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Master of Health Physics Progression and Graduation Requirements

To progress in the program, students must:

  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0/4.0 or above each semester enrolled.
  • Receive a grade of B (3.0) or above in all core health physics courses. If less than a B is earned, the course may be repeated. The student must be in good standing to repeat a course, and any core course may be repeated only once.
  • A student may register for a course only twice. A student who registered for the same course twice and has received a grade of less than B is ineligible for readmission unless unanimously approved by Health Physics graduate faculty.
  • Complete a minimum of six semester hours in each calendar year.
  • Continuously register for three credits of HPS 796 or HPS 797 each semester while working on the thesis or professional paper until completion.
  • Pass the comprehensive oral examination.

Graduation Requirements

Students admitted to master of health physics program must adhere to the following requirements for graduation:

  • Residency credits: A minimum of 20 credits exclusive of thesis or special topic project must be earned at UNLV. A minimum of 15 credits must be accumulated within the program. Attendance at the University of Nevada, Reno does not interrupt, but does not contribute to, residency credits, because this institution is within the University and Community College System of Nevada.
  • Credit by challenge examination: Graduate courses in the master of health physics program may not be challenged for credit.
  • Six-year completion rule: All degree requirements must be completed within six calendar years from the date of matriculation. No credit may be used in an advanced degree program for course work completed more than six calendar years immediately preceding the term in which all degree requirements are completed.
  • Allotment of credits: Students have a choice of catalog under which they wish to graduate: (a) the year of official matriculation, or (b) the year of graduation. Students are encouraged to meet requirements of the current catalog.
  • Oral examination: A final oral examination will be held following completion of the thesis or professional paper resulting from a special topics project. The final examination must be held at least three weeks prior to the last day of instruction in the term in which the student plans to complete the degree requirements.