To be considered for admission, an applicant must meet the
university minimum standards for scholarship and all criteria
established by the School/College and degree program. Admission
to graduate programs is competitive; admission authority rests
with the Deans of the Graduate School and the School/College.
An application will be reviewed only when the application
fee is paid in U.S. dollars and all official transcripts,
standardized test scores, and other application materials
required for the degree program are received on or before
A baccalaureate degree or its equivalent, as recognized
by Temple University, from an accredited post-secondary institution.
point average (GPA), on a 4-point scale, of 2.8 or higher
for all undergraduate work, 3.0 for graduate level work. Temple
University calculates the GPA from official transcripts sent
directly from each post-secondary institution that the applicant
Requirements for Admission
A School/College and program may require an examination
such as the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), the Miller
Analogies Test (MAT), or the Graduate Management Admission
Test (GMAT). Such examinations must have been taken within
the past five years or appear on the official Temple University
record of a student who has been previously enrolled.
If an applicant attended any institution that does not routinely
issue complete academic records in English, he or she must
submit official copies of native language records and literal
translations prepared by an appropriate university or government
official. Another option is to submit the academic documents
to a credential evaluation organization approved by Temple
University, and request that the evaluation be sent directly
to the intended program. At the same time, an unofficial copy
of the academic records on which the outside evaluation will
be based should be sent to the intended program at Temple
An applicant who does not hold a baccalaureate degree from
an institution in which the sole language of instruction is
English is required to pass the Test of English as a Foreign
Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 575 paper version/230
computer-based version (CBT) in all programs except the Master
of Music (MM) or Doctor of Music (DMA) in performance, for
which a TOEFL score of 525 paper version/197 CBT is acceptable.
An applicant admitted with marginal TOEFL scores (below 599
paper version/ 250 CBT) is required to do one of the following
as a condition of matriculation:
- Pass the SPEAK
test administered at Temple University
- Have scored at
least 45 on the Test of Spoken English (TSE) in the past
- Enroll in an
approved remedial English course at Temple University in
the first semester
School And College
The faculties of each program establish additional admissions
requirements that are approved by the School or College Graduate
Council or other governance body. Additional requirements
beyond the university minimum requirements typically include
- grades and/or
completion of specific course work
- evidence of writing
ability, professional experience
- statement of
goals and specific interests in research or other creative
- letters of recommendation
requirements for graduate programs vary widely, an applicant
must contact the school or college and program for current
information. It is the responsibility of the applicant to
submit all required credentials and other evidence of qualifications
by the deadline set by the school or college and program.
Deadlines vary by program as shown in the admissions matrix
(link). To be considered for any form of Graduate Student
Financial Support, an applicant should apply in advance of
posted deadlines. To be considered for university fellowships,
an applicant must apply by January 15 for admission the following
fall. Only a student who has been admitted may be considered
for Assistantships, Scholarships, Fellowships, and Student
Financial Aid (loans or work-study).
Multiple Degree Programs
Prospective students may apply to more than one program, but
must submit a complete application to each. A student accepted
into a graduate program may matriculate into only one program,
except in the case of officially-designated Dual Degree programs.
Dual Degree Programs
Applicants to Dual Degree programs must be admitted to both
degree programs and complete all requirements for both degrees.
Admission to one program does not guarantee admission to the
of Degree Program
Moving to a Master's Program
A matriculated student in a doctoral program may, with the
approval of the advisor and the Dean of the School/College,
request a transfer to a master's degree program in the same
department and field without reapplying. The department or
program must review the student's record and make the final
decision about accepting the student into the master's degree
Moving to a Doctoral Program
A matriculated student in a master's program must apply for
admission to the doctoral program even in the same department
and field. (This is not applicable if a student was admitted
into the Ph.D. program at the time of admission into the master's
program.) The procedures for applying are governed by the
Dean of the School/College and Graduate Council or other governance
AND STANDARDS OF SCHOLARSHIP
Courses graded A,
A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+, D, D- and F are used to calculate
the graduate grade point average (GPA). No grade below a C-
can be used to fulfill any graduate requirement. The GPA does
not include courses designated R (registered) unless the R
is changed to a letter grade following completion of all work
as is done in some courses that continue over two or more
grading periods. In some doctoral programs, the final semester
of dissertation research is changed to a letter grade.
