September 18, 2016

University of Oklahoma

Department of English

2016-2017

Graduate Student Handbook

M.A. Program:

Literary and Cultural Studies (LCS)

Composition, Rhetoric, and Literacy (CRL)

Creative Writing (CW)

Director of Graduate Studies:

Rita Keresztesi, Ph.D.
Office: Cate 2, Rm. 304

Phone: 405-325-7938
Email: ritak@ou.edu

Graduate Programs Office:

Sara Day, Graduate Assistant
Office: Cate 2, Rm. 408

Phone: 405-325-0489
Email: redpanda@ou.edu


Table of Contents

I. Information for Prospective M.A. Students

II. M.A. Advisement

III. M.A. Credit Hours, General Exams, and Theses:

• Literary and Cultural Studies (LCS) & Creative Writing

IV. M.A. Credit Hours, General Exams, and Theses:

• Composition, Rhetoric, and Literacy (CRL)

V. Transfer Credits

VI. M.A. Foreign Language Requirement

VII. Annual Evaluations


I. Information for Prospective M.A. Students

 A. Overview of the M.A. Program

The master’s degree requires the equivalent of at least two semesters of satisfactory graduate work and additional work as it is prescribed for the degree in the Department. All coursework applied to the master’s degree must carry graduate credit. The minimum number of hours required for a master’s degree program is established by the academic unit: the thesis option consists of at least 30 credit hours and the non-thesis master’s degree option requires at least 32 credit hours. The minimum hour requirement for a specific master’s degree program cannot be waived.

As the M.A. in English is a research degree as well as a teaching apprenticeship, all students are expected to choose two research areas, one primary and one secondary, in which to focus their coursework and writing. Students will design these areas of study in close consultation with the chair of their committee. These areas of study may be selected from well-established fields of national literature and/or historical periods (e.g., British, American, Native American, post-colonial Anglophone, medieval, early modern, Eighteenth, Nineteenth or Twentieth century), Composition, Rhetoric, and Literacy, theoretical approaches (feminism/gender studies, critical race/ethnicity studies, Marxism, poststructuralism), media studies (film, graphic novel), or more recent areas of scholarly interest (transnational literature, new kinds of interdisciplinary studies, digital humanities). The committee must consist of a committee chair and three other members of the graduate faculty.

Faculty are committed to preparing graduate students through preparation in coursework, mentoring, and professional development. Students have published their work in prominent journals and presented at national and local conferences. Teaching assistantships are competitive with those of peer institutions, and financial assistance for dissertation completion and conference travel is available through the department and Graduate College. The department has been successful in helping students find employment in and outside of academia. See our faculty by their areas of specialization here.

 B. Application and Admissions Procedures

 i. Admissions Requirements:

 a. Prospective graduate students must submit an application for admission and official transcripts to the Office of Admissions.
b. A $50 non-refundable application processing fee is required of all applicants for admission to the University of Oklahoma.
c. The English Department deadline for applying to the Graduate Program for the Fall term is January 5th. New students are not accepted into the graduate programs during the Spring or Summer terms.
d. To be considered for admission into the M.A. program in English, we require the following: GRE general scores [the code for the University of Oklahoma is 6879]; a Grade Point Average of 3.00 or better on a 4.00 scale (admission on probation is possible with a G.P.A. of 2.75); and a major in English or at least 15 hours of courses (6 hours must be upper-division) or the equivalent in closely related fields. Candidates are admitted on a competitive basis.
e. A Financial Aid Services packet, and information about eligibility for financial aid, can be obtained from the Office of Financial Aid at (405) 325-4521.

ii. Application Requirements (to be submitted with online application): a. Three (3) Letters of Reference: On your online application, you will be asked to provide emails for three references, who will be contacted by the University with a request for a letter of recommendation. Request your references to comment specifically upon (1) your qualifications as a prospective graduate student (literary judgment, writing ability, originality, diligence) and, if you are applying for Graduate Teaching Assistantship, (2) your qualifications as a prospective teacher (ability to organize, enthusiasm, responsibility, objectivity). If possible, referees should use the online reference system, but if they prefer, they may send hardcopy letters directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions (731 Elm Avenue, Room 318 Norman, OK 73019).
b. Official Transcripts: These should be sent directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions (731 Elm Avenue, Room 318 Norman, OK 73019). Unofficial transcripts may also be uploaded to your online application, but these cannot substitute for official transcripts.
c. Statement of Goals in graduate education: This statement should include your reasons for pursuing graduate work and your proposed areas of study and research (250-500 words). Upload this document to your online application.
d. Critical Writing Sample: It should be no more than 25 pages, appropriate to program and preferably in your proposed area of study. (If you are applying to the Creative Writing program, you must submit a creative writing sample as well.) Upload writing samples to your online application.
e. G.R.E. Scores (General Test) are required for all M.A. and Ph.D. applicants. Official scores should be sent to Office of Graduate Admissions (731 Elm Avenue, Room 318 Norman, OK 73019). Unofficial scores can be entered on your online application.

