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The Graduate Council is responsible for oversight of graduate education at the University of Oregon. The council consists of a representative elected committee of twelve faculty members, two students, the vice president for research and graduate studies and dean of the Graduate School, and the associate deans of the Graduate School. The current Graduate Council membership is listed on the Graduate School website.
Advanced Degrees and Certificates
Through the Graduate School, the University of Oregon offers study leading to advanced degrees in the liberal arts and sciences and in the professional areas of architecture and allied arts, business, education, journalism and communication, and music. Program offerings are listed below. The advanced degree or certificate granted is noted next to the degree program. Where no degree is listed, the subject is an area of focus within the college, school, or department.
For information about law degrees, see the School of Law section of this catalog.
Specific program requirements for most of these degrees appear in the departmental sections of this catalog; general requirements of the Graduate School are stated in this section.
College of Arts and Sciences
Anthropology: MA, MS, PhD
- Biological anthropology
- Cultural anthropology
Asian studies: MA
- Southeast Asia
Biology: MA, MS, PhD
- Cell biology
- Developmental biology
- Marine biology
- Molecular biology
- Structural biology
Chemistry: MA, MS, PhD
- Cell biology
- Chemical physics
- Inorganic chemistry
- Materials science
- Molecular biology
- Organic chemistry
- Physical chemistry
- Theoretical chemistry
Comparative literature: MA, PhD
Computer and information science: MA, MS, PhD
Creative writing: MFA
East Asian languages and literatures: MA, PhD
- Chinese literature
- Japanese literature
Economics: MA, MS, PhD
- Applied econometrics
- Economic growth and development
- Environmental economics
- Experimental economics
- Game theory
- Health economics
- Industrial organization
- International economics
- Labor economics
- Public economics
English: MA, PhD
- American literature
- English literature
- Film studies
- Literature and environment
- Literary and critical theory
- Medieval studies
- Poetry and poetics
- Rhetoric and composition
Environmental studies: MA, MS
Environmental sciences, studies, and policy: PhD
Folklore: MA, MS
Geography: MA, MS, PhD
- Behavioral geography
- Cultural geography
- Economic geography
- Environmental change
- Feminist geography
- Geographic education
- Geographic information science
- Human-environment relations
- Political-ethnic geography
- Quaternary environments
- Regions: Africa, American West, China and East Asia, Europe, Latin America, Middle East, Russia
- Urban geography
Geological sciences: MA, MS, PhD
- Mineral deposits
- Stratigraphy-sedimentary petrology-paleontology
- Structural geology-geophysics, tectonics, volcanology
German and Scandinavian: German: MA, PhD
History: MA, PhD
- Ancient history
- China and Japan
- Europe since 1789
- Europe, 1400–1815
- Latin America
- Medieval Europe
- Southeast Asia
- United States
Human physiology: MS, PhD
- Athletic training
- Cardiovascular physiology
- Environmental physiology
- Exercise physiology
- Motor control
- Muscle metabolism and physiology
- Respiratory physiology
- Women’s health
International studies: MA
Linguistics: MA, PhD
- Descriptive linguistics and language documentation
- Experimental linguistics
- Laboratory phonetics and phonology
- Language and cognition
- Language maintenance and revitalization
Mathematics: MA, MS, PhD
- Differential and algebraic geometry
- Mathematical physics
- Numerical analysis
Philosophy: MA, PhD
Physics: MA, MS, PhD
- Applied physics: MS
- Astronomy, astrophysics, cosmology
- Atomic, molecular, and optical physics
- Condensed-matter physics
- Elementary-particle physics
- Fluid and superfluid mechanics
Political science: MA, MS, PhD
- Comparative politics
- Formal theory and methodology
- International relations
- Political theory
- Public policy
- United States politics
Psychology: MA, MS, PhD
- Social and personality
Romance languages: MA, PhD
- French: MA
- Italian: MA
- Spanish: MA
Russian and East European studies: MA, certificate
Sociology: MA, MS, PhD
- Labor, organization, and political economy
- Quantitative and qualitative methods of data collection and analysis
- Race and ethnicity
- Sex and gender
- Social demography
Theater arts: MA, MS, MFA, PhD
Women’s and gender studies: certificate
Professional Schools and Colleges
School of Architecture and Allied Arts
Architecture: MArch, PhD
- Interior architecture: MIArch
- Ecological design: certificate
- Technical teaching in architecture: certificate
- Digital arts
- Metalsmithing and jewelry
Art history: MA, PhD
- Architectural history
- Ancient art
- Medieval art
- Renaissance-baroque art
- Modern art
- Asian art
Arts and administration
- Arts management: MA, MS
- Community arts
- Media management
- Performing arts management
- Museum studies: certificate
Historic preservation: MS
- Management of cultural resources
- Preservation theory, design, and technology
- Resource identification and evaluation
Landscape architecture: MLA, PhD
- Design theory
- Landscape history
- Landscape planning
- Landscape ecology
Planning, public policy and management
- Community and regional planning: MCRP
- Nonprofit management: MNM
- Nonprofit management: certificate
- Oregon leadership in sustainability: certificate
- Public administration: MPA
Charles H. Lundquist College of Business
Accounting: M.Actg., PhD
Decision sciences: MA, MS, PhD
Finance: MA, MS, PhD
Management: MA, MS, PhD
- Business: MBA
Marketing: MA, MS, PhD
College of Education
Communication disorders: certificate
Communication disorders and sciences: MA, MS, MEd, PhD
Continuing administrator–superintendent: certificate
Counseling, family, and human services: MA, MS, MEd
- Couples and family therapy
Counseling psychology: DEd, PhD
Critical and sociocultural studies in education: PhD
Curriculum and teacher education: MS
Curriculum and teaching: MEd
Early childhood: certificate
Early childhood–elementary special education: certificate
Early intervention–early childhood special education: certificate
Educational leadership: MA, MS, MEd, DEd, PhD
English speakers other languages: certificate
English speakers other languages—bilingual: certificate
Initial administrator: certificate
Integrated teaching: certificate
Interdisciplinary studies: teaching: one subject: MA inactive
Middle-secondary education: certificate
Middle-secondary special education: certificate
Music education: certificate
Reading education teaching: certificate inactive
School psychology: MA, MS, MEd, PhD, certificate
Special education: MA, MS, MEd, DEd, PhD
Special education: rehabilitation: DEd, PhD
School of Journalism and Communication
Communication ethics: certificate
Journalism: MA, MS
- Literary nonfiction inactive
Journalism: magazine: MA, MS
Journalism: multimedia: MA, MS
Journalism: news-editorial: MA, MS
Strategic communication: MA, MS
School of Law
Conflict and dispute resolution: MA, MS
School of Music and Dance
Dance: MA, MS, MFA
- Intermedia music technology: MMus
- Music composition: MMus, DMA, PhD
- Music: conducting: MMus (Choral, orchestral, wind ensemble)
- Music education: MMus, PhD
- Musicology: MA, PhD
- Music: jazz studies: MMus
- Music performance: MMus, DMA (Collaborative piano, multiple woodwinds or brass instruments, violin and viola performance and pedagogy)
- Music: piano pedagogy: MMus
- Music theory: MA, PhD
Interdisciplinary studies: applied information management: MS
Interdisciplinary studies: individualized program: MA, MS
Students who want to earn a second bachelor’s degree should not apply to the Graduate School. They should request an application for postbaccalaureate nongraduate student status from the Office of Admissions, 1217 University of Oregon, Eugene OR 97403-1217; telephone 541-346-3201.