A student who receives
more than two grades below B- or more than one grade of F
will be dismissed for failure to maintain satisfactory grades.
A minimum cumulative
grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 is required in order to graduate.
A doctoral student
must take at least 6 s.h.'s of Doctoral Research (900 - 999)
after having been advanced to candidacy. Because these courses
reflect continuing work on a single project, the student will
receive a grade (A, B, C, or Pass/Fail, depending on the departmental
grading system) for only the final semester after having fulfilled
this requirement (by filing the final approved dissertation
with the Graduate School).
An instructor may assign an incomplete (I) to a student who
does not complete all coursework. That Incomplete may be changed
to a letter grade if the student completes the coursework
within one calendar year.
for Completing Work
The student must file a contract with the faculty member of
record stating what outstanding work remains to be completed.
The faculty member must sign the contract and retain it in
the student's permanent departmental file. All work must be
completed, graded, and the change of grade card filed with
the Office of Academic Records within one calendar year of
the assignment of the Incomplete.
An Incomplete that has not been changed to a grade within
one calendar year of being assigned will be administratively
changed into a Permanent Incomplete (PI).
No Credit for Permanent
A student who receives a Permanent Incomplete and wishes to
receive credit for that course is required to reregister,
pay tuition, and retake that course to receive a grade.
Credits for Coursework
in a Degree Program
No course may be used to satisfy a credit hour requirement
for more than one degree, except where course requirements
for one degree (master's degree) are required for a more advanced
degree (e.g., Ph.D.) or have been designated as eligible to
satisfy the requirements of an officially-designated Dual
Course for Additional Credit
may repeat an Independent Study or other course for additional
the course content varies each semester as designated in the
Repeating a Course
A student may, with the permission of the advisor and graduate
program director, retake a course once in order to improve
the grade. The higher grade will be used instead of the lower
grade to calculate the graduate grade point average (GPA).
The semester hours for the course will be counted only once
toward graduation requirements.
for Undergraduate Courses
A graduate student may take an undergraduate upper division
course for graduate credit only with the advance, written
permission of the student's advisor and the Dean of the School/College,
prior to the first day of classes. Permission will be granted
only if the graduate student is required to complete more
advanced work than that required of undergraduates, and the
petition specifies the nature and extent of the additional
work (e.g., a research paper or project). To receive graduate
credit, the student must pay graduate tuition and fees.
Undergraduate Courses Not for Graduate Credit
A student admitted to a graduate program may enroll in an
undergraduate course to elevate his or her level of preparation
to the standard expected of an entering graduate student,
but such courses cannot be used to satisfy a graduate degree
A prerequisite is
preparatory work that must be completed prior to undertaking
specified coursework in the degree program. Semester hours
earned completing prerequisites do not count toward the total
number of semester hours required for the degree.
Grades earned in
prerequisite courses, if graduate level, are included in the
graduate GPA and, irrespective of level, in the determination
Credit for Coursework
Taken as a Non-Matriculated Student
A matriculated student may be allowed credit for up to 9 semester
hours (s.h.) of graduate coursework, graded B or higher, taken
before matriculation. These credits may be accepted in addition
to the advanced standing credit allowed if approved by the
Dean and the Graduate Council or other governance body of
Graduate coursework taken at an accredited institution prior
to matriculation, and graded B or higher, may be accepted
toward a Temple University Master's Degree. The number of
advanced standing credits that may be accepted by a master's
program cannot exceed 20% of the semester hours required for
the degree (e.g., in a 30 s.h. master's degree, a maximum
of 6 s.h.'s of credit is allowed).
