GRADUATE SCHOOL FAQ'S

GRADUATE SCHOOL FAQ'S

PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS

How do I apply to a graduate program at The University of Akron?

All graduate applications are submitted through our online application system. Through the online application system you can submit your application and application fee electronically.

What materials do I need to submit?

  • Graduate application
  • Application fee
  • Official transcripts
  • Test scores (not all programs require test scores. Check the program's admission requirements)
  • Letters of Recommendation (not all programs require letters of recommendation. Check the program's admission requirements)
  • Personal Statement/Writing Sample (not all programs require a personal statement/writing sample. Check the program's admission requirements)
  • Supplemental Department Application/Forms (not all programs require a supplemental department application or form. Check the program’s admission requirements)

Letters of Recommendation, Personal Statements, and Supplemental Department Application/Forms can all be submitted through our online application system.

International students must also submit the following:

  • Proof of English Language Proficiency
  • Declaration and Certification of Finances and bank statement
  • Copy of Passport

If my native language is not English what do I need to do to prove English Language proficiency?

International applicants, U.S. citizens, and Permanent Residents whose native language is not English must submit evidence that they have a sufficient level of English to undertake graduate studies at The University of Akron.

There are a number of ways in which you can demonstrate English Language proficiency. These options are detailed online at http://www.uakron.edu/gradsch/prospective-students/intladm.dot

Are there application deadlines for my graduate program?

Some programs have specific application deadlines. If you are applying to a program without a specific application deadline, please submit materials at least six weeks prior to the start of the term for which you are applying.

How will I know if I have been admitted?

You will receive notification via email when an admission decision has been rendered.

Can I defer my admission?

You can defer your admission for up to one year

CURRENT STUDENTS

What is the minimum grade point average I must maintain as a graduate student?

A student admitted to graduate study under any status at the University is expected to maintain a minimum 3.00 grade point average at all times to remain in good academic standing. A minimum grade-point average of 3.00 is required for graduation.

Any student whose cumulative graduate grade-point average falls below 3.00 will be placed on probation and is no longer in good standing.

The Dean of the Graduate School, with the approval of the relevant department chair, may dismiss anyone who fails to make satisfactory progress toward declared goals or who accumulates six semester credits of “C+” or below. The accumulation of six semester credits of “F” will result in mandatory dismissal.

How many credits are considered full-time?

A full load of coursework at the graduate level is normally nine to 15 semester credits including audit.

How long do I have to complete my graduate program?

Master’s Degree: All requirements for a master’s degree must be completed within six years after beginning graduate-level coursework at The University of Akron or elsewhere.

Doctoral Degree: All requirements for a doctoral degree must be completed within ten years after beginning graduate-level coursework at The University of Akron or elsewhere.

Graduate Certificate: All requirements for a graduate certificate must be completed within three years after beginning graduate-level coursework at The University of Akron or elsewhere unless concurrently pursuinga master’s or doctoral degree. When this is the case the graduate degree program time limits apply for completion of the certificate requirements.

May I request additional time to finish my graduate program?

An extension of up to one year may be granted in unusual circumstances by the Graduate School upon written request by the student and recommendation by the adviser, department head, and college dean.

What is My DPR?

My DPR, or My Degree Progress Report, is an online guide to assist you in reviewing your academic progress toward degree completion. Based on your current academic record, My DPR will display your academic requirements including what requirements have been fulfilled and what needs to be completed in order to complete your degree.

My DPR is access in your Student Center in My Akron.

How do I transfer graduate credits that I’ve taken at another institution to my graduate program at The University of Akron?

A completed Request for Transfer of Credit form must be submitted to the Graduate School along with official transcripts from the college or university where the graduate credits were taken.

You must have full admission and be in good standing at The University of Akron, have completed 12 graduate credits at The University of Akron, and have a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average.

Transfer credits from other institutions shall not be computed as part of your University of Akron grade point average.

How many credits may I transfer in from another institution?

Master’s Degree: Up to one-third of the total credits required for a master’s degree may be transferred from an accredited college or university. Departments and colleges may set more restrictive limits. All transfer credit must be at the “A” or “B” level (4.00 to 3.00) in graduate courses. The credits must be relevant to the student’s program as determined by the student’s academic department and fall within the six-year time limit.

Doctoral Degree: Up to one-half of the total credits above the baccalaureate required in a doctoral program may be transferred from an accredited college or university. Departments and colleges may set morerestrictive limits. All transfer credit must be at the “A” or “B” level (4.00 to 3.00) in graduate courses. The credits must be relevant to the student’s academic program as determined by the student’s academic department and fall within the ten-year limit.

A block transfer of credit may be requested if a student holds a prior graduate degree from an accredited college or university, including The University of Akron. No more than 30 semester credits may be transferred from a single master’s degree. A block transfer of credit does not apply toward the student’s ten-year time limit to complete the degree.