Students who want to earn a graduate degree or graduate certificate are admitted to the Graduate School in accordance with the procedures described below.
To be admitted to the Graduate School for the purpose of seeking a graduate degree or graduate certificate or for enrolling in a formal nondegree graduate program, a student must be a graduate of an accredited four-year college or university and must be accepted by the professional school or major department in which he or she proposes to study.
Students seeking certificates or advanced degrees are classified as follows:
- Graduate postbaccalaureate
- Graduate premaster’s
- Graduate conditional master’s
- Graduate master’s
- Graduate postmaster’s
- Graduate conditional doctoral
- Graduate doctoral
- Graduate postdoctoral
A student from an unaccredited institution, or one that offers the equivalent of bachelor’s degree instruction but not the degree itself, may in rare cases be considered for admission under special procedures. More information is available from the Graduate School.
The university’s schools and departments determine their own requirements for graduate admission. Students should become familiar with these requirements before applying and address inquiries about graduate admission to the department or school in which they plan to study, not to the Graduate School or to the Office of Admissions.
Initial admission may be either conditional or unconditional. If a conditionally accepted student has not been granted unconditional admission after the completion of 36 credits of graduate course work, the Graduate School may ask why and recommend that a decision on the student’s status be made as soon as possible.
A former University of Oregon student must be admitted formally to the Graduate School in the same way as a student from any other college or university.
A student who has been admitted to a graduate program and wants to change his or her major must apply for admission to the new department.
Students must pay a nonrefundable $50 fee when applying for admission. This fee is waived for applicants who have previous enrollment in a UO graduate degree program or who are currently enrolled in such a program and are applying to a different graduate program.
Students seeking admission to the Graduate School must submit an online application. Links may be found on each department’s or school’s website. Official transcripts from all colleges or universities from which the student has received a bachelor’s or advanced degree must be sent to the Office of Admissions.
Transcripts of all college work, both undergraduate and graduate, must be sent to the department or professional school of the university in which the applicant plans to study. The applicant may also be asked to submit materials such as transcripts of test scores (e.g., Graduate Record Examinations, Miller Analogies Test), evidence of foreign-language proficiency, and letters of reference. The applicant should ascertain from the school or department what additional materials, if any, are expected and send them directly to the department. In some cases, these materials will be collected electronically as part of the online application.
Admission for Graduate Postbaccalaureate Study. An applicant with a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent from an accredited institution who wants to take graduate course work, but does not intend to pursue a specific graduate degree, must submit the official application form and an official transcript from the college or university from which he or she received the bachelor’s degree and any subsequent advanced degrees to the Graduate School. (University of Oregon graduates do not need to send an official transcript to the Graduate School.) Graduate postbaccalaureate status is a nondegree classification. A satisfactory record is a major influence in allowing reenrollment. Credits earned by postbaccalaureate students are recorded on the student's transcript. For more information see Other Graduate Classifications below under General Requirements and Policies.
Applicants who are not United States citizens or immigrants are considered for admission to the university as international students.
Proficiency in the English language is vital to the academic success of international students. Students whose native language is not English must supply results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination as part of the application process. For the TOEFL, the institutional minimum score requirements are 575 on the paper-based TOEFL or 88 on the Internet-based TOEFL. The minimum IELTS (academic module) overall band score for graduate admission is 7.0. Academic departments may require a higher score. For information on taking the TOEFL, please visit www.ets.org; for the IELTS, www.ielts.org; or contact the testing office in the University Counseling and Testing Center, 541-346-3230.
International students who want instruction in English as a second language before beginning their studies at the University of Oregon or another university in the United States may enroll in the American English Institute. For more information, write to the American English Institute, 5212 University of Oregon, Eugene OR 97403-5212, USA, or visit aei.uoregon.edu.
International students must carry health and accident insurance for themselves and their dependent family members living in the United States. Students’ insurance policies must meet the minimum University of Oregon health insurance requirements. These requirements may be met by purchasing the health insurance sponsored by the Associated Students of the University of Oregon. This plan may be purchased during the registration process. Questions about the minimum requirements should be directed to the International Student Advisor, Office of International Affairs, 5209 University of Oregon, Eugene OR 97403-5209; telephone 541-346-3206.
Course Numbering System
Courses that offer graduate-level work in classes that may also include undergraduate students.
Graduate courses for graduate students only.
Except in the School of Music and Dance, courses of a highly technical nature that count toward a professional degree only, not toward advanced academic degrees such as an MA, MS, or PhD Both 600- and 700-level courses with the MUP subject code denote graduate courses that apply toward advanced academic degrees in the School of Music and Dance.
Graduate and professional courses that may be repeated for credit under the same number.
General Requirements and Policies
Course Registration Requirements and Limits
A graduate student may register for up to 16 credits of graduate or undergraduate course work. Registration in excess of this level, up to a maximum of 18 credits, requires payment of additional fees for each extra credit. During summer session, graduate students are limited to a maximum of 16 credits. Minimum registration is 3 graduate credits a term.
