Credit Hour Requirements, Candidacy

Credit Hour Requirements

The University of Cincinnati is on a semester system. Although qualification for the master’s degree is not based exclusively upon the completion of a definite number of hours of course work, the satisfactorily completed graduate work must consist of the equivalent of a minimum of one academic year of full-time graduate study consisting of at least 30 graduate semester credit hours, including any thesis or research project.

Credits earned in professional law or medicine programs are not applicable to the 30 credit minimum. Some master’s programs are completed in one year whereas other programs require two or three years.
 

Candidacy

There is no formal candidacy status for the master’s degree. However, some programs do have defense requirements, so each student should confer with his/her adviser or program director to ascertain the requirements of his/her specific program.