up to 12 hours of work obtained in degreed undergraduate status may be accepted towards the M.A.
- Are you a special student taking graduate courses?
If so, you have not been admitted to the Graduate School and cannot obtain a Master's degree. If you wish to obtain a Master's degree, you must apply to the Graduate School; up to 9 hours of work obtained in special student status may be accepted towards the M.A.
- Have you filed a Tentative Program of Work?
If you have not, you must do so during your first semester of full-time work or not later than the completion of the first 12 hours of graduate work. Forms may be obtained from the Graduate Advisor or the Administrative Assistant in the main MODL office. The forms must by signed by you, by the Graduate Advisor (presently Dr. Toni Sol), and by the Chair of the Committee on Graduate Studies (presently Dr. Jinny Choi) before being sent to the Graduate School for an additional signature.
- Do you wish to graduate this semester?
If so, you must please follow the procedure listed under Deadlines.
- Do you realize that you must demonstrate competence in a foreign language that is not your major and is not English?
When will you do this? When have you done this? The requirement must be fulfilled before taking the MA exam. No exceptions. (You may take MODL 5301 German or French, a test from a qualified person, or 14 hours in a language.)
- Do you realize that you have six years in which to complete the Master's degree?
- Does a grade of D count towards the Master's degree? NO.
In fact, no grade points are awarded for a grade of D. However, the hours are computed in the GPA Thus, a D at the graduate level has the weight of an F at the undergraduate.
Notes (page numbers reference Graduate Catalog ):
- If you are a "special student," you have not been accepted to the Graduate School and, therefore, may not earn a graduate degree. If you apply and are accepted, only nine credit hours under the "special" status may apply towards a degree. (pages 41-42)
- If you are a probationary or provisionally accepted student, you must have the status changed during the following semester. (page 41)
- If you wish to graduate this semester, you must begin filling out paperwork right away. (page 33)
- If you are a student whose native language is not English, you will have to take additional tests. (page 39)