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Degree Requirement and Policies for Master's Program

Degree Requirement and Policies for Master's Program

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 Degree Requirements and Policies for Master’s Program
 

1.          Program Requirements:
(1) A total of 36 credits are required for graduation, which include a minimum of 18 elective course credits offered by the Department of Economics. The Master’s thesis does not count toward the total number of required credits.
(2) Students must enroll in a minimum of three and a maximum of 13 credit hours each semester.
 
2.          Thesis Advisors:
(1) Thesis advisors must be full-time or part-time faculty members in the Department of Economics.
(2) Thesis advisors cannot advise more than three graduate students per year.
(3) Students must submit the thesis advisor approval form a minimum of one year before graduation.
 
3.          English Proficiency Requirements:
(1) Non-native English speakers must demonstrate a comprehensive English language proficiency; to achieve this, students must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and obtain a score of at least 530 for the paper-based test (PBT) or 197 for the computer-based test (CBT).
(2) Students who fail to meet this requirement must enroll in an additional six English language course credits that are authorized by the Graduate Student Evaluation Committee.
 
4.          Thesis Presentation:
(1) With approval from their thesis advisor, students may apply for the thesis presentation.
(2) The thesis presentation must be completed prior to the degree examination. Thesis presentations are held once every year.
 
5.          Degree Examinations:
(1) Students may only apply for the degree examination after completing their thesis presentation, course requirements, and English language proficiency requirements.
(2) Degree examination applications require a completed degree examination application form, thesis advisor authorization, and three copies of their thesis. Students must apply for the degree examination prior to the deadline stipulated on the application form.
(3) After registering for the degree examination, the thesis advisor will recommend two additional committee members to form a degree examination committee. The thesis advisor cannot serve as convener of the degree examination committee. The score of the degree examination is calculated by averaging the points given by the participating examination committee members; the passing grade is 70 points. Students will fail the exam if two or more of the committee members give a score that is below 70 points.
(4) Those students who do not pass the degree examination may apply to take the examination again in the following semester/academic year; the degree examination can be retaken only once. Those who do not pass the second time must withdraw from the program. Those who pass the second time will receive a maximum score of 70 points.
 
                6.      Revision:
                   These regulations were adopted during a departmental affairs meeting, ratified by the president of FCU, and promulgated. Revisions shall be handled in the same manner.