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Office of Graduate Studies and Research

Click on any of the following links for information:

Allan D. Headley, Dean
Business Administration Building
Internet: http://www.tamuc.edu/gradschool
E-Mail: graduate_school@tamuc.edu
Phone: 903-886-5163
Fax: 903-886-5165

Mailing Address
Texas A&M University-Commerce
Office of Graduate Studies and Research
P. O. Box 3011
Commerce, TX 75429

Physical Address
Texas A&M University-Commerce
Office of Graduate Studies and Research
2600 S. Neal St.
Commerce, TX 75428

Mission

The mission of the Office of Graduate Studies and Research is to provide leadership and direction for all aspects of graduate education and to promote research at Texas A&M University-Commerce.

Purpose and Nature of the Office of Graduate Studies and Research

Graduate work offered by the University is distinguished from undergraduate work in that the graduate student is expected to show increased maturity in scholarship, seriousness of purpose, and ability to think independently. In accordance with this distinction, graduate courses are designed to develop the student’s ability to gather relevant facts, to analyze them, and to make reasonable generalizations and sound conclusions through independent research.

Master’s degree programs provide for the needs of students seeking professional employment, research opportunities, advanced degrees, including the doctoral degree, or personal satisfaction by increasing their depth of knowledge in their fields of specialization. Our students are prepared to be school and college teachers and administrators and advanced professionals in business, technology management, social work, the arts and various science disciplines. Some of our programs also prepare students for professional and administrative certificates.

The doctoral programs are distinct in purpose and more selective in admitting candidates than the master’s programs. The purpose of the doctoral program is to produce a graduate who has developed breadth of vision, a capacity for interpretation, and the ability to carry out critical investigation.

From association with fellow scholars, the doctoral student is expected to gain many new concepts, a zeal for adding to the sum of human knowledge, and development of ability to conduct original research and to think clearly and independently. The student also must develop the professional competencies necessary for giving application of knowledge in the essential areas of human and public interest. Guidance toward extended reading and research is an integral part of graduate study.

Major Areas of Study

We offer a master’s degree with the following majors:

 

Agricultural Education Higher Education Teaching
Agricultural Sciences History
Art Interdisciplinary Studies
Biological Sciences Management*
Broadfield Sciences Marketing
Business Administration* Mathematics
Chemistry Music Education
Computer Science Music Performance
Counseling Physics
Early Childhood Education Psychology
Economics Reading
Educational Administration Secondary Education
Educational Technology—Leadership Social Work
Educational Technology—Library Science Sociology
Elementary Education Spanish
English Special Education
Finance Technology Management
Health, Kinesiology, and Sports Studies Theatre
Higher Education Administration Training & Development

*Also available as online program.

We offer graduate certificates in the following areas:

Criminal Justice Management Environmental Science
College Teaching Studies in Children’s and Adolescent Literature and Culture
College/University Administration Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

We offer specialist degrees with the following majors:

School Psychology

We offer doctoral degrees with the following majors:

English (PhD)
Counseling (PhD)
Educational Administration (EdD)
Educational Psychology (PhD)
Supervision, Curriculum and Instruction—Elementary Education (EdD)
Supervision, Curriculum and Instruction—Higher Education (EdD)

Graduate Faculty

Since the academic reputation of any graduate program rests upon the quality of its faculty, great care is given to the awarding of graduate faculty status. The selection of graduate faculty rests with the Graduate Council.

Graduate Faculty membership is limited to full-time faculty who have a terminal degree or its equivalent. There are two types of membership for Texas A&M University-Commerce faculty and two types for visiting scholars: Associate and Senior Graduate Faculty, and Associate and Senior Visiting Scholars. Associate Graduate Faculty and Associate Visiting Scholars are eligible to teach graduate courses, direct master’s theses, and serve on doctoral committees, while Senior Graduate Faculty and Senior Visiting Scholars can teach graduate classes and direct both master’s theses and doctoral dissertations. Minimum qualifications for associate faculty membership are (a) holds academic rank of assistant professor or above; (b) holds the highest earned terminal degree in the teaching discipline; (c) has a minimum of 1 year full-time university assignment that includes teaching graduate courses; and (d) provides evidence of current activity and involvement in scholarly research, and/or creative activity.

Minimum qualifications for senior faculty membership are (a) has academic rank of associate professor or above; (b) holds the highest earned terminal degree in the teaching discipline; (c) has a minimum of three years of full-time university assignment, which includes teaching graduate courses and, if applicable, service on thesis and dissertation committees; (d) and shows evidence of competence as a scholar, including research capability and/or creative activity as evidenced by publications, creative endeavors, and thesis or dissertation supervision. The University will recognize the graduate faculty status that the visiting scholar holds at his/her home institution. Anyone not affiliated with an institution of higher education will be evaluated on an individual basis to determine associate or senior visiting scholar status.

Requests for Graduate Faculty membership and for visiting scholar status may be initiated by the faculty member or by the head of the department in which the faculty member serves. All requests initially go to the departmental Graduate Faculty for a recommendation. The request is then forwarded through the department head, college dean, and graduate dean for a recommendation from each. It is then sent to the Graduate Council, which makes the decision as to the type of membership to be awarded.

Each Senior Graduate Faculty member’s and Senior Visiting Scholar’s scholarly research, creative activity and involvement in the discipline, and graduate education is reviewed by the Graduate Council every 6 years. The purpose of this review is to determine if the faculty member’s current graduate faculty status is appropriate and warranted.

The review process is the same as for the initial selection process; however, the options open to the Council are more numerous and include one of the following:

  1. Approve continued membership in the current status for 6 years.
  2. Change the status of a senior member to associate member.
  3. Refuse to approve any level of graduate faculty status.
  4. Provide a 3-year provisional term at the current level. If this option is chosen, the faculty member must be reviewed again after 3 years and either approved for a regular 6-year membership, changed in status, or dropped from Graduate Faculty membership. Graduate Faculty whose status is terminated may, after 1 calendar year, reapply for graduate faculty status.

Under extenuating circumstances, the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research can grant temporary exception for other faculty members who do not hold graduate faculty status to teach graduate courses and/or serve on thesis or dissertation committees. Information on such exceptions is submitted to the Graduate Council each semester and does not require Council action except in such cases as it deems necessary. Questions relating to Graduate Faculty membership should be directed to the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research.

Texas A&M University System Graduate Faculty

The Texas A&M University System has established a System Graduate Faculty, which enables and facilitates the collaborative research and teaching among faculty members of the nine universities and the Health Science Center within the System. By acquiring status through the System Graduate Faculty, a member of The Texas A&M University System Graduate Faculty may teach graduate courses and serve as member or cochair but not as chair) with a member of the Texas A&M University Graduate Faculty.

System Graduate Faculty Guidelines

  1. Purpose. The Texas A&M University System Graduate Faculty has been developed for the following purposes:
    1. To facilitate participation in graduate education for The Texas A&M University System students.
    2. To provide graduate students access to the expertise of faculty members throughout the System.
    3. To increase interinstitutional faculty collaboration throughout The Texas A&M University System.
    4. To promote the development of multidisciplinary educational and research programs and the capacity to study complex scientific and social issues.
  2. Membership Background
    1. Membership on The Texas A&M University System Graduate Faculty provides the opportunity to participate in graduate education at The Texas A&M University System universities through serving on graduate committees, advising graduate students, and teaching graduate courses.
    2. Appointment to membership on The Texas A&M University System Graduate Faculty is designed to assure rigor in the directing, counseling, and teaching of graduate students.
    3. All of The Texas A&M University System Graduate Faculty members can serve as members of any graduate committee.
    4. The chair of a graduate committee must be from the institution that is conferring the graduate degree.
  3. Membership Qualifications. Consideration for membership on The Texas A&M University System Graduate Faculty requires meeting the following qualifications.
    1. The individual must hold the terminal degree, usually an earned doctorate. Exceptions will be considered only if justified in accordance with the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
    2. The individual must be a tenured or a tenure-track faculty member of a Texas A&M University System university and hold a professional rank.
    3. A person holding the title of instructor or lecturer may not be considered for membership on The Texas A&M University System Graduate Faculty.
    4. Individuals holding professorial rank at an agency of The Texas A&M University System are eligible for membership.
    5. The individual must be a member of the graduate faculty at his/her home institution.
    6. The individual must be an active participant in his/her graduate program through teaching, directing, or administering graduate work.
    7. The individual must show evidence of active research and scholarly work within the past 5 years. This should include publication as primary author of scholarly books, presentations at professional meetings, or creative works, such as performances, work in juried exhibitions, or other creative works appropriate to the individual’s discipline.
    8. A graduate student at any Texas A&M University System institution may not be a member of The Texas A&M University System Graduate Faculty. Membership on The Texas A&M University System Graduate Faculty is forfeited upon a faculty or staff member’s admission to a graduate program at any institution in The Texas A&M University System.
  4. Nomination, Appointment and Review Process
    1. Nomination for membership to The Texas A&M University System Graduate Faculty is made by submission of an official application by a faculty member and an accompanying letter of endorsement from the individual’s department head or chair and college dean. The application and letter of endorsement are sent to the graduate dean, who certifies institutional graduate faculty appointment status and forwards the nomination to the Texas A&M University System Council of Graduate Deans for consideration and action.
    2. The application from the faculty member must identify the institutional graduate faculty of which he or she is a member, specify the graduate degree(s) that he or she is qualified to supervise under the conditions of the institutional appointment, and specify the graduate program(s) in which he or she wishes to participate as a System graduate faculty member. The application should be accompanied by a current curriculum vitae.
    3. The Council of Graduate Deans will appoint faculty from member institutions as needed to a Graduate Faculty Review Advisory Committee to consider applications and reappointments and to make recommendations to the Council of Graduate Deans.
    4. A Graduate Faculty member of The Texas A&M University System is appointed for a 5-year term. At the end of the 5-year term, the member will be re-evaluated for reappointment by the Council of Graduate Deans. Failure to maintain membership criteria will result in removal from The Texas A&M University System Graduate Faculty. The Council of Graduate Deans will notify by letter a faculty member who is nonvoluntarily removed from membership on The Texas A&M University System Graduate Faculty. The faculty member’s department head, dean, provost, and graduate dean will also receive notification.
  5. Graduate Faculty Membership List. A list of the current membership of The Texas A&M System Graduate Faculty will be maintained in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs and the graduate office at each System university.

