Aug 21, 2019  
2018 Graduate Catalog 
    
2018 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Academic Program Requirements



Policies Applying to Graduate Certificates

The Graduate Certificate at the University of Central Missouri provides for additional study beyond the baccalaureate level.

General Policies and Requirements - To receive a graduate certificate, a student must earn a minimum of nine semester hours of graduate credit.  At least half of the semester hours on the approved certificate must be at the 5000/6000 level.

Graduate Certificate and Master’s Degrees - A student pursuing a graduate certificate may seek admission to a degree program simultaneously or at a later date. The student must file an application for admission to Graduate Studies and pay the required application fee for a master’s degree. This fee will be in addition to the application fee required for a graduate certificate program. Completion of a graduate certificate does not guarantee admission into a graduate degree program. 

A student pursuing a graduate degree program may seek to complete a graduate certificate at a later date if the graduate degree and certificate were available in the student’s initial academic catalog.  Coursework satisfactorily completed as part of the degree may be used to satisfy the requirements for the certificate. The student must also meet all graduate certificate completion requirements. 

Transfer Credit - Upon approval by the school, a student may transfer a maximum of 50 percent of the required hours of graduate credit from another institution to a graduate certificate program.  See the “Academic Policies” section of this catalog for details on the requirements and procedures for transfer credit.

International Students - Federal regulations require international students to be in a degree program. Admission into a graduate certificate program does not meet student visa requirements and students will not be issued an I-20 for certificate programs alone. However, they may enroll in a degree program and a certificate program concurrently.

Financial Assistance - Students in certificate programs are not eligible for graduate assistantships and/or scholarships unless they are also accepted into a degree program. Students are not generally eligible for federal financial aid for a certificate program. Eligibility for federal financial aid is determined by the Student Financial Services office.

Graduate Certification Completion Requirements

To complete the requirements for a graduate certificate, a student must:

  • Submit an admissions application for a graduate certificate to the Graduate and International Student Services office and pay the required admissions application fee.
  • Satisfactorily complete all courses for the specified graduate certificate as outlined in this catalog.
  • Earn a cumulative graduate grade point average of 3.00 or higher on all graduate work completed at UCM and a 3.00 grade point average in the coursework required of the graduate certificate.
  • All U grades must be completed.
  • Satisfy all school requirements and adhere to all graduate related policies.
  • Apply for graduation in MyCentral the semester before intending to complete the certificate requirements.  Students earning only a certificate (and not a graduate degree) do not participate in the commencement ceremony.

Policies Applying to Master’s Degrees

The Master’s degree at the University of Central Missouri provides for additional study beyond the baccalaureate level.

General Policies and Requirements - To receive a Master’s degree a student must earn a minimum of 30 credit hours of graduate credit applicable in an approved program. At least 15 credit hours of the approved program must have been at the 5000/6000 level. If the degree program is more than 30 credit hours, at least fifty-percent of the credit hours must be at the 5000/6000 level. 

Transfer Credit - Upon approval, a student may transfer a maximum of nine semester hours of graduate credit from another institution to a UCM master’s degree program.  To be approved, the course(s) must be applicable toward a graduate degree at the transfer institution that awarded the credit.  See the “Academic Policies” section of this catalog for details on the requirements and procedures for transfer credit.

Individualized Study Limitations - Not more than one-half of the credit on an approved Master’s degree program may be individualized study. A student is limited to six hours of credit in internship on a Master’s degree program. A student is limited to a maximum of six semester hours of credit in thesis or in an individual research project on a master’s degree program.

Graduate Certificate and Master’s Degrees - A student pursuing a graduate certificate may seek admission to a degree program simultaneously or at a later date. The student must file an application for admission to Graduate Studies and pay the required application fee for a master’s degree. This fee will be in addition to the application fee required for a graduate certificate program. Completion of a graduate certificate does not guarantee admission into a graduate degree program. 

A student pursuing a graduate degree program may seek to complete a graduate certificate at a later date if the graduate degree and certificate were available in the student’s initial academic catalog.  Coursework satisfactorily completed as part of the degree may be used to satisfy the requirements for the certificate. The student must also meet all graduate certificate completion requirements. 

Two Master’s Degrees - A student may earn more than one Master’s degree at UCM. Upon completion of one graduate degree at UCM a second master’s degree may be earned with a minimum of 24 credit hours, all earned at UCM. A second master’s degree must include all courses specifically required for that degree.  Required courses in the second program may not be waived.  Only major elective hours may be waived with program coordinator or school chair consent.  Courses used on the second degree may not have been used on a concurrent or previous Master’s degree.  An approved program must include a minimum of 15 semester hours of 5000/6000 level.

Policies Applying to Accelerated Bachelor’s/Master’s Degrees

The Accelerated Bachelor’s/Master’s degree programs at the University of Central Missouri provide students the opportunity to complete two degrees together with fewer credit hours than would be required if the degrees were pursued separately.  At the successful completion of the specified program a student will receive both and undergraduate and a graduate degree in the same term.  These programs consist of a minimum of 140 hours of coursework.  A minimun of 24 hours must be taken for graduate credit.  A program may not count one course as both undergraduate and graduate credit.  Students must complete the undergraduate portion of the program before beginning the graduate portion.  Upon completion of the undergraduate portion, the student will then be classified as a graduate student.  If a student fails, for any reason, to complete the graduate portion of the program they are not eligible for a baccalaureate degree until they complete all of the remaining requirements for the standalone undergraduate degree. 

