Theme 2

Becoming a Nationally Recognized Research Institution

Act of Determination 7 -- Planning for Masters Programs

Masters programs contribute to the University’s mission by educating graduate students in several critical areas, as well as by enhancing the doctoral enrollment in other disciplines. In non-STEM disciplines relatively little external funding currently exists for graduate programs. Thus, if a non-STEM department supports a Ph.D. program, that department's master’s program, in most cases, should be a constituent part of the Ph.D. Terminal MA and MS degrees will be awarded only to those who leave the program before completing the Ph.D. However, some masters programs are important for generating revenue through teaching and/or supporting the University’s enrollment goals, including retention and timely graduation (refer to Appendix 2E). Furthermore, the MFA, rather than the Ph.D., is considered the terminal degree in the fine arts fields and is considered more demanding than the MA in those fields.

Action Step:

  • By Spring 2015 the Dean will request that all departments with masters programs provide a self-assessment for future decisions on the various pathways these programs may take for sustainability. Appendix 2F lists criteria to consider in these program evaluations.