Requirements for a master's degree from UWF are listed below. The colleges and departments may have requirements which exceed these minimums. Please consult the individual departments and the individual program descriptions in this Catalog for details. Minimum requirements are the following:
Requirements listed below are applicable for students who already hold a master's degree from UWF or who are pursuing two masters' degrees simultaneously. Students who have earned a master's degree from another institution must meet the requirements listed under Master's Degree Requirements.
A second master's degree may not be earned in the same program area.
To be eligible for an Ed.S. degree, students must meet the following requirements:
Requirements listed below are applicable for students who already hold a specialist degree from UWF or who are pursuing two specialist degrees simultaneously. Students who have earned a specialist degree from another institution must meet the requirements listed under Specialist Degree Requirements.
A second specialist degree may not be earned in the same program area.
For detailed information, refer to the Policies and Procedures available on the Ed.D. Program web page. To be eligible for an Ed.D. degree, a student must meet the following requirements:
Dissertations are to be prepared in accordance with the specifications given in the "Thesis and Dissertation Guide" prepared by and available in the Graduate School. All dissertations must be produced in electronic format (unless a hard copy is required by the individual department). Deadlines for submission to the Graduate School are posted online at uwf.edu/graduate.
Doctoral candidates are required to register for a minimum of 18 semester hours of dissertation course work. Candidates must register for a minimum of 3, but not more than 6, semester hours each semester (including summer terms) until they have registered for a cumulative total of 18 semester hours of doctoral dissertation course work. Thereafter, candidates are required to register for a minimum of 2 semester hours of dissertation course work each consecutive semester (including summer) until the student has completed 24 semester hours of dissertation work. A maximum of 24 semester hours of dissertation credit may be applied toward a doctoral degree for successful completion of a dissertation. Upon completion of 24 semester hours of dissertation credit, the student will be reevaluated by the doctoral committee chair and committee to determine if the student can complete the dissertation. If the doctoral committee determines that the student can complete the dissertation, the student will be required to register for 3 semester hours of dissertation coursework each semester until the doctoral committee approves the dissertation. Once the doctoral committee has approved the dissertation, the candidate must continue to register for 1 credit hour per semester until the dissertation is approved by the Graduate School and submitted to the library.
Candidates shall maintain active candidacy status in accordance with the above stated criteria. Those who fail to maintain active status during the dissertation process will have their status reviewed by the director of the Ed.D. program. Failure to register for the appropriate dissertation coursework for 3 consecutive semesters will result in the candidate having to reapply to the program, subject to the policies and procedures in effect at that time. Students who do not maintain continuous registration after the dissertation has been approved by the dissertation committee will be charged for 1 semester hour of dissertation credit per semester for each semester during the time they were not continuously registered.
Students fulfilling requirements for a UWF master's or specialist degree must submit an "Application for Graduation" to their major departments by the application deadline stated in the Academic Calendar. Doctoral students apply for graduation the semester prior to the dissertation defense and must apply through the graduate department in the Ed.D. Program Office. Graduation application forms are available on the Office of the Registrar website. Retroactive graduation to a prior semester will not be approved.
Commencement ceremonies at UWF are held twice a year, fall and spring, for students graduating with a Baccalaureate, Master's, Specialist, or Doctorate degree. Doctoral students must be approved by the Graduate School prior to participating in the commencement ceremony.
Those master's students who plan to graduate in the summer should apply for summer graduation only. Prospective summer graduates have the option to participate in either the preceding spring or following fall ceremony. Doctoral students intending to graduate in the summer may not participate in the spring ceremony unless the dissertation has been fully approved and participation is approved by the Dean of the Graduate School. "Applications for Graduation" should be turned in to the major department by the date stated in the Academic Calendar. Students will receive information about graduation through their student e-mail accounts. Commencement information is also available on the web at uwf.edu/commencement. UWF does not have a graduation honors program for master's, specialist, and doctoral students.
The Student Academic Support System (SASS) identifies and tracks all graduation requirements for each master's degree at the University. Students may check their individual progress toward degree completion by reviewing their SASS audit, which is available in MyUWF. The SASS audit is used for their final graduation check and a completed (bannered) audit is required before a master's degree is awarded.
To be considered for a posthumous degree, graduate students shall have successfully completed at least eighty percent of the chosen UWF degree program, have been in good standing at UWF, and have met UWF degree residency requirements. In exceptional circumstances the Dean of the Graduate School may make exceptions to these requirements. The student’s academic department must initiate the request for a posthumous degree through the College Dean, Dean of the Graduate School, and the Provost’s Office.
Refer to Substitution of Graduation Requirements for Students with Disabilities in the General Policies section of this Catalog.