International students should request information from the International Affairs office about Immigration and Naturalization Service regulations and minimum credit requirements.
Graduate students working toward an advanced degree must be enrolled continuously until all degree requirements are completed (see Continuous Enrollment). Furthermore, students who use faculty assistance, services, or facilities must register each term for at least 3 graduate credits to compensate for usage. This includes students who are taking only comprehensive or final examinations or presenting recitals or terminal projects.
In the term in which a degree is granted, the student must register for at least 3 graduate credits. If the student is completing a master’s degree thesis in this final term, registration must include 1 to 3 credits in Thesis (503). If a doctoral dissertation is being completed, registration must include at least 3 credits in Dissertation (603).
Students living elsewhere while writing a thesis or dissertation and sending chapters to an advisor for feedback must register for a minimum of 3 graduate credits a term; they should register for thesis or dissertation credits.
Various on- and off-campus agencies and offices have their own course-load requirements. For example, some agencies that offer student loans set registration requirements. The Office of the Registrar can only certify the number of credits for which a student has officially registered. Because the minimum registration requirements for the Graduate School may not satisfy some agency requirements, it is the student’s responsibility to register for the required number of credits.
Course Enrollment for Faculty and Staff Members
Faculty and staff members who want to take graduate courses should refer to the UO Faculty Handbook or UO Staff Handbook for information about regulations and fees. Officers of administration are subject to faculty policy.
Faculty members (including officers of administration) may not pursue an advanced degree in the department in which they hold an appointment. To pursue a degree in another department, they must submit a petition to the dean of the Graduate School for approval. More information about the petition process is available on the Graduate School website.
Graduate students at the university may, with advisor and departmental approval, take graduate courses at any of the other institutions in the Oregon University System. A student registers for these courses with the University of Oregon registrar, who records each grade on the academic record under Joint-Campus Course (JC 610). The student must be a matriculated UO graduate student in an advanced degree program and registered for UO courses the same term the JC 610 course is taken. A maximum of 15 credits may be applied toward a graduate degree program. Joint campus course work counts toward the 24 graded credits required for the master’s degree. Forms are available in the Office of the Registrar.
WICHE Regional Graduate Programs
The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) coordinates a graduate exchange program, the Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP), to enable students from Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming to apply for admission to selected professional programs and, if admitted, to be treated as resident students for tuition purposes.
The University of Oregon has a WRGP program in historic preservation. For information, write to the listed coordinator: MS in historic preservation—Kingston Heath, School of Architecture and Allied Arts, 5249 University of Oregon, Eugene OR 97403-5249, or visit hp.uoregon.edu.
WGRP certification must be renewed each academic year. The form is available on the Historic Preservation Program website.
Graduate students must maintain at least a 3.00 grade point average (GPA) in graduate courses taken in the degree program. Grades of D+ or less for graduate courses are not accepted for graduate credit but are computed in the GPA. Similarly, the grade of N (no pass) is not accepted for graduate credit. A grade of pass (P) must be equal to or better than a B–.
A GPA below 3.00 at any time during a graduate student’s studies or the accumulation of more than 5 credits of N or F grades—regardless of the GPA—is considered unsatisfactory. The dean of the Graduate School, after consultation with the student’s home department, may drop the student from the Graduate School, thus terminating the student’s degree program.
Other Graduate Classifications
A student not seeking a graduate degree may be classified as a graduate student doing graduate-level work as follows:
- postbaccalaureate graduate
- nonadmitted Community Education Program
- nonadmitted summer session
Credits earned in these classifications are recorded on the student’s transcript.
Up to 15 graduate credits earned under one or more of the above classifications may later be counted in a master’s degree program if endorsed by the school or department and approved by the Graduate School. These credits fall within the 15-credit maximum of transfer credit allowed for a 45-credit master’s degree program. Approved credits may be used to meet relevant university degree requirements.
Graduate students must convert an incomplete (I) received for a graduate course to a passing grade within one calendar year of the assignment of the incomplete.
Students may request more time for the removal of the incomplete by submitting a petition for approval by the dean of the Graduate School. The petition must be signed by the instructor and state the course requirements that were not initially completed. Prerequisites for allowance of additional time include, but are not limited to, enrollment in a current term, adherence to the seven-year time allocation, and a minimal remaining quantity of work. This policy does not apply to incompletes assigned to Thesis (503), Research (601), Dissertation (603), and Terminal Project (609). Thesis and dissertation credits are automatically converted when the thesis or dissertation is completed and accepted by the Graduate School. Research and terminal project credits are converted after the instructor submits a supplementary grade report to the Office of the Registrar. Incompletes that remain on the academic record after the degree is completed may not be removed.
Unless leave status has been approved, a student in an advanced degree or graduate certificate program must remain in continuous enrollment at the university, taking at least 3 graduate credits each term, until all the program’s requirements have been completed. Registration for summer session is not required unless the student is using university facilities or faculty or staff services. Failure to maintain continuous enrollment effectively withdraws the student from graduate status. See Permission to Reregister.
On-Leave or In Absentia Status
A graduate student interrupting a study program for one or more terms, excluding summer session, must register for on-leave or in absentia status to ensure a place upon return. Only graduate students in good standing are eligible for on-leave or in absentia status.
The Graduate School must receive the application by the last registration day—as noted in the class schedule—of the term the leave begins. Leave status is granted for a specified period that may not exceed three academic terms, excluding summer session. Students with approved leave status need not pay fees. However, students must register and pay fees if they use university facilities or faculty or staff services during the on-leave term.
A master’s degree student who attends the university only during summer session must obtain on-leave status for each ensuing school year. These summer students also must complete all degree requirements within the seven-year time limit. Master’s degree candidates, except summer-only students, may apply for a maximum of three academic terms of on-leave status during the course of study for the degree.
Doctoral candidates may apply for a maximum of three academic terms of on-leave status prior to advancement to candidacy, and they may apply for a maximum of three academic terms of in absentia status after advancement to candidacy. See Continuous Enrollment under Doctoral Degrees.
