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Graduate School

Residency Requirement

Regardless of the number of credit hours required for the receipt of an EMU graduate award/degree (12 hours minimum for a graduate certificate, 30 hours minimum for master’s degree, 32 hours beyond the master’s degree for a specialist degree, 90 hours beyond the baccalaureate degree for doctoral students), a graduate student at EMU must take a minimum number of credit hours once accepted and enrolled into an EMU degree program to receive an EMU graduate degree.

For master’s/specialist degree programs of 36 or fewer hours, at least 24 new graduate hours beginning the semester of acceptance and enrollment into the degree program must be earned at EMU. The remaining program requirement hours may be met through transfer, use of prior degree credit (EMU or elsewhere) or additional new EMU credits.

For master’s/specialist degree programs of 37 or more hours, at least 30 new graduate hours beginning the semester of acceptance and enrollment into the degree program must be earned at EMU. Minimum degree hours must still be met for graduation.

Students enrolled in multiple master’s/specialist degree programs must have 24 unique credit hours in each degree program.

For graduate certificate programs, at least 9 graduate hours beginning the semester of acceptance and enrollment into the program must be earned at EMU.

Students completing multiple certificate programs must have a minimum of 9 unique credit hours per certificate.

Credits from only one completed graduate certificate may be applied to a master’s or specialist degree in a relevant field of study, with the approval of the degree granting academic department, and be included in the residency hours above.

Graduate degrees earned at EMU or another accredited institution may be applied (in part or in total) to a student’s doctoral program of study at the discretion of the student’s doctoral program advisor.

Faculty Resources

Graduate School, 200 Boone Hall Phone: 734.487.0042, graduate_school@emich.edu