Administrative Procedures

Administration of the Office of Graduate Studies and Research is entrusted to the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research. A Graduate Council, consisting of 17 elected and appointed members, formulates and recommends to the President of the University policies and procedures related to graduate education. The Dean of Graduate Studies and Research is the executive officer of the Council and has authority to act for the administration and the Council. Faculty membership on the Graduate Council is limited to senior and associate members of the Graduate Faculty. Student membership is limited to graduate students who are classified as full-time resident students. All Council members have full voting rights.

Class Attendance Rule

Students are expected to be present for all class meetings of any course for which they are enrolled. Students are responsible for learning about and complying with the attendance policy stated in the catalog, Student’s Guidebook, and/or faculty syllabus. Faculty members will provide details on requirements and guidelines for attendance in their classes in their course syllabi. Faculty members will keep students’ attendance records.

Students are responsible for requesting makeup work when they are absent. They will be permitted to make up work for absences that are considered excused by the faculty member. The method of making up this work shall be determined by the faculty member.

The student is responsible for providing the faculty member reason(s) for his/her absence. The faculty member then determines the validity of the reason(s) for the absence and whether the student is to be excused for the absence. Faculty members may consider the following as excusable reasons for absence.

  1. Participation in a required/authorized university activity.
  2. Verified illness.
  3. Death in a student’s immediate family.
  4. Obligation of a student at legal proceedings in fulfilling responsibility as a citizen.
  5. Others determined by individual faculty to be excusable (e.g., elective University activities, etc.).

Appeals can be made through normal administrative channels.

A record of excused and unexcused absences will be maintained by a faculty member for reference since certain financial assistance and other programs may require attendance records.

When requested by the student, teachers will inform the student who has been absent whether makeup work is allowed and whether absences jeopardize the student’s standing in a class.

It is the prerogative of the faculty to drop students from courses in which they have accrued excessive absences as defined in the course syllabus. In such cases, faculty recommend through the department head to the appropriate college dean that a student be dropped from a class. The faculty member will document absences and will make a reasonable effort to communicate with the student prior to recommending the drop. If approved, the college dean will forward the recommendation to the Registrar’s Office.

Students who wish to drop a course or withdraw from the university are responsible for initiating this action.

If a student believes the final course grade is unfairly impacted by attendance requirements, an appeal can be made. This appeal process is explained in “Student Appeal of Instructor’s Evaluation ” (Procedure 13.02.99.R14).

Good Standing

This procedure defines good standing for graduate students enrolled at Texas A&M University-Commerce. Entering students who have been fully admitted (without any type of probationary admission, provisional admission, or other restriction) will be considered in good standing. A student will remain in good standing if, and only if, he or she has a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.00 and is free of the following holds: holds indicating delinquent financial indebtedness, academic suspension, academic probation, provisional status, and disciplinary suspension. Students who are not in good standing are not eligible to graduate until good standing has been achieved.

Academic Honesty of Students

Graduate students at Texas A&M University-Commerce are expected to maintain high standards of integrity and honesty in all their scholastic work. Faculty are expected to uphold and support student integrity and honesty by maintaining conditions that encourage and enforce academic honesty. Conduct that violates generally accepted standards of academic honesty is defined as academically dishonest. “Academic dishonesty” includes, but is not limited to, plagiarism (the appropriation or stealing of ideas or works of another and passing them off as one’s own), cheating on exams or other course assignments, collusion (the unauthorized collaboration with others in preparing course assignments) and abuse (destruction, defacing, or removal) of resource material.

If a student is accused of academic dishonesty, the faculty member making the accusation is responsible for initiating disciplinary proceedings. The penalty assessed should be related to the severity of the infraction. If the student and faculty member agree on the penalty, assessment of the penalty concludes the disciplinary action.

However, certain violations of academic honesty, such as plagiarism, infringe upon the academic community’s basic tenets of scholarly inquiry. Therefore, if a faculty member believes the infraction is severe enough to warrant further action and/or if the problem may be cumulative, occurring in other classes in which the student is enrolled, the faculty member may file a report of the infraction with the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research. The student must be notified that the report has been filed with the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research to allow the student the opportunity to file a response. If a faculty member believes the infraction is so severe that a penalty greater than failure on a project and/or course is warranted, the faculty member may recommend to the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research through the department head and academic dean that the student be suspended or expelled.

If the student disagrees with the charge or level of penalty, he/she is entitled to due process in accordance with the University procedure for student appeals. The appeal process for this procedure is through the following channels: department head; Dean of Graduate Studies and Research; and the Administration Committee of the Graduate Council, which will present its recommendation to the full Graduate Council for final disposition of the appeal. Final jurisdiction on graduate student appeals is the Graduate Council.

In addition, international students must comply with current Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) regulations.

Student Conduct (Hazing)

The Texas Education Code prohibits hazing at institutions of higher education. Hazing is defined as “any intentional, knowing, or reckless act occurring on or off the campus of an educational institution, by one person or acting with others, directed against a student, that endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student for the purpose of pledging, being initiated into, affiliating with, holding office in, or maintaining membership in an organization.” Hazing is a criminal violation under Texas law. A person may be found guilty of criminal conduct for hazing, encouraging hazing, permitting hazing, or having knowledge of the planning of hazing incidents and failing to report in writing his/her knowledge to the Dean of Students.

Academic Honesty of Faculty and Professional Staff

Graduate faculty and professional staff at Texas A&M University-Commerce are expected to maintain high standards of integrity and honesty in all their scholastic work. Faculty are expected to uphold and support integrity and honesty by maintaining conditions that encourage and enforce academic honesty.

If a faculty or staff member is accused of academic dishonesty, the department head or supervisor is responsible for initiating a timely investigation. Any necessary disciplinary actions that result from this investigation should be related to the severity of the infraction.

If a faculty or staff member disagrees with the charge or level of penalty, he/she is entitled to due process in accordance with the usual procedures available to faculty who are accused of any other infraction.

Registration

Registration dates, times, and instructions are available on the Registrar’s website at web.tamuc.edu/admissions/registrar/ . MyLeo (A&M-Commerce WEB application for Students) allows eligible students to register through the Internet. Students can access MyLeo through http://MyLeo.tamuc.edu .

The academic year is divided into two long semesters, fall and spring, and a summer semester of two terms.

Courses: Definition, Value and Number

A Course. A course is one subject carrying three or four semester hours of credit. One- and 2-semester-hour subjects may, in certain cases, be converted to course equivalents by adding the semester hours and dividing by three. Subjects carrying 6 semester hours of credit count as two courses. Each major or minor department has the right to refuse substitution of 1-hour courses or their equivalents to a graduate program when it deems such substitution inappropriate for the planned program of study.

Semester Hour. The semester hour is a unit of credit. It is defined as 1 hour of lecture per week, or its equivalent in laboratory work, for 1 semester or its equivalent, as defined by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Each course has a value of 3 semester hours unless otherwise specified.

Course Numbers. Graduate courses are numbered at the 500, 600, and 700 levels.

Graduate Student Load

During the fall or spring semester, the load for a full-time graduate student is 9-12 hours. A student taking 9-12 hours is considered full-time. A student taking 6 hours is considered half-time. The maximum load for a full-time graduate student during each summer term is 7 hours. A student taking 6 hours in each summer term is considered full-time. The maximum load for a mini-term is 3 hours. Doctoral students admitted to candidacy and enrolled in 3 hours of 718 dissertation credit is considered half-time.  Doctoral students who are enrolled in 9 credit hours of organized classes and who are performing research related to their dissertation may be required to register for an additional 3 hours of dissertation for a total of 12 credit hours.

Only in unusual circumstances shall a doctoral student register for more than 12 semester credit hours in a given semester (fall or spring), and then only if approved in advance by the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research or other comparable official. See the section “Graduate Assistantships” for information about course loads for graduate assistants.

Student Class Schedule Adjustments

Students are expected to make all necessary adjustments in their class schedules by the 4th class day of a regular semester and the 2nd class day of a summer semester. Eligible students may use MyLeo (A&M-Commerce Web Applications for Students) to process drops and adds. Students not eligible to use MyLeo may obtain a drop/add sheet at the Registrar’s Office. The student must obtain approval to add and drop courses from the department/instructor and return the drop/add sheet to the Registrar’s Office. Students may add classes until 4th class day during the fall and spring semesters and 2nd class day during the summer terms. Students may drop a class with a full refund (if remaining enrolled) until the 12th class day during the fall and spring semesters and 4th class day during the summer terms.

The student desiring to add a course(s) after the 4th class day of a regular semester or 2nd class day of a summer semester should pick up a drop/add sheet at the Registrar’s Office. The student should proceed to the department(s) where he/she obtains department/instructor approval and then to the appropriate dean for approval. The drop/add sheet is then returned to the Registrar’s Office. Students will not be allowed to add classes after the 12th class day during fall/spring or the 4th class day during a summer semester.

No course may be added to student schedules after the last day to change schedules as stated in the university calendar, except in very special cases and then only by approval of the instructor and appropriate dean.

Auditing Courses

Students desiring to audit a course may do so with the consent of the instructor and department head. Enrollment for audit courses occurs on the first day of classes. Students auditing courses must meet the same admission requirements and pay the same tuition and fees required for credit courses. Students enrolling for a course for audit must notify the Registrar’s Office prior to completing registration for the course. A student may not change from credit to audit after the 12th class day during the fall or spring semester or after the 4th class day in a summer term.

Withdrawal from the University

A student leaving the University before the end of a semester or summer term for which he/she is registered must clear his/her record by filing an application for voluntary withdrawal on a form available in the Registrar’s Office or at web.tamuc.edu/admissions/registrar/pdf/studentWithdrawal.pdf . This action must be taken by the date stated in the University Calendar as the last day to drop a class or withdraw. Courses withdrawn are counted as attempted hours and count towards the three-peat rule.

Additional information and the withdrawal form are also available on the website at web.tamuc.edu/admissions/registrar/generalInformation/withdrawal.aspx .

Grading System

Grades—Their Meaning and Value

 

Grade Marks Grade Meaning Points Per Semester Hour
A Excellent 4
B Good 3
C Average 2
D Passing (Minimum) 1
F Failure 0
X Incomplete 0
I Incomplete (thesis & dissertation only) 0
IP In Progress 0
W Withdrew 0
DP Dropped Passing 0
DF Dropped Failing 0
Q Course Drop 0
S Satisfactory 0
U Unsatisfactory 0
DS Dropped Satisfactory 0
DU Dropped Unsatisfactory 0

Satisfactory-Unsatisfactory (S-U) Grading

In certain graduate courses, students will be evaluated on a satisfactory-unsatisfactory (S-U) grading basis rather than by the traditional letter grade system. Students in these specially designated courses will receive the grade of “S,” or “satisfactory,” for graduate level work equivalent to a regular “B” grade or better. Grades of “U,” or “unsatisfactory,” will be assigned to those students whose work falls below the “B” level. In such courses, only a grade of “S” may be counted toward fulfillment of degree requirements. Neither “S” nor “U” grades will be included in the calculation of grade point average to determine academic standing. The courses in which the satisfactory-unsatisfactory grading system will be used are indicated by their separate course descriptions in the current Graduate  Catalog. All other courses not so identified will be graded on the traditional letter grade basis. Each department may prescribe further rules regulating the use of the satisfactory-unsatisfactory grade system within its specific graduate degree programs, but in no case may more than 50% of the courses presented toward fulfillment of the requirements for any graduate degree have been graded on the satisfactory-unsatisfactory basis.

