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    University of Houston
   
 
  Nov 25, 2017
 
 
    
2016-2017 Graduate Catalog [Not Current Academic Year. Consult with Your Academic Advisor for Your Catalog Year]

Graduate Degree Requirements: College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics


Colleges  > College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics  > Graduate Degree Requirements: College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Specific Degree Requirements

 


General Requirements

In accordance with University policies, the College requires that graduate students have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 in order to graduate.  Students who have received 12 hours of U grades and/or grades of C+ or lower are not eligible to receive a graduate degree.  Students may need to fulfill specific prerequisite requirements for their degree program, and are encouraged to visit the departmental web sites for this information.  Students who need to make any changes to their major or degree plan will need to submit a Graduate Petition form that requires the approval of their Department and the College.

Master of Art Degree

Degree Requirements

The M.A. degree is designed for the professional scientist who wishes to focus on excellence in training rather than excellence in research.

This 33 hour program requires:

  • 15 hours in a discipline with at least 9 hours at the 5000 or above level; and
  • A minimum of 15 hours in approved areas with at least 9 hours at the 5000 or above level; and
  • A minimum of three hours in a special problem or tutorial.

While not all NSM Departments currently offer the M.A. option, interested applicants are encouraged to contact individual departments for further information.

The M.A. programs are viewed as terminal degree programs.

Master of Science Degree

Degree Requirements

The Master of Science (M.S.) degree will be awarded after students have successfully completed requirements specified in one of the two following plans:

Plan I: Thesis Option

Students may satisfy degree requirements by completing a minimum of 30 approved semester hours, no more than nine of which, with specific departmental approval, may be at the advanced undergraduate level, and no more than six of which may be undergraduate hours in the major department.  At least three, but not more than six, semester hours of the Master’s Thesis course and a thesis acceptable to the department and the College must be completed.  At the option of the department, a qualifying and/or final comprehensive examination may be required.

Students who complete a thesis as part of their degree requirements must specify a thesis committee and have the names on file in the Office of the Dean at least one semester prior to their graduation.  The committee must consist of a minimum of two faculty members who have their primary appointment within the major department and one approved member external to the major department from industry or academia who is acceptable to the department and approved by the college.  A faculty member with a joint appointment in the major department is considered as an outside member unless he/she chairs the committee.  In this case, an additional external member outside the major department is required.  After these minimum requirements for committee members are satisfied, additional committee members may be approved from industry or academia, but 50% of the committee must be tenured/tenure-track faculty at the University of Houston.  Research faculty or instructional faculty may serve on thesis committees but not chair the committees.  However, a research professor may serve as a co-advisor with a tenured/tenured-track faculty.

Plan II: Non-thesis Option

In some departments, students may satisfy degree requirements by completing a minimum of 36 approved semester hours, no more than nine of which, with specific departmental approval, may be at the advanced undergraduate level and no more than six of which may be special problems courses.  At the option of the department, a qualifying examination and/or final comprehensive examination may be required.

Doctor of Philosophy Degree

Degree Requirements

Award of the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree signifies that the recipient has acquired a broad knowledge of the discipline and has demonstrated, by successful completion of an acceptable dissertation, research competence meeting the discipline’s national standards.  The Ph.D. program requires a minimum of one academic year of full-time residence; enrollment in at least three semester hours of the Doctoral Dissertation course; and successful completion of examinations in the discipline, at the discretion of the department.   A minimum enrollment of 24 or 54 semester hours is required for students who hold a Master’s degree or only a Bachelor’s degree, respectively.

Doctoral students’ dissertation committees must be comprised of a minimum of four members to include three faculty members who have their primary appointment within the major department and one approved member external to the major department from industry or academia who is acceptable to the department and approved by the college.  A faculty member with a joint appointment in the major department is considered as an outside member unless he/she chairs the committee.  In this case, an additional external member outside the major department is required.  After these minimum requirements for committee members are satisfied, additional committee members may be approved from industry or academia, but 50% of the committee must to be tenured/tenure-track faculty at the University of Houston.  Research faculty or instructional faculty may serve on dissertation committees, but not chair the committees.  However, a research professor may serve as a co-advisor with a tenured/tenure-track faculty.  Candidates must specify a dissertation committee and have the names on file in the Office of the Dean at least one semester prior to their graduation.