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Graduation Requirements for Master's Programs

In order to qualify for any of the Master’s degrees, a candidate must complete all of the degree requirements with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0. The student must officially apply for graduation. The student must meet all requirements to graduate in the semester of application to graduate. The student is cautioned that: (1) application for graduation must be made before the published deadline (See Academic Calendar) and preferably at least one semester before the semester of graduation, (2) all grades must be officially transmitted to the Registrar’s Office by the final grades due deadline posted in the Academic Calendar, (3) applicants who apply for graduation and fail to meet requirements must reapply for graduation. Note: If the student does not apply for graduation in the semester in which requirements are completed, then the degree will be posted in the next graduation after the official application has been received.

All requirements for a Master’s degree must be completed within a period of six years from the date of initial enrollment in the program. Enrollment in the first course as a graduate student establishes the beginning of the six-year time allowance. Students who have been continually active in their program for longer than six years may seek a waiver of the six-year time allowance from their program director and the Director of Admissions. However, if a student has been inactive in a program for more than 24 months, the student must re-apply (see Master’s Programs Admissions Procedures) to the graduate program and be granted readmission. The six-year time allowance then begins again with the date of enrollment at readmission. Previously completed courses older than six years may be used to satisfy current degree requirements with the approval of the program director. Each degree earned at DBU must satisfy its own residency requirement as referred to under “Transfer of Credit for Master’s Programs.” For Accelerated degrees, both the bachelor’s and the master’s degree residency requirements must be met. For Dual degrees, both master’s degrees must meet their specified residency requirement.