Dropped Courses

Beginning Fall 2008 the Q denotes a dropped course.  DP, DF, DS & DU no longer apply to dropped courses.

After the census date in a term (see University Calendar for specific dates), a student who drops a course will receive a grade of “Q.”  Students who officially withdraw from school prior to the date stated in the current University Calendar will receive a grade of “W.” Courses withdrawn are counted as attempted hours and count towards the three-peat rule.

Additional information and the withdrawal form are also available on the website at web.tamuc.edu/admissions/registrar/generalInformation/withdrawal.aspx .

Incomplete Courses

Students, who because of circumstances beyond their control are unable to attend classes during finals week or the preceding three weeks will, upon approval of their instructor, receive a mark of “X” (incomplete) in all courses in which they were maintaining passing grades.

When an “X” is given for a grade in a course, the credit hours are not included for one semester (exclusive of summer) in calculating the grade point average. Grades of “X” earned during the spring or summer are to be completed by the end of the following fall semester. If the “X” is not removed by that time, the grade becomes an F, and the hours are included in the number of hours attempted.

Recording a grade of “X” requires the filing of a plan for completion. The plan will be submitted with the official grade record sent to the department head who will forward it to the Dean of the College. The plan will include why the grade was given and steps necessary for the student to receive the final grade.

A grade of “IP” (in progress) will be used for courses that are scheduled over more than 1 semester. The grade of IP will not be computed in the grade point average and will be removed when the final grade is filed by the instructor.

A grade of “I” will be given for courses in dissertation and thesis (including undergraduate honors thesis) for all registrations prior to the semester in which the final document is completed. The time limit imposed on the grade of “X” (one semester) does not apply for these courses.

Repeating a Course

When a course is repeated, only the last enrollment for the course will be used in computing the grade point average. Any student who enrolls in the same course a second time must notify the Registrar’s Office during the semester in which the course is being repeated. When the semester is completed, the Registrar’s Office will then update the grade point average to reflect the duplication of the course. After a degree is awarded, courses taken before the degree was awarded (regardless of whether the course is applied to the degree) cannot be repeated and the grade point average recalculated.

Enacted in the 78th Legislative session, HB1 mandates that students repeating a course for a third time or more may be subject to an additional fee for the repeated courses. Courses withdrawn are counted as attempted hours and count towards the “Three-Peat Rule.”

Semester Grade Reports

At the end of each semester of the regular session and the end of the summer session, grades will be updated to the student information system. Students may check the status of their grades by accessing MyLeo at http://leo.tamuc.edu . A PIN (Personal Identification Number) is required for access.

Student Appeal of Instructor Evaluation

  1. The final grades awarded by faculty members are their expert judgment concerning student performance. Students challenging a final grade must show that the instructor’s judgment was unfair based on one of the following:
    1. Some basis other than performance.
    2. Standards different from those applied to other students in the same course section.
    3. A substantial, unreasonable, and unannounced departure from previously articulated standards or the syllabus.
  2. Students who believe their grade to be unfair must first discuss the matter with the instructor.
  3. If no satisfactory resolution is reached with the instructor, or if the instructor is unavailable, the student shall appeal to the department head. A grade appeal must be initiated in writing with the department head (or dean of the college if the department head is the instructor) within 6 months of the last day of the semester in which the grade was awarded. The department head will examine the student’s appeal to determine whether the student has established an apparent case of unfair academic evaluation.
  4. The instructor or the student may appeal the department head’s decision (with respect to findings and remedies) to the dean of the college in which the course is offered within 30 days of the date on which the department head offered his or her judgment.
  5. Upon receipt of an appeal, the dean will appoint a three-person advisory committee of faculty to hear the case. The chair of the committee will be from a department other than the one offering the course in question. The two remaining will be from the department offering the course. One of these faculty members may be suggested by the author of the appeal. The instructor and the student may file additional statements. The committee will review all written materials and may seek other information, as they deem appropriate. After reviewing all information, the committee will communicate their findings and suggested remedies, if any, to the dean of the college.
  6. The dean of the college is the final authority on issues of fairness in course evaluation. He or she will consider the recommendations of the committee but has wide latitude in resolving the matter.

Graduate Assistantships

Assistantships that require teaching, laboratory instruction, and/or research (GAR, GANT, GAT) are available to master’s and doctoral students in most departments. The awarding of assistantships is a staffing function of the department making the appointment. Inquiries about applications should be addressed to the head of the department in which the applicant wishes to undertake graduate study. Applicants for such positions must satisfy requirements of both the Office of Graduate Studies and Research and the department.  Additional information available on line at web.tamuc.edu/academics/graduateSchool/funding/assistantships/default.aspx .

Academic and creative excellence and maturity are the primary qualifications considered in the appointments. Graduate students whose native language is not English must demonstrate a sufficient level of oral and written proficiency (TOEFL or IELTS) before they can be awarded a teaching assistantship.

Minimum requirements for holding assistantships are

  1. Graduate assistants must be admitted (full or conditional) to a graduate degree program, enrolled in graduate courses, and evaluated by the department based on student qualifications and need.
  2. Graduate assistants must maintain a graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  3. Teaching assistants are required to have a minimum of 18 graduate hours in the field to be taught.
  4. Courseload requirements:
    • Full-time GA's must be registered in 6 graduate hours or more.
    • Half-time GA's must be registered in at least 6 graduate hours.

Once an assistantship is offered and the graduate student has accepted verbally or in writing, the student has an obligation to stay in that position for the duration of the semester.

Stipends

Stipends for master’s and doctoral assistantships will be set by the President of the University and Chief Executive Officer after consultation with the Graduate Council, Dean of Graduate Studies and Research, and the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Waiver for Out-of-State Tuition and Fees

Graduate Assistants who have not established residency in Texas and who hold full-time assistantships in their academic area are entitled to a waiver of out-of-state tuition and fees. Students must be employed by the 12th class day for fall or spring semesters and by the 4th class day for summer terms to receive this waiver.

Work Load

The work load for a full-time assistant in the fall or spring semester is teaching 6 hours or working 20 hours per week. The summer teaching load is 3 hours per term. A lesser assignment is possible with a reduced stipend.

Course Load for Graduate Assistants

The course load for a full-time assistant is 6-12 hours for the fall or spring semester and 3-7 hours for each summer term. A doctoral student shall not be required to register for more than 9 credit hours during any semester, with the exception of a doctoral student who also is doing research related to his or her dissertation who may be required to register for an additional 3 hours of research or dissertation, for a total of 12 credit hours.

Teaching Appointments

Master’s or doctoral assistants who have primary responsibility for teaching a course for credit and/or for assigning final grades for such a course must, according to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Criteria for Accreditation, be under the direct supervision of a faculty member experienced in the teaching field, receive regular in-service training, be regularly evaluated, and have earned at least 18 graduate semester hours in their teaching discipline.

Time Limitations

Graduate assistantships may be held for a maximum of 4 semesters (exclusive of summer sessions) by master’s students. Graduate assistantships may be held for a maximum of 6 semesters (exclusive of summer sessions) by doctoral students. Appointments can be extended for up to 2 semesters at the discretion of the department head. All appointments are subject to satisfactory performance of assigned duties and progress toward the degree.

Performance and Evaluation

All appointments are subject to satisfactory performance of assigned duties, progress toward the degree or program goal, and maintenance of a 3.00 graduate grade point average. Appointment corrective action may be initiated by the department head at any time during the semester. In case of termination, the graduate assistant shall have the right to appeal through normal administrative channels.

Persons holding assistantships have the right to develop to the best of their ability, both academically and professionally, and to be treated fairly and with respect. It is the responsibility of the assistant to carry out, in a professional manner, such duties as may be reasonably assigned by the department head or supervisor.

Individuals holding teaching assistantships will be evaluated every semester, both orally and in writing, by the department head or faculty supervisor. Such evaluations will be forwarded to the college dean. Graduate assistants who are teachers of record must be evaluated by their students.

Tuition and Fees for the 2009-2010 Academic Year

Tuition rates are subject to change by the Legislature. Current rates are available on the University webpage.

State Residency

A student’s tuition and fees are impacted by the student’s state of residency. The Texas Legislature, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, and Texas College and University System have established guidelines for determining residency status. Texas residency for tuition purposes is generally obtained by working in Texas for 12 months immediately prior to enrollment in any college or university, by being a dependent of a Texas resident, or by being classified as a Texas resident for the first 5 of the 6 years immediately preceding registration.

Any student who has lived outside Texas or who has a possibility of being a nonresident is coded accordingly. Upon receipt of a completed residency questionnaire and appropriate documents, determination of eligibility to pay in-state tuition will be finalized.

It is the student’s responsibility to insure that the application for admission is properly completed for tuition purposes. Any change in residency status must be reported to the Office of Graduate Studies and Research.

Students who reside in bordering states (Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and New Mexico) are eligible to receive a reduced rate in nonresident tuition.

Due to legislative changes, doctoral students who have accumulated over 99 doctoral hours will be charged nonresident tuition and fees.

Estimated Special Fees

Motor vehicle operation and parking permits are issued for the academic year. They are $22 if purchased in the fall, $18 in the spring, and $13 in the summer. All permits expire August 31 of each academic year.

Diploma fee (payable when applying for degree)—$40
Educator Certification—Fee based on type of certification earned
Late registration fee—$50
Installment payment plan fee—$17
Late installment payment plan fee—$20
Returned check fee—$20
Lab fees—$5 to $45
Course Fees—$3 to $1,200

 

Testing Fees:  
Quick THEA—$35 CLEP Test—$75
Practice TExES—$15 TexES—$82
   
Graduate Application Fees:  
U.S. Citizen—$35 International—$50
   
Career Services User Fee:  
Basic—$10 Extended—$15
   
Master Thesis Fees: Doctoral Dissertation Fees:
Binding—$66 Binding—$66
Microfilm—$17 Microfilm—$17
Copyright—$65 Copyright—$65
Publishing—$55 Publishing—$65
Postage—$10 Postage—$10

Note: All fees are subject to change.

