2010-2011 Catalog by American University Washington

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academic regulations · graduate academic standards and degree requirements advancement to candidacy it is university policy that no student shall be involuntarily subjected to regulations and academic requirements introduced during the student’s continuous enrollment in good standing in a single degree program if the new regulations involve undue hardships or loss of academic credits earned to satisfy the requirements previously in effect each academic unit may at its discretion require a formal advancement to candidacy and determine the nature of the advancement procedure it will use credit hour and residence requirements graduate students are governed by the following minimum requirements for the graduate degree each teaching unit may have further requirements graduate students are advised to consult their own advisor department chair or dean for detailed information master’s degrees at least 30 credit hours of graduate work including a no less than 3 and no more than 6 credit hours of research resulting in a thesis thesis option or b 6 credit hours of graduate work with grades of b or better involving a case study an in-service project an original creative work specified research courses or such other effort as the academic unit may designate nonthesis option at least 24 of these hours including the thesis or nonthesis option must be completed in residence at american university up to 12 credit hours taken in nondegree status at american university may be counted toward the degree or up to 21 credit hours if earned in a completed graduate certificate program graduate students may count a maximum of 6 credit hours of internship and cooperative education field experience toward their degree requirements the field experience credit hours that may be counted toward the requirements for a degree program may be fewer as determined by the academic department but may not exceed the maximum of 6 credit hours graduate students may take graduate-level courses that meet with undergraduate-level courses however no more than 50 percent of course work taken in residence not counting thesis or dissertation seminars without regular meetings may be taken in joint graduate-undergraduate courses doctoral degrees for students admitted to graduate work at american university without a previously earned master’s degree the requirement is 72 credit hours of graduate study including no fewer than 6 and no more than 24 hours of directed study on the dissertation at least 42 of these hours including the research requirement must be completed in residence at american university up to 12 credit hours taken in nondegree status at american university may be counted toward the degree or up to 21 hours if earned in a completed certificate program course credit earned toward a master’s degree at american university may if relevant be counted toward the ph.d degree academic load and full-time status the normal load of full-time graduate study is 9 to 12 credit hours a semester however an academic unit may declare circumstances under which full-time involvement in thesis or dissertation research constitutes full-time standing in summer sessions because of the combination of six-week and seven-week sessions there are various possibilities for full-time standing usually registration for 6 credit hours during any session is considered full-time academic probation and dismissal a graduate student who fails to maintain a 3.00 grade point average on a 4.00 scale after completion of the first 12 credit hours of graduate study may be placed on academic probation for one semester after which the student must achieve and maintain a 3.00 average or be dismissed a graduate student may be placed on academic probation only once it should be noted that the grade point average is only one measure of academic performance maintenance of the required average does not necessarily imply that a student is making satisfactory progress and the university reserves the right to dismiss a student whose performance is judged unsatisfactory even though the student has maintained the required grade point average a student who is dismissed may not be readmitted to the university or enroll as a nondegree student for a full year after the effective date of the dismissal 50