Graduate School Bulletin - Spring 2005

ADVANCED DEGREES

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL MASTER'S DEGREES

(See also General Regulations)

On-Campus Residence

There is no Graduate School-wide sustained residence requirement for master's degrees at the University of Kentucky. However, students are advised to review the requirements for the programs in which they are interested and consider carefully the spirit of resident graduate work as discussed in the section on doctoral residency. Students who contemplate continuing in a doctoral program should take into account at the outset the residence requirements for the doctoral degree.

Foreign Language Requirement

Many programs require a reading knowledge of a foreign language for the master's degree . Accepted languages for fulfillment of this requirement are those currently taught at the University of Kentucky, subject to approval by the Director of Graduate Studies. Other languages may be recommended by the major advisor and approved by the Dean of the Graduate School on the recommendation of the Director of Graduate Studies . The Director sends this recommendation to the Dean . The language requirement may be satisfied by:

  1. completing one of the accelerated graduate level language courses (011 courses) with a grade of B or better.
  2. completing the fourth semester of a foreign language with a grade of B or better at an accredited college or university.
  3. completing a more advanced foreign language course (beyond the fourth semester level, with all coursework and readings in the target language) with a grade of B or better at an accredited college or university.
  4. completing an accelerated graduate level language course for reading knowledge with a grade of B or better, at another accredited university.
  5. transferring a language taken to satisfy the requirements for a master's degree at another accredited university.
  6. completing, with a grade of B or better, special examinations given for the graduate reading courses. Forms may be obtained from the Registrar's Office, Funkhouser Building. Other types of special examinations are scheduled in the Graduate School.
  7. For students with significant life experience in the foreign language culture: completing a placement test administered by the foreign language programs of the University, and testing to a level beyond the fourth semester of foreign language study, which is the equivalent of a grade of B or better. This method requires the approval and recommendation of the Director of Graduate Studies.

Note: With the approval of their program, students who are non-native speakers of English may satisfy the foreign language requirement by presenting a TOEFL score of 550 or above. (The equivalent score on the computer version of the TOEFL is 213.)

Candidates for degrees must be proficient in English.

Transfer of Credits

The Director of Graduate Studies and the Dean of the Graduate School may approve the transfer of regular graduate course credits, completed at an accredited university and earned prior to admission to a given graduate degree program. These credits must meet the following criteria:

  1. A maximum of a maximum of 9 credit hours can be transferred.
  2. The credit hours can be credited toward the minimum requirements of the Master’s or Specialist degrees only.
  3. The grades earned must be A or B.
  4. In no case will independent work, research, thesis, or dissertation credit completed as part of the degree requirements for one program be considered to satisfy requirements of a subsequent master’s or specialist program.
  5. Such credits must be earned as a student in another graduate program at the University of Kentucky, or as a graduate student at another accredited graduate school.
In the event a student offers credits in more than one of these categories, the total to be credited toward the degree still may not exceed 9 hours or twenty-five percent of the semester hours required for the degree concerned (exclusive of residence or thesis credit), whichever is greater.

In no case will independent work, research, thesis, or dissertation credit completed as part of the degree requirements for one program be considered to satisfy requirements of a subsequent master’s or specialist program.

Courses and Curricula

Graduate students are eligible to take regular courses which meet as organized classes and independent-study or research courses in which each student carries on investigations independent of class meetings. Independent study or research courses must not duplicate thesis work; thesis work must be done in addition to the minimum course requirements. At least two-thirds of the minimum requirements for the master's or specialist degree must be in regular courses, and at least half of the minimum course requirements (excluding thesis, practicum, or internship credit) must be in 600- or 700-level courses. Exceptions to this rule may be made only with the approval of the Graduate Council.

Concurrent Degree Programs

Concurrent enrollment for degree purposes in more than one graduate program is permitted only with the approval of the student's Graduate advisor(s), Directors of Graduate Studies in the programs, and the Dean of the Graduate School. No more than nine hours of course work may be common to concurrent degree programs.

Subsequent to the receipt of a doctoral degree, a student is not eligible to receive a master's degree based on the work which led to the doctorate.

Independent Study Programs

(Correspondence Courses)

No graduate credit is given for courses taken by correspondence.