Room and Board

For specific room and board costs, contact the Department of Residence Life at (903-886-5797) or check online at www. tamuc.edu/housing/ .

Overdue Financial Obligations

In the case of overdue financial obligations to Texas A&M University-Commerce by the student, future registrations, transcripts, and other benefits may be withheld.

Refunds for Dropped Courses

Tuition and fees collected for courses from which students drop within the first 12 days of a fall or spring semester or within the first 4 days of a summer term will be refunded provided the student remains enrolled at the institution for that semester or term. There is no refund for courses dropped after the 12th class day for the long semesters or the 4th class day for the summer term.

Refund of Tuition and Fees for students who withdraw from the university is based on the following scales:

Fall or Spring 
prior to the 1st class day 100%
during the 1st through 5th class day 80%
during the 6th through 10th class day 70%
during the 11th through 15th class day 50%
during the 16th through 20th class day 25%
after the 20th class day none
Summer 
prior to the 1st class day 100%
during the 1st, 2nd or 3rd class day 80%
during the 4th, 5th, or 6th class day 50%
7th day of class and thereafter none
Ten-Week Summer Session 
prior to the 1st class day 100%
during the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th class day 80%
during the 5th, 6th, 7th or 8th class day 50%
9th day of class and thereafter none
Shortened Format Courses (3-week courses) 
prior to the 1st class day 100%
during the 1st or 2nd class day 80%
during the 3rd or 4th class day 50%
5th day of class and thereafter none

Withdrawal refunds for students receiving federal funds is based on how much Title IV aid a student has received and not earned at the time of withdrawal. The amount of aid earned is calculated on a pro rata basis through 60% of the term. Contact our Financial Aid Office before withdrawing.

Admission to the Graduate School

Admission to the Graduate School permits the student to enroll in graduate courses, but does not guarantee admission to a program leading to the master’s or doctoral degree. All students must consult with the major departmental adviser concerning specific departmental admission requirements. Departments have the right, and many exercise that right, to have program admission requirements that are higher than those set by the Graduate School. In no case, however, can a department set criteria lower than the Graduate Council minimum.  Additional information regarding admission can be found online at web.tamuc.edu/academics/graduateSchool/graduateAdmissions/default.aspx .

General Requirements for Admission to the Graduate School

An applicant to Graduate Studies who is seeking admission must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. The bachelor’s degree must be substantially equivalent in content to degrees granted by Texas A&M University-Commerce. Each applicant will submit to the Office of Graduate Studies and Research the following:

  1. An application for admission to Graduate Studies, available online: www.tamuc.edu/gradschool/ .
  2. A $35.00 non-refundable application fee.
  3. An official bachelor’s degree transcript from a regionally accredited institution and a transcript from any school at which the student has completed graduate courses (these transcripts should be sent directly to the Office of Graduate Studies and Research by the issuing institutions). Students applying to the BPA/MBA 5-year program should contact their major adviser. A bachelor’s degree transcript is not required for admission for students applying to the BPA/MBA (accounting) program. The BPA/MBA program is only available to Texas A&M University-Commerce students.
  4. An official copy of the aptitude portion (General) of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies and Research through the Educational Testing Service. Students applying for admission to a master’s in art or a master’s in music are not required to submit GRE/GMAT scores. Applicants to a master’s degree in agricultural education, business administration, early childhood, economics, elementary education, finance, management, marketing, reading, secondary education, social work, and technology management should contact the specific department for optional criteria in regard to the GRE/GMAT exam. Students pursuing a master’s degree in computer science may submit either the GRE or GMAT exam. Applicants for nondegree status or holders of a master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution who are seeking a second master’s degree may be exempt from this requirement, pending departmental requirements.

Admission is invalid if granted on the basis of incorrect information or on the omission of facts which, if known, would have caused the applicant to be ineligible. Students on academic suspension from another institution will not be admitted to A&M-Commerce until their specific period of suspension expires.

Admission for Students Receiving Their Bachelor’s Degree from an Unaccredited Institution

Students desiring admission to Graduate Studies at Texas A&M University-Commerce who have received their bachelor’s degree from an institution not recognized and accredited by one of the regional accrediting agencies must be approved for admission by the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research. Materials must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies and Research 30 days in advance of the initial enrollment.  In addition to the General Requirements for Admission (covered in the previous section), students may be required to submit additional supportive documentation.  Factors considered by the Dean in making the determination include, but are not limited to, GRE/GMAT scores, undergraduate grade point average, nature of undergraduate program, and educational qualifications of the undergraduate institution’s faculty.

Suspension from other Universities

Students on academic suspension from another institution will not be admitted to Texas A&M University-Commerce until their specific period of suspension expires.

International Students

An international student is any degree-seeking student holding a nonimmigrant visa. International students who desire to enter the university must submit all admission documents to the Office of Graduate Studies and Research a minimum of 90 days prior to the semester in which they wish to enroll.  Each applicant must submit in one package the following documents:

  1. An application for admission to Graduate Studies, available online: at www.tamuc.edu/gradschool .
  2. A $50.00 USD non-refundable application fee.
  3. Official transcripts and official copies of diplomas, translated into English, from each college or university attended. The bachelor’s degree earned at a foreign institution must be equivalent to an accredited U.S. institution’s 4 year degree.
  4. A sponsor’s statement with a current bank statement showing a balance of at least $15,500 in U.S. currency.
  5. Applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit proof of English proficiency, which is satisfied by one of the following:
    1. A minimum TOEFL score of 500 for paper-based testing (PBT) or 173 on computer-based testing (CBT) or 60 internet-based testing (IBT).
    2. A minimum IELTS score of 5.0 overall band.
    3. Completing all years of a Bachelor’s degree or higher degree at a U.S. regionally accredited university.
  6. An official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score or a Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) score sent by Educational Testing Service to A&M-Commerce. Master’s students pursuing a degree in Art or Music are not required to submit a GRE/GMAT score. Applicants to a master’s degree in agricultural education, business administration, early childhood, economics, elementary education, finance, management, marketing, reading, secondary education, social work, and technology management should contact the specific department for optional criteria in regard to the GRE/GMAT exam. Students pursuing a master’s degree in computer science may submit either the GRE or GMAT exam.

Grade point average (GPA) requirements are the same as those for the appropriate degree program. Each applicant is subject to departmental approval. Individual departments may establish additional requirements for admission. International students must be admitted to a degree program in order to enroll in graduate courses unless visa classification indicates otherwise.

International students who hold an F-1 visa are not eligible for nondegree student status or provisional admission status.

All international students are required to attend New Student Orientation conducted by the International Student Office. New international students must bring their immigration documents with them to orientation.

All international students must purchase hospitalization insurance and repatriation insurance. No student will be permitted to register before he/she has purchased the university-approved policy or has shown proof of equal and continuing coverage provided through another carrier. Contact the International Student Office, 903-886-5097 or e-mail: John_Jones@tamuc.edu for further information. Failure to comply with this regulation will result in withdrawal from the University.

 

Submitting an Application (Domestic/International)

Documents must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies and Research at least 30 days before registration for master’s level and doctoral level enrollment and 90 days before international student enrollment.  Application deadlines are available online at web.tamuc.edu/academics/graduateSchool/graduateAdmissions/applicationSubmissionDeadlines.aspx .

Applications can be submitted online at the Graduate School website: www.tamuc.edu/gradschool . All admission documents need to be mailed to:

Mailing Address
Texas A&M University-Commerce
Office of Graduate Studies and Research
P. O. Box 3011
Commerce, TX 75429

Physical Address
Texas A&M University-Commerce
Office of Graduate Studies and Research
2600 S. Neal St.
Commerce, TX 75428

Nondegree Admission Status

Students who hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution, but who are not seeking a graduate degree may enroll in graduate courses for educator certification, career enhancement, a graduate certificate, or personal development. International students are ineligible to enroll under nondegree student status. Financial Aid is not available for students in a nondegree status.

Applicants for nondegree status must submit the following to the Office of Graduate Studies and Research:

  1. An application for admission to nondegree status.
  2. A $35.00 nonrefundable application fee.
  3. An official bachelor’s degree transcript sent directly to the Graduate School by the issuing institution.

Nondegree students will not be subject to grade point average or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) requirements, nor will they fall under the academic suspension policies applicable to degree-seeking students.

Certification Status

Students holding a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution and who are not seeking a degree but are working toward a state or professionally mandated certification may enroll in graduate courses. Such students will not be subject to Graduate School grade point average or Graduate Record Examination requirements, nor will they fall under the academic suspension policies applicable to degree-seeking students.

Applicants must submit the following to the Office of Graduate Studies and Research:

  1. An application for admission to Graduate Studies for certification.
  2. A $35.00 non-refundable application fee.
  3. An official bachelor’s degree transcript which must be sent directly to the Graduate School by the issuing institution.

Applicants should consult with a departmental adviser for specific departmental requirements.

Graduate Certificates

Graduate Certificates are a planned course of study designed to meet the academic and career needs of graduate students and employed professionals in a wide variety of disciplines.  Students holding a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution and who are not seeking a degree may enroll in graduate courses.  Graduate Certificate programs must follow a planned course of study with minimum of twelve graduate semester hours and no more than twenty-four graduate semester hours.  Course substitutions will not be allowed and all courses required in a certificate program must be earned from Texas A&M University-Commerce.  The Graduate School requires students to have a 3.0 GPA on all courses used for the certificate, however departments may establish more rigorous GPA requirements.  Additional information regarding Graduate Certificates can be found online at web.tamuc.edu/academics/graduateSchool/programs/gradCertificates.aspx .

Applicants must submit the following to the Office of Graduate Studies and Research:

  1. An application for admission to Graduate Studies for certification.
  2. A $35.00 non-refundable application fee.
  3. An official bachelor’s degree transcript which must be sent directly to the Graduate School by the issuing institution.

Applicants should consult with a departmental adviser for specific departmental requirements.

Changing from Nondegree or Certification Status to a Degree Program

A student wishing to change status from nondegree student status to a degree program must file a new application for admission to the Office of Graduate Studies and Research and satisfy all admission requirements for the specific degree program.

No more than 12 graduate credit hours taken in nondegree status may be applied toward a master’s or a doctoral degree. Individual departments will make the final determination on how many semester credit hours (up to 18) a student may transfer from certification status to a master’s degree program. All students should consult with the degree granting program concerning specific departmental transfer criteria.