Permission to Reregister
A graduate student who fails to maintain continuous enrollment or obtain on-leave status is required to file a Permission to Reregister in the Graduate School form and a petition for reinstatement. The petition is reviewed by the student’s home department and the Graduate School. This procedure is equivalent to a new admission, and the petitioner may be required to meet departmental admission policies and degree completion requirements that are in effect on the date of reenrollment.
Review of the Permission to Reregister form may result in a change of residency status from resident to nonresident. More information is available from the residency officer in the Office of Admissions.
When reregistration is approved, a master’s candidate may be required to register for the equivalent of 3 credits for each term he or she has stopped out. If the accumulated credits total more than 16, the student may be required to enroll in more than one term of increased registration. In some cases, doctoral candidates will be required to register for a new year of residency—three consecutive terms of at least 9 graduate credits in each term—and/or retake the comprehensive examinations if completed prior to stopping out.
Each graduate degree at the University of Oregon has a residency requirement that dictates how much of the work required for that degree must be completed at the University of Oregon. Please refer to the Master's Degrees and Doctoral Degrees sections below for details about residency requirements for each type of degree.
Waiver of Regulations
Graduate students may file a petition requesting exemption from any academic requirement. The petition must first be submitted to the academic department for review and supporting statement. The Graduate School then reviews the educational purpose the regulation in question was designed to serve. Petitions are seldom granted if the only reason given is to save the student from inconvenience or expense.
Graduate School petition forms are available on the Graduate School’s website.
Graduate Tuition, Fees, and Financial Aid
Tuition and Fees
The University of Oregon has differential graduate tuition. Below is a list of the full-time annual tuition for the 2010–11 academic year. The first dollar amount listed is resident tuition; the second is nonresident tuition. Please refer to the tuition schedule on the Office of the Registrar’s website to verify official amounts.
College of Arts and Sciences
- $13,383, $19,350
School of Architecture and Allied Arts
- Architecture, art: $14,665, $20,646
- All other A&AA majors: $14,112, $20,091
Lundquist College of Business
- Doctoral programs: $13,383, $19,350
- Accounting (MActg): $15,894, $21,618
- General business (MBA): $16,446, $22,296
College of Education
- Communication disorders and sciences (doctoral), critical and sociocultural studies in education, educational leadership: $14,862, $20,559
- Counseling psychology, curriculum and teacher education, curriculum and teaching, school psychology, special education: $15,888, $21,585
- Communication disorders and sciences (master’s); counseling, family, and human services: $17,535, $23,232
School of Journalism and Communication
- $13,833, $19,800
School of Law
- Conflict and dispute resolution: $17,541, $23,265
School of Music and Dance
- $13,833, $19,800
Fellowships and Financial Aid
One purpose of scholarship and fellowship support provided by the UO Graduate School is to enhance the diversity of the graduate student population by seeking talented students from groups historically underrepresented in graduate education. Broadening the talent pool from which graduate students are chosen enriches the educational and scholarly activities of all students and faculty members and is good academic practice. By bringing diverse individuals together to engage in intellectual activities, graduate programs engender respect for intellect, regardless of source, and help to build a community whose members are judged by the quality of their ideas.
At the University of Oregon, financial aid is available through graduate teaching and research fellowships (GTFs), training grant stipends, scholarships, work-study, loans, and part-time jobs. GTFs are available to qualified graduate students who are enrolled in the Graduate School and who have been admitted to an advanced degree program. Inquire at the department for specific application deadlines. Fellowship awards are based on the student’s potential as a graduate student. All GTFs—research, teaching, and administrative—are represented by the Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation (GTFF), American Federation of Teachers, Local 3544. Recruitment and selection follow established published procedures from departments and the provisions of the GTFF contract. Details of appointment procedures are available from the departments. Reappointment is subject to departmental policy but is always contingent upon making satisfactory progress toward the degree.
Teaching Fellowships. Nearly all the schools and departments award GTFs. For 2012–13, minimum-level stipends at 0.49 full-time equivalent (FTE) range from $11,989 to $14,059 for the academic year. The minimum appointment is a 0.20 FTE position. GTFs must be enrolled in an advanced degree program and must register for and complete a minimum of 9 graduate credits a term. Credits earned in audited courses do not count. Tuition for up to 16 credits a term, health insurance, and a portion of the fees are paid by the university. Failure to complete the minimum of 9 credits a term may nullify an appointment.
Nonnative speakers of English who accept teaching-related GTF positions must submit a score for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Internet-based test, the Test of Spoken English (TSE), or the Speaking Proficiency English Assessment Kit (SPEAK) to the Graduate School. If a score is not submitted before arrival on campus, the student must take the SPEAK test at the University of Oregon before the first term of appointment.
Individuals scoring less than 26 on the speaking portion of the Internet-based TOEFL or less than 50 on the TSE or SPEAK test must attend language support classes (at no additional charge to the student) and may be limited in the activities they carry out as GTFs.
Research Fellowships. A number of departments and schools employ graduate students to work on research projects under the supervision of faculty members. Funds come from research grants and contracts. Stipends and tuition policy are the same as for graduate students with teaching fellowships. These fellowships may be extended through the summer, thus increasing the total stipend. In addition, some departments have federally supported training grants and consider fellowship applicants for support through these resources.
Fellowships from Other Sources. Graduate students are sometimes eligible for fellowship awards granted by federal agencies and private foundations. Information on internal and external funding opportunities is available on the Graduate School website.
Postdoctoral Fellowships. The University of Oregon participates in several postdoctoral fellowship programs and provides facilities for postdoctoral study under faculty supervision. More information is available from individual schools and departments.
Other Financial Assistance. Some forms of financial aid depend on financial need, defined as the difference between the cost of attending an institution and the amount the student or family can contribute toward these expenses. See the Student Financial Aid and Scholarships section of this catalog for information about available aid and application procedures.
International Students. International students may work on campus during the school year but should not expect to work off campus. Those who hold student (F-1) visas are expected to have sufficient funds for the period of their studies. Their dependents are not usually allowed to work. However, if it is necessary for a dependent to work, students should write for assistance to International Affairs, 5209 University of Oregon, Eugene OR 97403-5209, USA.
International students are eligible for the fellowships described above.
Master’s degree candidates must fulfill the requirements of the Graduate School, which are listed below, and the additional requirements set by the school or department in which the degree is to be awarded. Consult the departmental sections of this catalog for these requirements.
