2018-19 Bulletin of the Duke University Graduate School
Regulations 56 chair or division chief. Nominations for term membership must be approved and recommended by the DGS of the degree-sponsoring unit, with the nomination form accompanied by a current curriculum vitae. The dean reserves the right of effective review of each request. Faculty Review Full Graduate Faculty status ends when a member ceases full-time, active employment as a Duke faculty member; such members may be re-nominated as term faculty. With Graduate School oversight, nominating departments are also responsible for reviewing the effectiveness of their graduate faculty, and are expected to recommend removal from the Graduate Faculty of any of their faculty members who fail to maintain an appropriate level of scholarship, engagement in student advising, or other essential participation in graduate training and education. In addition, departments nominating secondary faculty are responsible for assuring that home departments/institutes allow the requisite level of participation in graduate training by those faculty. Executive Committee of the Graduate Faculty (ECGF) Full members of the Graduate Faculty elect representatives to serve on the ECGF, with a designated and consistent number of members elected from each graduate academic division: Humanities, Social Sciences, Physical Sciences and Engineering, and Biological and Biomedical Sciences. Members are elected such that they have staggered two-year terms. A chair and vice chair are elected annually from and by the previous academic year’s ECGF membership. Ex officio, non-voting members include senior TGS deans, a Graduate and Professional Student Council member, and a representative of the University Library. The associate dean for academic affairs manages the committee and schedules items for the committee’s agenda in consultation with the chair and dean. The ECGF advises the dean of The Graduate School on policy matters related to graduate education and support, considers external reviews of relevant programs and departments, and reviews graduate program proposals. Approval by ECGF is necessary for development of a new graduate degree or certificate program, and is the first step in the faculty governance process for the creation of a new graduate degree program. Degree Regulations: The Master’s Degrees Master of Arts/Master of Science Prerequisites For graduate study in master’s degree programs, applicants must have completed a baccalaureate degree program at an accredited institution and have met the academic prerequisites and other admissions criteria of the program. Students should read carefully the special requirements listed by their major departments in the chapter “Departments, Programs, & Course Offerings” on page 68. If special master’s requirements are not specified in this chapter and there is a question about prerequisites, prospective students should write directly to the appropriate director of graduate studies. Language Requirements The Graduate School requires no foreign language for the master’s degree. Certain departments, however, do have language requirements and these must be satisfied before the master’s examination can be taken. See the departmental listings in the chapter “Departments, Programs, & Course Offerings” on page 68 . All master’s theses must be written in English. The only exception is that short passages and quotations may be written in another language in the research chapter(s) if deemed appropriate by a student’s thesis examination committee. Major and Related Subjects Thirty course credits at Duke constitutes minimum enrollment for the completion of most master of arts and master of science degrees. Students must present acceptable grades for a minimum of 24 course credits of graded coursework, at least twelve of which must be in the major subject. Master’s students must complete additional coursework up to at least 30 credit units, as well as four hours of approved Responsible Conduct of Research training. Some master’s programs require additional course credits beyond the minimum of at least 24 graded and 30 overall course credits, as approved by The Graduate School. Individual programs and departments decide whether any given MA, MS, or MFA program of study may be completed by submission of an approved thesis or by other academic exercises in lieu of the thesis, as previously approved by The Graduate School for a given degree program (see requirements listed in the chapter “Departments, Programs, & Course Offerings” on page 68 ) . In either case, a maximum of 6 course credits may be earned by the completion exercises (such as thesis research) and the final examination. Thesis Requirements The master’s thesis should demonstrate the student’s ability to collect, arrange, interpret, and report pertinent material on a research problem. The thesis must be written in an acceptable style for the disciplinary field and should exhibit the student’s competence in scholarly procedures. Requirements of form are set forth in the Duke University Guide for Electronic Submission of Thesis and Dissertations, which is available on The Graduate School/Academics/Theses & Dissertations website . The thesis advisor must examine and approve the master’s thesis prior to submission to The Graduate School, as indicated by a letter stating this approval. The thesis must be submitted electronically in an approved form to ProQuest two weeks prior to defense (see deadlines for submission and defense posted on The Graduate School/ Academics/Theses & Dissertations website . Copies of the thesis will be distributed by the student, at least two weeks before the final examination, to the members of the examining committee (three or more). Deadlines for submission are posted on The Graduate School website and must be respected if the student wishes to receive the degree in the semester when the intention to graduate has been declared. If a student misses deadlines for completion of all requirements during a term, including submission of an approved and correctly formatted thesis document, then the student must register and pay for a subsequent term in which s/he will receive the degree. All master’s theses must be submitted electronically to ProQuest in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and to DukeSpace in the Duke Libraries, where they are openly and publicly accessible online after any approved embargo period. See The Graduate School/Academics/Theses & Dissertations website for information about electronic submission and procedures for obtaining a copyright.