Master’s/Specialist Degree Program Status

Students desiring acceptance into a master’s or specialist program first must meet the general requirements for admission to Graduate Studies. For master’s degree students, there are three types of admission status: full, conditional, and provisional. Financial aid is available for full and conditional admission status only.

Full Admission Status

The applicant must satisfy the following requirements for full admission:

  1. Hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution or equivalent degree from a foreign insitution. The bachelor’s degree must be substantially equivalent in content to degrees granted by Texas A&M University-Commerce. Applicants to the BPA/MBA 5-year (accountancy) program are not required to have earned a bachelor’s degree prior to admission into the program.
  2. Have an overall undergraduate grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale, or a 3.00 on the last 60 undergraduate hours.
  3. Meet all departmental requirements such as GRE/GMAT, letters of recommendation, interviews, portfolios, etc. Applicants who hold a master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States and are seeking a second master’s degree may be exempt from the GRE/GMAT requirement.

Conditional Admission Status

Applicants not qualifying for full admission may be granted conditional admission status. After completing 12 hours at the graduate level a conditional student must have a minimum grade point average of 3.00. Failure to achieve the minimum 3.0 GPA after completing 12 graduate hours will result in suspension of the student from further graduate study in any degree program for 3 years.

Removal of Conditional Status.  Conditional status will be changed to full admission once the student has met one of the following sets of requirements:

  • Complete 12 semester hours of graduate coursework with a graduate GPA of at least 3.0, or
  • Complete 9 semester hours of graduate coursework with a graduate GPA of at least 3.4 and no grades below B; and approval of the major department.

Provisional Admission Status

Most programs will allow a student to enroll for one semester (initial semester of enrollment in graduate studies) with any of the following deficiencies:

  1. An official bachelor’s transcript from a regionally accredited institution is not on file.
  2. An official GRE or GMAT score is not on file at Texas A&M University-Commerce.
  3. One or more departmental requirements have not been met.

Students admitted provisionally must be sure their missing documents are received by the Office of Graduate Studies and Research before the end of the first semester of enrollment. Submitting necessary GRE/GMAT scores or departmental requirements on time is the student’s responsibility. Students whose files are not complete during the semester of provisional enrollment will not be permitted to reenroll or early register until the necessary documentation is received and an admission decision is determined.

Academic Probation and Suspension from Master’s/Specialist  Degree Programs

  1. Students with full admission status who fail to achieve and maintain an overall graduate GPA of 3.00 after the completion of 12 semester hours of graduate enrollment will be placed on academic probation for 1 semester. A student who fails to achieve a 3.00 overall graduate GPA by the end of the next semester of enrollment will be placed on academic suspension for a period of two semesters. (Two summer terms count as one semester.) After the academic suspension is served, the student may be allowed to reenroll only upon the recommendation of the major department head and with the approval of the graduate dean. Failure to achieve an overall 3.00 graduate GPA during any subsequent semester of enrollment will result in suspension, and the student will not be allowed to pursue further graduate study in a degree program for 3 years.
  2. As noted above, students with conditional admission status who fail to achieve a 3.00 graduate GPA after the completion of 12 semester hours will be suspended and will not be allowed to pursue further graduate study in a degree program for 3 years.
  3. A student receiving a grade of “C” or lower in 4 graduate courses will be suspended and will not be allowed to pursue further graduate study at Texas A&M University-Commerce for 3 years. This provision applies to all courses taken, with the exception of duplicated courses (courses with the same prefix, number, and title), in which case only the most recent grade will be used. This provision also applies to all drop/ fail courses and all incomplete courses in which an “X” has changed to an “F.”
  4. A student who fails to meet the professional expectation of the field for which he/she is preparing may be suspended from further study in that program by the department administering that program.
  5. Courses taken from other institutions will not be transferable if taken during a period of suspension from Texas A&M University-Commerce.

Requirements for the Master’s/Specialist Degree

  1. Prerequisite Coursework. Admission to the Graduate School does not imply that the applicant has the necessary background to earn a degree in a specific department. To major or minor in a department, the candidate must have or must obtain adequate preparation to assure successful graduate work. Background courses cannot be applied toward the graduate major.
  2. Course Requirements. All master’s degrees require completion of at least 30 hours.
    1. Major. A minimum of 18 hours is necessary to complete a major. The student should check the major department section of this catalog for specific course requirements. A student desiring to change majors, must be in good standing with the Office of Graduate Studies and Research, and must complete a Change of Major/Degree form.
    2. Minor. A student must complete an approved sequence of 12 hours (four courses) before a minor designation can be posted to a transcript. Completion of a minor is not, however, a mandatory requirement. A student receiving a minor must satisfy candidacy and comprehensive examination requirements of the minor department.
  3. Grade Point Average. A GPA of 3.00 or better on all graduate work completed at Texas A&M University-Commerce, all graduate courses taken toward the degree, all major courses in the student’s major field, and an overall GPA of 3.00 or better on all graduate courses completed is required for graduation. If a course is retaken, the last grade will be counted in the computation of the overall GPA. No grade of “D” or below will count toward a graduate degree. A course in which an “F” is received is considered a course completed.  Only grades earned at A&M University-Commerce are calculated into the student’s GPA.
  4. Academic Fresh Start. A graduate student who has not been enrolled for a period of at least 6 years may petition the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research to have previous graduate grades from courses at Texas A&M University-Commerce eliminated from the calculation of the official grade point average provided the courses were taken over 10 years previously. No courses eliminated from the student’s grade point average calculation can be used toward a graduate degree.
  5. Master's/Specialist Degree Residency. A minimum of two-thirds of the course work applied to a master’s/specialist degree must be taken from Texas A&M University-Commerce. Students should check with the department for any departmental residency requirements.
  6. Time Limitation. All work for the master’s/specialist degree must be completed during the 6 years immediately preceding the date on which the degree is to be awarded. Credit earned over 6 years prior to graduation requires specific written departmental justification and approval by the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research to be counted toward a master’s/specialist degree. The discipline in which the course(s) was taken shall be involved in the validation of an old course. In no case may courses more than 10 years old be applied toward the master’s/specialist degree. These same limitations apply to all transfer courses.
  7. Catalog Privileges. A student is entitled to use the degree provisions of any catalog in effect between the semester the student is admitted to the master’s/specialist degree program and the semester the student’s degree is conferred, provided the catalog used is not more than 6 years old at the time the degree is conferred.
  8. Admission to Candidacy for Master’s Degree. In those programs requiring candidacy, the student must apply and be admitted to candidacy at least one semester prior to graduation. Not all programs require candidacy. Degree programs requiring candidacy are Art, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Counseling, History, Music, Physics, Psychology, Sociology, and Social Work. Admission to candidacy requires the following:
    1. Full admission into the master’s program and satisfactory completion of all background courses and other departmental requirements.
    2. Completion of at least four and not more than six Texas A&M University-Commerce graduate courses. Three of the courses must be in the major field.
    3. A grade point average of 3.00 or higher on all graduate work at Texas A&M University-Commerce and on all graduate courses in the major.
      When the above requirements have been met, the student should petition the major (and minor, if applicable) department for admission to candidacy. The major and/or minor department may require a written and/or oral qualifying examination before granting approval. It is the student’s responsibility to see that the candidacy forms are submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies and Research prior to the semester in which the student expects to graduate.
  9. Thesis Proposal. All students writing a thesis must submit a thesis proposal to the Office of Graduate Studies and Research at least one semester prior to graduation. Completed in consultation with the student’s major adviser, this proposal must be approved by all members of the thesis committee and the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research. Proposal forms and instructions for preparation of the thesis are available from the Office of Graduate Studies and Research or online at www.tamuc.edu/gradschool . At anytime the thesis proposal is submitted to the Graduate School, the student must also submit the Advisers approval to submit Thesis/Dissertation Form.
    Any research that involves human subjects must be in compliance with University Procedure 15.99.01.R0.01 Human Subjects Protection. The student must obtain written approval from his/her department and the University Institutional Review Board prior to contacting any research subjects. Failure to gain appropriate approval before interacting with research subjects could result in denial of the student’s thesis proposal and also could result in legal ramifications for the student. The Human Subjects Research form must be approved before the thesis proposal can be approved. IRB forms and information are available online at www.tamuc.edu/gradschool .
  10. Thesis (518) and Research Literature and Techniques (595) Credit. All degree programs require the satisfactory completion of either the thesis (518) or the 595 course at A&M-Commerce. This course cannot be transferred from another institution. A student who is writing a thesis is required to register for 518 to receive guidance from a member of the faculty or while utilizing university facilities. Credit for 6 hours of 518 or three hours of 595 per degree will be given upon satisfactory completion of the requirement. Unless approved by the department head or program coordinator, 518 or 595 must be taken in the student’s major department. A reduced fee for 518 may be approved by the Registrar’s Office after all other course work for the degree is completed. Students writing a thesis must be enrolled in 518 during the semester the thesis is approved by the Office of Graduate Studies and Research. A student’s completion of the 595 course must result in a product available for reference in the department for a minimum of 3 years.
  11. Final Comprehensive Examinations. The candidate must pass a comprehensive examination administered by the advisory committee and covering all the work within the master’s/specialist degree program, including an acceptable defense of the thesis, if applicable.
    The student must be fully admitted to a master’s degree program and be in good academic standing with the Office of Graduate Studies and Research to be eligible to take the final examination. The Final Comprehensive Examination Report must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies and Research prior to graduation according to the deadline found in the current Graduate Catalog or Class Schedule. A candidate who fails this examination must complete whatever further courses or additional study are stipulated by the advisory committee or by the major department to correct the weaknesses or deficiencies revealed by the examination. The candidate who fails the examination may retake it no sooner than mid-term of the following semester. Should the candidate fail the examination upon the second attempt, a third and final attempt may be taken only with the recommendation of the advisory committee and approval of the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research.
  12. Submission of Thesis.
    1. Initial submission. One copy of the thesis in its final form must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies and Research by the deadline indicated in the Class Schedule or the Graduate Catalog for that particular semester (this deadline is approximately 6 weeks prior to commencement). Accompanying this copy will be the following:
      1. The Final Comprehensive Examination Report.
      2. Receipt showing payment of the master’s fees (binding and mailing the thesis), plus fees for copyright, if applicable. (Payment is to be made to the Business Office, cashier’s window, Administration Building.)
      3. Four signature pages on 100% white cotton bond, at least 20 lb. paper, with each page signed by the committee members.
      4. The Office of Graduate Studies and Research forms: Agreement Form (copyright); Information Data Sheet.
      5. Advisers approval to submit Thesis/Dissertation Form.  At anytime there is a submission of the thesis after corrections the adviser approval form must be submitted.
    2. Final submission. The candidate will be contacted as to any changes that need to be made in the manuscript. After making these changes, the candidate must take the four final copies of the thesis printed on 100% white cotton bond, at least 20 lb. paper to the Office of Graduate Studies and Research. The Office of Graduate Studies and Research distributes the copies to the student’s major department, major adviser, the library, and the student. An additional copy on regular paper will be required for students who are submitting a thesis for copyright.
    3. Final approval of the thesis rests with the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research.
  13. Filing for Graduation and Commencement. Commencement exercises are held three times each academic year in May, August, and December. Students must file for graduation with the Registrar’s Office during the semester they plan to graduate. Students will be approved for graduation and the degree after they have completed all degree requirements satisfactorily and been approved by the Graduate Committee of the department and the Graduate School. Please check the University Academic Calendar for deadline dates for filing. Graduation information is available online at www.tamuc.edu/registrar/graduation.asp . Students may apply for graduation online through MyLeo. A student must be in good academic standing in order to complete graduation requirements. Participation in the commencement ceremony does not guarantee conferring of any degree. Texas A&M University-Commerce has the right to rescind any conferred degree if the University becomes aware that the student did not meet degree requirements.  Doctoral candidates are required to attend commencement.

