The minimum requirement for the master’s degree is the satisfactory completion of total credit hours required by the department which have been submitted as a Graduate Plan of Study and approved by the Dean of Graduate Studies and by the student’s adviser.
All master’s students must complete a graduate project depending on the program of study. The project may be (1) a thesis, (2) a graduate research project report, portfolio, or exhibit, or (3) two file papers.
Certification that the graduate project requirement has been met must be filed at the College of Graduate Studies 30 calendar days prior to graduation. Forms for this purpose are available from the College of Graduate Studies. It is the student’s responsibility to see that the documentation is filed through the department.
1. Thesis: A graduate student who has 12 or more graduate credit hours and who has been accepted as a candidate for the master’s degree is eligible to undertake a thesis in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree. A student desiring to present a thesis should outline such plans in writing for approval by his or her adviser. The head of the department in which credit will be received for the thesis will, in consultation with the adviser, appoint a chair and two additional faculty members to serve on the student’s thesis committee. The chair will have active direction on the thesis. A thesis may carry up to eight semester hours of credit in all programs with the exception of the master of fine arts (MFA) in which a thesis carries twelve semester hours of credit. The number of credits permitted in non-MFA programs will be determined by the student’s committee at the time the thesis proposal is approved.
Theses at the graduate level at Northern Michigan University shall be prepared in accordance with the “Guidelines for The Preparation of Master’s Theses.” The Guidelines can be obtained from the department or from the College of Graduate Studies Web site at www.nmu.edu/graduate_studies. All theses are submitted to the Graduate Office in an electronic format. Two signature pages from the thesis must be completely signed and submitted to the College of Graduate Studies. To allow sufficient time for review, the approved document must be electronically submitted no later than 30 calendar days before graduation.
2. Graduate Project Reports and Exhibits: Students completing degree requirements who do not choose to do a thesis are required to write a graduate research project report according to the manual which is available in the College of Graduate Studies.
3. File Papers: Students who do not complete a thesis or research project must write a minimum of two papers according to the following requirements (also check departmental requirements):
Continuous Enrollment Credit: All graduate students who are working on their master's project/thesis and have completed all other credit requirements for their degree (not currently enrolled in any other NMU courses) must remain an "active" student by enrolling in at least one credit each semester of continuous enrollment credit (GD 593, or for those in the Education Specialist program, GD 693) for each consecutive semester until the completion of the project. Students failing to register for these credits will have their request for graduation denied. GD 593 (or GD 693) credits may not be used as electives, nor can they be used to replace required courses listed on their plan of study.
A student holding a master’s degree may earn a second master’s degree in another curriculum or major. Appropriate courses up to a maximum of ten semester hours may be transferred from the first master’s to the second degree program on the recommendation of the adviser for the second degree. These credits must have been earned within the time limit specified above. Students pursuing a second master’s degree must complete a graduate project depending on the program of study, as noted above. The project may be (1) a thesis, (2) a graduate research project report, portfolio or exhibit, or (3) two file papers. Students pursuing a second master’s degree must complete a graduate project depending on the program of study, as noted above. The project may be (1) a thesis, (2) a graduate research project report, portfolio or exhibit, or (3) two file papers.