Degree Completion Requirements


No period of formal residency is required for a degree in the master’s program.

Statute of Limitations

All requirements for the M.P.S. in aging services leadership degree must be completed within a five-year period from the time of initial matriculation. 


Admission to a program does not imply admission to candidacy for the master’s degree. During the course of pursuing the M.P.S. in aging services leadership degree, the student must be admitted to “candidacy.” For admission to candidacy the student must satisfy the following:

  1. Complete all required undergraduate deficiencies if admitted on condition.
  2. Complete at least 12 hours of graduate work.
  3. Maintain a 3.00 GPA on all courses taken toward the requirements for the degree with no incomplete grades.
  4. File a degree plan/application for candidacy in the graduate program office which meets all requirements and is approved by the administrator of the graduate program and the dean of the college. The degree plan must be filed during the second semester of graduate work in the program.

After admission to candidacy and approval of the degree plan, any changes in the degree plan must be approved by the administrator of the graduate program and the dean of the college. The application for candidacy must be filed before the beginning of the student’s last semester in the program. No student will be allowed to graduate in the same semester in which the application for candidacy is filed.

Minimum Credits

The M.P.S. in Aging Services Leadership requires 30 semester hours. This requirement does not include hours accumulated to satisfy academic deficiencies.

Minimum GPA

The minimum cumulative grade-point average for all graduate education programs is 3.00 for all graduate courses taken for graduate credit while pursuing the degree. No grade below a “C” is acceptable. Such grades will not apply toward degree completion.


Students must register for GN 999X the semester in which all course work will be completed for graduation. Students who do not file their intent to graduate form in the registrar’s office by the end of the first week of their last semester may be delayed in graduating. 

Graduate students receiving degrees are hooded during the May and December commencement exercises. 


Any exceptions to the above stated requirements would require approval via the appeal process established by the graduate academic leadership team.