Office of the Registrar
School of Graduate Studies (2013/2014)
3.4 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 Procedure For Admission, Clause 2.

3.4.1 Graduate Diploma and Master's Programs
  1. Candidates should consult the appropriate Degree and Department/Faculty/School regulations for information concerning the specific program requirements.

  2. Graduate diploma programs shall not normally comprise more than 50% of the master's in the same area.

3.4.2 Ph.D. and Psy.D. Programs
  1. Each candidate is required to pass a comprehensive examination (see Comprehensive Examinations, Ph.D. and Psy.D. Comprehensive Examination).

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

3.4.3 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 course work and, where applicable, in the writing of any end-of-program research report, folio, comprehensive examination, or thesis.

3.4.4 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.

3.4.5 Research Involving Animals

The Animal Care Service Department 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.

3.4.6 Graduate Student Conduct

All graduate students shall adhere to Memorial University’s policies and guidelines relating to academic scholarship, integrity and ethical conduct informing the design, conduct, and reporting of responsible research.

3.4.7 Year of Degree and Departmental Regulations
  1. A student completing a graduate degree program in the School of Graduate Studies will follow the degree and Faculty/School/Department 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

3.4.8 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Students who successfully complete a graduate diploma program may transfer the course credits earned in that program towards a master's degree if these credits meet the requirements of the master's in the affiliated area in which the graduate diploma was granted.

    Affiliated Master's programs for graduate diploma programs currently offered by the School of Graduate Studies are as follows:

    Education

    Graduate Diploma in Post-Secondary Studies (Health Professional Education) - Master of Education (Post-Secondary Studies)

    Engineering

    Graduate Diploma in Safety and Risk Engineering - Master of Engineering

    Marine Studies

    Graduate Diploma in Fisheries Resource Management - Master of Marine Studies (Fisheries Resource Management)

    Medicine

    Graduate Diploma in Clinical Epidemiology - Master of Science in Medicine (Clinical Epidemiology)

    Graduate Diploma in Community Health - Master of Science in Medicine (Community Health) and Master of Public Health

  5. In programs requiring a minimum of 12 credit hours or more, transfer of credit hours in graduate courses referred to in to in 1., 2., and 3. above shall not exceed 30% of the total number of credit hours required. In programs requiring fewer than 12 credit hours, a maximum of 3 credit hours in graduate courses referred to in 1., 2., and 3. above shall be considered eligible for transfer.

  6. Graduate courses referred to in 1., 2., 3., and 4. 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.