Graduate coursework taken at an accredited institution prior
to matriculation and graded B or higher as part of a Master's
Degree Program may be accepted for Advanced Standing Credit.
For doctoral programs that do not require the student to complete
a master's degree at Temple University, the number of advanced
standing credits that may be accepted by a doctoral program
cannot exceed the number of graduate semester hours required
for the master's degree in the same or a closely related discipline
at Temple University. Individual programs may have more restrictive
limits on the number of graduate semester hours eligible to
be considered for Advanced Standing Credit. The Deans of the
School/College and the Graduate Council or other governance
body determine the courses to be deemed eligible.
Acceptance of Credit
To receive Advanced Standing Credit, the Graduate Program
Director must make a recommendation to the Dean of the School/College
to accept a student's credits from the master's degree or
other graduate work taken prior to matriculation in the degree
program whether the previous work was taken at Temple University
or at another institution. The Dean of the School/College
has final authority over accepting the recommendation to grant
advanced standing credit in individual cases as long as the
number and type of credits accepted do not exceed those allowed
by the Graduate School.
Credit Following Matriculation
The Dean of a School/College
and the Graduate Council or other governance body may accept
a limited number of transfer credits taken by a matriculated
student outside of Temple University.
A Master's program
may accept a maximum of 6 s.h.'s of transfer credit.
A doctoral program
may accept as many transfer credits as have been approved
by the Dean of the School/College up to the limit established
by the Dean of the Graduate School.
taken prior to matriculation may be counted toward a degree
only if they meet the program's criteria for currency. Generally,
courses taken within the past five years are considered current.
In some schools and colleges, coursework taken in a master's
degree more than five years prior to matriculation may be
considered eligible for advanced standing credit.
To remain in good standing a graduate student must maintain
continuous enrollment (i.e., 1 or more semester hours each
Fall and Spring) from the semester of matriculation through
the semester of graduation. The only exception is for a student
on a Leave of Absence.
To be designated
full-time, a graduate student (including all recipients of
Graduate School Fellowships) must be enrolled for 9 or more
semester hours of coursework until all coursework is completed.
To be designated
full-time, a graduate student who holds an assistantship which
requires at least twenty hours of service per week must be
enrolled in 6 s.h.'s until all coursework is completed.
To be designated
full-time, a graduate student who has completed required coursework
for the degree must be enrolled in at least 1 s.h. of one
of the following:
Dissertation Proposal 899
Dissertation Research 999 (or equivalent 900-999)
OR any other terminal
or culminating experience or project required beyond coursework
to complete the degree (e.g., MFA project, internship, field
practicum, or student teaching).
on Full-Time Status
A student may be
classified as full-time for up to 2 semesters while completing
a Master's Thesis or Project; for up to 4 semesters while
completing an MFA Project, and for up to 6 semesters while
completing a Doctoral Dissertation.
A student must take
and pass the preliminary examination within one semester of
completing coursework in order to be considered full-time.
The proposal must be approved within 3 semesters of completing
A doctoral student
who has completed coursework and requests designation as full-time
(i.e., to be eligible for Code 23 Status to defer loans and/or
satisfy visa requirements) must file the Full-Time Status
Certification Form, signed by the appropriate advisor, with
the Graduate School by the first day of classes each semester.
The Dean of a School/College,
on the recommendation of the advisor, may grant a matriculated
student a Leave of Absence.
While on a Leave
of Absence, a student may not use any university facility
receive academic direction or guidance except related to the
student's petition for continuing the leave or for advising
related to progress toward completion of the degree.
A Leave of Absence
does not extend the time limit for completing a graduate
degree. A student may not be granted more than four semesters
of leave except for a serious condition.
Limits for a Degree
The time limit begins
with the semester of matriculation and ends with the semester
in which the degree is earned.
Time Limits for
a Master's Degree
Three to six years (see Program Descriptions).
