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Master’s Course Requirements

1. Program Approval

Each student’s program must be approved by the faculty advisor, the advisory committee and the director of graduate studies (DGS). The program embodies the student’s educational goals and should provide a thoughtful and coherent list of courses with an identifiable theme.

2. Deficiencies

A student may not be able to immediately begin a full graduate program leading to the degree; it may be necessary to satisfy prerequisites omitted in undergraduate curricula. Deficiencies are determined by the faculty advisor and the DGS. All master’s candidates will be held responsible for the following undergraduate courses: MNG 463, MNG 201 plus at least two from: MNG 301, MNG 341, MNG 435 and MNG 551.

3. Requirements by Numbering

No 800- or 900-level courses, or the courses offered by the Department of Mining Engineering numbered below the 500 level may be credited toward the master’s degree.

A candidate for the master’s degree may credit toward degree requirements any 500-, 600- or 700-level courses; also, non-mining courses at the 400-level with the G-suffix may be counted toward the minor.

In addition, the following limitations apply:

  1. For the 24-hour/thesis option, a maximum of 12 hours of 400G- and 500-level courses and a minimum of 12 hours of 600- and 700-level courses. Courses that do not meet on a regular basis, such as 780 or 790, shall be used sparingly and only with permission from the advisory committee. In no event will their use exceed eight (8) credits (one-third of 24)
  2. For the 30-hour/report option, a maximum of fifteen (15) hours of 400G- and 500-level courses and a minimum of fifteen (15) hours of 600- and 700-level courses. Courses that do not meet on a regular basis, such as 780 and 790, shall be used sparingly and only with the permission from the advisory committee. In no event will their use exceed ten (10) credits (one third of 30)

4. Requirements by Major Area

Every candidate for a Master of Science degree will present a major of at least two-thirds of the total coursework. Ordinarily, the major is made up of courses with an MNG designation. Substitutions may be made by the graduate council for legitimate requests recommended by the DGS.

5. Grades

The master’s degrees will be awarded only if candidates have attained grade point averages of at least 3.0 on work taken as graduate students and all work carrying graduate credits.

6. Transfer from Other Degree Programs

Students currently enrolled in other degree programs at UK may be transferred to the M.S.Min.E. or M.Min.E. programs with the approval of the DGS. All rules and procedures contained in this handbook shall be applied to such students.