In order to meet the requirements for the awarding of the NWC master’s degree, Graduate Degree Program students must complete coursework that closely mirrors that of NWC’s resident student body. In all, students must complete thirty semester credit hours of coursework – twenty one from the core courses and nine from elective work. Course work applied for credit in any other degree program cannot be used to meet a requirement for this degree.
Students must complete, with a B- or better grade, each of the NWC three core courses offered through the College of Distance Education’s Fleet Seminar Program. Each student is responsible for ensuring all eligibility and academic requirements of the FSP are met and policies adhered to. Core courses taken through the NWC’s CD-Rom, Online Program or NWC at NPS programs will not satisfy this requirement, nor will transfer credit be granted for similar courses taken at another institution. GDP students who receive a final grade of C+ or below in an FSP core course will be disenrolled from the GDP. Core courses may not be repeated in order to meet the minimum grade standard.
In addition to the three core courses, satisfactory completion (grade of B- or higher) of the equivalent of nine semester hours of elective coursework is required. While a limited number of elective courses have historically been offered through CDE’s Online Program each year, most students enroll in and complete their elective work at other institutions. Under limited circumstances some students may be allowed to take electives offered in residence at NWC.
All elective work must be at the graduate level and administered through institutions regionally accredited to award graduate degrees. Elective courses must also be relevant to or represent advanced study in one or more of the three core course disciplines. Electives will only be approved for transfer credit if they have been determined to meet NWC’s standards for quality, academic rigor, and congruence with the overall focus of the NWC program. All electives taken by students admitted to the Graduate Degree Program after 1 September 2006, must fall under a single Area of Study (AOS).