Graduation RequirementsResidency Requirements
There is no university-wide residency requirement for the master’s degree beyond that implicit in the limitation upon transfer credit, the time limit on the degree and the full-time student load requirement. However, some programs or departments may impose a rule of residency, be sure to check with them regarding their guidelines.
The residency requirements for the doctoral degree are determined by the school, college, institute or program enrolled.
The intent of residency requirement is to ensure that doctoral students contribute to and benefit from the complete spectrum of educational, professional, and enrichment opportunities provided at FAMU. During a student’s residency, every effort should be made to interact with faculty and peers by regularly attending courses, conferences, or seminars, and by using the library and laboratory facilities provided for graduate education.
Many graduate degree granting programs require a comprehensive examination in a student’s major field of study. The examination may be oral, written, or both.
Time Limit on Degree
The work for the master’s degree must be completed within five years from the term a student first registered for graduate credit.
All requirements for the doctoral degree must be completed within seven years from the term a student first registered as a doctoral student. If you extend the time period allowed, you may be required to initiate a new program of study, or to complete special requirements determined by your department or program.
Making Application for Graduation
A student must complete the Graduation Application during the first two weeks of the semester in which the degree is expected to be received. This form may be obtained from the advisor or department chair. The department will forward the application to the Registrar’s Office. It is the responsibility of the student to apply for the diploma and to make sure that the process is completed. Be sure to follow through with this and all other procedures.