Final Examination

A Final Examination (oral and/or written) is given to all candidates for master's degrees not later than eight days before the last day of classes of the semester in which the degree is to be awarded. The examination is scheduled by the Dean of the Graduate School and the report is returned to the Dean upon completion of the examination, which in no case may be later than two weeks after the start of the examination. The examining committee consists of at least three qualified faculty recommended by the Director of Graduate Studies and appointed by the Dean of the Graduate School. At least two committee members (including the chair or co-chair) must be members of the Graduate Faculty, and at least one of the two must be a Full member of the Graduate Faculty.

The recommendation for a final examination must be filed with the Graduate School at least two weeks prior to the date of the examination. (Students writing theses should see the section on Thesis/Non-Thesis Options below and Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs).)

Students on scholastic probation are not eligible to sit for the final examination.

If the candidate fails the final examination, the committee may recommend to the Dean of the Graduate School the conditions under which a second examination may be administered. Insofar as it is practicable, the same examining committee gives this examination. In all decisions the majority opinion of the committee prevails. If the committee is evenly divided, the candidate fails. A third examination is not allowed.

Thesis/Non-Thesis Options

The Graduate Faculty authorizes all graduate programs to satisfy the master's requirements by either of two options, thesis (Plan A) or non-thesis, (Plan B). Candidates for the master's degree must have a major area (defined usually as an academic department) and must take at least two-thirds of the course work in this area. The other one-third may be taken in this area or in related graduate areas. In Agriculture and Education, only one-half of the work must be in the major area. When the establishment of major topics seems to require it, the Graduate Council may, on recommendation of the appropriate Director of Graduate Studies, authorize courses taught outside the major to count toward the major requirement.

In addition, the Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) requires that at least one-half of the minimum course requirements (excluding thesis, practicum, or internship credit) be in the major or core area, with three-fourths of these at the 600- to 700-level. This is in addition to the requirements stated above.

The thesis option (Plan A) requires a thesis to be developed under the direction of a member or associate member of the Graduate Faculty. Collaborative effort by two or more graduate students is not forbidden. However, there must be enough independent effort to enable each student to make a separate contribution and to prepare an individual thesis.

Theses must be prepared in conformity with the instructions published by the Graduate School. For specific instructions regarding the format of theses, the student should obtain a copy of Instructions for the Preparation of a Master's Thesis from the Graduate School or on the Web at <www.rgs.uky.edu/gs/thesdissprep.shtml>.

Before the final examination, the thesis director and the appropriate Director of Graduate Studies must indicate to the Graduate School that the student's thesis satisfies all requirements of the Graduate School and is complete in content and format with the exception of pagination, and that the student is ready to be examined. Any modification in the thesis which the final examination committee specifies must be made before the degree is conferred.

The final two copies are submitted to the Graduate School after the Director of Graduate Studies and the Thesis Director have signed that they are complete. The thesis in its final form must be received in the Graduate School within 60 days of the Final Examination.

Theses must be presented to and accepted in the Graduate School by the last day of the semester if a student plans to graduate that semester.

Each student must pay a $14 fee for the binding of the thesis. Payment will be made at the Billings and Collection Office.

Theses submitted by candidates become the physical property of the University of Kentucky. The University protects the authors' rights by placing certain restrictions upon the use of theses.

The Graduate School, in conjunction with the University Libraries, offers graduate students the option of submitting their master's thesis in wholly electronic format. For more information, see Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs).

The non-thesis option (Plan B) requires that six or more graduate credit hours of course work be submitted in lieu of a thesis. A student may follow this option with approval of the program concerned.

Students should consult their advisor for any additional requirements established for Plan B in their area of study.

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL DOCTORAL DEGREES

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Degree

The Ph.D. degree is intended to represent the demonstration of independent and comprehensive scholarship in a specific field. Such scholarship must be manifested by both the student's mastery of subject matter and capacity to do research.

The degree of Doctor of Philosophy is conferred upon a candidate who, after completing graduate work devoted to study of a special field of knowledge, 1) passes comprehensive examinations in the chosen field and the dissertation subject, 2) presents a satisfactory dissertation, and 3) shows evidence of scholarly attainment.

Students should note that some doctoral programs have degree requirements that may exceed the minimum requirements of the Graduate Faculty.