 C. Funding Opportunities in the M.A. Program

 i. Teaching Assistantships:
a. Teaching Assistantships with stipends of $12,887 are available on a competitive basis for up to three years at the M.A. level. Prospective students interested in teaching assistantship support should indicate that interest on the application cover sheet. Two weeks before the beginning of their first semester, all students who receive teaching appointments will also participate in a workshop to help them prepare for their courses, covering topics such as reading assignments, writing assignments, paper grading and classroom strategy. Students awarded graduate teaching assistantship (GTA) positions will typically teach one to two composition courses each semester under the supervision of the First Year Composition Office (FYC).
ii. Rader Fellowship or Sutton Fellowship:

a. To be eligible for these fellowships, students accepted into the graduate program in English must be admissible to the Graduate College in full standing. There is no additional application process to be eligible for this award; all entering M.A. and Ph.D. students are automatically considered.

b. The two-year fellowship for M.A. students includes:

1. Teaching or research assistantship:

of $16,000 for M.A. recipients per academic year, full tuition waiver (in-state and out-of-state) up to six hours of coursework for fall and spring semesters, basic health insurance subsidy, and travel funds for research or conferences.

2. Reduced teaching load:

a 4-course reduction for M.A. over the duration of the fellowship.

iii. Rudolph C. Bambas Scholarship:

This is a $2000 scholarship awarded annually to a graduate student planning to specialize in Medieval or Early Modern Studies (MEMS).

 iv. Other Opportunities for Financial Support: 
In addition to teaching assistantships, fellowships, and special stipends, there are other sources of financial support in the English Department associated with specialized professional training.

- Two Research Assistantships are available for working with the Director of First-Year composition, who administers a large university-wide Freshman Composition Program. This program also offers a summer workshop with a stipend to prepare Teaching Assistants for their first year of instruction.

- The Sutton Endowed Chair in English provides a Research Assistantship in Literary Theory and Cultural Studies.

- World Literature Today, the prominent University of Oklahoma journal which administers the biannual Neustadt International Prize for Literature, offers two renewable one-year Assistantships for teaching and research related to the journal's mission.

II. M.A. Advisement

A. Initial advisement should occur just prior to the beginning of the fall and spring semesters. In your admission letter you are informed of the name of the assigned faculty member from the Graduate Committee who will be your adviser for the first semester or year. As soon as possible, students should seek an advisor from among the faculty in their area of study. Until the student has found a permanent adviser, he or she should seek advisement from the assigned adviser and the Director of Graduate Studies.

B. During the first several weeks of the first semester in the program, new graduate students will meet collectively with the faculty and advanced students for an Orientation session and Q&A.

C. After the student has chosen a faculty member to serve as adviser, the adviser will thereafter help the student construct a coherent plan of study according to the regulations of the Graduate College and the structure of the M.A. program.

D. A plan of study will be prepared by the student and the Adviser, and approved by the Director of Graduate Studies, before enrollment for the second semester.

 

III. M.A. Credit Hours, General Exams, and Theses: 

• Literary and Cultural Studies (LCS) & Creative Writing (CW)

There are two main course requirements for all students in the LCS and Creative Writing concentration; the rest of your courses are electives. Therefore, to create a coherent program of study, you need to meet regularly with the Chair of your committee. Your electives should also be selected in close consultation with the Chair of your committee. (The Director of Graduate Studies is also available for all advising questions before and after you select a Chair.)

Finally, in consultation with your Chair, you will decide how you will complete your program:

1) Exam Option;

2) Critical Thesis Option (can be a revised seminar paper, 9000 words in length);

3) Creative Writing Thesis Option.

