Masters Degree

  • RESIDENCE REQUIREMENT – After admission to a degree program, at least 24 semester hours in residence must be completed under the auspices of The University of Iowa. RESIDENCE CREDIT IS NOT ALLOWED FOR COURSE WORK COMPLETED WHILE ON NON-DEGREE/NON-DEPARTMENTAL STATUS.
  • Courses taken ten or more years prior to the comprehensive examination must be updated if they are to be included on the Plan of Study. Contact your advisor of the Office of Student Services regarding the update procedure. Course work over ten years old which has not been verified by an update letter must be deleted from the Plan of Study.
  • Students must be registered during the session in which the degree is to be conferred. Registration in a guided independent course may satisfy this requirement however the carry-over of a mark of “Incomplete” may not be considered as having satisfied the registration policy.

For additional information regarding any of the above, please refer to the Graduate College Manual of Rules and Regulations at www.grad.uiowa.edu, OR contact the Office of Student Services, N310 Lindquist Center, 335-5260.

COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATIONS – The Office of Student Services schedules the
comprehensive exams each session. Please stop by this office for application materials the session before you plan to take the exams.

Upon completion of your current degree objective, you must file in the Office of Student Services a Request for Change of Graduate College Status if you wish to take additional course work in the College of Education.

Specialist In Education (Ed.S.)

  • Of the minimum of 60 semester hours required for the degree, at least 30 semester hours must be earned while registered in The University of Iowa Graduate College, and after formal program admission. For example, the academic registration requirement cannot be fulfilled by coursework completed under the non-degree or non-departmental student classification or with transfer credit. A student must be registered in the semester in which (s)he earns her/his degree.
  • Courses taken ten or more years prior to the comprehensive examination must be updated if they are to be included on the Plan of Study. Contact your advisor of the Office of Student Services regarding the update procedure. Course work over ten years old which has not been verified by an update letter must be deleted from the Plan of Study.
  • This is a non-thesis degree program. Please identify it as such when completing the Plan of Study.
  • Students must be registered during the session in which the degree is to be conferred.
  • A copy of the signed certificate page should be submitted to the Office of Student Services by the College of Education deadline. The certificate page must be signed by at least the directors(s) of the Ed.S. Research Project and submitted as a first page of the project.

For additional information regarding any of the above please refer to the Graduate College section of the general University Catalog or reprint thereof, OR contact the Office of Student Services, N310 Lindquist Center, 335-5260.

COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATIONS – The Office of Student Services schedules the comprehensive examinations each session. Please stop by this office for application materials the session before you plan to take the exams.

Doctoral Degree

Academic Registration Requirement

  • Student registration should reflect accurately the amount and kind of work undertaken in the Graduate College. The Ph.D., D.M.A., and DNP are granted primarily on the basis of achievement, and engagement with one’s discipline is an important part of achieving quality in a dissertation. The purpose of the registration requirement is to promote a high level of intellectual and scholarly activity at The University of Iowa. These requirements foster intensive, concentrated engagement with the faculty members and graduate students in a student's program.
  • All doctoral programs will contain a minimum of 72 semester hours of graduate work. Of those 72 semester hours, at least 39 must be earned while registered in The University of Iowa Graduate College, and after formal program admission. For example, the academic registration requirement cannot be fulfilled by coursework completed under the non-degree or non-departmental student classification or with transfer credit.
  • A student must be registered in the semester in which he/she earns his/her degree.

REDUCTION OF OLD CREDITS

  • Courses taken ten or more years prior to the comprehensive must be updated if they are to be included on the Doctoral Plan of Study. Contact your advisor or the Office of Student Services regarding the update procedure.
  • Course work over ten years old, which has not been verified by an update letter, must be deleted from the Plan of Study.

COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATIONS

  • The Office of Student Services schedules the comprehensive examinations for doctoral students once each session. Application materials and instructions are available in this office and should be obtained the session prior to examination.
  • Students must be registered during the session of comprehensive examinations and each semester after passing the exam through the session in which the degree is awarded. This excludes summer session when students make no use of University resources unless the degree is conferred during a summer session.

DISSERTATION DEFENSE

  • Students must present themselves for their dissertation defense no later than five years after passing the comprehensive examination. Application materials are available in the Office of Student Services. (Change in Plan of Study forms are also available if necessary.)
  • Application must be made 2 weeks prior to the defense date and by the College of Education deadline established for that session. See the Graduate Comprehensive Examinations page for the application (Information for Request for Final Exam) form.

After receipt of the degree, you must file a Change of Graduate College Status in the Office of Student Services if you wish to take additional course work in the College of Education.

Feel free to contact the Office of Student Services, N310 Lindquist Center, 335-5260 if you have any questions regarding these requirements.