The Major Professor and the Advisory Committee

Each student's program is guided by their major professor and an advisory committee throughout the graduate career. The purpose of the committee is to give continuity of direction and counsel and to provide intellectual stimulation from the earliest days of residency through the completion of the doctorate.

The Director of Graduate Studies, or designee, serves as advisor to beginning graduate students until the advisory committee is appointed, normally not later than upon completion of 18 credit hours of graduate work. The advisory committee must be appointed at least one year prior to the qualifying examinations. The major professor and advisory committee are appointed by the Graduate Dean after consultation with the appropriate Director of Graduate Studies. The dissertation director, when selected, serves as the major professor. The advisory committee also provides advice to the student and specifically sets requirements (within applicable program, Graduate School, and University regulations) which the student must meet in pursuit of the doctorate.

The advisory committee has a core of four members. This core consists of the major professor as chair, two other members from the major area, and at least one representative from any minor area(s). At least one representative must be from outside the academic program (department). All members of the core must be members of the Graduate Faculty of the University of Kentucky and three (including the major professor) must possess full Graduate Faculty status. Additional faculty members may serve as members of the advisory committee. The core of the advisory committee must be kept at its full complement throughout the graduate career of the individual student. Thus, in the event of a vacancy on the committee (occasioned by resignation, faculty leave, or inability to serve), an appropriate replacement must be made prior to any subsequent committee decisions.

All decisions of the advisory committee are by majority vote of its Graduate Faculty members. Advisory committee decisions must be reported promptly to the appropriate Director of Graduate Studies who will be responsible for transmitting them to the Dean of the Graduate School.

In addition to advising and program planning, the advisory committee is also involved in the administration of the qualifying examination, the supervision of the preparation of the dissertation, and the administration of the final examination.

Major and Minor Subjects

Every applicant for the Ph.D. degree must select a major area of study. The major area is one in which the student's efforts are concentrated. Some programs also require one or more minor areas. Minor(s) must be approved by the student's advisory committee.

Residency Requirements

The purpose of a residency requirement is to encourage doctoral students to experience contact with the academic community: colleagues, libraries, laboratories, on-going programs of research and inquiry, and the intellectual environment that characterizes a university. Such experience is generally as important as formal class work in the process of intellectual development. While the residency requirement is, by necessity, given in terms of full or part-time enrollment, the intent of the requirement is to ensure that the student becomes fully involved in an essential part of scholarly life.

Requirements for the doctorate may be completed in three years of full-time graduate work or the equivalent in combined full-time and part-time study; however, more time may be required (see Academic Load). In unusual cases, approval of a program of study involving less time may be secured from the Dean of the Graduate School. The ultimate goal of these requirements is to lead students to scholarly accomplishment, not solely to amass semester hours or time spent. On the recommendation of the Director of Graduate Studies, and with the concurrence of the Dean of the Graduate School, successful completion of a master's degree may be considered the equivalent of the first year of the three years of work toward the doctorate.

Subject to approval by the individual doctoral program (see the chart of Degree Requirements), students may fulfill the three-year doctoral residence requirement utilizing one of the three models listed below.

Model I
a) master's degree or 18 graduate hours at the University of Kentucky, or transfer of residence credit from an awarded master's at another accredited school; plus,
b) two consecutive semesters enrolled full-time, i.e., 9 or more credits per semester (may include combined first and second summer sessions); plus,
c) completion with a grade of "S" of two consecutive full-time* semesters (9 credits each) or three consecutive part-time** semesters (6 credits each) of course 769 after successfully passing the qualifying examination.

Model II
a) master's degree or 18 graduate hours at the University of Kentucky, or transfer of residence credit from an awarded master's at another accredited school; plus,
b) enrollment part-time (at least 6 graduate credits per semester) during three consecutive semesters; plus,
c) completion with a grade of "S" of two consecutive full-time* semesters (9 credits each) or three consecutive part-time** semesters (6 credits each) of course 769 after successfully passing the qualifying examination.

Model III
a) master's degree or 18 graduate hours at the University of Kentucky, or transfer of residence credit from an awarded master's at another accredited school; plus,
b) accumulation of 24 graduate credits at the University of Kentucky (exclusive of short courses; no more than nine of these 24 credits may be earned in summer sessions) during three consecutive academic or calendar years; plus,
c) completion with a grade of "S" of two consecutive full-time* semesters (9 credits each) or three consecutive part-time** semesters (6 credits each) of course 769 after successfully passing the qualifying examination.