Graduate Certificate: Up to one-third of the total graduate credits required for a certificate program may be transferredfrom an accredited college or university. However, the total number of credits that may be transferred may not exceed the total allowable transfer credits for a concurrent graduate degree program if you are concurrently enrolled in a graduate degree program.

Do I need to be continuously enrolled?

The Graduate School only has a continuous enrollment requirement for doctoral students, who must be enrolled in at least one graduate credit each fall and spring until they graduate. If a period of two years passes, and you have not enrolled, the Office of the Registrar will place a leave of absence hold on your record.

What do I need to submit if I want to apply to a different graduate program?

You will need to submit a reapplication and reapplication fee. If the Graduate School has all your transcripts on file you would not have to resubmit them. You would, however, need to submit any additional material if required by the academic department.

What must I do when I am ready to graduate?

You must file an online application for graduation with the Office of the University Registrar after completion of one-half of the credits required for their degree program or by the following dates:

  • April 1 for Spring Commencement
  • July 1 for Summer Commencement
  • November 1 for Fall Commencement

The online graduation application can be accessed by logging into My Akron. You should view your academic record in DPR (via My Akron) to ensure that you have met all degree requirements at least one semester prior to graduating. Any questions pertaining to the DPR report should be directed to your adviser

GRADUATE ASSISTANTS

What is a graduate assistantship?

The term graduate assistant applies to those students under contract supported by University funds or external funds administered through the University. Graduate assistants work for the university, typically in teaching or research positions. Graduate assistants have varied duties that may include full teaching responsibility for lower level courses, conducting discussion sessions, supervising laboratories, assisting faculty with research, or assisting departments in various ways. Assistantships in non-academic departments are very limited.

How do I apply for a graduate assistantship?

If you are interested in obtaining an assistantship you must apply. New students may indicate on their online graduate application for admission that they would like to be considered for an assistantship. Current students must contact their academic department for application information.

What are the assistantship application requirements?

Each department may have different requirements for their assistantship applicants, so you should contact your academic department to see what requirements you may have to fulfill.

Can any graduate student hold an assistantship?

Only those graduate students fully admitted to either a mater’s or doctoral degree program are eligible to hold a graduate assistantship. Students admitted to a graduate certificate program or as non-degree seeking are not eligible to hold a graduate assistantship.

What is the stipend amount for a graduate assistant?

The stipend amount is set by the individual departments or units; however, the minimum amount that can be paid is minimum wage.

Does a graduate assistant have to pay taxes on the stipend?

Yes. All compensation paid is subject to local, state, and federal taxes.

In how many credit hours must I be enrolled to be eligible to hold a graduate assistantship?

You must be enrolled in a minimum of nine graduate credit hours in fall and spring and a minimum of six graduate credit hours in summer.

How many hours per week must a graduate assistant work?

The maximum hours a graduate assistant can work at the University is 20 hours per week.

Am I allowed to work outside of the University if I hold a graduate assistantship?

With department approval you may work up to eight hours per week outside of the University. Written approval should be given by the department chair/school director with a copy sent to the Graduate School.

Am I also allowed to also work as a student assistant if I hold a graduate assistantship?

The maximum hours you can work as a graduate assistants at the University is 20 hours per week. If your graduate assistant contract is for 20 hours per week you are not allowed additional employment on campus. If your graduate assistant contract is for less than 20 hours per week you may work as a student assistant for the additional hours that would total no more than 20 hours per week. (Example: if you have a ten hours per week GA contract you would be eligible to work ten hours per week as a student assistant for a total of 20 hours per week.)

Am I allowed to be a part-time faculty member and hold a graduate assistantship?

No. You must choose either the graduate assistant appointment or the part-time faculty appointment. You cannot combine the two positions.

Am I required to work over spring break?

No. You are not required to work over spring break. If your department or unit requires you to work over spring break it must be written as a contingency in your contract that you will be required to work over spring break. The department or unit must, then, either reduce your hours during the spring semester to cover the hours worked over spring break or provide you additional payment equal to your contract stipend to cover the additional 20 hours worked over break.

What must I do if have to resign my assistantship?

You may resign your assistantship by voluntary mutual written agreement among you, your supervisor, and the head of the appointing unit. Written notification must be submitted by the appointing unit to the Graduate School indicating your last working day through which you are entitled to be paid.

Am I required to repay any of my scholarship upon resignation of my assistantship?

You are not required to repay any scholarship award if, during the semester of resignation: You withdraw from all classes at the time of resignation, or If it is after the 14th day of the semester, and you remain enrolled as a graduate student and complete your course(s) with a grade of “C-“ or better. You are required to repay the scholarship in full if: You resign the scholarship on or before the 14th day of the semester, or You remain enrolled as a graduate student at the time of resignation and do not complete your course(s) with a grade of “C-“ or better.