To earn a master’s degree, students must complete an integrated program of study through either a departmental discipline or a program of interdisciplinary studies totaling no fewer than 45 graduate credits. As noted above, some departments require more than 45 credits.
The credits must be taken after admission to the master’s degree program (conditional or unconditional) or approved for transfer (see Transferred Credit below). Of the total, 24 must be in UO-graded courses passed with a grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 or better. A minimum of 30 credits in the major are required for a master’s degree with a departmental major. In addition, at least 9 credits in courses numbered 600–699 must be taken in residence.
Students working toward a 45-credit master’s degree with thesis must register for a minimum of 36 credits of course work and 9 credits in Thesis (503). Credit for thesis is given pass/no pass.
Second Master’s Degree
Students who earned the first master’s degree from the University of Oregon may earn a second master’s degree in another field by taking at least 30 graduate credits, of which 24 must be in courses taken for letter grades, after official admission as a master’s degree candidate in the new major at the university. (This provision does not apply to a second master’s degree in the Interdisciplinary Studies: Individualized Program [IS:IP].) Although the second master’s degree may be permitted with reduced credits, complete records of the student’s graduate-level study must reflect the equivalent of all requirements for completion of the degree as described in the University of Oregon Catalog. Schools and departments may require more than this 30-credit minimum or deny the request. Students pursuing two graduate degrees at the same time must file a concurrent degree form, available on the Graduate School website. If the first master’s degree is from another institution, the second master’s degree program must comply with the standard university master’s degree requirements (a minimum of 45 credits).
Students must complete all work for the master’s degree within seven years, including transferred credits, thesis, the language requirement for an MA, and all examinations. On-leave status does not extend the seven-year deadline.
Residency and Enrollment Requirements
For a master’s degree, the Graduate School requires that a minimum of 30 credits (applicable to degree requirements) be taken at the University of Oregon during at least two terms of study. A second master’s degree also requires a minimum of 30 credits and at least two terms of full-time study at the University of Oregon. Individual schools or departments may have additional residence requirements.
Students enrolled in an advanced degree program must attend the university continuously, except for summers, until all the program’s requirements have been completed, unless on-leave status (maximum of three academic terms) has been approved. In the term the degree is granted, the graduate student must register for at least 3 graduate credits. For more information, see Course Registration Requirements and Limits, Continuous Enrollment, Graduate Residency, and On-Leave Status under General Requirements and Policies.
Graduate Credit from Other Institutions. Graduate credit earned while a graduate student in another accredited graduate school may be counted toward the master’s degree under the following conditions:
- Total transferred credits may not exceed 15 credits in a master’s degree program
- Courses must be relevant to the degree program as a whole
- The student’s home department and the Graduate School must approve the transfer
- Grades earned must be A+, A, A–, B+, B, or P
- The courses may not have been used to satisfy the requirements for another degree
- Transfer courses are subject to the seven-year limit for degree completion
Transferred credit may not be used to meet the requirement of 24 credits in University of Oregon graded graduate courses, nor are they used in computing the UO cumulative GPA.
Reservation of Graduate Credit: Permission to Register for Graduate Credit. An undergraduate student working toward a first bachelor's degree must request permission to register for a graduate-level course. The student must file a form with the Graduate School before the beginning of the term of registration. Two options are available for disposition of course credits:
Option 1. Include the course in requirements for the bachelor’s degree.
Option 2. Reserve the course as graduate credit for consideration by a department after admission as a graduate student. This option is available to seniors only and is limited to a maximum of three graduate courses not exceeding a total of 12 credits.
Registration in a graduate-level course is available to undergraduate students with at least a 3.00 GPA in each of the last three terms of work.
Courses that do not qualify: Credits in Research (601); Supervised Teaching (602); Internship (604); Reading and Conference (605); Field Studies or Special Problems (606); Workshop, Special Topics, or Colloquium (508 or 608); and Practicum, Terminal Project, or Supervised Tutoring (609).
Transfer of Reserved Graduate Credit. Undergraduates who have passed graduate-level courses that have been approved in Option 2 of the Reservation of Graduate Credit process may apply up to 12 credits to a master’s degree (within the overall 15-credit maximum for transfer credit).
Course work taken for letter grades (mid-B or better) and P/N courses, if accompanied by the instructor’s statement that the passing grade was equal to a mid-B or better, is eligible for consideration. If approved, these courses can be used to satisfy relevant university master’s degree requirements. A Request for Transfer of Graduate Credit form (available on the Graduate School’s website) must be filed within two terms of acceptance into a master’s degree program and within two years of earning the bachelor’s degree.
Other University of Oregon Transferred Credit. A maximum of 15 graduate credits earned at the University of Oregon while classified as a graduate postbaccalaureate student, a nonadmitted graduate student enrolled in the Community Education Program or in summer session, or a graduate-certification student may later be counted toward the master’s degree (see Other Graduate Classifications under General Requirements and Policies), pending school or department endorsement and Graduate School approval. This is within the overall 15-credit maximum for transfer credit to a 45-credit master’s degree program. Grades earned must be A+, A, A–, B+, B, or P.
Distinction between MA and MS Degrees
Students pursuing an MA degree must demonstrate competence in a second language. The minimum requirement is the same as that for fulfilling the second-language requirement for the bachelor of arts degree. (See Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in the Registration and Academic Policies section of this catalog.) The student’s major department may establish a higher level of proficiency or a different method of determining that level. Language competence must be demonstrated within the overall seven-year limitation for completion of a master’s degree. There is no language requirement for the MS and professional advanced degrees unless the department so specifies.
Examinations and Thesis
The student’s major school or department may require qualifying, comprehensive, or final examinations or any combination of these. The content and methods of conducting such examinations are the responsibility of the school or department.
In some fields, master’s degree candidates must submit a thesis; in others the thesis is optional. A student who writes a thesis must complete the following procedures:
- Request information from the major school or department about the various steps involved and the standards expected
- Consult the Thesis and Dissertation Style and Policy Manual, available on the Graduate School’s website. Only theses that meet the standards of style and form discussed in that manual are accepted
The advisory committee, appointed by the department, determines the work to be completed in light of the student’s academic background and objectives. The number of committee members is determined by the department. The advisor shall be from the regular faculty, tenured or tenure-track.