*Students electing the full-time option may substitute a summer term for one of the semesters by enrolling in 3 credits of 769 in the first summer session and 6 credits of 769 in the second summer session.

**Students electing the part-time option may substitute a summer term for one of the semesters by enrolling in 6 credits of 769 in the second summer session only.

With the written recommendation of a candidate's advisory committee and with the approval of the appropriate Director of Graduate Studies and the Graduate Dean, specified graduate course work may be taken in lieu of all or part of the residence credit (course 769) requirement. The student need not be physically present on campus while enrolled for credit after the qualifying examination. While there is generally no formal class work attached to these credits, and in some cases the student may not be on the campus, full tuition costs are assessed in that students who are preparing their dissertations are utilizing University resources such as libraries, Computing Center, and major professors' and committee members' time and energy.

Note: The semester during which the student takes the qualifying examination may be counted for residence credit only if the date of successful passage is within six weeks (three weeks for the second summer session) of the first day of classes.

Candidates who have fulfilled the above requirements, but who have not yet defended the dissertation, are required to remain continuously enrolled in course 749 or 769 (0 credit hours) each semester until the dissertation is completed and defended. Such registration enables the University to keep accurate records of degree candidates and facilitates rapid and accurate information processing. Some programs have additional residence requirements which must also be met.

It should be understood that the above represents the minimum requirements of the Graduate School. Some programs have additional requirements.

Exceptions to this normal pattern may be made with the approval of the Dean of the Graduate School upon the written recommendations of the student's advisory committee and the Director of Graduate Studies, which clearly demonstrate that the principle of residence is preserved.

Foreign Language Requirement

Some doctoral degree programs require a reading knowledge of one or more modern foreign languages for the doctorate. Accepted languages for fulfillment of this requirement are those currently taught at the University of Kentucky, subject to approval by the Director of Graduate Studies. Other languages may be recommended by the major advisor and approved by the Dean of the Graduate School on the recommendation of the Director of Graduate Studies . The Director sends this recommendation to the Dean. For more information, see the Master's Degree Foreign Language Requirement.

Any language requirement(s) must be satisfied before the applicant may sit for the qualifying examination.

The Qualifying Examination

A qualifying examination consisting of both written and oral components is required of all doctoral students. Its purpose is to verify that students have sufficient understanding of, and competence in, their fields to become candidates for the degree. In most programs, the advisory committee prepares and administers an individual qualifying examination; typically, that committee also judges the results of the examination. A majority vote of the core of the advisory committee is required for successful completion of the qualifying examination. Programs that give uniform, written qualifying examinations to all of their candidates shall have rules (filed with the Dean of the Graduate School) governing the role of the advisory committee in the preparation, administration, and evaluation of the qualifying examination. The examination is usually given after four semesters of graduate work or the equivalent, and after fulfillment of prequalifying residency.

The qualifying examination must be scheduled through the Director of Graduate Studies and approved a minimum of two weeks in advance by the Graduate School. Students should check with the Director of Graduate Studies to make sure that the qualifying examination has been properly scheduled.

The results of the examination must be reported by the Director of Graduate Studies to the Graduate School within 10 days of its conclusion. If the result is failure, the advisory committee determines the conditions to be met before another examination may be given. The minimum time between examinations is four months. A second examination must be taken within one year after the first examination. A third examination is not permitted.

The Dissertation

Each student must present a dissertation which represents the culmination of a major research project. The dissertation must be a well-reasoned, original contribution to knowledge in the field of study and should provide evidence of high scholarly achievement. The major professor is the primary source of guidance in the planning and preparation of the dissertation. However, other members of the advisory committee may be involved in the process as well. All core members of the advisory committee must read the dissertation prior to signing the dissertation approval form. It is the responsibility of the advisory committee to make suggestions for revisions before the final examination. A majority of the advisory committee core members must indicate that the form and substance of the dissertation are adequate to justify the scheduling of the final examination. The final examination may not be scheduled without the approval of a majority of the advisory committee members.

