2004 - 2005 Calendar

General Information and Regulations Governing All Graduate Students

D) PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

(NOTE: Every candidate shall complete a program of study as recommended by the Head of the academic unit, in consultation with the Supervisory Committee and approved by the Dean of Graduate Studies. See General Regulation B.2.)

1. Diploma and Master's Programs

Candidates should consult the appropriate Degree and Department/Faculty/School regulations for information concerning the specific program requirements.

2. Ph.D. Programs

a) Each candidate is required to pass a comprehensive examination (see General Regulation H.2.)

b) Each candidate shall present a thesis embodying the results of original research.

c) Candidates should consult the appropriate Department/ Faculty/School regulations for information concerning the number and specific credit hours that may be required for a program.

d) Candidates may pursue a specified part of their research elsewhere provided that prior permission has been obtained from the Dean on the recommendation of the Head of the academic unit in consultation with the Supervisory Committee.

3. English Writing Requirement

Given the analytical and scholarly demands of study at the graduate level, graduate students are expected to demonstrate an advanced facility with written English in meeting the demands of their coursework and, where applicable, in the writing of any end-of-program research report, folio, comprehensive examination, or thesis.

4. Changes in Programs

Any changes in the candidates’s program of studies must be approved by the Dean of Graduate Studies on the recommendation of the appropriate academic unit.

5. Research Involving Animals

The Animal Care Unit offers a seminar in animal care at least once annually. The seminar is administered by the School of Graduate Studies. All graduate students whose degree requirements involve experimentation on living vertebrate animals are required to attend this seminar normally at the first offering following commencement of their program.

6. Graduate Research Integrity Requirement

All graduate students are required to complete the Graduate Research Integrity Program (GRIP), which is administered by the School of Graduate Studies and offered annually in the Winter semester. Successful completion of GRIP is normally required in the first offering following program commencement and will be annotated on the student’s transcript.

7. Year of Degree and Departmental Regulations

a)  A student completing a graduate degree program in the School of Graduate Studies will follow the degree and department/faculty/school regulations in effect in the year in which the student first registers for his/her current program. However, students may elect to follow regulations introduced subsequent to their initial registration.

NOTE: The foregoing notwithstanding, in the case of students who have submitted a thesis/report/folio, or students in a non-thesis program who have taken a comprehensive examination, the option of changing regulations is no longer available.

b) When there is doubt as to which degree or departmental regulations may be followed, the Academic Council of the School of Graduate Studies will decide which are the appropriate regulations.

c)  Notwithstanding these guidelines, the University may place limits on the time permitted to complete a program under any given set of regulations. In addition, detailed scheduling of courses and/or work periods may be changed as the University deems appropriate or necessary.

8. Transfer of Course Credits

All such transfers require the approval of the Dean of Graduate Studies, on the recommendation of the head of the appropriate academic unit.

a) A student who has successfully completed graduate courses at Memorial University of Newfoundland prior to admission to a graduate program may apply to transfer appropriate courses to that program, provided such courses have not been used to satisfy other degree requirements.

b) A student who has successfully completed graduate courses as part of one graduate program at Memorial University of Newfoundland, and who is subsequently admitted to another program, may apply to transfer appropriate courses to the current program, provided such courses have not been used to satisfy other degree requirements.

c) A student who has successfully completed graduate courses at another institution recognized by Senate may, on admission to a graduate program at Memorial University of Newfoundland, apply to transfer appropriate courses to the current program, provided such courses have not been used to satisfy other degree requirements.

d) In programs requiring a minimum of 12 credit hours or more, transfer of credit hours in graduate courses referred to in (a), (b) and (c) above shall not exceed 30% of the total number of credit hours required. In programs requiring fewer than 12 credit hours, a maximum of three credit hours in graduate courses referred to in (a), (b) and (c) above shall be considered eligible for transfer.

e) Graduate courses referred to in (a), (b) and (c) above shall not be considered eligible for transfer if they have been completed more than seven years prior to the date of admission into the current program.


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