Minimum Graduate School Requirements
These are UO Graduate School minimums. Your specific graduate program may have higher or more stringent requirements.
MINIMUM THESIS CREDITS (if completing a thesis)
3 credits per term
To earn a master's degree, students must complete at least 45 graduate credits. The credits must be taken after admission to the master's degree program or approved by petition. See more at Transfer Credit
A minimum of 30 graduate credits in the major are required for a master's degree with a departmental major. Some interdisciplinary programs have different requirements. Contact your department or the Graduate School for details.
A minimum of 30 graduate credits (applicable to degree requirements) must be taken at the University of Oregon over the course of at least two terms of study. Individual schools or departments may have additional residence requirements.
A minimum of 24 credits must be University of Oregon graded (not pass/no pass) credits.
Programs exempt from this requirement:
- Interior Architecture
- Landscape Architecture
- Community and Regional Planning
At least 9 credits in courses numbered 600-699 must be taken at the UO.
Each program specifies whether a thesis is required or optional. For the thesis option, a minimum of 36 credits of course work and a minimum of 9 credits of Thesis (503) is required.
Credit for thesis is given pass/no pass. In your final term, you must register for at least 3 credits, at least 1 of which must be in 503 Thesis. There are exceptions to final term registration requirements in certain cases.
Graduate students must maintain at least a 3.00 grade point average (GPA) in all graduate courses taken with graded option. Departments may require a higher minimum GPA.
The accumulation of more than 5 credits of N or F grades, regardless of GPA, is considered unsatisfactory.
The master of arts (MA) degree requires second year level of proficiency in a second language as required for the bachelor of arts (BA) degree. Competency may be demonstrated by either a standardized test or with adequate undergraduate course work.
Language competence must be demonstrated within the overall seven-year limit for completion of a master's degree. The student's major department may establish a higher level of proficiency.
There is no language requirement for the master of science (MS) and professional master’s degrees unless the department so specifies.
All requirements for the master's degree must be completed within a seven-year time period. The seven-year time will begin with the term of admission to the master's program.
Example: A master's student admitted in Fall 2014 will have a completion deadline of Summer 2021.
The beginning date of the seven-year time period will be adjusted to an earlier date to include any graduate credits, approved for transfer into the program, that were taken before the date of admission.
Example: A master's student admitted for Fall 2014 who has approved transfer credits taken at a previous university in Fall 2012 will have a completion deadline of Summer 2019.
The language requirement for the master of arts, whether you choose a course or an exam, must be completed within the seven-year time limit.
Master's students are expected to maintain continuous enrollment for a minimum of 3 credits each term until all degree requirements have been completed, unless on-leave status has been approved.
Some departments may require full-time enrollment. Students are expected to become familiar with departmental policies regarding enrollment and satisfactory progress.
All graduate students using human or animal subjects in their research for a thesis, project or dissertation must obtain permission (and a protocol number) from either the Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects (CPHS) or Animal Welfare Services before beginning data collection.