The minimum residence requirement is two semesters in full-time study or the equivalent in part-time work. In practice, most students need at least three semesters, or two semesters plus summer work, to complete degree requirements.


The requirements in a foreign language or languages are established by the student’s program. In those cases where the program deems it necessary that the student have competency in a foreign language, the student will be required to demonstrate such competence by examination in one or more languages. The choice of language or languages required will be by the program.


Decision as to the thesis subject must be approved by the program. The thesis committee will consist of not less than three members. At least one of these must be a regular member of the Graduate Faculty of the University of Miami, and one must be from outside of the program awarding the degree. The committee is nominated by the Graduate Program Director of the department or program concerned. The duties of the thesis committee are similar to those of the dissertation committee. Thesis Committees cannot be appointed prior to admission to candidacy. The student who presents a thesis must enroll for at least six hours of thesis credit. Ordinarily no more than six credits may be granted.

When a student has completed coursework, it is recommended that those students in programs requiring a thesis or dissertation make their first appointment with the Dissertation Editor at the Graduate School once their thesis topic has been approved by the major department. The Dissertation Editor will provide information on the guidelines and deadlines that will become critical in the final months of the degree process or information can be downloaded from The Graduate School office telephone number is (305) 284-4154, the email address is

Master’s degree students who are required to write a thesis must defend their thesis by the date specified in the academic calendar and upload one Dissertation Editor-approved PDF to the ETD database and submit final paperwork to the Graduate School by the last day of exams in the semester the student wishes to graduate.  It is recommended that students begin the process early in the semester by discussing with their advisors a suitable timetable for meeting these deadlines.  All information pertaining to the formatting and electronic guidelines for electronic thesis and dissertation submission can be found at The Graduate School also encourages students to contact the Dissertation Editor early in the semester at if they have questions regarding any aspect of the ETD process.

One Dissertation Editor-approved PDF conforming in style to the formatting standards set by the Graduate School must be uploaded to the ETD database and final paperwork handed in to the Office of the Graduate School on or before the last day of exams in the semester the student wishes to graduate. It is the duty of the student to acquire a copy of the guidelines for preparing theses and dissertations and to conform to the requirements therein. Each dissertation must be accompanied by one certificate of approval of oral defense of thesis signed by all members of the Committee and one ETD Availability Agreement form signed by the student and Committee Chair. The forms can be downloaded from

Electronic Theses and Dissertation (ETD) Embargo Policy

Graduate students can elect to withhold their electronic thesis or dissertation for up to two years before the work is available for download from the University of Miami’s Scholarly Repository, The metadata for all theses and dissertations regardless of the availability option elected (i.e., open access, UM campus only, or embargo) will be immediately available for viewing in the university’s Scholarly Repository after the Dissertation Editor has approved and released the thesis or dissertation to the repository. If embargo is elected by the student, the existence of the student’s information page will appear in the Scholarly Repository right away displaying title, defense date, abstract, committee, keywords, etc., but the PDF of the electronic thesis or dissertation will not be downloadable until the term of embargo elected has expired. After the elected embargo period has expired the electronic thesis or dissertation will be released for open access in the Scholarly Repository. Students requesting embargo should carefully review the details of embargo election described in the ETD Availability Agreement form posted at to ensure they fully understand the terms of access for their embargoed work.


A final public oral defense of the thesis is required. However, none but the members of the thesis committee may interrogate the candidate. In addition there may be required, if desired by the program, a final written integration examination to test the candidate’s ability to integrate the whole graduate program and the thesis in relation to it. These examinations must be held at least two weeks prior to commencement.


Once a student has completed all course and required research credits, he or she must enroll in Research in Residence status until the degree has been granted. Research in Residence status is considered full-time enrollment. Time restrictions on obtaining degrees will be strictly enforced and can be waived only by the Dean of the Graduate School. (See Recency of Credit and Time to Completion sections of the Bulletin.) Research in Residence students, while not required, may purchase or receive any perquisites that are normally available to graduate students.


In most programs a comprehensive examination, either written, oral or both, is a requirement. When the thesis is not a part of the program, an examining board, at least one of whose members must be a regular member of the Graduate Faculty, will be appointed by the program.

A student failing the comprehensive may be allowed one opportunity to retake it if the students committee so advises. The re-examination may not be taken during the same semester or summer session, and must be taken within one calendar year.


Upon recommendation of the major program and the approval of the Graduate School, a maximum of six semester hours of graduate credit, with grades of B or above, may be transferred from another accredited graduate institution, in partial satisfaction of a master’s degree requiring less than 36 semester hours. Nine hours of graduate credit may be approved for transfer to a degree program requiring 36 semester hours or more. Work taken more than six years prior to transfer will not be accepted. Work taken by extension, correspondence or online is not acceptable. All work transferred is subject to examination by the program. In no case will credit be transferred until the student has completed acceptably an equivalent number of credits at the University of Miami. Any student wishing to transfer credit must be enrolled at the University of Miami during the time of transfer. The satisfaction of the requirements of another university does not relieve the student from the University of Miami’s requirements. An official transcript of work to be transferred must be on file in the Graduate Office. Credits that pertain to or have been counted toward another degree cannot be transferred. Students enrolled in the Master of Business Administration program are not eligible for credit transfers.

Exceptions must be approved by the Dean of the Graduate School.

No transferred credits are calculated into the University of Miami G.P.A.


A student enrolled in a University of Miami master’s degree program or holding a University of Miami master’s degree may earn a second master’s degree in a related area at the University by completing a minimum of 21 hours in residence toward the second degree, as long as all program and admission requirements for the degree are met. Each degree must have a separate thesis if two thesis options are elected. The second program decides if the areas are related enough to qualify for the reduced number of credits. The student must contact the second program during the application process for the second program to determine if the areas are related enough to qualify for the reduced number of credits.