Proposal 403.1

(Proposal 7-06)
(Proposal 15-08)

Senate Policy 403.1

It is proposed that a fourth degree plan be added so that the university can better serve
students who are interested in ‘professional’ Master’s degree programs. Professional Master’s
degree programs are typically designed to add value to students’ total educational portfolio by
providing training in areas that will enhance their competitiveness in the workplace. Professional
Master’s degree programs are not intended to feed a Ph.D. program.

The proposed new fourth degree plan would be identified as “Plan D: Course Work Only” in
university publications and on students’ transcripts.

The following items are also proposed:

  • The current “Plan C: Course work only” degree plan should be renamed “Plan C: Course
    work with examination”. With this change, Academic Units offering Master of Science
    degree programs have the option of specifying whether the examination associated with
    their Plan C option is a written exam, an oral exam, or both.
  • If a degree program chooses to offer the “Plan D: Course work only” degree plan, it cannot
    also offer the “Plan C: Coursework and oral exam” degree plan.
  • Minimum GPA rules for students in the “Plan D: Coursework Only” degree plan option are
    the same as those for other graduate students at MTU.
  • None of the credits counted toward a “Plan D: Coursework Only” degree can be in
    courses identified as ‘research’ in the MTU Graduate Catalog.
  • Each degree program that intends to use the “Plan D: Course Work Only” degree plan
    must obtain approval from the Dean of the appropriate academic College or School and
    the Dean of the Graduate School prior to offering the degree plan to its students.



Proposal 7-06:
Introduced in Senate: 30 November 2005
Adopted by Senate: 18 January 2006
Approved by Administration: 30 January 2006

Proposal 15-08:
Adopted by Senate: 13 February 2008
Approved by Administration: 18 February 2008