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Program Requirements-Research Concentration

Completion of a minimum of 36 hours of graduate coursework is required for graduation.  Eighteen of these hours are core courses, with the remaining 18 hours consisting of approved elective coursework or thesis credit.  Students must successfully defend a thesis.


Admissions Procedures

The research program is individually tailored to meet each student's needs and goals. Because it is primarily a tutorial program with a strong emphasis on independent study and one-to-one faculty/student interaction, the number of students admitted each year is quite limited. In addition to GPA and GRE scores, admission decisions are heavily based on the personal statement which should detail the applicant's research interests and educational goals. Persons wishing to apply to this program should obtain a listing of the current research interests of the faculty to determine which instructor would best match or support their needs. This list is available from the coordinator of the research program. 

Applicants must: 

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university. 
  • Submit an official score (not over five years old) for the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). 
  • Submit three letters of recommendation and a personal statement. Personal statements should describe the student’s career goals, research interests and a faculty member who can serve as their mentor.  Our program focuses on a mentor based approach.  The student and the mentor work to develop the skills the students are hoping to develop.                     
  • Have a minimum grade point average of 2.7 (based on a 4.0 scale) on all undergraduate work taken prior to receiving the baccalaureate degree or 3.0 in the senior year.  In a typical year, the average GPA of admitted applicants is 3.4; GRE scores and GPA are combined into a single admissions index.                      

                 Click here for an example on computing the admissions index.

Application Process:

Applicants who wish to maximize their probability of admission should be sure to have their application materials complete by March 15 for the fall semester or October 15 for the spring semester. The admissions committee will make their first set of decisions shortly after these dates. Applications will be considered through July 15 for the fall semester as long as space is still available. To submit an application, please follow the instructions and process as outlined through the university's Graduate School application system (click here for a direct link).