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Master's Final Exams

Applies to: 

All Lawrence/Edwards Campus Graduate students

Policy Statement: 

A final general examination or defense of the thesis or culminating master’s project in the major subject is required of all candidates for the Master of Arts or Master of Science. The degree program and the Graduate Division should ascertain that the graduate student is in good academic standing (3.0 or higher grade-point average) before scheduling the final general examination or thesis defense.


At the option of the department, this examination may be oral or written, or partly oral and partly written. In some departments, passing a written examination is a necessary preliminary to taking the oral examination by which success or failure is judged.


Master’s examinations are administered by a committee of at least three members of the Graduate Faculty.


The examination is held during the semester of the student’s final enrollment in course work. The thesis defense should be held when the thesis has been substantially completed.


The department’s request to schedule the general examination must be made on or before the date set by the Graduate Division, normally a minimum of two weeks before the examination date.


Students earning a master’s thesis degree must have completed at least one hour of thesis enrollment before the master’s degree may be awarded. See www.graduate.ku.edu for information and requirements for submitting the thesis electronically.


Office of Graduate Studies


Approved on: 
Friday, June 12, 2009
Effective on: 
Friday, June 12, 2009
Review Cycle: 
Annual (As Needed)
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