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2017 - 2018 Graduate Catalog 
2017 - 2018 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Academic Programs

Academic Terminology


A degree represents the academic level of a program and the general category into which it falls. For example: Master of Arts, Master of Science, etc. At Radford University, the term “Arts” in a graduate degree generally implies a language and thesis requirement. The minimum number of semester hours for a Radford University graduate degree is 30.


A discipline represents a student’s principal field of study, for example, Psychology, Music, etc.


The term “program” defies unique definition. One use of the term involves a combination of a discipline and a degree, e.g., Master of Science in Criminal Justice. Occasionally, a program may consist only of a degree and not have a specific discipline, as in the Master of Business Administration. “Program” may also be used in a more generic sense to modify degree combinations, as in “School Psychology Program.”


A concentration or specialization is a field of study within a discipline. An example is Curriculum and Instruction within Education. The number of semester hours for a concentration varies, but are always included within the semester hours for the degree. This distinguishes concentrations and specializations from options.


An option is a set of related courses and/or experiences that complements the discipline (as distinguished from being a field within the discipline). Another definition of option is a choice, e.g., thesis, non-thesis, with a degree program.


The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate is generally a series of 15-18 hours of graduate level coursework related to a focused academic topic or competency area. A Post-Baccalaureate Certificate may enhance the education of matriculated (degree seeking) students as well as provide continuing education to non-matriculated (non-degree seeking) students, generally in a specialized or emerging field.

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Post-Baccalaureate Certificate