Walsh University Graduate Catalog 2013-2014
Admission Policy for Graduate Education Program
Persons with bachelor’s degrees from accredited colleges, with promising scholastic standing, and with personal and professional potential, will be considered for admission to the Division of Education Graduate Program. New students planning to take graduate courses should contact the Director of Graduate Education at least six weeks before classes begin.
Requirements for admission as a matriculated student in the Master of Arts in Education Program:
With permission of the Dean of Graduate Studies in the Division of Education, a maximum of three courses or nine semester credits of graduate work may be allowed to transfer from other accredited institutions, provided the work is "B" quality or better. The remainder of the course work for the master’s degree must be earned at Walsh University. Usually no transfer of credit will be allowed for courses taken more than five years prior to matriculation in the graduate program.
Permission to register for a course without formal admission to the Master of Arts in Education program may be granted to a non-matriculated college graduate by the Director of Graduate Education in the Division of Education.
A maximum of six graduate credit hours may be taken prior to admission to the M.A. program. Once application is complete and approved student may continue course work.
Students who are fully admitted to the program may register by either of the following procedures:
Categories of Students
Graduate students in all categories are to consult with advisors. The advisors’ duties are to serve as a consultant in planning the student’s program, endorse the student’s application for degree candidacy, and arrange for required culminating action research project.
An interview with the advisor is required prior to the first registration for graduate courses and before each subsequent registration.
The comprehensive examination is offered twice a year (October and March). Candidates must make application by October 1st if taking the exam in October or March 1st if taking the exam in March. Application can be obtained through the Division of Education Secretary. Candidates must also include a $50 check payable to Walsh University at the time of application. Candidates must have 30 hours of coursework and all EDF courses completed to take the comprehensive examination
All foundation courses MUST be completed prior to sitting for the Comprehensive Exam.
Action Research/Impact Project:
Candidates can choose to complete the Action Research Project in lieu of the comprehensive examination.
The candidate will also have to apply and receive approval from the Human Subjects Review Committee prior to beginning research. Candidates must complete the tutorial for the HSR proposal by going to the Walsh website (www.walsh.edu) click on academics and then Human Subjects Review. The candidate must complete the tutorial, obtain the certificate, complete the proposal and submit the proposal with the certificate to the HSR board. Candidates need to obtain the approval from the Division of Education and HSR the semester prior to completing the research. Any candidate who begins research before receiving approval from the Director of Graduate Education and Human Subjects Review will NOT be able to continue research until all requirements and permissions/approvals have been met. Data collected prior to approval would not be valid.
The dates for submission of the proposal to the Division of Education are November 1st for candidates completing the action research in Spring semester and April 1st for candidates completing the action research in Fall semester.
*Candidates must choose one of the above options (Comprehensive Exam or Action Research) and must successfully complete and pass in order to complete degree requirements. Canfield candidates will only take the Comprehensive Exam option.