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Graduate College Rules and Regulations

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All graduate students are expected to read and to comply with the written regulations as printed in the general University Catalog. All matriculating students are eligible for one free catalog upon their initial enrollment in the Graduate College.

Enrollment Requirements
Graduate students must complete a minimum of six hours during each 12-month period to be continuously enrolled. Failure to maintain continuous enrollment requires reapplication and readmission to the program. Graduate students must be enrolled in at least two hours during any semester in which they are utilizing university resources including the semester in which they graduate. Graduate assistants must meet minimum enrollment requirements as follows: 0.50 or greater FTE—6 hours in fall or spring; 3 hours in summer; less than 0.50 FTE—9 hours in fall or spring; 3 hours in summer. All students (including those enrolling in research hours only) must be enrolled by the deadlines listed in the Schedule of Classes.

Time Limits
All requirements must be completed within the following periods calculated from initial enrollment in the program: master's candidates—7 years; doctoral candidates—9 years. No course on the plan of study may be more than 10 years old at the time of graduation. Students must follow deadlines for submission of theses/dissertations and for completing final exams as listed in the catalog.

Grade Point Requirements
Students whose cumulative graduate GPA falls below 3.0 are subject to being placed on Strict Academic Probation (SAP). Students on SAP may be suspended if they receive any grade below a B. To graduate, a student must have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA in all course work (excluding research hours) and also a minimum of a 3.0 GPA in creative component hours. No course in which the assigned grade is lower than a C can be placed on a plan of study.

Transfer Hours
Master's students may transfer a maximum of 9 hours from another university or from special student status at OSU. Doctoral students must take at least 30 hours at OSU.

Plan of Study
The plan of study for a master's student must be filed electronically on the Graduate College web site prior to the completion of the 17th graduate credit hour of enrollment. Doctoral students should file their plan of study electronically prior to the completion of the 28th graduate credit hour of enrollment.

All students must indicate on their plans of study whether or not their research will involve human subjects. If human subjects are to be used, approval must be received from the Office of Research Compliance prior to the beginning of the research.

Office of University Research Compliance
Federal regulations and Oklahoma State University policy require review and approval of all research studies that involve human subjects before investigators can begin their research. The Office of University Research Compliance (URC) conducts this review to protect the rights and welfare of human subjects involved in biomedical and behavioral research. In compliance with the aforementioned policy, each graduate student doing research involving human subjects is required to submit an application for Review of Human Subjects Research to the Office of University Research Compliance at 219 Cordell Hall, (405) 744-5700. Applications are available from the and on its web page at

Students must file a Graduate College graduation clearance form and a diploma application at the beginning of the semester in which they are expecting to graduate. If they fail to graduate during that semester, they will need to contact the Graduate College to be eligible to register for additional hours, and they will need change the graduation semester on their diploma application. Students who need to submit a revised plan of study should complete it on line at the beginning of the semester of anticipated graduation. Published deadlines for on-line submission of theses and dissertations are strictly enforced. A student must submit one signed signature page and one signed copy of the abstract on white paper to the Graduate College by the thesis-dissertation deadline.