See Research Compliance in the Doctoral Degrees section of this catalog.
Summary of Graduate School Requirements
The following outline lists minimum Graduate School requirements for master’s degrees. Specific departmental requirements must also be met before the student is awarded an advanced degree. Credit requirements listed below must be met with graduate credits.
|Language requirement||MA only|
|Minimum thesis credits||9 credits|
|Time limit for program completion||seven years|
|Total credit minimum||45 credits|
|Registration minimum per term||3 credits|
|Minimum graded credits taken in residence||24 credits|
|Minimum 600-level credits in residence||9 credits|
|Minimum credits in major||30 credits|
|Minimum credits in residence||30 credits|
The school or department specifies whether a thesis is mandatory or optional; however, a student writing a thesis must register for at least 9 credits in Thesis (503)
Interdisciplinary Master’s Degree Programs
In addition to specialized graduate work in traditional fields of learning, the university provides opportunities for integrated interdisciplinary studies leading to the MA or the MS degree. These programs are planned according to the individual student’s interests and the established programs of study organized and administered through interdepartmental faculty committees.
Graduate students pursuing a program of interdisciplinary studies may supplement graduate courses offered by the various departments and schools with individualized studies by enrolling under the following course numbers.
Interdisciplinary Studies Courses (IST)
503 Thesis (1–16R)
601 Research: [Topic] (1–16R)
602 Supervised College Teaching (1–5R)
605 Reading and Conference: [Topic] (1–16R)
606 Special Problems: [Topic] (1–16R)
607 Seminar: [Topic] (1–5R)
608 Workshop: [Topic] or Colloquium: [Topic] or Special Topics: [Topic] (1–16R)
609 Terminal Project (1–16R)
610 Experimental Course: [Topic] (1–5R)
A student interested in an interdisciplinary program approved by the Graduate Council should direct inquiries to the appropriate program: applied information management or individualized program. Interdisciplinary programs are described below.
The requirements for an MS degree in interdisciplinary studies are the same as those for a departmental master’s degree, except those requirements relating to primary or secondary fields. For the MA degree, the student must show knowledge of a second language equivalent to satisfactory completion of the second-year college sequence either with the College Level Examination Program test or with adequate undergraduate course work. As with all work for the master’s degree, language competence must be demonstrated within the overall seven-year time limit.
Applied Information Management Program
Linda F. Ettinger, Director
Baker Center, 975 High Street, Suite 110
Eugene OR 97401
Advisory Board and Associates
Janet Cormack, applied information management
Linda F. Ettinger, applied information management
Melinda Geist, Intel Corporation
Curtis D. Lind, Academic Extension
Jane Maitland-Gholson, applied information management
About the Program
The multidisciplinary master’s degree program in applied information management (IS:AIM) is designed to examine the relationship between developments in information technologies and the management of organizations. The degree program, which is only available online, leads to a master of science (MS) degree from the Interdisciplinary Studies Program offered by the Graduate School.
The AIM Program offers innovative graduate study in management education, framed from the perspective that information managers, to be effective, must have more than an understanding of new technologies. To meet the challenges of the future, they must combine knowledge in management, business, and communications within a technological and global context.
Graduate Study in Applied Information Management. To earn a master of science degree in interdisciplinary studies: applied information management online, students must complete 54 credits in four areas: information management, business management, information design, and research.
The admission process is aimed at selecting students with demonstrated potential to become responsible, effective managers. No specific undergraduate major is required. Factors considered for admission include professional experience; letters of recommendation; a letter of purpose; undergraduate grade point average (GPA); and a minimum Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 600 (paper-based) or 100 (Internet-based), or a minimum International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 7.5. The typical student works in a technology-oriented position, has five years professional experience, and has a clear understanding of how the academic program can promote and augment professional goals.
More information, application materials, and a list of required courses are available on the program’s website and from the program coordinator at the AIM office in Eugene.
Applied Information Management Courses (AIM)
405 Reading and Conference: [Topic] (1–5R)
406 Special Problems: [Topic] (1–5R)
407/507 Seminar: [Topic] (1–5R)
408/508 Workshop: [Topic] (1–6R)
410/510 Experimental Course: [Topic] (1–6R)
605 Reading and Conference: [Topic] (1–5R)
606 Special Problems: [Topic] (1–5R)
607 Seminar: [Topic] (1–5R)
608 Workshop: [Topic] (1–6R)
609 Terminal Project (1–6R)
610 Experimental Course: [Topic] (1–6R)
642 Managing Organizations in Technological Environments (3) Examines critical issues in business and provides a framework for redesigning organizations in response to change. Topics include market trends, work-force changes, and environmental conditions.
644 Marketing Management and Planning (3) Investigates the design of a marketing program, nature and behavior of markets, marketing decisions and law, evaluation of marketing efficiency, and issues involving technology.
646 Creating Business Solutions with Technology (3) Methods of aligning information technology planning with corporate goals and objectives. Topics include strategic planning, design and evaluation of technology projects.
654 Information Design and Communication (3) Addresses concepts, vocabulary, tools, and technologies related to the design and preparation of electronically processed and print information that increase attention and understanding.
656 Information Design Trends (3) Examines information design trends as they affect standards from a project manager’s perspective.
665 Project Management (3) Presents theoretical and practical applications of scheduling and project management. Topics include planning, budgeting, and evaluation using project management tools.
668 Information Systems and Management (3) Information systems, how they change, the role of management, and the structure of organizations. Topics include the strategic role of information, managing systems implementation, and end-user computing.
669 Data Management and Communications (3) Concentrates on work-group and organizational data management and communications issues with emphasis on goals and applications. Extensive use of case studies reinforces the concepts.
Interdisciplinary Studies: Individualized Program
The individualized program is the university’s most flexible interdisciplinary program leading to MA and MS degrees. The program is designed for students with specific, well-articulated goals that cannot be reached through established departmental programs. Although flexibility is allowed in program design, the program must be composed of existing graduate courses from approved master’s degree programs in three professional schools, in three departments in the College of Arts and Sciences, or in a combination of three programs from two professional schools and the College of Arts and Sciences.