Time Limits for
a Doctoral Degree
Extensions of Time
To ensure currency, a student who requests an extension of
time beyond that allowed for a graduate degree may be required
to retake coursework and/or examinations.
EXAMINATION AND THESIS
A student may take
the master's comprehensive examination, in whole or in part,
no more than twice.
A student who fails
all or part of the comprehensive examination twice will be
For current requirements, see specific program.
A thesis must be completed in a format approved by the Graduate
School and the School/College. Approved formats are listed
in the Dissertation and Thesis Handbook.
Preliminary Examinations (Course #799)
A doctoral student who has completed all course work for the
degree, but has not passed the preliminary examination, must
register each Fall and Spring semester for 1 s.h. of course
number 799, "Preliminary Examination Preparation. "
The student must be registered for 799 in the semester in
which the examination is taken, including the summer session.
A student who is required to retake the preliminary examination
in whole or in part must re-register for 1 s.h. of 799 in
the semester in which the examination will be retaken.
A student may take
the doctoral preliminary examination, in whole or in part,
no more than twice.
A student who fails
all or part of the preliminary examination twice will be dismissed.
Three or more members
of the Graduate Faculty must approve the content of the doctoral
preliminary examination. It must be graded fairly and in a
manner that prohibits any one faculty member from determining
whether a student passes or fails.
Examination Time Limits
To ensure currency,
a doctoral student who has not successfully defended the dissertation
within five years of passing the preliminary examination may
be required to retake and pass that examination to remain
in good academic standing.
When the five year
limit is reached, the student will be notified by the School/College/Program
if he or she must retake and pass the preliminary examination
within one semester.
Failure to retake
and pass the preliminary examination within one semester will
result in dismissal by the School/College/Program.
A doctoral student is elevated to candidacy on completion
of all coursework and examination requirements (including
foreign language or other proficiency examinations) for the
degree upon filing an approved dissertation proposal with
the Graduate School.
Advisory Committee/Sponsoring Committee
Composition of the
Doctoral Advisory Committee (DAC)
A committee must include at least three members of the Temple
University Graduate Faculty, two of whom, including the Chair,
must be members of the candidate's degree program or approved
to serve in that capacity with the advance, written approval
of the Dean of the Graduate School.
A committee may be expanded to include other Temple faculty
and/or qualified experts from outside Temple University, provided
that a majority of the members of the advisory committee are
members of the Temple University Graduate Faculty.
Approval of Additional
If the proposed additional member is not a member of the Graduate
Faculty, the Chair of the Dissertation Advisory Committee
must request approval by submitting the "Nomination for
Service on Doctoral Committee" form and a current curriculum
vitae to the Dean of the Graduate School. Approval must be
received prior to filing the approved proposal with the Graduate
Changes in Membership
If a change is made in the composition of the Doctoral Advisory
Committee, the change must be approved by the Chair of the
initial committee, the Dean of the School/College and filed
on the "Dissertation Committee Change" form with
the Graduate School prior to posting the Final Defense.
The Dean of the School/College and the Graduate Council or
other governance body defines who is responsible for approving
the composition of Doctoral Advisory Committees in the School/College.
Role of the Chair
and Advisory Committee Members
The Chair and each member of the Advisory Committee works
with the student to provide guidance to develop a proposal
in which the student demonstrates broad knowledge of the field,
current methods of investigation, and the ability to conduct
the proposed research on a realistic time-line.
Proposal Preparation (Course # 899)
A student who has passed the preliminary examinations but
has not filed an approved dissertation proposal with the Graduate
School by the last day to Drop/Add in the semester must register
(each Fall and Spring) for course # 899, "Pre-Dissertation
When all members of the Doctoral Advisory Committee have signed
the proposal, the proposal represents an agreement between
the student and the Committee that the theoretical and methodological
approach being taken will be considered acceptable if the
work is conducted appropriately and within the time-line proposed.
The Doctoral Advisory Committee may not unilaterally require
significant theoretical or methodological changes. The Committee
and the student may jointly agree on such changes but are
advised to put these changes in writing.
