Milestone 1: Forming a Committee and Completing the Program of Study
Milestone 2: Final Oral Examination or Coursework Only Proposal
Master's Program Timeline
Milestone 1: Forming a Committee and Completing the Program of Study (no later than the semester prior to graduation)
School of Education master’s students must form a Program of Study Committee (POSC) of advisors who will assist in guiding and evaluating progress through the graduate program. This committee is responsible for approving the student Program of Study, reviewing student progress, and final project approval. All final projects require a major professor, who will act as the primary advisor for the committee.
- POSC for coursework only: One major professor
- POSC for M.Ed. creative component: One major professor, one committee member
- POSC for M.S. thesis: One major professor, one committee member inside the School of Education, one committee member outside the School of Education
The Program of Study (POS) should be developed with the major professor, with full committee approval. The POS is used to assure that all program and college requirements are met. This form must be approved by the Graduate College and can be submitted online through AccessPlus (go to the Student tab and then choose Graduate Student Status).
Transferred/Expired courses policy: With the approval of the POSC, master’s students may transfer up to 9 credits of graduate coursework form other universities. Up to 6 credits of expired coursework (more than 7 years old) may be used on a master’s POSC.
Milestone 2: Final Oral Examination or Coursework Only Report Form (completed during the final semester)
Thesis/Creative Component Programs
All students pursuing a master’s degree with a thesis or creative component are work with their major professor to develop a proposal for the thesis or creative component. This proposal is shared with the committee prior to a meeting between the student and the committee to discuss the proposal and agree upon the expectations for the final product.
The student then completes the thesis or creative component with guidance from the major professor and committee members. The final written product is shared with the committee at least two weeks prior to the final oral examination.
All coursework in the program of study must either be completed or in progress before the final oral examination can be scheduled.
NOTE: The Request for Final Oral Examination must be submitted a minimum of 3 weeks prior to the final oral examination through the Graduate College website. Once you have confirmed a date and time for your final examination with your committee, contact Robyn Goldy (1620F Lagomarcino, firstname.lastname@example.org, 515-294-1241) to have a room reserved and she will also submit the online Request for Final Oral Examination to the Graduate College.
Coursework Only Programs
Master’s students in a coursework only program must complete the coursework only report form during their final semester and submit it on the Graduate College website. After all the requirements of the degree have been met, it will be routed for signature and sent to the Graduate College for processing. This form must be completed prior to the Graduate College’s stated deadline.
Master’s Program Timeline
Master’s students must complete Milestone 1 (an approved POSC) no later than the semester prior to graduation. See the Graduate College “dates and deadlines” for specific deadlines each semester. Most master’s programs are completed in two to three years; the Graduate College expects that master’s students complete their degrees in no more than seven years.