Second Master’s Degree

Subject to the approval of the Graduate Dean, the department head, and the dean of the college, students holding master’s degrees from a regionally accredited graduate institution in the United States may apply certain courses that were a part of a previously earned graduate degree toward a second master’s degree, provided such courses are not more than 6 years old at the time the second master’s degree is conferred. The number of courses so permitted will be as follows:

  1. For 30-semester-hour programs, no more than 9 approved hours.
  2. For 36-semester-hour programs, no more than 12 approved hours.
  3. For the 62-semester-hour MFA, no more than 20 approved hours.
  4. A thesis completed for a previous degree cannot be used for a second masters degree.
  5. A 595 Reseach Literature and Techniques course can only be used for a second master's with departmental and Graduate School approval.
  6. All remaining courses applied to satisfy the requirements for the second master’s degree must be Texas A&M University-Commerce courses.
  7. The second master’s degree will be subject to the general regulations governing master’s degrees except as stated above.

Earning Graduate Credit

Graduate Courses

Graduate courses that are applied toward a master’s/specialist degree are numbered 500 and above. Course requirements for specific degree programs can be found in the academic department section of this catalog.

Undergraduate Courses Taken for Graduate Credit

Under some circumstances a student may take a 300- or 400-level course for graduate credit. In such cases a student will be expected to complete additional work beyond the normal course requirements at a level commensurate with graduate instruction. In order to obtain graduate credit for a 300- or 400-level course, the student must, prior to enrollment, submit a signed approval form with a copy of the course syllabus detailing the additional requirements for graduate credit to the Office of Graduate Studies and Research for final approval by the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research. Up to two such courses may be applied toward a master’s degree.

Transfer of Credit

Up to one-third of the credit required for a master’s/specialist degree program (excluding leveling courses) may be accepted as transfer credit from another regionally accredited institution in the United States. For example, a maximum of 12 semester hours can be transferred for a 36-hour program; for a 30-hour program, a maximum of 9 hours can be transferred. Transfer courses applied toward a master’s/specialist degree must be in a graduate academic area taught at Texas A&M University-Commerce. Transfer credit will be granted for only those courses in which the student received a grade of “B” or better. However, only grades earned at Texas A&M University-Commerce will be calculated into the student’s grade point average. Time limitations on transfer courses are the same as for Texas A&M University-Commerce courses (see General Requirements).

Students desiring to use transfer courses toward their degree requirements must have full or conditional admission to a degree program. They must also submit a Graduate Transfer/Substitution Course Request form and an official transcript sent directly from the institution to Texas A&M University-Commerce. These courses will be evaluated and, if approved, posted to the Texas A&M University-Commerce transcript. Approval from both the major department head and the Dean of Graduate Studies is required before these courses can be applied toward master’s/specialist degree.

Transfer courses cannot be used to satisfy requirements for a second master's degree.

Students concurrently enrolled or enrolled at another institution during the final semester in a program should anticipate a one-semester delay in graduation.

The combination of transfer credit and graduate experiential credit cannot exceed one third of the credit received for the master’s degree with a maximum of 12 semester hours.

Extension Credit

Extension credit toward a master’s degree may not exceed 12 semester hours or one-third of the credit required for a master’s degree. The combination of transferred credit and credit earned by extension will not exceed 12 semester hours or one-third of the credit required for the master’s degree.

Correspondence Courses

Credit earned by correspondence will not apply toward a master’s/specialist degree.

Graduate Experiential Credit

The University does not generally award graduate academic credit for experiential learning. The University may consider the awarding of graduate credit for experiential learning in order to meet emerging state educational priorities and mandates. Awarding of this credit will be based solely on experiential learning that is part of a formal agreement between the University and another regionally accredited educational institution or certifying agency licensed by the State of Texas to provide professional certifications, which have historically been limited to universities. The formal agreement shall require the approval of the departmental faculty, the academic dean, the graduate dean, and the provost, and will comply with the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097; Telephone number 404-679-4501).

The combination of transfer credit, graduate experiential, and extension credit cannot exceed one third of the credit received for the master’s degree with a maximum of 12 semester hours.

Seniors in Graduate Courses

A last semester Texas A&M University-Commerce senior who lacks 12 hours, or fewer, to graduate and has a grade point average of 2.75 or higher may enroll for 3 to 6 hours of graduate credit, subject to prior written recommendation from the major undergraduate department head and approval by the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research. Seniors desiring to take Business Administration courses for graduate credit must have permission from the Director of Graduate Programs in Business. Graduate hours taken cannot apply toward an undergraduate degree. The maximum load for seniors who register for graduate and undergraduate credit is 12 credit hours per semester or 6 hours per summer term. Students in the 5-year MBA (accountancy) program may be exempt from the requirements for seniors taking graduate courses with the approval of the department head and the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research. The combination of undergraduate and graduate courses a senior may enroll for fall or spring semester cannot exceed 12 hours or 6 hours per summer term.

Independent Studies Courses

The maximum number of individually arranged courses (“89”) permissable toward a master’s/specialist degree program is 25% of the required coursework.

Enrollment Limitation or Administrative Withdrawal

Enrollment in any graduate course is subject to approval by the department offering the course, the instructor teaching the course, and the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research, whether or not such is specifically stated in the course description. A student may be prevented from enrolling in the course or dropped from the course if the student is not academically qualified, becomes a threat to the health and/or safety of anyone in the class (including the student), interferes with the educational process, and/or is disruptive in any way. In such cases, the Graduate Dean will confer with the faculty member and department head involved and then take appropriate action. Any tuition refund to which the student is entitled will be determined according to the University schedule for refunds and will be based on the date on which the student was dropped from the course.

Requirements for Specific Master’s Degrees

In addition to the Requirements for Master’s Degrees covered above, shown below are some requirements for specific master’s degrees.

  1. Requirements for the Master of Arts Degree
    1. Requirements. The candidate must fulfill all requirements for a graduate degree.
    2. Minimum Graduate Courses. A minimum of 30 graduate semester hours is required for the MA Degree.
    3. Major. From 18-30 graduate semester hours within the major department are required to constitute a major field of concentration for the Master of Arts degree. Up to 6 hours of master’s thesis can be applied to a degree.
    4. Electives. From 6 to 12 graduate hours may be taken outside the major and twelve hours in one subject may be designated as a minor.
    5. Foreign Language Requirement. The candidate for the Master of Arts degree must meet the language requirement for the Bachelor of Arts degree at this institution.
      That requirement can be met with one of the following:
      1. Completion of at least 12 semester hours (four courses) in one foreign language.
      2. Completion of 6 semester hours (above elementary courses) if 2 years of high school credit in the language have been submitted as part of the regular university admission requirements.
      3. Completion of 3 semester hours if the student presents 3 or 4 years of high school credit.
      4.  American Sign Language (ASL) is considered an acceptable foreign language. Students should consult with departmental Director of Graduate Studies regarding this requirement.
    6. Research Courses. Students may choose either a 518 or 595, depending on departmental requirements.
    7. Final Comprehensive Examination. Candidate must successfully complete the comprehensive exam.
  2. Requirements for the Master of Business Administration Degree
    1. Requirements. The candidate must fulfill all requirements for a graduate degree.
    2. Background. The candidate must have earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. His/her academic background in completed undergraduate and/or graduate level courses should include work in the fundamental principles of each of the following areas: accounting, legal environment, economics, finance, management and organizational behavior, production and operations management, information systems, marketing, and statistics (see the program description in the College of Business and Technology section of this catalog). Candidates will be required to complete the necessary prerequisites before taking advanced graduate courses in any of the above areas. Students in the BPA/MBA 5-year (accountancy) program are not required to have earned a bachelor’s degree prior to admission
      into the program.
    3. Program Requirements. Beyond the background courses, the nonthesis degree program consists of a six-course managerial component, a two-course information analysis component, and BA 595 (Applied Business Research). Elective courses complete the program. For complete details, see the College of Business and Technology section of this catalog. Students seeking a thesis option should contact the Office of Graduate Programs in Business for specific details at 903-886-5190 or MBA@tamuc.edu .
    4. Final Comprehensive Examination. Candidate must successfully complete the comprehensive exam.
  3. Requirements for the Master of Education Degree
    1. Requirements. The candidate must fulfill all requirements for a graduate degree.
    2. Background. Candidates should have a state teaching certification and 18 semester hours of education.
    3. Program Requirements. Specific course requirements are set forth in this catalog under the department granting the degree. All programs require a minimum of 36 semester hours which consist of the following:
      1. Major. A major of 18-24 hours including 3 hours of 595 (Master’s Degree Research Component) in the major department. A minimum of 24 hours in three fields arranged in a 12-6-6 pattern is required for a broad-field major.
      2. Electives. In addition to the 18-24 hours required within the major field, 12-18 hours in approved fields must also be satisfactorily completed. If the student wishes, an approved sequence of 12 hours within a second subject area fulfilling the elective requirements may be designated as a minor. A minimum of 12 hours in education is required for those who do not major in education.
    4. Final Comprehensive Examination. Candidate must successfully complete the comprehensive exam.
  4. Requirements for the Master of Fine Arts Degree
    1. Requirements. The candidate must fulfill all requirements for a graduate degree.
    2. Background. The candidate may enter this program only with faculty approval no earlier than the second regular, full-time semester of study. Until such admission is applied for and approved, the student is temporarily enrolled in an MA or MS program of study. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree, or its equivalent, with an art major or comparable experience, 9 semester hours of art history and minimum grade average of “B” in all undergraduate studio art courses.
    3. Program Requirements. Specific requirements are set forth in the catalog under the Department of Art. The MFA degree requires at least 62 hours in the following areas:
      1. Studio Art (32 sh)
      2. Art History, Theory, and Seminars (12 sh)
      3. New Learning Context (12 sh)
      4. Thesis/Creative Exhibit (6 sh)
  5. Requirements for the Master of Music Degree
    1. Requirements. The candidate must fulfill all requirements for a graduate degree.
    2. Background. The candidate must have completed a bachelor’s degree with a major (or equivalent thereof) in the area of specialization. An audition and/or interview with music faculty and satisfactory completion of the Graduate Diagnostic Music Examination are required.
    3. Program Requirements. The Master of Music degree is offered in performance and in music education. All Master of Music degrees require a minimum of 30 semester hours, with approximately one third of the coursework taken in the major area, and the remaining hours selected from music literature, music theory, composition, conducting, pedagogy, music education, and performance. The major in music education provides specialized course structures designed for band and choral directors; and also features a nonthesis 36-hour option including 595 Research Literature and Techniques. More specific details of each option are outlined in the music portion of this catalog.
    4. Final Comprehensive Examination. Candidate must successfully complete the comprehensive exam.
  6. Requirements for the Master of Science Degree
    1. Requirements. The candidate must fulfill all requirements for a graduate degree.
    2. Options. The candidate will complete an approved program under one of the following options:
      Option I: Complete a 30 semester hour program which includes 6 hours of thesis. From 6 to 12 hours may be taken outside the major and four courses in one subject may be designated as a minor.
      Option II: Complete a 36 semester hour academic program which consists of the following:
      1. Major. A major of 18 hours including 3 hours of 595 (Master’s Degree Research Component) in the major department. A minimum of 24 hours in three fields arranged in a 12-6-6 pattern is required for a broad-field major.
      2. Electives. In addition to the major described above, up to 18 hours in additional fields may be chosen with departmental approval. An approved sequence of at least 12 hours within a second subject area may, if the student wishes, be designated on the graduate record as a minor.
    3. Final Comprehensive Examination. Candidate must successfully complete the comprehensive exam.
  7. Requirements for the Master of Science in Finance
    1. Requirements. The candidate must fulfill all requirements for a graduate degree.
    2. Complete a 36 semester hour academic program which consists of the following:
      1. Major. A major of 18 hours including 3 hours of 595 (Master’s Degree Research Component) in the major department. A minimum of 24 hours in three fields arranged in a 12-6-6 pattern is required for a broad-field major.
      2. Electives. In addition to the major described above, up to 18 hours in additional fields may be chosen with departmental approval. An approved sequence of at least 12 hours within a second subject area may, if the student wishes, be designated on the graduate record as a minor.
    3. Final Comprehensive Examination. Candidate must successfully complete the comprehensive exam.
  8. Requirements for the Master of Social Work Degree
    1. Requirements. The candidate must fulfill all requirements for the Master of Social Work.
    2. Program Requirements. Thirty-five hours are required for students who completed a BSW Degree within the past seven years. Eight foundation courses plus four hours of field practicum and two electives are required for students who lack the Bachelor of Social Work Degree. Some foundation courses may be waived if prior proficiency can be demonstrated. Completion of 3 hours 595 (Research Literature and Techniques) in the major department is required.
    3. Final Comprehensive Examination. Candidate must successfully complete the comprehensive exam.