Time-Limit to File
Within 30 days of all members of the Doctoral Advisory Committee
signing the proposal, it must be filed with the student's
department and with the Graduate School. The proposal must
include an official Proposal Transmittal form that includes
the signatures of the Dissertation Advisory Committee members
and the date approved.
for Dissertation Research (Course # 999)
A doctoral candidate must register each Fall and Spring semester,
and in the term in which the oral examination is held, for course
number 999, "Dissertation Research."
If the oral examination
is held in the summer session, the student must register for
999 in the summer session but will not be required to register
in the fall if the 30-day deadline for making final revisions
extends into the Fall.
A doctoral student
must complete a minimum of six semester hours of course number
999, "Dissertation Research," after elevation to
of Doctoral Dissertation
Standards for Defensibility
To be defensible, a doctoral dissertation must:
- meet the standards
for original research or other creative work in the field.
- uphold the ethics
and standards governing research or creative work in the
- demonstrate mastery
of the research methodology and subject matter.
- demonstrate an
understanding of the contribution of the body of knowledge
to the discipline or disciplines involved.
- meet the standard
of writing and presentation expected in any academic or
scholarly publication or production including grammar, spelling,
formatting and general readability.
Criteria for Oral
A candidate whose dissertation fulfills the standards of scholarship
and the commitments made in the proposal, and any modifications
made to it as specified above, is entitled to an oral defense
of the dissertation.
A Dissertation Examining Committee is responsible for evaluating
the quality of the dissertation and conducting the oral defense.
Composition of the
A Committee must include the Chair and all members of the
Doctoral Advisory Committee and at least one outside examiner.
The Chair of the
The Chair of the Examining Committee must be a member of the
Graduate Faculty but may not be the Chair of the candidate's
Doctoral Advisory Committee. This person, responsible for
coordinating the defense, must be identified when the defense
is posted with the Graduate School. If the Dean of a School/College
and the Graduate Council has a written policy that calls for
the Chair of the Dissertation Examining Committee to be elected
only when the defense is convened, the person named in the
posting to the Graduate School will remain responsible for
filing all official forms with the School/College and Graduate
The outside examiner may not be a faculty member in the candidate's
degree program. The examiner must be doctorally prepared,
and, if he or she is from outside Temple University, must
be approved by the Dean of the Graduate School at least two
weeks prior to the Oral Defense.
Approval of Committee
Members Outside Temple University
If the outside examiner or any other proposed member of the
Examining Committee is not a member of the Graduate Faculty,
the Chair of the Dissertation Advisory Committee must request
approval by submitting the request form and a current curriculum
vitae to the Dean of the Graduate School at least four weeks
in advance of the scheduled defense. Approval must be received
prior to posting the Oral Defense.
Posting an Oral
To be eligible to post, the candidate must have:
- an approved Dissertation
- distributed a
complete copy of the final dissertation to all members of
the Examining Committee
- identified the
Chair or the person responsible for the Dissertation Examining
Committee in accordance with the policies of the School/College
The candidate must submit the official, signed notice of the
Oral Defense to the Graduate School ten or more working days
before the scheduled defense. A defense cannot be held without
written confirmation of approval and receipt of the defense
paperwork from the Graduate School.
The announcement of the oral defense must be posted publicly.
Any member of the Graduate Faculty has the right to request
a copy of the dissertation from the Dean of the School/College
in advance of the defense and may participate in the defense.
If a person other than a member of the Examining Committee
or Graduate Faculty wishes to be present at the oral defense,
the Chair of the Dissertation Examining Committee is responsible
for determining the appropriateness of the request and for
making the final decision.
