Graduate portfolio programs provide opportunities for enrolled graduate students to obtain transcriptable credentials in cross-disciplinary academic areas of inquiry while they are completing the requirements for a master’s or doctoral degree in a particular discipline. Portfolio programs are intended to promote cross-disciplinary scholarship and study by bringing together faculty and students from a variety of disciplines whose interests transcend boundaries of traditional academic disciplines.
The requirements for participating in a Graduate portfolio program is as follows:
- A minimum of 9 and a maximum of 15 credit hours of thematically related graduate coursework (typically 3-5 courses) selected from a variety of pre-determined disciplines/graduate programs.
- To ensure the effective expansion of cross-disciplinary content expertise, each student’s portfolio must include content courses offered by at least two graduate programs outside of the student's primary degree major.
- An independent paper or project related to the student’s work in a given area or a scholarly essay that is presented at a research colloquium attended by faculty and students from the academic disciplines included in the cross-disciplinary area of inquiry.
- Some portfolio programs may require one Independent Study Course and/or one Internship course.
Master’s Reports, Master’s Theses and Doctoral Dissertations may be used to satisfy the independent paper/project requirement of a portfolio program; however, these courses may not be used to satisfy the 9-15 credit-hour coursework requirement.
Portfolio programs are not degree programs.
To be eligible to participate in a portfolio program, students must be admitted into one of the university’s graduate degree programs. If a student’s graduate degree is conferred while their portfolio program is in progress, they may continue enrollment to complete the portfolio under the following circumstances:
- The student must enroll as a non-degree-seeking student in one of the graduate programs sponsoring the portfolio program.
- The student must have completed at least two of the courses required for the portfolio at the time that their degree is conferred (a student may not begin a portfolio program after their degree is conferred).
- The portfolio administrator must request permission from The Graduate School to allow the student to complete a post-graduation portfolio and provide confirmation that the student has completed at least two portfolio courses.
- The student may not have a break in enrollment period - a student will not be re admitted for the purpose of completing a portfolio program.