Course Requirements for the Master's Degree: 30 units

Continuous enrollment is required. A maximum of 9 semester units of transfer credit may be applied toward the degree. Graduate Time Limit: All requirements for the degree are to be completed within five years of the end of the semester of enrollment in the oldest course applied toward the degree. See "Graduate Education" in The University Catalog for complete details on general degree requirements.

Students are expected to make reasonable progress by completing all courses on schedule according to the individual student's selected program. Students not adhering to declared schedules will be referred to the Graduate Coordinator for program review and recommendations which may include program modification or dismissal from the program.

Prerequisites for Admission to Conditionally Classified Status:

1. Satisfactory grade point average as specified in "Admission to Master's Degree Programs" in The University Catalog.

2. Approval by the department and the Office of Graduate Programs.

3. An acceptable baccalaureate from an accredited institution or an equivalent approved by the Office of Graduate Studies.

An applicant who does not meet all of the prerequisites for admission to classified status (see below) may be admitted on a provisional basis as a conditionally classified student. This admission provides the student a trial period to demonstrate ability. Students are expected to carry at least 9 units of course work at the 400/500/600 level, make no grade lower than B, and finish all course work (no "incomplete" or "satisfactory progress"). Normally a decision to advance a student to classified status or terminate the student from the program will be made at the conclusion of the student's first semester in the program.

Prerequisites for Admission to Classified Status:

In addition to any requirements listed above:

1. If an applicant does not hold an undergraduate degree in Instructional Technology, the Graduate Coordinator may make recommendations, based on the individual students's background, for courses to be taken as prerequisites for classified status. Such prerequisite course work may not count toward the fulfillment of master's program requirements.

2. A minimum grade point average of 3.0 during the last 60 semester units of undergraduate course work.

3. Completion of either the Graduate Record Examination (minimum score of 1400) or the Miller Analogies Test (minimum score of 50).

4. A statement outlining the applicant's motivation, objectives, and expected area of emphasis in graduate studies.

5. At least three letters of recommendation from the applicant's former instructors or professional supervisors.

6. One article or paper authored by the applicant to demonstrate writing skills or one article or paper and a portfolio within the applicant's specialty to exhibit his/her skills, abilities, and talents in the expected area of emphasis.

7. Level 1 computer competence: Macintosh and DOS/Windows word processing, graphics, operating systems, a general theoretical understanding of how computers work, and electronic mail.

Advancement to Candidacy:

In addition to any requirements listed above:

1. Classified graduate standing and completion at the university of at least 18 units of the proposed program, 9 of which must be in residence.

2. Formation of the Graduate Advisory Committee in consultation with the Graduate Coordinator. Normally, the committee will be formed during the student's first year and will consist of at least three members. The chair of the committee must be a member of the Communication Design Department.

3. Development of an approved program in consultation with the graduate advisory committee and with the approval of the Graduate Coordinator.

Requirements for the MS in Instructional Design and Technology:

Completion of all requirements as established by the department graduate committee, the graduate advisory committee, and the Office of Graduate Studies, to include:

1. Completion of an approved program consisting of 30 units of 400/500/600-level courses as follows:

Research and Theory Core: 18 units

CMST603Approach to Human Comm Res3.0SP
Prerequisites: CMST graduate standing or faculty permission.
CDES671Sem Theory/Res of Instruc Tech3.0FA
CDES672Res Methods in Instruc Tech3.0SP
CDES676Adv Instruc Dsgn & Development3.0FA
Prerequisites: CDES 373 or CDES 475.
CDES677Eff of Info & Communictn Age3.0FA
CDES679Practicum/Multimedia Proj Mgmt3.0SP
Prerequisites: CDES 314, faculty permission.

Electives: 9 units

Additional 400/500/600-level courses from communication design or other appropriate courses selected in consultation with the Graduate Coordinator.

Thesis or Project: 3 units

CDES699PMaster's Project3.0FS
Prerequisites: Faculty permission.
CDES699TMaster's Thesis3.0FS
Prerequisites: Faculty permission.

(a) At least 18 of the units required for the degree in 600-level courses. (b) Not more than 9 semester units of transfer and/or extension credit (correspondence courses and UC extension course work at not acceptable). Open University courses are counted in the 9-unit total. (c) Not more than 12 units taken before admission to classified status. (d) Not more than a total of 6 units of Independent Study (697) and/or Internship (289); not more than 3 units of Master's Thesis (699T) or Master's Project (699P). (e) Not more than 6 units in any one disciplinary area outside instructional technology. (f) Students without an undergraduate degree in instructional technology, psychology, or education may be required to take prerequisites prior to enrolling in graduate courses.

2. Completion of thesis or project. Requires 3 units of Master's Thesis (699T) or Master's Project (699P), plus at least 27 units of course work completed. A public presentation and/or oral defense of the thesis or project is required.

3. Approval by the department gradute committee and the Graduate Coordinators Committee on behalf of the faculty of the university.

Graduate Literacy Requirement:

Writing proficiency is a graduation requirement.

MS in Instructional Design and Technology majors will demonstrate their writing competence both by the articles or papers submitted as a requirement for admission to classified status and by their successful completion of the core courses for the degree (CDES 671, CDES 672, and CDES 677), each of which requires a research paper.

Graduate Grading Requirements:

All courses in the major (with the exceptions of Independent Study - 597/697, Comprehensive Examination - 696, Master's Project - 699P, and Master's Thesis - 699T) must be taken for a letter grade, except those courses specified by the department as ABC/No Credit (400/500-level courses), AB/No Credit (600-level courses), or Credit/No Credit grading only. A maximum of 10 units combined of ABC/No Credit, AB/No Credit, and Credit/No Credit grades may be used on the approved program (including 597/697, 696, 699P, 699T and courses outside the major). While grading standards are determined by individual programs and instructors, it is also the policy of the university that unsatisfactory grades may be given when work fails to reflect achievement of the high standards, including high writing standards, expected of students pursuing graduate study.

Students must maintain a minimum 3.0 grade point average in each of the following three categories: all course work taken at any accredited institution subsequent to admission to the master's program; all course work taken at CSU, Chico subsequent to admission to the program; and all courses on the approved master's degree program.

Students not maintaining the required grade point averages will be referred to the Graduate Coordinator for program review and recommendations, which may include program modification or dismissal from the program.

Graduate Advising Requirement:

Advising is mandatory each semester for Instructional Technology majors. Consult the Graduate Coordinator for specifics.