A. Non-Thesis (Exam) Option in Literary and Cultural Studies (32 credit hours)
i. Required Courses (6 hrs):

a. ENGL 5313, Literary Criticism and Theory (3 hrs)

b. One course (3 hrs) in Composition/Rhetoric/Literacy, as approved by the Director of Graduate Studies and the student’s advisor. May be met with ENGL 5513, Teaching College Composition.

ii. Electives (24 hrs): Eight courses in Literary and Cultural Studies, as approved by the Director of Graduate Studies and the student’s advisor. At least one course must be a Graduate Seminar. Courses must be graduate-level courses (5000 or 6000 level) in the department, but with approval, a substitution of one 4000 level course, or one graduate course outside the department, or one directed reading will be permitted.
iii. ENGL 5960, Directed Reading for exam preparation (2 hrs): This course must be with the Chair of your committee and it must focus on your primary area of study in your exams.
iv. M. A. Examination: The exam is the culmination of the student's coursework in the program. It should therefore test: (a) the overall knowledge of his or her chosen area(s) that the student has acquired cumulatively up to that point through coursework and independent preparation; and (b) his or her skills as a researcher, scholar, and critic.
a. Students must file the Admission to Candidacy form according to the Graduate College’s deadline. This deadline is typically around October 1 for a spring exam date, and April 1 for a fall exam. Deadlines and forms can be found on the Graduate College's website: http://www.ou.edu/gradweb/. Students must also apply through the Graduate Assistant, Sara Day for approval to take the non-thesis exam at least three weeks prior to the anticipated start date.
b. The M. A. Examination will have two portions: written and oral. Optimally, the exam should be taken in the semester immediately after the one in which coursework is completed, and no later than the second semester after completion of coursework. At the M.A. level, however, it is likely that students will still take a course during the semester in which they take their exams.
c. As early as possible in their career, but not later than the semester prior to that in which the examination is taken, students in the Exam Option should develop with their advisor:
- In Literary and Cultural Studies: choose two areas of study and research; one designated as primary and the other secondary topic. An example of such areas, for example, could be British Romanticism (primary area) and Victorian Gothic literature (secondary area). With approval of the examination committee, a student may choose Composition, Rhetoric and Literacy as secondary topic.
- Examination Committee: consists of three faculty members; students in literary and cultural studies should have at least two members from the major area with one of these members serving as chair.

For more policies regarding the selection of committee members, see the Graduate College Bulletin: http://www.ou.edu/gradweb/student_resources.html
- Reading List: Students should choose 30 items from the primary area of concentration and 10 items from the secondary area, with a balanced selection of book-length primary literary texts and scholarly books and articles.
d. Exam Questions: Students will draft three (3) exam questions for the primary area and two (2) questions for the secondary area and submit them, first to their Chair, and then to their Committee. These questions should cover all the items on the list, without citing each of them. Students should consult their committee on the expectations and requirements for what the reading lists and exam questions should look like and how they should be formatted. Once the Committee approves the final version of the questions, the exam must be taken within 30 days. The Exam will require three essays as answers. The Committee will choose two questions from the primary area and one from the secondary area for the student to answer. No answer should exceed 10 double-spaced typed pages (approximately 2500 words). Students can select from these schedules for their exams:

Weekday M.A. exam schedule

Receive exam at 8:00 AM on:

Turn in exam by 5:00 PM on:

Monday

Wednesday

Tuesday

Thursday

Wednesday

Friday

Weekend M.A. exam schedule

Receive exam at 5:00 PM on:

Turn in exam by 1:00 PM on:

Friday

Monday

 e. Oral Component: The oral component, scheduled by the Chair after the successful completion of the written component, will provide an opportunity for both the student and his/her Committee to review, analyze, contextualize, and supplement the written component. Students should expect to be questioned on items from their reading lists not covered in the written component of the exam. Ability to demonstrate to the exam committee familiarity with and comprehension of all the works on the reading lists is expected for the successful completion of the oral component. For more information on the oral component, including when it must be completed after taking the exams, please consult the Graduate College Bulletin on the Graduate College’s website.
viii. The M.A. Exam will be graded Fail, or Pass.

Students are allowed only two attempts at the Examination, in successive semesters.