The style and form of the dissertation must conform with the instructions published by the Graduate School. For specific instructions regarding the format of the dissertation, the student should obtain a copy of the Instructions for the Preparation of Dissertations and Doctor of Musical Arts Projects from the Graduate School Office or on the Web at <www.rgs.uky.edu/gs/thesdissprep.shtml>.

Copyright and Fees

Each graduating doctoral student must pay dissertation fees. Payment can be made at the University Billings and Collections Office. Authorization forms for paying dissertation fees are issued in Room 106 Gillis Building.

Dissertations may be copyrighted by the student by 1) signing the Copyright Authorization on the Publishing Agreement Form which is completed when the dissertation is submitted to the Graduate School, 2) paying the copyright fee of $45 (this copyright fee is in addition to the $74 dissertation fee), and 3) including a copyright notice in the front of the dissertation.

The Graduate School, in conjunction with the University Libraries, offers graduate students the option of submitting their dissertation in wholly electronic format. For more information, see Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs).

Final Examination

The Final Examination includes a defense of the dissertation and may be as comprehensive in the major and minor areas as the advisory committee chooses to make it. It is conducted by an expanded advisory committee chaired by the Director of Graduate Studies or someone designated by the Director. The Dean of the Graduate School and the President of the University are ex officio members of all final examination committees. The examination is a public event and its scheduling is published and announced beforehand. Any member of the University community may attend.

At least 8 weeks prior to the final examination, the Director of Graduate Studies will advise the Graduate School of the intent to examine. At this time the Graduate Dean appoints an Outside Examiner as a core member of the advisory committee. The specific time and date of the examination must be designated by the Graduate School at least two weeks prior to the actual examination. All members of the committee except the outside examiner must have an opportunity to suggest revisions prior to signing the Dissertation Approval Form. Thus, most revisions should have been completed at an earlier time. The final examination must take place no later than eight days prior to the last day of classes of the semester in which the student expects to graduate. Final examinations are public events and must take place while the University is officially in session. They may not be scheduled during the periods between semesters or between the end of the second summer session and the beginning of the fall semester.

The Dissertation Approval Form, along with an acceptable copy of the dissertation, must be presented to the Graduate School at the time the Final Examination is scheduled. The draft of the dissertation submitted must be complete in content, including all footnotes, tables, figures, and appendices. A full bibliography or set of references must be included as must all preliminary pages including a table of contents.

In all decisions, the majority opinion of the Graduate Faculty members of the advisory committee prevails. If the advisory committee is evenly divided, the candidate fails.

In the event of failure, the advisory committee recommends to the Dean of the Graduate School conditions under which the candidate may be re-examined, if re-examination is deemed appropriate. When conditions set by the Dean of the Graduate School have been met, the candidate may be re-examined. Should any vacancies on the Committee occur between the two examinations, the Dean of the Graduate School shall appoint replacements. A third examination is not permitted.

After the final examination is passed, the final copy of the dissertation is prepared. Final copies are then submitted to the Graduate School along with the signatures of the Major Professor and the Director of Graduate Studies. The dissertation in its final form must be received in the Graduate School within 60 days of the final examination. If this deadline is not met, the candidate must undergo a second examination.

Doctor of Education

(See Doctor of Education under Graduate Work in the College of Education.)

Doctor of Musical Arts

(See Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in the Music program description.)

Doctor of Science

(See Doctor of Science in the Clinical Sciences program description.)

DOCTORAL PROGRAMS WITH OTHER UNIVERSITIES

Cooperative doctoral programs in education are offered between the University of Kentucky and other state universities: Eastern Kentucky University (EKU), Morehead State University (MoSU), Murray State University(MuSU), the University of Louisville (UofL), and Western Kentucky University (WKU). These programs permit qualified candidates to complete up to one year of graduate work above the master's degree at the cooperating university. A minimum of 18 credit hours of course work, the qualifying examination, and the dissertation must be completed at the University of Kentucky, and a minimum of one academic year must be spent in full-time residence on the Lexington campus. The work of each candidate is directed by an advisory committee composed of faculty from both institutions.

Persons interested in these programs should confer with the Dean of the Graduate School at the cooperating university, or with the appropriate Director of Graduate Studies in the College of Education at the University of Kentucky. Admission will depend upon academic standing, scores on standardized examinations, personal references, and other relevant factors.

