Master's Examinations

Master's degree programs

Master’s degree programs give students the opportunity to gain additional knowledge and necessary skills in a field in order to engage in research and other scholarly activities, to teach, and to become practitioners. At this university, master’s degree programs consist of a coherent pattern of courses and other educational experiences, a master’s examination, and, in many cases, a thesis or its equivalent. See Section 6 of the Graduate School Handbook for a full description of master's degree requirements.

Master's examination

The master’s examination is administered under the auspices of the local program’s graduate studies committee, and the responsibility for the examination rests with the master’s examination committee. The master’s examination is taken during the semester in which a graduate student plans to graduate and after the Application to Graduate form is submitted to the Graduate School. A graduate student must be registered for at least three graduate credit hours during the semester he or she takes the master’s examination.

Section 6.2 of the Graduate School Handbook contains all policies and procedures governing master’s examinations at Ohio State, including committees and results.

Dual degree students

Normally, students will complete a separate master’s examination for each degree program. However, if the following conditions are satisfied, a student pursuing two thesis option master’s degree programs may be required to complete only one master’s examination and one thesis:

  • The graduate studies committee in each graduate program must approve.
  • The master’s examination committee must be composed of a minimum of four graduate faculty members, with at least two from each graduate program.
  • A faculty member from each graduate program must serve as a co-advisor of the thesis.
  • The result of the master’s examination must be unanimously affirmative in order for the student to earn each degree.
  • In the event of the student’s failure, the master's examination committee will decide if a second examination for two degrees with one thesis is possible.
  • If the committee decides against allowing a second examination for two degrees with one thesis, then one of the graduate studies committees may allow a second examination in order for the student to earn one master’s degree.

Section 6.8 of the Graduate School Handbook describes master's examinations for dual degree students.

Questions can be directed to staff members in Graduation Services at (614) 292-6031.