Courses and Degree Requirements

CSD and Biomedical Sciences: Courses & Degree Requirements

Curriculum & Degree Requirements

All graduate students need to meet degree requirements set by the UHM Graduate Division and their graduate programs. Below is an overview of general Graduate Division requirements for the Master’s Plan A and PhD programs. For more information on program-specific degree requirements, see the information on the individual programs.

Master’s program – Plan A

Total Credit Requirements A minimum of 30 credits is required, including at least 18 credits of course work and between six to 12 credits of Thesis 700.

The thesis/research credit requirements are set uniformly for each graduate program by the program’s faculty.

Credits for Courses numbered 600 or above (excluding 699 and Thesis 700) A minimum of 12 credits is required.
Credits for 699 and Thesis 700 The total number of 699 and 700 credits applied toward degree requirements shall not exceed 12.

For graduate programs that require 12 credits of thesis research, no 699 credits may be applied toward degree requirements.

For graduate programs that require less than 12 credits of thesis research, 699 credits equal to the difference may be applied.

Graduate Seminar A minimum of one graduate seminar in the student’s graduate program or in a related program is required.
General Exam At the discretion of the graduate program, a general exam may be required. If required, all students in Plan A shall take the exam.
Thesis The thesis will be a scholarly contribution to knowledge and present research conducted by the student under the supervision of the
thesis committee chair. The subject of a thesis must be approved by the student’s committee.

The student must be the sole author of the manuscript, co-authored thesis is not permitted.

The thesis may not have been published previously in its entirety. With the approval of the graduate program and the committee chair,
a student may include previously published material in the thesis.

Final Exam/Defense At the discretion of the graduate program, a final exam may be required. It is primarily a defense of the thesis and may cover related
subjects as well. The exam is conducted by the candidate’s entire thesis committee and lasts for a minimum of one hour.

The candidate defends the thesis by demonstrating to the thesis committee satisfactory command of all aspects of the work presented.

A majority of the committee, including the chair, must approve of the defense in order for the student to pass.

PhD Program

Course Work At the discretion of the graduate program, course work may be required or recommended.
Qualifying Exam At the discretion of the graduate program, a qualifying exam may be required. If required, all students in the program must take the
exam.
Comprehensive Exam The comprehensive exam is required. Its purpose is to ascertain the student’s comprehension of knowledge fundamental to the chosen
major field of study and minor fields as may be required.

The exam may be either oral or oral and written. It is conducted by the faculty of the graduate program or a sub-committee thereof.
It is given only after the student has acquired sufficient preparation as determined by the faculty of the graduate program, and has
fulfilled the foreign language requirements (if required).

A majority of the committee must vote “pass” in order for the student to pass. A student who fails the final exam may repeat it once.
A student who fails any portion of the comprehensive exam twice will be dismissed from both the graduate program and the Graduate
Division, unless recommended otherwise by the graduate chair.

All-But-Dissertation (ABD) Certificates Upon recommendation by the graduate chair on Student Progress Form II, a student who passes the comprehensive exam may receive an
All-But-Dissertation certificate, which indicates that all requirements for the doctorate have been completed except the dissertation.
Dissertation The dissertation will be a scholarly contribution to knowledge and present research conducted by the student under the supervision of
the dissertation committee chair. The subject of a dissertation must be approved by the student’s committee.

The student must be the sole author of the manuscript, co-authored dissertation is not permitted. In addition, the dissertation should
exhibit originality in the sense that it does not duplicate someone else’s work.

The dissertation may not have been published previously in its entirety. With the approval of the graduate program and the committee
chair, a student may include previously published material in the dissertation.

Final Exam/Defense The final oral exam is required of all doctoral candidates. It is primarily a defense of the dissertation and may cover related subjects
as well. The exam is conducted by the candidate’s entire doctoral committee and lasts for a minimum of one hour.

The candidate defends the dissertation by demonstrating to the doctoral committee satisfactory command of all aspects of the work presented.

A majority of the committee, including the chair, must approve of the defense in order for the student to pass.

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