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					WNMU Catalog 2007-2008 (pp. 353-359) Version passed by Graduate Council 2/21/08


GRADUATE STUDIES
Policies and Procedures
WNMU Western New Mexico University offers the Master of Arts, the Master of Arts in
Teaching, and the Master of Business Administration degrees. The Graduate Division of
WNMU provides an opportunity for advanced study, research, and development of scholarship.
Programs are intended to foster graduate students with professional motivation and intellectual
curiosity.

Western New Mexico University WNMU is fully accredited by the North Central Association of
Colleges and Secondary Schools, the Professional Standards Commission of the State of New
Mexico, and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Western
New Mexico University WNMU, at the Silver City campus, is fully accredited by the
Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs to offer the Master of Business
Administration degree.

The Graduate Council develops policy for the Graduate Division and acts as an advisory body to
the Director of the Graduate Division. The Director of the Graduate Division administers overall
graduate policy. Graduate programs are administered by the Chairs of the departments offering
the programs and the Dean of the School of Education. Each graduate student works under the
supervision of an advisor who is appointed by the department Chair or Dean.

Graduate students enrolled in the Gallup Graduate Studies Center are bound by the same degree
and program requirements as stated in this catalog. Information and applications may be secured
by contacting the Gallup Graduate Studies Center in Gallup at (505) 722-3389.

M.A. and M.A.T. graduate work at WNMU continues throughout the year. M.B.A. graduate
work at WNMU continues throughout the year with the majority of the course work provided
during the fall and spring semesters and a limited number of courses offered during the summer
session. Graduate students should be familiar with the requirements of the 500 level graduate
courses in their areas of specialization.

Graduate Admission
A student seeking to obtain a graduate degree at Western New Mexico University WNMU must
complete a two-part admission process. This two-part process should be initiated concurrently.
In Part One, students apply for admission to the WNMU Graduate Division. In Part Two,
students apply for admission to a specific graduate degree program using the application packet
requirements of that program. Students should follow these steps:

Part One: WNMU Graduate Division
A. Graduate Division FINAL Admission
A Graduate Division FINAL Admission student is one who meets all of the Graduate Division
admission requirements. To be admitted as a Graduate Division FINAL Admission student, an
applicant must do the following:

1.   Complete and submit the Graduate Application form to the Admissions Office;


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2.   Provide the Admissions Office with copies of official transcripts showing the award of a
     bachelor’s/master’s degree from an accredited institution recognized by CHEA (Council of
     Higher Education Accreditation). These transcripts must be on file before an applicant is
     admitted to graduate study and no later than the end of the first semester in which any
     graduate course work is taken.

3.   M.A. and M.A.T. Applicants.
     a. M.A. and M.A.T. applicants with an overall grade-point average of at least 3.0 for the
        last 64 credit hours of undergraduate/graduate work will be admitted on Graduate
        Division FINAL Admission status and will not be required to take the Graduate Record
        Examination (GRE).

     b. M.A. and M.A.T. applicants who have already completed an advanced degree will be
        admitted on FINAL status and will not be required to take the Graduate Record
        Examination (GRE). Students must provide the Admissions Office with an official
        transcript showing the award of a Master’s Degree from an accredited institution
        recognized by CHEA (Council of Higher Education Accreditation).

     M.B.A. Applicants.
     M.B.A. applicants must submit GMAT scores less than six years old to the Admissions
     Office. A completed package will be forwarded to the M.B.A. Director who, in conjunction
     with the Department of Business Administration and Economics faculty will review the
     application package to determine acceptance into the M.B.A. program. Generally,
     acceptance to the program is based on the following formula: Undergraduate G.P.A. x 200
     + GMAT score [Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical Writing Score (see conversion chart)
     = 1350 or higher].

                                       [Conversion Chart]

     Applicants who do not meet the above criteria may petition the Department of Business
     Administration and Economics Graduate Admissions Committee to be admitted on special
     consideration. The petition must include a written statement as to why the applicant
     believes that he/she will be able to complete the M.B.A. program. M.B.A. applicants who
     do not meet the 1350 qualifying score requirement must meet with the M.B.A. Graduate
     Admissions Committee for a personal interview. The purpose of the interview is to enable
     the Committee to assess the applicant’s potential for successfully completing the M.B.A.
     program. No more than 20% of candidates selected for the M.B.A. program will be
     admitted with a qualifying score lower than 1350 in any one year.

