M.A. & M.S. Degrees
To define expectations for achievement of the Master of Arts of Master of Science degrees
All master's-level students on the Lawrence and Edwards campuses
A Master of Arts or a Master of Science degree requires at least one year of graduate work or its equivalent. Stated in terms of hours of credit, the standard master’s program requires 30 hours, though some degrees, especially in professional areas, may require as many as 36 or 40 or more. With permission of the department (or in the case of interdepartmental programs, permission of the joint program committee) and of the Graduate Division, it is sometimes possible to complete a 30-hour master’s degree with as few as 24 hours if the student enters the program especially well prepared and maintains a superior grade-point average. Work for a master’s degree is concentrated in the major area, with only a minimal amount of work (usually no more than 6 hours) that is completed at KU permitted outside the major department. Each master’s program must contain a research component, represented either by a thesis (usually for 6 hours of credit) or by an equivalent enrollment in research, independent investigation, or seminars. Within these requirements and well-founded practices, departmental master’s programs may be flexible enough to meet the particular needs of individual students.
In a few cases, the degree is offered through two schools and administered by joint committees from the two faculties. The Master of Arts degree in speech-language pathology and the Master of Arts degree in audiology are administered by an intercampus committee drawn from the Department of Speech-Language-Hearing: Sciences and Disorders in Lawrence and from the Department of Hearing and Speech of the School of Allied Health in Kansas City .
Office of Graduate Studies
03/09/2018: Updated missing required information