The Interdisciplinary Studies: Individualized Program (IS:IP) requires a total of at least 54 graduate credits; a minimum of 15 graduate credits in each of the three areas of concentration; and 9 graduate credits for an integrated terminal project or thesis determined by the student and three advisors during the course of study.
Guidelines in the IS:IP program include the following:
- A maximum of 15 credits may be used from practicum, field studies, research, and reading and conference courses. Such credit must be distributed across all three areas of the program
- The terminal project or thesis consists of 9 credits distributed across at least two areas. Credit for this project is earned in Terminal Project (IST 609); credit for the thesis is earned in Thesis (IST 503)
- At least 39 of the 54 minimum credits for the degree must be taken after the candidate is admitted to the IS:IP program
Admission is selective. Acceptance into the program is based on background qualifications, the statement of purpose, and the appropriateness and availability of courses and advisors at the university. An applicant who has been denied admission to a departmental graduate program at the university must have departmental permission to use that department as a program area.
Consent must be obtained in writing from each of the three advisors, indicating their willingness to serve and their approval of the final listing of courses in each of the three areas. One of the three advisors must be designated as chair. Subsequent changes in the program must be approved by both the advisor in the area involved and the IS:IP director. More information about the IS:IP program is available on the Graduate School website.
Doctor of Philosophy
The degree of doctor of philosophy (PhD) requires distinguished achievement in both scholarship and original research. The degree is granted chiefly in recognition of the candidate’s high attainment and ability in a special field of an academic discipline, as shown by work on required examinations and by the preparation of a dissertation. Minimum university and school or department requirements of residence and study must be satisfied. The requirements for PhD degrees established by the Graduate School are given below. Individual programs have additional specific requirements, which are presented in the departmental sections of this catalog.
Residency and Credit Requirements
For the PhD degree, the student must complete at least three years of full-time graduate-level academic work beyond the bachelor’s degree. At least one academic year—the residency year—must be completed at the University of Oregon after the student has been classified as a conditionally or an unconditionally admitted student in a doctoral program. The residency year is expected to be the first year after admission as a doctoral student. During this year of residency the student is expected to make progress toward the degree by completing course credits and satisfying doctoral degree requirements. The residency year consists of three consecutive terms of full-time study, with a minimum of 9 completed graduate credits a term in the student’s major. Courses in Research (601), Reading and Conference (605), and other individualized study options may be a part of the 9 credits, but the majority of the year of residency in expected to consist of regular graduate course work.
A doctoral candidate may fulfill the residency requirement during the period in which he or she works toward a master’s degree on the university campus as long as (1) the student has been officially awarded the master’s degree, (2) the doctoral degree program immediately follows the master’s degree program, and (3) both the master’s degree and the doctoral degree are in the same discipline.
Students working toward a PhD or professional doctorate must register for a minimum of 18 credits in Dissertation (603). Credit for Dissertation is recorded P/N (pass/no pass). See Dissertation Registration for more information.
Individual schools or departments may require knowledge of a second language or of other specialized disciplines, such as computer science or statistics, as part of a PhD program. Information about these requirements is available from the school or department.
Candidates for the doctor of philosophy degree at the University of Oregon are expected to have proficiency in at least one language in addition to English if a substantial, relevant body of literature in one or more languages exists in the candidate’s specialized field of dissertation research. It is the responsibility of the candidate’s advisor or doctoral committee to determine which languages the candidate is expected to know before beginning dissertation research. Guidelines for language proficiency are established by the candidate’s home department.
The advisory committee, appointed by the department, determines the work to be completed in light of the student’s academic background and objectives. This committee usually consists of three or four members, and the student’s advisor is chair.
Examinations and Advancement to Candidacy
Every student must pass comprehensive examinations (oral, written, or both) that cover the primary areas of the student’s program and, if applicable, any supporting area required by the department. The student is responsible for material directly covered in completed graduate courses and for additional independent study in his or her field.
Within two weeks of the student passing these examinations, the home department and the student must submit a report to the dean of the Graduate School recommending advancement to candidacy.
All candidates must submit a dissertation based on independent and original research. The dissertation must contribute significantly to knowledge, show a mastery of the literature of the subject, be written in acceptable literary style, and conform to the standards outlined in the University of Oregon Style and Policy Manual for Theses and Dissertations. The manual is available from the Graduate School’s website. Preparation of the dissertation usually requires the greater part of one academic year. Doctoral dissertations must be submitted to ProQuest (formerly University Microfilms International) in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Copyright registration is optional.
Research Compliance. University policy requires that students who intend to engage in research involving human or animal subjects have their research procedures approved before they begin to collect data. Researchers who want to use human subjects may obtain protocol forms and procedures from the Office for Protection of Human Subjects, located in the Riverfront Research Park. Researchers who want to use vertebrate animals may obtain protocol forms and procedures from the Office of Veterinary Services and Animal Care, located in Streisinger Hall.
Dissertation Committee. Following advancement to candidacy, the candidate’s department proposes the membership of the dissertation committee to the dean of the Graduate School, who appoints the committee after approving it.
The committee includes at least four instructional faculty members. Three of the members are from the department awarding the degree and one is from outside the department. When appropriate, some of the home department committee members may be from another department, with the approval of the dean of the Graduate School and the home department. The committee should be proposed to the dean within one month of advancement to candidacy but in no case later than six months before completion of the dissertation.
A detailed description of the policy on dissertation committees is available on the Graduate School’s website.
Dissertation Registration. Registration for Dissertation (603) is allowed only after the candidate has advanced to candidacy. Doctoral students must have a minimum of 18 credits of Dissertation (603) to graduate. Doctoral students are required to enroll for a minimum of 3 credits of Dissertation (603) in the term prior to and the term of degree completion.
Defense of Dissertation. Formal, public defense must take place on campus at a date set by the committee chair and approved by the Graduate School.
Tentative approval of the dissertation by the committee is recommended prior to formal defense. This evaluation is based on copies of the final manuscript, which the candidate provides for the dissertation committee at least three weeks before the formal defense.
The application for final oral defense must also be filed with the Graduate School three weeks before the formal defense. Visit the Graduate School website for specific instructions.
The time and place of the defense must be publicly noted. The dissertation committee must be present at the defense, and the chair of the committee must certify to the Graduate School within two weeks following the defense that the defense was held as scheduled.
