Programs of Study

A program of study, which is the list of courses you will take to complete your degree, is required for students in all degree and certificate programs. Students who fail to obtain a program of study approved by their advisor assume full responsibility for their registrations and for satisfying University, Graduate School and departmental program requirements.

An approved program of study must be on file in the Office of Records and Registration, 303 Pierce Hall, in order to meet graduation requirements. Students should schedule an appointment with their academic/graduate advisor to set up a program of study as soon as possible within their first semester.

Please refer to our sample POS [PDF]

A program of study must meet minimum credit hour requirements:

  • A Certificate degree must include a minimum of 12 credit hours
  • A Master’s degree must have a minimum of 30 credit hours
  • A Specialist degree must have a minimum of 32 credit hours (post-master’s degree)
  • A Doctorate of Philosophy degree must have a minimum of 60 credit hours post-master’s degree. A Doctorate of Nurse Practitioner must have 41 credit hours post-master’s degree. A Doctorate of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology requires 45 credit hours for the graduate of the MS program in Clinical Psychology at EMU.

Students must ensure that all courses on their program of study meet the Time to Degree and Residency policy requirements. Any changes to the Program of Study that depart from the required courses or credit hour requirements listed in the Course Catalog must have the signed approval of the department head/school director of that program.

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