Interdisciplinary Studies

A Master of Arts or Master of Science degree with a major in Interdisciplinary Studies is offered through the Federation of North Texas Area Universities in cooperation with the University of North Texas. This program is designed for students with a particular intellectual interest not met by any specific degree program available through the traditional disciplines.

  1. Requirements. Requirements are the same as for general admission to Graduate Studies, including satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination.
  2. Program Requirements. The Interdisciplinary Studies program involves work in three or more disciplines with a primary area of no fewer than 12 hours, including 595, and a minimum of 6 hours in each allied area. Interdisciplinary programs are developed with an adviser in the primary area and must be approved by the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research. Program approval should be received prior to the completion of 12 hours.
  3. Options. The course requirements for the MA and MS Option I degree are a minimum of 30 semester hours, six of which must include the thesis. Course requirements for the MS Option II degree are a minimum of 36 semester hours, three which must include the course 595 for the MS Option II.
  4. Final Comprehensive Examination. As with other master’s degrees, a final comprehensive examination is required. The program is coordinated by the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research, who will assign an appropriate adviser to plan the program. The adviser is responsible for overseeing the student’s program and is responsible for setting up and administering the comprehensive examination.

Doctoral Degree Programs

Texas A&M University-Commerce offers the following Doctor of Education (EdD) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree programs:

EdD in Educational Administration
EdD in Supervision, Curriculum, and Instruction—Elementary Education
EdD in Supervision, Curriculum, and Instruction—Higher Education
PhD in Counseling
PhD in Educational Psychology
PhD in English

Admission to Doctoral Degree Programs

Students desiring acceptance into a doctoral program must meet the general requirements for admission to Graduate Studies; have an overall undergraduate grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale, or a 3.00 on the last 60 undergraduate hours, or a 3.40 for a master’s degree and work beyond the master’s level; and must meet all departmental requirements, such as GRE, letter of recommendation, interviews, portfolio, etc.

The student will be provided with a statement of goals form to be completed and returned and reference forms for distribution to at least four persons, two of whom should hold doctoral degrees. The student will be responsible for seeing that completed reference forms are submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies and Research.

Individual departments may establish additional requirements for admission to a specific degree program. Applicants will be required to fulfill any additional requirements established by the major department.

Applications of students who have met the requirements listed above will be forwarded to the major department. The department will review each application and make a recommendation regarding admission status to the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research who will send written notice of the admission decision to the applicant.

A student is either granted full admission or denied full admission. There is no provisional or conditional admission status.

A doctoral student who has not enrolled for 5 calendar years must apply for readmission under current admission standards for doctoral programs.

Some departments have specific dates for the departmental review of applications.  Applications submission deadlines are available online at web.tamuc.edu/academics/graduateSchool/graduateAdmissions/applicationSubmissionDeadlines.aspx .

Requirements for the Doctoral Degree

  1. Degree Plan. Upon acceptance into a doctoral program, the student will be notified by the Office of Graduate Studies and Research, who his/her major adviser will be for the doctoral program. The student should contact his/her major adviser to discuss the doctoral degree plan. The degree plan will then be completed with the major and minor advisers (if a minor is selected) and forwarded to the Office of Graduate Studies and Research for approval no later than the first semester of enrollment as a doctoral student. An official copy of the degree plan will then be sent to the student and the department.
  2. Course Requirements. A minimum of 90 semester hours beyond the baccalaureate degree or 60 semester hours beyond the master’s degree is required for the doctoral degree. At least 45 hours of graduate course credit must be earned from Texas A&M University-Commerce. Master's level 595 research courses cannot be used toward a doctoral program.  All courses applied toward a doctoral degree must be 500-level or higher. No more than 12 graduate credit hours (including hours completed in nondegree status) beyond the master’s degree taken prior to admission to a doctoral program can be applied toward a doctoral degree.
    1. Major. A major requires at least 36 semester hours excluding dissertation hours (718); however, a specific program may require additional semester hours for a major. (Specific program requirements are listed under each departmental section of this catalog.)
    2. Minor. Students selecting the 60 hours beyond the master’s degree option are not required to have a minor. A minor consisting of a minimum of 30 semester hours is required in all 90-hour programs except counseling, educational psychology, and English programs. The minor requirement can be fulfilled by one of the following options:
      1. A comprehensive minor with all course work in one academic area. A committee member will be assigned from the academic area and will determine the courses to be taken and be involved in evaluating the written and oral qualifying examinations, the dissertation, and the dissertation defense.
      2. A split minor is two academic areas with at least 12 hours in each area (a 12-18 or 15-15 format). Committee members will be assigned from both academic areas, and they will determine the courses to be taken and to be involved in the written and oral qualifying examinations, the dissertation, and the dissertation defense.
      3. An interdisciplinary studies minor in three academic areas (a 12-9-9 format). In rare cases, an interdisciplinary studies minor consisting of at least 9 hours in each of three academic areas may be approved. Committee members will be assigned from each of the academic areas, and will be involved in the written and oral qualifying examination, the dissertation proposal, and the dissertation defense.

        Regardless of the option chosen the following conditions will apply: assignment  of minor advisers rests with the head of the minor department or departments; all courses applied to the minor areas must be approved by the head of the appropriate minor department; at least one committee member must be from outside the student’s major department; transfer courses applied toward a minor must be in academic areas taught at Texas A&M University-Commerce.
    3. Other Requirements:
      1. Credit for no fewer than nine semester hours and not more than 12 semester hours of dissertation (718).
      2. Electives and other course requirements as indicated under each departmental section of this catalog.
      3. Research Tools (see No. 9).
        Specific program requirements are listed under each departmental section of this catalog.
  3. Grade Point Average. A grade point average of 3.00 or better on all graduate work completed at A&M-Commerce and in the student’s major, as well as an overall grade point average of 3.00 or better on all graduate courses completed, is required for graduation. If a course is retaken, the last grade will be counted toward graduation and computation of the overall grade point average. No grade of “C” or below will count toward a doctoral degree. A course in which an “F” is received is considered a course completed. Only grades earned at A&M-Commerce will be calculated with student’s grade point average.
  4. Academic Probation and Suspension from Doctoral Degree Programs. A student who fails to achieve and maintain an overall 3.00 graduate grade point average during any semester of enrollment will be placed on academic probation. A student who fails to achieve a 3.00 overall graduate grade point average by the end of the next semester of enrollment will be placed on academic suspension for a minimum of two semesters (two summer terms count as one semester). After the academic suspension is served, the student may be allowed to reenroll only upon the recommendation of the major department and with the approval of the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research. Failure to achieve an overall 3.00 graduate grade point average during any subsequent semester of enrollment will result in dismissal, and the student will not be allowed to pursue further study toward the doctoral degree at A&M-Commerce. No course with a grade of “C” or lower will count toward a doctoral degree. A student receiving a grade of “C” or lower in a third graduate course will be suspended and will not be allowed to pursue further doctoral study at A&M-Commerce. This provision applies to all courses taken, including all duplicated courses. Courses taken from other institutions will not be transferable if taken during a period of suspension from Texas A&M University-Commerce. Students on academic suspension from another institution will not be admitted to A&M-Commerce until their specific period of suspension expires. A student who fails to meet the professional expectations of the field for which they are preparing may be suspended from further study in that program by the department administering that program.
  5. Academic Fresh Start. A graduate student who has not been enrolled for a period of at least 6 years may petition the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research to have previous graduate grades from courses at Texas A&M University-Commerce eliminated from the calculation of the official grade point average provided the courses were taken over 10 years previously. No courses eliminated from such calculation can be used toward a graduate degree.
  6. Doctoral Degree Residency. After admission to a doctoral degree program, each student is required to engage in activities that fulfill departmental residency requirements. The departmental residency plan specifies requirements in the following areas:
    1. Involvement in events that broaden intellectual growth.
    2. Use of academic support resources.
    3. Faculty-student interactions that promote scholarship, mentoring, and opportunities for evaluation.
    4. Involvement with cognate disciplines and research scholars in those disciplines.
    5. Engagement in meaningful peer interactions.
      Please check with the major department for specific requirements. Successful completion of residency is conferred by approval of the department.
  7. Time Limitation. All degree requirements beyond the master’s must be completed within 10 calendar years from the date of admission to the doctoral program. However, course work taken beyond the master’s degree and that is over 10 years old at the time the doctoral degree is to be conferred cannot be used toward the doctoral degree.
  8. Catalog Privileges. A student is entitled to use the degree provisions of any catalog in effect between the semester the student is admitted to the doctoral degree program and the semester the student’s degree is conferred, provided the catalog used is not more than 10 years old at the time the degree is conferred.