There are additional Cooperative doctoral programs in the following areas:

Geology UK/EKU
Higher Education UK/UofL
History UK/WKU
Musicology UK/UofL
Physics UK/UofL
Rehabilitation Sciences UK/EKU/MuSU/WKU

There is a Joint doctoral program in Social Work between the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville (UofL).

Inquiries should be directed to the appropriate Director of Graduate Studies, University of Kentucky.

GRADUATE WORK IN THE COLLEGE OF EDUCATION

The College of Education offers the following degrees: Master of Arts in Education, Master of Science in Education, Master of Science (in the Kinesiology and Health Promotion graduate program), Specialist in Education, Doctor of Education, and Doctor of Philosophy. Graduate work is also provided for persons seeking Rank I or II classification.

Rank II classification may be achieved by the completion of a master's degree or the "Planned Fifth Year Program." The "Fifth Year" is a non-degree program of 32 semester hours for persons who hold bachelor's degrees and teaching certificates. A minimum of 18 hours must be completed at the University of Kentucky. Of the 32 hours, at least 12 must be in professional education, and at least 12 must be in fields outside education.

Specific requirements depend upon the type of certificate desired. Information about specific certification requirements can be obtained from the appropriate Director of Graduate Studies.

Rank I classification requires the completion of: 1) 30 hours of approved graduate-level credit in addition to the requirements for a Rank II classification, or 2) 60 hours of approved graduate-level credit including the master's degree.

Each student's graduate curriculum must be a well-rounded program of courses related to the student's major interest and approved by the advisor. In cases of deficient preparation, the advisor, with the approval of the Director of Graduate Studies in the respective department, determines prerequisite undergraduate courses to be taken. Specific questions regarding programs should be referred to the appropriate Director of Graduate Studies.

Master of Arts in Education Advanced Certification Option

The Master of Arts in Education is the program selected by candidates seeking advanced certification for work in school settings.

A Master of Arts in Education degree will usually lead to Rank II for pay purposes.

The plan which leads to the degree of Master of Arts in Education for persons holding an initial certificate is outlined below:

1. All candidates for the Master of Arts in Education degree must meet the requirements for a valid teaching certificate. These requirements are outlined in the general catalog of the University. If deficiencies are found, they should be overcome before proceeding with graduate work. The work required to overcome these deficiencies is in addition to the minimum graduate requirements for the degree.

2. a. A minimum of 24 semester hours of graduate work, with at least 12 semester hours in courses numbered 600 or higher, must be completed and a thesis presented, or

b. A minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate work, with at least 15 semester hours in courses numbered 600 or 700, must be completed.

3. At least 12 semester hours of graduate work must be in Education.

4. The total number of credits presented in Education, undergraduate and graduate, must be at least 30 semester hours.

5. At least 12 semester hours must be outside the College of Education for both elementary and secondary teachers except for teachers of vocational education who take six hours outside Education, and Reading Specialists who take six to nine hours outside Education.

6. Specific requirements depend upon the type of certificate desired. Information about specific certification requirements can be obtained from the appropriate Director of Graduate Studies.

Master of Arts in Education Initial Certification Option

The College of Education also offers a Masters of Arts in Education for individuals seeking initial secondary education certification in the following subject areas: business/marketing, English, foreign languages, mathematics, science, and social studies.

1. All candidates for this program who are graduates of the University of Kentucky should possess appropriate content-area degrees or the University of Kentucky's undergraduate secondary education degree. These requirements are outlined in the general catalog of the University. Those individuals who hold baccalaureate degrees from other institutions must have a major in the area of teacher certification and should meet with subject area faculty to identify any deficiencies. The work required to overcome any deficiencies must be completed before admission to the program and is in addition to the minimum graduate requirements for the degree.

2. A minimum of 33 credit hours of graduate work is required, including 27 hours in Education.

3. At least 18 semester hours of graduate work must be in courses numbered 600 or 700.

4. At least 6 hours must be outside the College of Education and related to the teaching major.

5. Specific requirements depend upon the type of certificate required. Information about teaching majors and certification requirements should be obtained from the subject area faculty. Other information may be obtained from the Director of Graduate Studies.

