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Graduate Minors

A graduate minor may be taken in one of the approved graduate degree programs offered at Penn State. However, some formal graduate minors have been approved by the Graduate Council, such as the minors listed on this page. A minor at the graduate level must represent curriculum and study that reflect graduate-level concepts and scholarship, with a preponderance of courses at the 500 level.

A student seeking a minor must have the approval of the student's major program of study, the minor program, and the Graduate School. A student may not pursue more than three minors at one time. If a student pursues more than one minor, each minor must have a separate group of courses to support it (i.e., none of the courses may be used concurrently).

A doctoral minor consists of no fewer than 15 graduate credits of integrated or articulated work in one field related to, but different from, that of the major with a preponderance of courses at the 500 level; however, at a minimum, 6 credits must be at the 500 level. Official requests to add a minor to a doctoral candidate's academic record must be submitted to Graduate Enrollment Services prior to establishing the doctoral committee and prior to scheduling the comprehensive examination. For more information regarding minors, please see the following web pages.
---For doctoral students:
http://bulletins.psu.edu/bulletins/whitebook/degree_requirements.cfm
---For Ph.D. candidates:
http://bulletins.psu.edu/bulletins/whitebook/degree_requirements.cfm?section=degreeReq2
For D.Ed. candidates:
http://bulletins.psu.edu/bulletins/whitebook/degree_requirements.cfm?section=degreeReq3

A master's minor consists of no fewer than 6 credits of integrated or articulated work in one field related to, but different from, that of the major; however, at a minimum, 3 credits must be at the 500 level. Official requests to add a master's minor to a student's academic record must be submitted to Graduate Enrollment Services at least one semester prior to the semester the student intends to graduate. 

 

 

 

 

Updated: 12/14/11

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