Research Tools. Candidates for the doctoral degree must possess proficiency in the use of the research skills necessary to successfully complete the doctoral dissertation. It is desirable for students to demonstrate these proficiencies early in their program, and they must demonstrate such proficiency prior to taking the qualifying examinations. These requirements are to be viewed as minimal requirements. Consequently, a department may require additional research tools courses either for all of their students or as a requirement for an individual student. 

   
  Research tool requirements for the Doctor of Education (EdD) and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in the College of Education can be met by successfully completing one course from each of the following four levels with a grade of “B” or better:
 
  • Level I: 695 Doctoral Research Seminar
 
  • Level II: Psy 612 Psychological and Educational Statistics; or Soc 576 Data Analysis in Social Research; or HHPK 617 Statistical Procedures in Health and Human Performance; or HiEd 617 Statistical Procedures for Education and Research.
 
  • Level III: Coun 613 Advanced Statistical Techniques or Psy 681 Intermediate Statistics
 
  • Level IV: EdAd 698 Ethnography of Education Organizations; or HiEd 696 Advanced Research
 
  • Methodology: Interpretive Inquiry; or Psy 610 Nonparametric Statistics; or Psy 670 Multivariate Analysis; or Coun 690 Practicum in Qualitative Research.
 
  • All research tool courses must be taken in sequence (i.e., Level I should be taken before Level II).
 
  • These courses are to be approved, in advance of their offering, by the  Graduate Council.
 
  • The second level research tool (Introductory Statistics) may be satisfied by the successful completion of a  proficiency examination covering these courses.  Contact the Office of Graduate Studies and Research for proficiency examination information.
   
  The research requirement for the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in English is 12 semester hours of appropriate college-level classes in one foreign language or 6 semester hours of graduate level French for Reading. Students with native or near-native competence in a relevant foreign language or American Sign Language (ASL) may consult with the departmental Director of Graduate Studies regarding this requirement.
  1. Qualifying Examinations. Upon the completion of approximately 2 full years of study, doctoral students take written and oral qualifying examinations. The qualifying examinations are designed to test the student’s knowledge in the major and minor fields and are administered under the direction of an advisory committee consisting of representatives from the major and minor departments. An application for taking qualifying examinations and a current Texas A&M University- Commerce transcript must be submitted to the major department at least 3 weeks prior to the examinations. An applicant who does not pass the qualifying examinations may be suspended from the doctoral program, or upon the recommendation of the advisory committee and with the approval of the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research, may be permitted to repeat the examinations.
  2. Admission to Candidacy for Doctoral Degree. After the qualifying examinations have been satisfactorily completed and all requirements have been verified by the Graduate School, the student will be admitted to candidacy. Notification of admission to candidacy will be made by the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research. After a student has been admitted to candidacy and all course work (except 718 Dissertation) has been completed, the student may qualify for reduced tuition. The degree can be conferred no sooner than 8 months after admission to candidacy.
  3. Dissertation. A candidate must present a dissertation that is acceptable to the student’s advisory committee and the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research. To be acceptable, the dissertation must give evidence that the candidate has pursued a program of research, the results of which reveal superior academic competence and a significant contribution to knowledge in the field.  
 
  • Advisory committee. The student should check with the head of the major department concerning the membership of the dissertation committee. The committee will consist of a minimum of three faculty members from the student’s major and minor areas of study (at least one committee member must be from outside the student’s major department).
 
  • Compliance.
 

Human Subjects Protection. Any research that involves human subjects must be in compliance with University Procedure 15.99.01.R0.01 Human Subjects Protection.  The student must obtain written approval from his/her department and the University Institutional Review Board prior to contacting any research subjects. Failure to gain appropriate approval before interacting with research subjects could result in denial of the student’s proposal and also could result in legal ramifications for the student. Therefore, students should obtain University IRB approval prior to their proposal presentation.

 

Animal Care Use.

   
 
  • Proposal. Prior to proposing, the student must secure IRB approval if they are using animals or human subjects in their proposal.  The student will work with the members of the advisory committee in developing the dissertation proposal.  The proposal will be presented to the advisory committee and a Graduate Council representative in a session that will be open to all graduate faculty members.  To schedule the session, the student must submit the Schedule of the Presentation of the Disseration Proposal Form fully completed and signed to the Graduate School no later than the 25th of the month prior to the month the session is scheduled.  The student must gain proposal approval at least one semester prior to graduation.  After the proposal, the student must submit to the Graduate School:
    • A hard copy of the proposal
    • Dissertation proposal form
    • Adviser's approval to submit Thesis/Dissertation Form
 
  • Dissertation Credit. After admission to candidacy, the student is required to enroll in at least 3 hours of 718 each fall and spring semester until the dissertation is completed and approved by the advisory committee and the Graduate School. Enrollment during the summer term is not required unless the student is using the counsel of the major adviser and/or University facilities. Students who fail to enroll for dissertation during a fall or spring semester after admission to candidacy will be prohibited from enrolling until the tuition has been paid for those semesters.
 
  • Scheduling the final examination/dissertation defense. A “Schedule for the Final Examination/Dissertation Defense” form must be filed in the Office of Graduate Studies and Research by the 25th of the month prior to the month the examination is to be held.
  1. Final Examination/Dissertation Defense. The student will defend the completed dissertation and respond to any questions related to his/her program of study before the advisory committee in a session open to all graduate faculty members. A Graduate Council representative will attend the examination to help assure that general graduate standards related to format and quality are upheld. Students must be in good academic standing with the Office of Graduate Studies and Research to be eligible to take the final examination.
  2. Submission of Dissertation. Registration in the dissertation course (718) is required the semester that the dissertation is submitted.      
  a. Initial submission.
    One copy of the dissertation in its final form must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies and Research by the deadline indicated in the Academic Calendar for that particular semester (this deadline is approximately 6 weeks prior to commencement). Accompanying this copy will be the following:
   
  1. Final Examination/Dissertation Defense Report.
   
  1. Receipt showing payment of the doctoral fees, plus fees for copyright, binding and mailing the disseration. (Payment is to be made to the Business Office, cashier's window, Administration Building).
   
  1. Five signature pages, four on 100% cotton bond, at least 20 lb. paper, and one on plain paper, with each page signed by the committee members and dean of the college.
   
  1. Survey of Earned Doctorates and Agreement Form (copyright).
   
  1. Advisers approval to submit Thesis/Dissertation Form.
   
  1. Dissertation Information Sheet
  b. Final Submission.
    The candidate will be contacted with any changes to the manuscript. After making these changes, the student will have final copies made on 100% white cotton bond, at least 20 lb. paper. The Office of Graduate Studies and Research requires five final copies (four copies on the 100 percent white cotton bond, at least 20 lb. paper, and one copy on regular paper) of the dissertation. Four copies will be bound and distributed to the student’s major department, major adviser, the library, and the student.
  c. Final Approval.
    Final approval of the dissertation rests with the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research.
  1. Filing for Graduation and Commencement. Commencement exercises are held three times each academic year in May, August, and December. Students must file for graduation with the Registrar’s Office during the semester they plan to graduate. Students will be approved for graduation and the degree after they have completed all degree requirements satisfactorily and been approved by the Graduate Committee of the department and the Graduate School. Please check the University Academic Calendar for deadline dates for filing. Graduation information and a graduation application are available online at www.tamuc.edu/registrar/graduation.asp. A student must be in good academic standing in order to complete graduation requirements. Participation in the commencement ceremony does not guarantee conferring of any degree. Texas A&M University-Commerce has the right to rescind any conferred degree if the University becomes aware that the student did not meet degree requirements. Doctoral candidates are required to attend commencement.

Earning Graduate Credit

Transfer of Credit

Transfer courses applied to a doctoral degree must be in a graduate academic area taught by Texas A&M University-Commerce.  Credit for graduate coursework taken from other regionally accredited graduate schools in the United States is granted in accordance with approval by the student's advisory committee and evaluation by the Graduate School.  Time limitations on transfer courses are the same as for A&M-Commerce courses. Transfer credit will be granted for only those courses in which the student received a grade of “B” or better.

Correspondence Courses

 Credit earned by correspondence will not apply toward a doctoral degree.

Independent Studies

Registration in an individual studies (589 or 689), research, or similar course shall imply an expected level of effort on the part of the student comparable to that associated with an organized class with the same credit value. No more than twelve graduate semester hours (including master’s credit) of individual studies courses may be applied to a doctoral degree. Independent Studies course credit cannot be used toward fulfilling the residency requirement.

Enrollment Limitation or Administrative Withdrawal

Enrollment in any graduate course is subject to approval by the department offering the course, the instructor teaching the course, and the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research, whether or not such is specifically stated in the course description. A student may be prevented from enrolling in the course or dropped from the course if it is already in progress if the Graduate Dean, department head, or a faculty member considers the student physically or mentally incapable of performing satisfactorily or safely in a course, or if the student becomes a threat to the instructor or others in the course or is disruptive in any way. In such cases, the Graduate Dean will confer with the faculty member and department head involved and then take appropriate action. Any tuition refund to which the student is entitled will be determined according to the University schedule for refunds and will be based on the date on which the student was dropped from the course.