Requirements Timeline

Requirements Timeline

This section provides a step-by-step outline of how to proceed through the master’s program.

Program of Study (M1)

Students are required to file a program of study (M1) form. All courses (minimum of 37 hours) taken toward the degree should be listed on the form along with credit hours and grade for each course. Courses planned, but not yet completed, also should be included. Typed forms are preferred.

The student signs the form and obtains a signature from the adviser. The form must then be submitted to the academic adviser. The academic adviser will process the form and forward it to the MU Graduate School for final approval. The program of study form can be filed as soon as you have outlined your program. Most students wait to file the program of study until they are in thesis seminar or project seminar.

Changes may be made to alter the program of study by completing a course substitution form. The student lists the courses to be deleted from and/or added to the program of study, obtains the adviser’s signature and submits the form to the academic adviser.

Thesis/Project Proposal Approval Form

This form is to be signed by each of the student’s committee members to signify approval of the proposal. This will occur after the proposal approval meeting. The form is submitted with the proposal to the JOURN 8098/JOURN 8100 instructor.

Request for Thesis Committee (M2)

The request for a thesis committee (M2) form is required ONLY FOR STUDENTS WHO WILL WRITE A THESIS. Students completing a professional project do not need to have this form submitted. The purpose of this form is to have an official record of the student’s master’s committee and to insure that the configuration of the committee meets stated requirements. Submit this form at the end of the thesis seminar semester. If committee membership should change after a student files the M2 form, the student will need to fill out and submit the change of committee form.

Oral Defense (M3)

All students are required to schedule an oral defense of their thesis or professional project. The defense takes place when the student and the committee chair feel the thesis or project is as complete as possible. This is the final step in the master’s program. The student should bring the report of examining committee (M3) form and the approval page for their project or thesis to the defense for the committee member’s signatures. The examining committee report is then forwarded to the academic adviser for processing.

The form will not be processed until the academic adviser has had the opportunity to format check the thesis or has received the corrected and bound professional project report. In addition, the academic adviser must receive evidence that the student has filed the appropriate ending paperwork for IRB approvals, if necessary, before paperwork will be processed.

Online students are required to come to campus for the oral defense. Allowances to this rule are only made in exceptional circumstances, such as active military deployment.

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