RUL 02.25.03 – Graduate Co-Majors, Minors, and External Minors

Authority: Dean of the Graduate School

History: First Issued: June 1, 2002. Last Revised: November 29, 2011.

Additional References:
Graduate Administrative Handbook 3.13
External Minor Request Form

Contact Info: Dean of the Graduate School (919-515-7956)


1.  CO-MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

Graduate Students wishing to co-major must obtain approval from both programs.  Co-majors must meet all requirements for majors in both programs.  A representative from each program must also be included on the student’s advisory committee.  A student may not co-major in two different degree levels, i.e. a master’s in one discipline and a doctoral in another.

1.1  Master’s Students

Students may co-major at the master’s level in programs with identical degrees, although the degrees do not necessarily have to have identical requirements, (e.g., two Master of Science programs, one with a thesis requirement and one without).  The co-chairs will have equal responsibilities for directing and mentoring the student.  No student is required to declare a minor.

1.2  Doctoral Students

Students may co-major at the doctoral level with the approval of both programs and with the appointment of a co-chair from each program on the advisory committee.  The co-chairs will have equal responsibilities for directing and mentoring the student (see Graduate Administrative Handbook, Section 3.2 Advisory Committees, sub-section A.1.c).  Co-majors are not permitted between Doctor of Philosophy and Doctor of Education degree programs.

2.  CHOOSING A MINOR

2.1  Program Requirements

The Graduate School does not require a minor, although individual programs may require one.  If a program does not require a minor, the graduate student has the option of choosing one, except in an Option B master’s program in which a minor is not allowed.

2.2  Effect on Advisory Committee

When a student selects a minor, the advisory committee must include a representative of the minor field.  The minor credits on the Plan of Graduate Work must be approved by the graduate advisory committee member representing the minor.

2.3  Minors That Require Approval of DGP of Minor Program

Students wishing to minor in Biotechnology, Plant Physiology, Statistics, or Water Resources must obtain approval from the respective Director of the Graduate Programs.

2.3.1  Doctoral students

For doctoral students, this approval must be obtained from the minor field DGP and then indicated on the Plan of Graduate Work submitted after the completion of 12 graduate hours at NC State.

2.3.2  Master’s students

For master’s students, this approval must be obtained from the minor field’s DGP at the onset of course work in the minor field so that they are able to meet any specific requirements in that minor well before the time they wish to schedule their final oral examination.