Master’s Degree and Post-baccalaureate Certificate

Prerequisites: A substantial body of relevant undergraduate work and considerable background knowledge are essential for graduate study. Therefore, students whose undergraduate programs are considered deficient in breadth may be required to complete additional preparatory work without degree credit. Such undergraduate “leveling” courses must be completed with a grade of B or better.

Master’s program: The master’s program is comprised of 36 semester hours of graduate work.

Post-baccalaureate certificate program: The post-baccalaureate certificate program is comprised of 18 semester hours of graduate work.

Official degree plan: After the first semester of enrollment (as soon as 9 to 12 semester hours of the work listed in the degree plan have been completed), the student assisted by the GSBS office should submit a degree plan. Delay in submission of the degree plan may result in postponement of graduation eligibility.

Once a student receives an approved copy of his/her official degree plan from the GSBS office, he/she is expected to follow the plan as the basis for all subsequent enrollments. Course substitutions are not permitted at the GSBS.

Approval of the degree plan does not, however, constitute admission to candidacy for a master’s degree or certificate. It merely signifies that the proposed plan is acceptable if the student satisfies all of the regulations of the GSBS and all of the requirements tied to the degree plan.

A student becomes a candidate to graduate as soon as all of the following requirements have been met:

  • All conditions for admission to the program have been met, including the submission of the degree plan form.
  • All hours of required graduate work has been completed.
  • A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better has been maintained in all official program courses.
  • Work to date is acceptable to the faculty concerned, as attested by their approval of the application for admission to candidacy.
  • The entire degree plan conforms to the general requirements of the GSBS and the requirements of the particular program.

Final written report: While master students are not required to present a research thesis, the master program does require submission of a final written report on the outcome of the student’s research project. (Only applies to the Master program).

Time limit: Students seeking advanced degrees are expected to graduate within a specified period of time. GSBS students whose graduate study is interrupted by military service are granted an extension for the period of their military duty (not to exceed five years). Per reporting guidelines established by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), students seeking master’s degrees are expected to graduate within five years.