MA & PhD Transition Policy

B. MA and PH.D. QUARTER TO SEMESTER TRANSITION POLICY

MA QUARTER TO SEMESTER TRANSITION POLICY

Under the quarter system, the MA in Comparative Studies required 50 coursework hours plus additional hours for the thesis, several more than were required by the Graduate School (45). With the conversion to semesters, students will need 27 coursework hours and at least 3 additional thesis hours. The structure remains the same, and requirements (9 courses plus thesis) are only slightly modified in the conversion to semesters.

The transition will not require additional coursework for any students, regardless of their status at the time of transition. We have devised the following table to show students how the change to semesters will affect their completion of the MA degree:

Semester Conversion Table for Master of Arts in Comparative Studies

Quarter Courses Completed*

Quarter Credit Hours Completed*

Semester Courses Needed*

Additional Semester Credit Hours Needed

0

0

9

27

1

5

8

24

2

10

7

21

3

15

6

18

4

20

5

15

5

25

4

12

6

30

3

9

7

35

2

6

8

40

1

3

9

45

0

0

10

50

0

0

TOTAL COURSEWORK

HOURS NEEDED

50 Quarter Hours

 

27 semester hours

THESIS HOURS

NEEDED

1-10

 

3-9

TOTAL HOURS NEEDED

51+

 

30+

 

Transition Policy for the Ph.D. in Comparative Studies

Under the quarter system, the Ph.D. in Comparative Studies required 95 coursework hours plus additional hours for the Candidacy Examination and the Dissertation. With the conversion to semesters, students will need 54 coursework hours and 26 additional examination, thesis, and dissertation hours.

The structure and requirements for the Ph.D. are minimally altered, requiring 18 courses, one less at the MA level than were required under the quarter system, a change that will leave students able to devote one semester to the thesis. Other than that small change, the conversion to semesters has been largely mechanical.

The transition will not require additional coursework for any students, regardless of their status at the time of transition. We have devised the following table to show students how the change to semesters will affect their completion of the Ph.D. degree:

SEMESTER CONVERSION TABLE FOR Ph.D. IN COMPARATIVE STUDIES

Quarter Courses Completed*

 

Quarter Coursework Hours Completed*

 

Quarter Exam and Dissertation

Hours completed

Semester Courses Needed*

 

Additional Semester Coursework Hours Needed

 

Additional Exam and Dissertation hours Needed

0

0

 

18

54

 

1

5

 

17

51

 

2

10

 

16

48

 

3

15

 

15

45

 

4

20

 

14

42

 

5

25

 

13

39

 

6

30

 

12

36

 

7

35

 

11

33

 

8

40

 

10

30

 

9

45

 

9

27

 

10

50

 

8

24

 

11

55

 

7

21

 

12

60

 

6

18

 

13

65

 

5

15

 

14

70

 

4

12

 

15

75

 

3

9

 

16

80

 

2

6

 

17

85

 

1

3

 

18

90

 

0

0

0-26

19

95

0-25

0

0

0-23

Total Hours Needed:

 

120

 

 

80

 

 

0