Advancement to Candidacy

To be advanced to candidacy, the student must have:

  1. Achieved classified status;
  2. Completed at least 16 units of coursework required by the program with a grade point average of at least 3.0 ("B");
  3. Filed a program plan approved by the Graduate Coordinator.

Requirements for Graduation

  1. A minimum of 48 quarter units of acceptable graduate-level work in the formal program, with no fewer than 35 completed at this university and with at least 34 units gained from 600-level courses in English. Students must gain approval in advance from the Graduate Coordinator to count 300-, 400- or 500-level courses as electives;
  2. Advancement to candidacy;
  3. A grade point average of at least 3.0 ("B") in all graduate course work and research fulfilling the requirements of the student's concentration and grades of "C" (2.0) or better in all courses in the program;
  4. For students in the English Composition Concentration and English Literature Concentration, demonstrated minimal competence in a language other than English at the level of a foreign language 103 course given by the Department of World Languages and Literatures. Can be fulfilled by one of the following, but note that courses taken to fulfill the language requirement cannot be applied toward any graduate degree unit requirements:
    1. One year of college course work (with a grade of A, B, C, or CR) studying a language other than English,
    2. Passage of a language competency exam in a language other than English at a level of Intermediate (ACTFL Stage 2) or above or equivalent,
  5. For students in the Applied Linguistics and Teaching English as a Second Language Concentration, demonstrated competence in a language other than English. Can be fulfilled by one of the following:
    1. One year of college work (with a grade of A, B, C or CR) studying a language other than English,
    2. Passage of a language competency exam in a language at a level of Intermediate (ACTFL Stage 2) or above or equivalent;
  6. The graduation writing requirement is met upon successful completion of the thesis or comprehensive examination;
  7. The program must be completed within a seven-year period. No more than seven years may elapse between the time of registration for the earliest course listed on the program and the completion of all requirements for the degree. Students who have taken any required or elective course that expires because it exceeds this seven-year limitation will be required to retake the course or its equivalent as designated by the Graduate Coordinator, regardless of the grade originally earned. Petitions to waive this requirement will not be approved.

    Note: Students interested in pursuing dual concentrations should contact the Graduate Coordinator about dual concentration requirements.

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