Master's degree graduation requirements
In order to graduate, students seeking master's degrees are required to be continuously enrolled (at least two quarters per academic year, including continuing thesis, up to the five-year limit), fulfill all requirements of the program of study, and maintain a 3.0 or higher cumulative grade point average overall as well as a 3.0 or higher cumulative grade point average in the major area of study. Specific completion requirements may vary according to the degree program and may require a thesis, student teaching, final project or portfolio appropriate to the course of study. The subject and nature of thesis projects vary among departments. Final projects and portfolio courses include a written component. See specific program requirements for each major posted in MySCAD (MySCAD > Resources > Department Directory > Graduate Studies > Thesis Information > Guidlines). The final 45 hours of any degree program must be completed at SCAD.
The M.A. degree is awarded to students who have completed at least 45 graduate quarter hours (equivalent to 30 semester credit hours) in an M.A. program of study. The M.F.A. degree is awarded to students who have earned at least 90 graduate quarter hours (equivalent to 60 semester credit hours) in an M.F.A. program of study. M.A. and M.F.A. students who were assigned intensive coursework upon admission must complete the intensive coursework as part of their degree requirements.
The professional M.Arch. degree is awarded to students who have completed at least 270 quarter hours (equivalent to 180 semester credit hours) in the professional M.Arch. program of study, which includes 180 undergraduate quarter hours plus 90 graduate quarter hours. The M.U.D. is awarded to students who have completed at least 90 graduate quarter hours (equivalent to 60 semester credit hours) in an M.U.D. program of study.
Master's degree students must submit the application for graduation at least two quarters before completing degree requirements. The application may be completed online in MySCAD (MySCAD > Resources > Forms > Registrar > Graduation Application). The graduation application is required whether or not the student plans to participate in a commencement ceremony. In Atlanta, Hong Kong and Savannah, a commencement ceremony will be held at the end of spring quarter. Students who would like to participate in the commencement ceremony must apply by the deadline posted in MySCAD (MySCAD > Resources > Department Directory > Registrar > Graduation and Commencement). In order to participate in the commencement ceremony, students must complete all degree requirements no later than the summer quarter following the ceremony. Students should note that course offerings may be limited in summer.