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M.A. Graduate Handbook

Table of Contents



  • COEDU Mission
  • COEDU Vision
  • Goals of Graduate Education


  • Application Deadlines
  • Graduate Admissions/Registration
  • Time Limitations Related to Admission
  • Academic Policies and Procedures
  • Enrollment Requirements
  • Readmission to Graduate Program
  • Auditing of Courses
  • Academic Grievance Process



Degrees Offered

  • Master's Degree Programs and Concentrations
  • Graduate Certificates

Degree Program Descriptions

  • Master of Arts (M.A.) Degree
    • M.A. Degree, Plan I
    • M.A. Degree, Plan II (School Counseling)
    • M.A. Degree, Plan III
  • Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.)
  • Master of Education (M.Ed.)
    • M.Ed., Educational Leadership
    • M.Ed., Curriculum and Instruction

Degree Program Requirements

  • Master of Arts (M.A.) Degree
    • Program Requirements
    • Program of Study
    • M.A. Plan I Program Minimum Requirements
    • M.A. Plan II Program Minimum Requirements (School Counseling)
    • M.A. Plan III Program Minimum Requirements
  • Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) Program Minimum Requirements
  • Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Leadership
    • Program Requirements
    • Program Plan
  • Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Curriculum and Instruction
    • Program Requirements
    • Program Plan
  • Dual Degrees
  • Completion and Filing of Planned Program of Study Form 
  • Change of Course(s)
  • Change of Degree Program
  • Transfer of Credit
  • Waiver of Core Courses
    • Process Core Examination
  • Comprehensive Examination
    • Application and Clearance to take Comprehensive Examination
    • Enrollment Requirements
    • Comprehensive Examination Schedule/Dates
    • Submission of Comprehensive Examination Results

University and College of Education (COEDU) Requirements for Admission

  • M.A. Plans I & III, and M.Ed. (Non-Certification Programs)
  • M.A. Plan II, School Counseling and M.A.T. (Programs leading to Initial Certification)

Time Limits & Full Time Status

  • Time Limits
  • Full-Time Status

Faculty Advisors

M.A. Committee

  • Appointment of the M.A. Committee (Thesis Option Only)
    • Change of Committee Membership
    • Change of Committee Member(s)
    • Change of Major Professor
    • Change of Committee Form

Academic Standards and Performance

  • Grade Point Average Requirement
  • Academic Probation
  • Conditions for Receiving S/U and Z Grades
    • S/U Grades
    • Z-Grades
  • "I" Grades
  • "M" Grades
  • Academic Standards

Thesis Requirements

  • Thesis Hours
  • Permission to Conduct Research Involving Human Beings

- Institutional Review Board (IRB)

  • Education in the Protection of Human Subjects
  • Continuing Education Requirements
  • Institutional Review Board (IRB) Forms

Application to Graduate/Graduation Requirements

  • Commencement/Certification for Degree
  • Late Graduation Application




Offices & Organizations for Governing Graduate Study

  • University of South Florida
  • College of Education
    • Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
    • Coordinator of Graduate Studies
    • Graduate Programs Committee (GPC)
    • Graduate Student Association (GSA)
    • Credentialed Graduate Faculty


  • COEDU Graduate Assistantships, Tuition Waivers, Scholarships
    • Scholarships
    • Graduate Assistantships and Tuition Waivers


  • Appendix I: Thesis Research Proposal Questions
  • Appendix II: Students’ Rights & Responsibilities
  • Appendix III: Grievance Procedures
    • USF Graduate Student Academic Grievance Procedures
    • Purpose of the Grievance Process
    • Definition of an Academic Grievance
    • Purpose and Composition of the Grievance
    • Procedures for Resolving a Grievance

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