A student graduates from WOU when the Registrar’s Office determines that all university requirements have been met. Graduation occurs at the close of any academic term wherein the student’s academic record is closed. Commencement exercises at WOU take place once a year in June.
Apply one term prior to completion of final course work. Please pay attention to important dates on the graduate calendar.
All exit options have paperwork that is required for the final report. Please refer to the Exit Requirement Forms page for further information for required paperwork. The following information on this page will provide a brief description of each exit requirement option. If you have further questions about your exit requirement, please contact Amber Deets.
If the proposed exit requirement involves human participants, then the project will require review and approval by the WOU Institutional Review Board before any recruitment or research involving human participants may begin.
IRB review and approval is required for all research projects involving human participants, regardless of the level of risk posed to participants. Students are advised to begin the IRB application process several weeks prior to recruiting human participants for their thesis or field study.
All forms and procedures for the IRB application can be found at http://www.wou.edu/irb
Final written comprehensive examination will be based upon areas of study in the approved program. Subject area questions will be based upon the statement of components, objectives and requirements outlined. Comprehensive written examinations are taken during the student’s last quarter of study or after all courses have been completed for a particular degree. The examination is designed to be taken in two morning sessions. The dates for comprehensive examinations are established by the University each term. Individual test dates for comprehensive examinations are not allowed. Comprehensive exams are not offered during the summer. Students that are enrolled in a fully online program such as Criminal Justice will not be required to attend this campus session; sessions requirements will be determined by your individual advisor.
The examination is seven (7) hours in length. Most examinations have a general education component that requires three hours to complete, and a subject matter/specialty component that usually requires four hours to complete. (The readers/evaluators of your examinations will not know who wrote any particular answer.) All candidates will be identified by code numbers picked at random by the Graduate Office.
Written comprehensive examinations will be graded as follows:
If you receive a failing grade, you must retake that section of your examination in a subsequent term. Students only get two attempts to pass their comprehensive exams. If you receive an unsatisfactory grade, a committee of two or three faculty members will schedule a one-hour oral review with you. The oral will focus on the section(s) that were evaluated as unsatisfactory. Every attempt will be made to have at least one member of the oral committee from your program.
Your advisor and/or professors who usually teach courses listed on your Program Plan often write the subject matter or specialty area questions. These questions are based on courses taken as part of your degree. The faculty member who wrote the questions in the subject matter or specialty area usually reads and rates the responses.
Thesis attempts to share with the professional community information that may be used to enhance the common knowledge base of a particular profession. The focus of the thesis research is to answer a question that is of interest to the general profession. The results of thesis research are generalized to an entire field. Candidates who elect to write a thesis must follow the procedures outlined in the guidelines which downloaded here.
The master’s student must show familiarity with previous work in the field and must demonstrate ability to organize data and explain results. The format is:
Policy for Accepting and Binding of Thesis or Project
The final thesis will be presented to the student’s thesis board. A student is required to submit one copy of the thesis to have on file in the library. Students may provide additional copies to be bound for themselves.
Students in the Master of Arts in Teaching: Initial Licensure program complete an Action Research Project as part of their exit requirement. This project is a study of the student’s own practice. This document includes the following:
The structure and format of the Action Research Project should be established by the student’s advisor.
A Professional Project’s focus is to share with the professional community information that may be used to enhance the common knowledge base of a particular profession.
The Master’s student must show familiarity with previous work in the field and must demonstrate ability to organize data and explain how the end product will add to the previous body of knowledge. Examples of a professional project may include but are not limited to:
The professional project is a professional paper, which is accompanied by the finished product. The general format of the Professional Project is:
If you haven’t found the information you need or are still not sure where to direct your question, contact Amber Deets at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-838-8492.