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Posting of Joint and Special Graduate Committee Degrees

This memo serves to inform and clarify the ways joint and special committee degrees can be posted on transcripts and diplomas.  

Special Graduate Committee Degrees

As a reminder, the Special Graduate Committee is the name of the major and the degrees available to a Special Graduate Committee student include:  M.A., M.S., M.M., M.F.A., or Ph.D.  Historically, Special Graduate Committee majors were listed on transcripts in a generic fashion with simply the degree and major (“Special Graduate Committee”) listed. 

In order to provide further description of the work of a special graduate committee student, the Office of the Registrar and Provost’s Office have agreed to allow the title designated in the approved special committee proposal to serve as a subplan/option label on the transcript.  Diplomas would only list the name of the degree title which is the standard process in place for any student.  Please see the following example.

Special Graduate Committee PhD
Diploma:         Doctor of Philosophy

Transcript:       Doctor of Philosophy
Major:  Special Graduate Committee

Option:  Religion of Tibet

(or the title in the approved special graduate committee proposal)

Minor:  No Minor Required

Masters Special Graduate Committee
Diploma:          Master of Science
Transcript:       Master of Science
                          Major – Special Graduate Committee
                           Option – Construction Management

(or the title in the approved special graduate committee proposal)

Joint Degrees

As a reminder, the Graduate School defines a joint degree as one degree with two majors.  In turn, only one degree can be acknowledged for joint degrees on the transcript/diploma.  Doctoral joint degrees post with ease since there is a universal degree title for all doctoral students with no major attached:  Doctor of Philosophy. As is the standard practice for any student, the PhD major(s) do not appear on the diploma, but do appear on the transcript.  Please see the following example.

Joint Degree PhD
Diploma:          Doctor of Philosophy
Transcript:       Doctor of Philosophy 

Major:  Environment and Resources 

Minor:  No Minor Required 

                        Completed an additional major:  Sociology

Minor:  No Minor Required

There are no universal degree titles for master’s students since the major names are attached to the degree titles – such as Master of Arts-English or Master of Science-Psychology.  In this manner, the majors for master’s degrees appear both on the diploma and the transcript.  This is helpful for students pursuing individual master’s degrees.  However, this is problematic for students pursuing joint degrees since only one degree can be acknowledged on the diploma/transcript.  Thus, one of the degrees associated with the two majors has to be favored.  Please see the following example.

Joint Degree Masters
Diploma:          Master of Science--Environment and Resources

Transcript:       Master of Science--Environment and Resources 

Major:  Environment and Resources

Completed an additional major in:  Sociology 

One possible alternative is to encourage joint degree master’s students to pursue “Special Graduate Committee” majors when appropriate (such as when engaged in interdisciplinary studies).  Here is how the above example would look with a “Special Graduate Committee” structure:

Special Graduate Committee Masters (instead of Joint Degree Masters)
Diploma:          Master of Science
Transcript:       Master of Science
                          Major – Special Graduate Committee
                           Option – Construction Management

(or the title in the approved special graduate committee proposal)




Keywords:Joint Special Graduate Committee Degrees posting   Doc ID:31620
Owner:Parmesh R.Group:VCRGE and Graduate School
Created:2013-07-15 15:35 CDTUpdated:2018-05-14 12:49 CDT
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