B. Thesis Option for Literature and Cultural Studies (30 credit hours)
i. Required Courses (6 hrs):

a. ENGL 5313, Literary Criticism and Theory (3 hrs)

b. One course (3 hrs) in Composition/Rhetoric/Literacy, as approved by Director of Graduate Studies and the student’s advisor. May be met with ENGL 5513, Teaching College Composition.

ii. Electives (18 hrs): Six courses in the Literary Studies concentration, as approved by the Director of Graduate Studies and the student’s advisor. At least one course must be a Graduate Seminar. Courses must be 5000/6000 level courses in the department, but with approval, a substitution of one 4000 level graduate course, or one graduate course outside the department, or one directed reading will be permitted.

iii. Thesis

a. Thesis Coursework (6 hrs)

ENGL 5960, Directed Reading (3 hrs)

ENGL 5980, Research for Master’s Thesis (3 hrs)

b. Committee: Before the final semester of coursework, the student must establish a three-member Thesis Committee in his/her areas of study.
c. Students must file the Admission to Candidacy form according to the Graduate College’s deadline. This deadline is typically around October 1 for a spring exam date, and April 1 for a fall exam. They must also file the Master's Thesis Topic and Committee Membership form. Deadlines and forms can be found on the Graduate College's website.
d. Thesis Proposal: Early in the semester immediately after completing Required and Elective coursework, the student will meet with the Thesis Committee and obtain its approval of the Thesis Proposal. A Proposal approved by a Committee will contain
1. a substantive overview of the topic and research

2. a brief chapter outline
3. a thoroughly researched select bibliography on the topic
e. Thesis Defense: After the student has completed the thesis, he or she must defend it in an oral examination administered by the Thesis Committee. For more information on thesis policies and when the thesis defense must be conducted by, consult the Graduate College Bulletin on the Graduate College’s Website.

The thesis should be at least 9,000 words in length (it can be a revised seminar paper).

C. Creative Writing Thesis Option (30 credit hours)

  i. Required Courses (6 hrs):

a. ENGL 5313, Literary Criticism and Theory (3 hrs)

b. One course (3 hrs) in Composition/Rhetoric/Literacy, as approved by Director of Graduate Studies and the student’s advisor. May be met with ENGL 5513, Teaching College Composition.

ii. Electives (12 hrs): Four courses in the Literary and Cultural Studies area, as approved by the Director of Graduate Studies and the student’s advisor. At least one course must be a Graduate Seminar. Courses must be 5000/6000 level courses in the department, but with approval, a substitution of one 4000 level graduate course, or one graduate course outside the department, or one directed reading will be permitted.

iii. Creative Writing Coursework (6 hrs): Two courses in Creative Writing. At least one course must be a 5000 level creative writing seminar (3 hrs); the other may be a 4000 level undergraduate creative writing course.

iv. Thesis

a. Thesis Coursework (6 hrs)

ENGL 5960, Directed Reading (3 hrs)

ENGL 5980, Research for Master’s Thesis (3 hrs)

b. Thesis Committee: Two members of the Thesis Committee must be published creative writers. The third will be a member who is not a creative writer. One of the creative writers will serve as the chair of the Committee.
c. Students must file the Admission to Candidacy form according to the Graduate College’s deadline. This deadline is typically around October 1 for a spring exam date, and April 1 for a fall exam. They must also file the Master's Thesis Topic and Committee Membership form. Deadlines and forms can be found on the Graduate College's website.
d. Writing of the Creative Thesis

The creative thesis will consist of:

i. a significant collection of short stories, poems, or plays, or a work of creative prose

ii. a critical introduction to the work by the author, situating it in its historical and generic contexts.
e. Thesis Defense: After the student has completed the thesis, he or she must defend it in an oral examination administrated by the Thesis Committee.

IV. M.A. Credit Hours, General Exams, and Theses: 

• Composition, Rhetoric, and Literacy (CRL)
There are four main course requirements for all students in the CRL concentration; the rest of your courses are electives. Therefore, to create a coherent program of study, you need to meet regularly with the Chair of your committee. Your electives should be selected in close consultation with the Chair of your committee. The Director of Graduate Studies is also available for all advising questions before and after you select a Chair. Finally, in consultation with your Chair, you will decide how you will complete your program: 1) Exam Option; 2) Thesis Option.