Policies Applying to Education Specialist Degrees

The Education Specialist degree at the University of Central Missouri provides for additional graduate-level study beyond the master’s degree. Education Specialist degree programs are offered in two broad curricular areas: Administration and Human Services. Within these broad areas the programs are flexible, involving discipline specializations. Individual programs must be developed with school approval.

General Policies and Requirements - At least 18 semester hours of the approved program must have been at the 5000/6000 level. If the program is more than 36 semester hours, at least fifty-percent of the semester credit hours must have been at the 5000/6000 level. A minimum of six of these hours must be at the 6000 level.  

Transfer Credit - Upon approval, a student may transfer a maximum of six hours of graduate credit from another regionally accredited institution to a UCM Education Specialist degree program.  See the “Academic Policies” section of this catalog for details on the requirements and procedures for transfer credit.

Prior Courses - A student pursuing a Master’s degree may enroll in graduate courses that are not a part of the approved Master’s degree program and which could at a later time be presented for use towards an Education Specialist degree program providing (1) that the student has applied for and been accepted into an Education Specialist degree program contingent upon the completion of a master’s degree and (2) that such courses were taken while the student was completing the last 12 hours of the master’s degree program.

A student may earn more than one Education Specialist degree at UCM. A second Education Specialist degree must include all courses specifically required for that degree.  Courses used on the second degree may not have been used on a previous Master’s or Education Specialist degree. An approved program must include a minimum of 18 semester hours of 5000/6000 level.  If the program is more than 36 semester hours, at least fifty-percent of the semester credit hours must have been at the 5000/6000 level. A minimum of six of these hours must be at the 6000 level.

Individualized Study Limitation - No more than 18 semester hours on an approved Education Specialist degree program may be individualized study. A student is limited to six credit hours of internship on an Education Specialist degree program. A student is limited to a maximum of six credit hours of thesis or individual research project on an Education Specialist degree program.

Graduate Program Advisory Committee - When a student is accepted into a program, the graduate coordinator will appoint a faculty member as chairperson of the student’s graduate program committee and two additional graduate faculty members to serve on the student’s advisory committee. The student shall seek the advice of the program advisor about enrollment, program planning (including any changes), qualifying examinations, approval of the Program of Study (if applicable), using the Central Degree Audit, research studies and/or thesis, comprehensive examinations, and eligibility for graduation. In all situations, the advisor shall work closely with other members of the advisory committee.

Cooperative Doctoral Degrees

UCM participates in two cooperative doctoral programs, one leading to an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and the other a Ph.D. in Technology Management.  These degrees are not conferred by UCM, but students are invited to participate in UCM’s commencement ceremony.  In accordance with federal rules, any federal financial aid a doctoral student may be eligible to receive is processed and disbursed by the school (i.e., University of Missouri or Indiana State University) from which the doctoral degree will be granted.

Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership - Students may pursue a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership, conferred by the University of Missouri.  The program uses a cohort format that requires the student to complete required coursework in two years (six consecutive semesters, beginning in the summer).  A dissertation follows the coursework.  Students are accepted into the cohort group every two years by meeting entrance requirements which include a master’s degree, a substantiated goal of Educational Leadership, GRE scores, undergraduate and graduate GPAs, evaluation of a writing assessment and a personal interview.  The curriculum includes the following broad themes:

  • Organizational Analysis
  • Leadership Theory and Practice
  • Analyzing Educational Policy
  • Content and Context for Learning
  • Research and Inquiry and Evaluation

Study commences in the summer for four weeks on the University of Missouri Columbia campus. During the Fall and Spring semesters online courses are taught by University of Missouri faculty and on-campus classes are taught at the Warrensburg campus and at UCM’s Summit Center by UCM faculty.  After the sixth semester of coursework, students complete both written and oral comprehensive exams and then enter the dissertation stage of the degree.  For more information contact the School of Professional Education and Leadership, Lovinger 4101 or call 660-543-4341.

Doctor of Philosophy in Technology Management - UCM is a charter member of a five-university consortium offering a Ph.D. in Technology Management, which is conferred by Indiana State University.  This degree takes advantage of distance education technology with courses available via online, telecommunication, and other media.  Selected courses are also available on the respective campuses.

The doctoral program is designed to provide students with opportunities to increase their depth and breadth of knowledge in technological studies. Students must complete a minimum of 57-60 semester hours of graduate study beyond the Master’s degree, with a majority of the coursework at the 6000-level or higher.

The program includes 24-30 credit hours in an area of technical specialization.  Admission is through Indiana State University.  The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is required.

For more information, contact the School of Technology, call 660-543-4438 or email Dr. Sue Rodchua at rodchua@ucmo.edu or visit www.indstate.edu/technology/consortphd.

Teacher Certification

UCM, accredited by (CAEP) the Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation, offers both courses and programs at the graduate-level that meet the requirements for certain teaching certificates issued by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.  All students seeking teacher certification should check specific program requirements listed in this catalog and with the graduate program advisor.

Authority has been granted to the university by the State Board of Education in Missouri to recommend for students for certification who are qualified to teach or serve as administrators in the public schools of Missouri as well as in other states. Any student seeking initial certification or additional certification as a result of completing graduate courses or a graduate degree should contact the Director of Clinical Services and Certification, University of Central Missouri in Lovinger 2170, Warrensburg, MO 64093 or at 660-543-8441 or clinicalsvs@ucmo.edu.