Master’s Degree Program Fact Sheet

Master’s Degree Information

(Please note that many programs require more than the minimum.)

  • An application for admission.
  • An official copy of the bachelor’s degree transcript sent by your college/university directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions. (Marshall University alumni do not need to submit a transcript).
  • An undergraduate GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale from the bachelor’s degree granting institution.
  • Required admissions test scores sent directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions.

Directors of Graduate Studies
Your degree program director will assign to you an advisor in the graduate program. Your advisor will be a professor in the program who will advise you on many aspects of your degree program.Click here for a list of Directors of Graduate Studies.

Minimum Credit Requirement
Although each graduate program sets its own credit requirements, the minimum for the master’s degree is 30 credits. See the Graduate Catalog online for details about your program requirements.

Credit Transfer from Other US Institutions
The maximum number of transfer credits allowable is 12 semester credits. To qualify, the work must meet the following criteria:

  • Graduate level, from a regionally  accredited institution.
  • Taken within 7 years of admission to your MU degree program.
  • Grade of B or better (or its equivalent).
  • Must be approved first by your graduate program.

To transfer credit, you must submit an Application for Approval of Transfer of Credit from Another US Institution

Will you be writing a thesis?
If your master’s program requires a thesis, it must comply with all ETD Formatting Requirements along with any requirements specified by your graduate program. The thesis is approved by your major professor, thesis committee, as well as a final Graduate College Review.
Is Your Research Subject to Institutional Approval?
Whether your thesis/dissertation research involves human/animal subjects or not, you still need a letter of approval from the Marshall University Office of Research Integrity.
For complete information please see:
Office of Research Integrity


  • Application
    Submit an Application for Graduation at the beginning of the semester in which you expect to graduate. A non-refundable $50.00 diploma fee (Master’s), and $100 diploma fee (Ed.S. and Doctoral) must be paid to the Bursar’s Office as part of the application process. If you decide to change your graduation date, you must inform the office (by email with your 901 included) to which you submitted the application indicating your new target graduation date. There is no additional fee and you do not need to reapply.
  • Theses and Dissertations
    Theses and dissertations must be accepted by the Graduate College by the published deadline.
  • Minimum Credit Registration
    You do not have to be registered for a course during the semester in which you plan to graduate.
  • Review and Approval
    When you apply for graduation, your record is reviewed to ensure that you will have fulfilled degree requirements (laid out in your Plan of Study), at the end of the current semester. If there are any concerns or questions we will send you and your advisor an email.
  • Commencement Ceremony
    Commencement ceremonies are held in May and December. July and August graduates attend the December graduation ceremony. Attendance at the commencement ceremonies is optional. In March of each year the Office of the Registrar holds a “Countdown to Commencement” event in the Memorial Student Center, Don Morris Room. You will have the opportunity to purchase academic regalia, announcements, diploma frames, class rings and other items to commemorate your graduation.