A. Non-Thesis Option in Composition, Rhetoric, and Literacy (32 credit hours)

i. Required Courses (12 hrs):

a. Issues in CRL, ENGL 5403 (3 hrs)

b. Teaching College Composition and Literature, ENGL 5113 (3 hrs)

c. Literary Criticism and Theory, ENGL 5313 (3 hrs)

d. One course in History of Rhetoric or Composition Theory as approved by the Director of Graduate Studies and the student’s advisor (3 hrs)

ii. Elective Courses (18 hrs):

Six courses as approved by the Director of Graduate Studies and the student’s advisor. Courses must be 5000/6000 level courses in the department, but with approval, a substitution of one 4000 level graduate course, or one graduate course outside the department, or one directed reading will be permitted.

iii. Directed Reading for Exam Preparation, ENGL 5960 (2 hrs):

This course must be taken with the student’s committee chair.

iv. Non-Thesis Exam:

The M. A. Examination is the culmination of the student's coursework in the program. It should therefore test (a) the overall knowledge of his or her chosen areas which the student has acquired cumulatively up to that point through coursework and independent preparation; and (b) his or her skills as a researcher, scholar, and critic.
a. Students must file the Admission to Candidacy form according to the Graduate College's deadline. This deadline is characteristically around October 1 for a spring exam date, and April 1 for a fall exam. Deadlines and forms can be found on the Graduate College's website. Students must also apply through Sara Day for approval to take the non-thesis exam at least 3 weeks ahead of the anticipated start date.
b. The M. A. Examination has two portions: written and oral. Optimally, the exam should be taken in the semester immediately after the one in which coursework is completed, and no later than the second semester after completion of coursework.
c. As early as possible in their career, but no later than the semester prior to that in which the examination is taken, students in the Exam Option should develop with their advisor:
1. two fields in CRL;
2. a three-member Comprehensive Examination Committee;
3. a reading list of 30 items from the primary area and 10 items from the secondary area, with a balanced selection of book-length primary texts and scholarly books and articles.
d. Students will draft three exam questions for the primary area and two questions for the secondary area and submit them, first to their Chair, and then to their Committee. These questions should cover all the items on the list, without citing each of them. Students should consult her/his committee for their expectations and requirements for what reading lists and exam questions should look like and how they should be formatted.
e. Once the Committee approves the final version of the questions, the exam must be taken within 30 days. The Exam will require three essay-type answers. The Committee will choose two questions from the primary area and one from the secondary area for the student to answer. No answer should exceed 10 double-spaced typed pages (approximately 2500 words). Students can select from these schedules for their exams:

Weekday M.A. exam schedule

Receive exam at 8:00 AM on:

Turn in exam by 5:00 PM on:

Monday

Wednesday

Tuesday

Thursday

Wednesday

Friday

Weekend M.A. exam schedule

Receive exam at 5:00 PM on:

Turn in exam by 1:00 PM on:

Friday

Monday


f. Oral Component:

The oral component, scheduled by the Chair after the successful completion of the written component, will provide an opportunity for both the student and his/her Committee to review, analyze, contextualize, and supplement the written component. Students should expect to be questioned on items from their reading lists not covered in the written component of the exam. Ability to demonstrate to the exam committee familiarity with and comprehension of all the works on the reading lists is expected for the successful completion of the oral component. For more information on the oral component, including when it must be completed after taking the exams, please consult the Graduate College Bulletin.
viii. The Examination will be graded Fail, Pass, or Pass with Distinction. Students are allowed only two attempts at the Examination, in successive semesters.

C. Thesis Option in Composition, Rhetoric, Literacy (30 hrs)

i. Required Courses (12 hrs):

a. Issues in CRL, ENGL 5403 (3 hrs)

b. Teaching College Composition and Literature, ENGL 5113 (3 hrs)

c. Literary Criticism and Theory, ENGL 5313 (3 hrs)

d. One course in History of Rhetoric or Composition Theory as approved by the Director of Graduate Studies and the student’s advisor (3 hrs)

iii. Electives (12 hrs): Four courses as approved by the Director of Graduate Studies and the student’s advisor. At least one course must be a Graduate Seminar. Courses must be 5000/6000 level courses in the department, but with approval, a substitution of one 4000 level graduate course, or one graduate course outside the department, or one directed reading will be permitted.

iv. Thesis:

a. Thesis Coursework (6 hrs)

ENGL 5960, Directed Reading (3 hrs)

ENGL 5980, Research for Master’s Thesis (3 hrs)

b. Committee: Before the final semester of coursework, the student must establish a three-member Thesis Committee in his/her areas of study.
c. Students must file the Admission to Candidacy form according to the Graduate College’s deadline. This deadline is typically around October 1 for a spring exam date, and April 1 for a fall exam. They must also file the Master's Thesis Topic and Committee Membership form. Deadlines and forms can be found on the Graduate College's website.
d. Thesis Proposal:

Early in the semester immediately after completing Required and Elective coursework, the student will meet with the Thesis Committee and obtain its approval of the Thesis Proposal. A Proposal approved by a Committee will contain
1. a substantive overview of the topic and research;

2. a brief chapter outline;
3. a thoroughly researched select bibliography on the topic.
e. Thesis Defense:

After the student has completed the thesis, he or she must defend it in an oral examination administered by the Thesis Committee. For more information on thesis policies and when the thesis defense must be conducted by, please consult the Graduate College Bulletin on the Graduate College’s Website. The thesis should be at least 9,000 words in length (may be a revised seminar paper).