Completion of Dissertation. Within two weeks following the defense of the dissertation but before the dissertation is submitted to the Graduate School, each member of the dissertation committee must confirm in writing either approval or disapproval of the final version. Approval requires a unanimous vote. In the event of a split vote, the dean of the Graduate School determines the review procedure after consultation with the student, the department chair (or the school dean), and the committee.
Committee members should sign the Certificate of Completion, signaling approval of the dissertation, only if they have seen and approved what is substantially a final draft and if they are willing to delegate the overseeing of remaining minor revisions to the chair. If this is not the case, they should not sign the Certificate of Completion. If no signed approval form is received by the Graduate School within two weeks following the scheduled oral examination, another oral examination must be scheduled for defense of the dissertation. Once the dissertation has been approved by the committee, the student must submit the dissertation electronically to the Graduate School. Visit the Graduate School website for deadline and submission instructions.
The seven-year time limit for completing a doctoral degree begins with the first term of admission as a conditional or regular doctoral student at the University of Oregon. The required year of residency, the passing of the comprehensive examinations required for advancement to candidacy, and the completion of the doctoral dissertation must all be accomplished within this seven-year period. On-leave and in absentia status does not extend the seven-year deadline.
A petition for an extension of the period can only be considered if the student has already advanced to candidacy and has an approved dissertation proposal by the end of the seventh year. Petitions for extension of the seven-year limit may include the requirements of a second year of residency or a new set of comprehensive examinations or both. Petitions are evaluated case by case and are not automatically granted.
In addition, some departments may require that the dissertation be completed within a certain number of years after advancement to candidacy (e.g., three years) to ensure currency of knowledge. In such cases, a petition for an extension of that three-year period is evaluated in the same manner as a petition to extend the seven-year limit.
Students are responsible for staying informed about, and complying with, departmental regulations as well as Graduate School regulations.
Unless on-leave status has been approved, a student enrolled in a doctoral program must attend the university continuously until all the program’s requirements, including submission of the dissertation to the Graduate School, have been met. To be continuously enrolled, the student must register for 3 graduate credits each term excluding summer sessions. See On-Leave Status under General Requirements and Policies.
In Absentia Registration
Following advancement to candidacy, only three academic terms of in absentia status is allowed. While on in absentia status, the doctoral candidate acknowledges that he or she is neither doing any work toward the degree nor using any university or faculty services (e.g., no examinations are being taken, no committee changes are being processed, and no dissertation chapters are being submitted for review). This in absentia status maintains the student’s status as a degree candidate and reserves a place for dissertation supervision and other academic affairs upon the student’s return to active enrollment within the seven-year time limit.
Doctoral candidates must register for at least 3 credits of Dissertation (603) the term prior to the term of defense to ensure sufficient time for evaluation of the dissertation by every committee member. Students who do not register the term prior to the defense may be required to register retroactively and could incur late fines and petition fees.
Doctor of Education
The doctor of education (DEd) degree is granted in recognition of the candidate’s mastery of theory, practice, and research in professional education.
Candidates for the DEd degree must meet the requirements established by the College of Education. In addition to a primary specialization, the student’s plan of study should include work in supporting areas of education, such as foundation areas, a research area, and some noneducation courses related to the program. With the exceptions noted here, the general requirements for residence, dissertation, examinations, time limit, and continuous enrollment are the same as for the PhD degree.
The student should develop the dissertation proposal early in the doctoral program. The dissertation may be either a report of research that makes an original contribution to knowledge or a study in which the student takes knowledge that is available and produces a constructive result of importance and value for educational practice.
Advancement to Candidacy
Advancement to candidacy for the DEd degree is based on recommendation by a doctoral advisory committee and demonstrated proficiency in comprehensive examinations. The student may take these examinations only after (1) admission to the degree program, (2) substantial completion of all the planned course work, and (3) the advisor’s permission to take the examinations.
Doctor of Musical Arts
Requirements for the doctor of musical arts (DMA) degree include formal admission, proficiency and comprehensive examinations, second languages, a program of study including area of emphasis, and a dissertation or lecture document. Requirements for residence, time limit, and continuous enrollment are the same as those listed for the PhD degree. See the School of Music and Dance section of this catalog for details.
DMA in Performance. The doctor of musical arts degree in performance has two options.
Option I requires a written dissertation after completion of the program of courses and seminars, the required recitals or other performances, and the comprehensive examinations.
Option II requires the student to give a lecture-presentation and produce a written document of fifty pages in lieu of the traditional written dissertation. The presentation and document are in addition to recitals or performances required in the various areas of performance.
Chronological Summary of Procedures Leading to Doctoral Degrees
- Continuous enrollment. Students enrolled in advanced degree programs must attend the university continuously (except for summers) until all the program’s requirements are completed, unless on-leave or in absentia status has been approved. Minimum enrollment is 3 graduate credits a term
- Course work and residence. Student’s advisory committee, appointed by the department, school, or college, determines the program, which must include three years of accredited, full-time graduate work beyond the bachelor’s degree, of which at least one academic year (three consecutive terms of full-time study—minimum of 9 completed graduate credits a term) must be completed at the University of Oregon
- Second languages or other specialized knowledge. Regulations are set by the department, school, or college
- A comprehensive examination, covering the major discipline, advances the student to candidacy for the degree. The examination is taken after the majority of required course work has been completed and after most of the requirements for the degree, except completion and defense of the dissertation, have been satisfied
- Appointment of dissertation committee, registration for Dissertation (603), and completion of dissertation. The committee is appointed following advancement to candidacy and at least six months before completion of the dissertation. Typically, the committee consists of at least three members of the graduate faculty of the candidate’s home department, school, or college as well as a Graduate School representative who is a graduate faculty member from outside the candidate’s department, school, or college. A minimum of 18 credits in Dissertation (603) are required after advancement
- In absentia. Postadvancement doctoral students are allowed only three academic terms of in absentia status following advancement to candidacy
- Application for degree made to the Graduate School. Deadlines and instructions are available on the Graduate School website
- Defense of dissertation. Application for final oral defense must be filed with the Graduate School no fewer than three weeks before the date of defense
- Dissertation publication, arranged through the Graduate School
- Granting of degree at end of term in which all degree requirements are satisfied
- Diploma, with commencement date, issued by registrar