Master of Science in Education

The Master of Science in Education degree is designed for both non-certification and certification students. However, if a student already holds a valid teaching certificate, the Master of Science in Education degree may give Rank II for pay purposes and may, under some circumstances, renew the certificate.

The plan that leads to the degree of Master of Science in Education is outlined below:

1. a. A minimum of 24 semester hours of graduate work, with at least 12 semester hours in courses numbered 600 or 700, must be completed and a thesis presented, or

b. A minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate work, with at least 15 semester hours in courses numbered 600 or 700, must be completed.

2. A minimum of 12 semester hours of graduate work in the College of Education is required.

3. A minimum of six hours outside the College of Education is required, but individual programs may require additional work outside the College.

4. Specific requirements depend upon the type of certificate desired. Information about specific certification requirements can be obtained from the appropriate Director of Graduate Studies.

Master of Education

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) in School Administration is the degree program selected by those seeking preparation for certification as a school principal in Kentucky public schools. The preparation curriculum includes 36 hours of course work and leads to a letter of eligibility for the Instructional Leader School Principalship, All Grades professional certificate. If this is a student's initial master's degree, a 30-hour Rank I program can be included within the curriculum.

The curriculum that leads to eligibility for certification as a principal contains two levels. For those students pursuing the M.Ed. as their initial master's degree, both levels of the preparation program must be completed before one is eligible for participation in the Kentucky Principal Internship Program (KPIP).

Doctor of Education

The requirements for the Ed.D. correspond to those of the Ph.D. with the following differences:

1. In addition to other credentials, admission requirements include:

a. a master's degree, or

b. 30 graduate credit hours applicable to an appropriate master's degree.

2. Some program areas require successful teaching, clinical, or administrative experience for admission.

3. The program requires completion of a major body of course work of at least 42 graduate credits beyond the minimum hours required for admission.

4. Course work for the Ed.D. will be planned by the advisory committee to complement and extend previous graduate work. Therefore, the student's total doctoral and predoctoral graduate work will reflect competencies in the following areas:

a. Area of Concentration: A significant concentration of course work designed to develop an in-depth knowledge in a specific area of Education.

b. Support Areas: Course work to support the Area of Concentration shall include the following two components:

1) Disciplinary support work from outside the Area of Concentration. Some or all of this work will be done outside the College of Education.

2) Course work relevant to the development of competencies in the foundational studies in Education. Such course work is to be taken in departments of the College of Education other than the Area of Concentration.

c. Research Methodology: At least nine credits of recent course work selected to develop competencies in conceptualizing research, developing rigorous designs, selecting appropriate methodology, processing and analyzing data, interpreting results, and arriving at conclusions.

5. Although some students' programs may require competency in a foreign language as a research tool, there is no general language requirement.

6. The core membership of the advisory committee for each Ed.D. student consists of four members, consistent with Graduate School Rules.

7. In Cooperative programs with the regional universities, three advisory committee members must be from the University of Kentucky and must be full members of the Graduate Faculty.

Cooperative Doctoral Programs in Education

Cooperative doctoral (Ed.D.) programs in education are offered between the University of Kentucky and the following state universities: Eastern Kentucky University, Morehead State University, Murray State University, and Western Kentucky University (see Doctoral Programs with Other Universities).

Students are encouraged to apply to a Cooperative Doctoral Program early in their master's degree program to facilitate transition into the doctoral program.

Persons interested in a Cooperative doctoral program should confer with the Dean of the Graduate School at the cooperating university, or with the appropriate Director of Graduate Studies in Education at the University of Kentucky. Currently, the participating University of Kentucky academic departments are those of Administration & Supervision, Curriculum & Instruction, Educational Policy Studies & Evaluation, Kinesiology & Health Promotion, and Special Education.

Doctor of Philosophy (Education)

The Doctor of Philosophy degree in the field of Education is offered in Educational and Counseling Psychology and in Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation (Higher Education) (see General Requirements for All Doctoral Degrees).

Specialist in Education

The Specialist in Education degree is offered in Administration and Supervision, Educational and Counseling Psychology, and Special Education. It is conferred upon a candidate who satisfactorily completes a post-master's program in education under the general requirements of the Graduate School and the following special requirements:

Admission

The student, prior to admission to the program must 1) have a master's degree, 2) have a standing of 3.4 or higher on all graduate work, 3) meet the requirements for a teaching certificate or have credentials appropriate to the field of specialization, and 4) have at least 30 credit hours in courses in education (undergraduate and graduate).