V. Transfer Credits

A student in the M.A. degree program may transfer a maximum of six (6) credit hours for coursework done at other institutions. These transfer credit hours must be approved by the student's committee Chair as well as the Director of Graduate Studies .

VI. Enrollment during the Final Semester of Study

Graduate assistants, especially those who have a .50 or greater FTE assistantship, may be eligible to enroll in fewer than five hours of coursework during their final semester and still be considered full time for the purpose of maintaining eligibility for a tuition waiver and FICA (Federal Insurance Contributions Act) tax exemption. The Graduate College instituted this policy to help students avoid paying fees for coursework beyond the hours needed for completion of the degree.

Graduate assistants who are eligible for reduced enrollment in their final semester may be considered eligible for a one-semester exemption from the FICA tax if they declare their final semester with the Graduate College by completing the online Graduate Assistant Final Semester Declaration form. This form may be completed one time only.

Deadlines:

Potential Fall 2016 graduates must complete the online form no later than July 29, 2016 to receive the FICA tax exemption for Fall 2016 on their August paycheck, or by August 26, 2016 to receive the FICA tax exemption on their September paycheck.

Should a student declare their final semester with the Graduate College but not graduate in that semester, the student will no longer be eligible to retain full-time student status with reduced enrollment.

International students must also obtain separate approval for a reduced course load from International Student Services.

The Graduate College will report to the Office of Financial Aid any students who have self-identified the current semester as their final semester. Students should contact the Office of Financial Aid for enrollment requirements with regard to financial aid eligibility and student loan deferment information.

VII. M.A. Foreign Language Requirement

A. The purpose of the language requirement is to enable students to enter an international community of scholars and to work with primary texts and scholarship across national and linguistic boundaries. The department therefore strongly encourages students to exceed the minimum level of proficiency required by the department.
B. In addition, different areas of concentration may require proficiency in more than one language. Therefore, students in the M.A. program must consult with the Chair of their committee by the second semester of their course work to decide if proficiency beyond the department’s minimum is required.
C. Native speakers of a language other than English or students with a B.A., M.A., or Ph.D. in a language other than English meet the minimum language requirement by default. However, such students should nonetheless consult with the Chair of their committee to decide what is necessary for their areas of concentration.
D. Students should seek to establish minimum proficiency as early in their program as they can. Minimum proficiency is defined in this manner:
i. One year in a language besides English with a grade of “B” or better (6- 10 credits)

ii. Passing grade on a translation exam as administered by the Department of Modern Languages, Literature, and Linguistics, or other departments on campus.

iii. One class in a graduate-level reading class (3 credits), usually offered during the summer term.
E. The department accepts course work from outside OU. Students must provide official transcripts or appropriate documentation. Translation exams must be taken at OU.
F. All students must provide proof of proficiency to the Director of Graduate Studies. Ideally, students should provide proof in the second semester of study. At the latest, M.A. students must do so prior to scheduling their exams or filing thesis paperwork.

 

VII. Annual Evaluations

A. Each graduate student will be evaluated formally and collectively at the end of each academic year during a meeting of the faculty. The annual evaluation of each current graduate student will be an occasion for a careful (re)assessment of his or her scholastic progress, accomplishments, and prospects of continuation in the program. Students are evaluated upon their timely progress in the program and the quality of their work.

B. If a student's annual evaluation indicates that he or she is not making satisfactory progress in the program, the Graduate Committee will review the case and make an appropriate recommendation, such as further advisement, probation, etc.

C. Early on in the spring semester, students will submit to their Adviser the filled out Progress Report, sent through email by Sara Day (Graduate Assistant), with the required information for that academic year. The Adviser will submit a written evaluation for the student's report based on a review of the student's grades and performance in courses. During the Spring semester, in the Graduate Progress Report meeting of the full graduate faculty, each student’s performance is discussed and the faculty will deem the student’s progress acceptable or unacceptable. If a student receives two consecutive unacceptable progress report evaluations, the student’s continuation in the program becomes tenuous.

Please consult the Graduate College Bulletin for further info for master’s students.