A minimum of 30 hours of graduate study is required for completion and conferral of a Master’s degree at Duquesne University. Various academic programs may require graduate courses beyond that minimum. Students should consult the appropriate academic program for more information. Students are expected to complete a Master’s degree within six years of the date of initial registration, and doctoral students are required to complete their programs within eight years from initial registration.
All students who plan to graduate must apply for graduation no later than the deadline specified in the Academic Calendar. Students can apply online using Self-Service Banner and will receive an acknowledgement letter from the Office of the University Registrar. All decision letters will be mailed within two weeks of the graduation date. Students whose applications for graduation are not approved must reapply in the subsequent term when they expect to graduate.
A graduate student may not graduate with grades of “I”, “F”, “IP”, “N” or “X” on the transcript regardless of whether the course is required as part of a degree program. All incomplete work must be completed by the date as specified on the Academic Calendar for the specified term. Courses which bear a final grade of “F” or “N” must be repeated. If the course is no longer offered, the department must identify a suitable equivalent or substitute course to serve as the repeated course. Once repeated, the most recent take of the course is the one used in the calculation of earned credit, quality points, and grade point average. The original course and grade remain on the transcript but are no longer calculated as part of the grade point average.