The student should file an application with the Graduate School and the Director of Graduate Studies in the appropriate department and must be recommended by the major program and the department.

Program

The student must earn a minimum of 30 credit hours of graduate work beyond the master's degree, of which at least 15 must be in courses numbered 600 or above.

A departmental committee is responsible for helping students plan individual programs. The program should contribute to specialization in a field but should not neglect the broader development of the individual.

The student must complete an independent research project (equal to three but not to exceed 6 credit hours) and submit a written report, a copy of which is to be filed with the department directing the research.

With the approval of the Director of Graduate Studies and the Dean of the Graduate School, the student may transfer a maximum of 9 credit hours earned beyond the master's degree from an accredited institution that is approved to offer work above the master's level.

Final Examination

The final examination required of all candidates is administered by an examining committee consisting of at least three qualified members recommended by the advisor and the Director of Graduate Studies and appointed by the Dean of the Graduate School.

Degrees Conferred

Master of Arts
  • Anthropology
  • Art
  • Classics
  • Communication
  • Diplomacy
  • English
  • French
  • Geography
  • German
  • Hispanic Studies
  • History
  • Library Science
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Theatre Arts

Master of Science
  • Agricultural Economics
  • Animal Sciences
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Clinical Sciences
  • Computer Science
  • Crop Science
  • Dentistry
  • Economics
  • Entomology
  • Geology
  • Hospitality and Dietetic Administration
  • Kinesiology and Health Promotion
  • Mathematics
  • Medical Sciences
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Physics
  • Plant and Soil Science
  • Plant Pathology
  • Psychology
  • Statistics
  • Toxicology
  • Veterinary Science

Doctor of Philosophy
  • Agricultural Economics
  • Anatomy and Neurobiology
  • Animal Sciences
  • Anthropology
  • Biology
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering
  • Business Administration
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Communication
  • Computer Science
  • Crop Science
  • Economics
  • Educational and Counseling Psychology
  • Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation (Higher Education)
  • Electrical Engineering
  • English
  • Entomology
  • Exercise Science
  • Family Studies
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Gerontology
  • Hispanic Studies
  • History
  • Materials Science
    and Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Microbiology
  • Mining Engineering
  • Molecular and Biomedical Pharmacology
  • Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
  • Music
  • Nursing
  • Nutritional Sciences
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Philosophy
  • Physics and Astronomy
  • Physiology
  • Plant Pathology
  • Plant Physiology
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration
  • Rehabilitation Sciences
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Soil Science
  • Statistics
  • Toxicology
  • Veterinary Science

Other Degrees
  • Doctor of Education
  • Doctor of Musical Arts
  • Doctor of Science
  • Master of Arts in Education
  • Master of Arts in Interior Design, Merchandising, and Textiles
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Civil Engineering
  • Master of Education
  • Master of Engineering
  • Master of Fine Arts
  • Master of Health Administration
  • Master of Historic Preservation
  • Master of Mining Engineering
  • Master of Music
  • Master of Public Administration
  • Master of Public Health
  • Master of Public Policy
  • Master of Rehabilitation Counseling
  • Master of Social Work
  • Master of Science in Accounting
  • Master of Science in Agriculture
  • Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering
  • Master of Science in Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering
  • Master of Science in Chemical Engineering
  • Master of Science in Civil Engineering
  • Master of Science in Communication Disorders
  • Master of Science in Education
  • Master of Science in Electrical Engineering
  • Master of Science in Family Studies
  • Master of Science in Forestry
  • Master of Science in Health Physics
  • Master of Science in Interior Design, Merchandising, and Textiles
  • Master of Science in Library Science
  • Master of Science in Manufacturing Systems Engineering
  • Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering
  • Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
  • Master of Science in Mining Engineering
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nutritional Sciences
  • Master of Science in Physical Therapy
  • Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies
  • Master of Science in Radiological Medical Physics
  • Master of Science in Vocational Education
  • Professional Master of Biomedical Engineering
  • Specialist in Education

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