Attendance of the
Dissertation Examining Committee
All members of the Dissertation Examining Committee must be
physically present for the defense except in the case of an
emergency. The Dean of the Graduate School may, in serious
circumstances, give prior written approval for no more than
one member to be absent. The candidate and Dissertation Advisory
Committee Chair must, however, both be present for a valid
A member of the Dissertation Examining Committee whose absence
has been approved by the Dean of the Graduate School must
still participate in the defense through some means (e.g.,
telephone, video-conference, written comments and/or questions
to be asked by another member), except in the case of a sudden,
Evaluation of the
An Examining Committee evaluates both the dissertation and
a candidate's performance in the oral examination to determine
whether or not the candidate passes. Only officially recognized
members of a Dissertation Examining Committee have the authority
to determine whether or not the candidate passes the final
Following the Oral Defense
30 Day Limit for
Doctoral candidates who pass the oral defense may be required
to make revisions to the dissertation as a condition of completing
the degree. The Chair of the Doctoral Advisory Committee is
typically responsible to review and approve revisions, although
any member of the Examining Committee may require the candidate
to submit a final draft for approval. The final revised dissertation
must be submitted to the Graduate School within 30 calendar
days of the oral defense or the defense is nullified and another
oral defense must be scheduled.
If an Examining Committee requires substantial revisions that
cannot be made within 30 calendar days, the Committee must
suspend the defense until a majority agrees that the dissertation
is sufficiently revised to be defendable. A candidate must
repost the oral defense with the Graduate School. The Chair
of the Dissertation Advisory Committee is responsible for
notifying the Graduate School that a defense was suspended.
A dissertation must be completed in a format approved by the
Graduate School and the School/College. Approved formats are
listed in the Dissertation and Thesis Handbook.
A doctoral dissertation may have only one author. A candidate's
previously published work may be included in the dissertation
if the work meets the following criteria:
- The research
was conducted by the candidate while a doctoral student
at Temple University
- It has not been
used to meet the requirements for another degree
- It is not co-authored
unless the role of the candidate was clearly defined in
the co-authored work
- It is logically
connected with and integrated into the dissertation
- By its inclusion,
it does not violate any existing copyright or contractual
- Co-authored works
that do not meet the criteria above may be included as appendices
if they include the names of all authors and the contribution
of the candidate is stated.
The Dissertation and Thesis Handbook details requirements
for filing the final dissertation with the Graduate School.
Over Doctoral Dissertation
The Dean of the Graduate School and the Graduate Board have
the authority to review and approve all doctoral dissertations
prior to awarding the degree.
APPEALS TO THE GRADUATE BOARD
Title IX of the
Educational Amendments Act requires that each college or university
establish due procedures for the resolution of grievances.
A student should consult his or her School/College for information
about filing grievances.
A graduate student
must follow all School/College and department policies and
procedures governing grade appeals and appeals for all other
academic matters. The Graduate Board and Graduate School have
authority over reinstatement after academic or administrative
dismissal. A student must file a Petition to the Graduate
School to initiate an appeal to either body for reinstatement.
Reinstatement After Academic Dismissal
A graduate student may petition the Graduate Board Student
Appeals Committee following dismissal.
If the student has
failed the comprehensive or preliminary examinations, in whole
or in part, twice.
If the student has
failed to maintain satisfactory grades in accordance with
Standards of Scholarship in the university, School/College
If the student has
failed to make academic progress as defined by the School/College
Reinstatement After Administrative Dismissal
A student who has been administratively dismissed (i.e., has
exceeded the time limit or failed to maintain continuous enrollment
and is therefore ineligible to register, or who has withdrawn)
may petition the Graduate School for reinstatement. The Dean
of the Graduate School or his/her designee may respond to
these petitions administratively or refer them to the Graduate
Board Student Appeals Committee.
Appeals of Graduate
A student can appeal Graduate Board Appeals Committee decisions
only on procedural grounds. The appeal should be directed
to the Provost.
A student who has withdrawn, been dismissed for failure to
maintain continuous enrollment for more than one semester,
or has exceeded the time limit and is therefore ineligible
to register, may be required to file a new application for
admission. If accepted, the student is considered newly matriculated
at the time of admission and will be required to complete
all current program requirements.