Academic Rules and Requirements

Academic Rules and Requirements

28 credits are required for the MSL degree. These 28 credits are split between required courses and elective courses. Currently, there are seven required courses, comprising 10 units of credit.

Classes in the MSL Program are graded either with letter grades or on a credit/no credit basis. The grading system for each class is designated in advance and is not open to student choice. A minimum GPA of 2.25 is required for graduation from the program.

Full-time students generally enroll in 11 to 17 credits per semester, which works out to an average of 5 to 8 credits per MSL term (Fall 1, Fall 2, Spring 1, Spring 2). Each credit includes 12 in-class hours spread over the seven-week term and a substantial amount of out-of-class work – approximately 5 to 8 hours per credit per week. Full-time students normally complete degree requirements in two semesters.

Part-time students generally enroll in 3 to 8 credits per semester, which works out to 1 or 2 classes per MSL term (Fall 1, Fall 2, Spring 1, Spring 2). Part-time students have up to four years to complete their degree requirements.

Punctual class attendance is required in all MSL classes. Most classes depend heavily on student participation, and instructors take student participation into account in the grading process.

With approval, students may receive academic credit for a variety of activities outside the MSL classroom, including courses in other departments of the University, independent study projects, and internships.

MSL Program Rules (PDF) for students who entered in the Fall 2016 semester.

MSL Program Rules (PDF) for students who entered in the Fall 2015 semester.

MSL Program Rules (PDF) for students who entered in the Fall 2014 semester.