B.   Graduate Division PROVISIONAL Admission
1.   M.A. and M.A.T. Applicants.
     A Graduate Division PROVISIONAL Admission student is one who does not meet the
     Graduate Division FINAL Admission standards. This classification is for a beginning
     graduate student who lacks a grade-point average of at least 3.0 out of a possible 4.0 for the
     last 64 credit hours of undergraduate/graduate work but whose grade-point average is at



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     least 2.75. To remedy a grade-point deficiency, the student who has completed the
     bachelor’s degree requirement (see #2 above), must complete nine credits of graduate work
     designated by his or her graduate advisor/s with a grade of B or better in each course and
     provide GRE scores which will be forwarded to the student’s program advisor/s for
     determining the student’s course of study. Failure to meet these requirements will preclude
     further progress toward a graduate degree.

     Once the student has completed the first semester of graduate work designated by his or her
     graduate advisor, with a grade of B or better in each course, and submitted GRE scores, the
     student’s admission status will be changed to Graduate Division FINAL Admission. Note:
     Graduate Division FINAL Admission does not guarantee a student admission into a specific
     program.

2.   M.B.A. Applicants.
     There is no Graduate Division PROVISIONAL Admission for the M.B.A. Program.

C.   Graduate Division CONDITIONAL Admission
     A CONDITIONAL graduate student is one whose file is not complete. The student must
     have earned a baccalaureate degree prior to graduate admission., and transcripts must be on
     file to verify the baccalaureate degree.

1.   M.A. or M.A.T. Applicants.
     An M.A. or M.A.T. student may take a maximum of one semester of course work while on
     Graduate Division CONDITIONAL Admission status. The student may not register for
     additional course work until the file is complete and the student has met all requirements for
     Graduate Division FINAL Admission. (See Graduate Division FINAL Admission).

2.   M.B.A. Applicants.
     M.B.A. students who have not submitted GMAT scores will be admitted as Graduate
     Division CONDITIONAL Admission students until GMAT scores are on file with the
     Graduate Division. Failure to do so within the first semester of enrollment will preclude
     further progress toward the M.B.A. degree. Students who have completed an undergraduate
     degree in bBusiness may enroll in any M.B.A. classes offered. Students who have
     completed an undergraduate degree in a non-business discipline are restricted from
     enrolling may not enroll in BSAD 530, BSAD 556, BSAD 560, BSAD 570, and ECON
     512.

Part Two: Program Specific Admission
Program Specific Admission
A Program Specific Admission student is one who meets all graduate division admission
requirements AND all graduate program specific admission requirements general requirements
for admission to the WNMU Graduate Division, as well as admission requirements for a specific
graduate program. Admission to a specific graduate program should be initiated concurrently
with admission to the Graduate Division.




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1.   Submit a complete application packet for review to the specific graduate degree program to
     which the candidate seeks admission. Program specific application packets must be
     completed by the end of the first semester of attendance. Following review, students will be
     notified of Program Specific Admission by the applicable department or program.

2.   Students must follow the admission process guidelines of the program to which they are
     applying, but, in no case, will students be allowed to register for another semester of any
     coursework after taking 9 hours. Students may not proceed beyond nine credit hours
     without meeting admission requirements for their specialized program.

3.   After review, students will be informed of Program Specific Admission by the specific
     department or program.

Non-degree Graduate Student Admission
A non-degree student is one who wishes to enroll at WNMU without having to meet regular
Graduate Division Admission requirements. This student will remain on non-degree status until
all Graduate Division Admission requirements are met. If a non-degree graduate student later
chooses to seek a graduate degree, he or she must apply to the Graduate Division. A maximum
of six credit hours of graduate work earned as a non-degree graduate student may be applied
towards a master’s degree. Courses taken to raise the G.P.A. in the last 64/36 credit hours for
admission cannot count towards a master’s degree.

To be admitted as a non-degree graduate student, an applicant must complete and submit the
“Graduate Non-Degree” form to the Admissions Office.

Procedures for Completing a Graduate Degree
1. After final FINAL admission to the WNMU Graduate Division AND a specific graduate
program, students develop a graduate degree plan with the assigned graduate advisor/s(s). The
advisor, or advisors, in the case of the M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies Ddegree, will forward
the degree plan to the Department Chair/Dean for review. The Department Chair/Dean then
sends it to the Graduate Division Office for final approval. A copy of the degree plan is then
sent to the Registrar’s Office. Progress on degree plans of all graduate students is reviewed at
the end of each semester and summer sessions by the Graduate Division, by the respective
advisor/s(s), and by the Department Chair/Dean.

2. File an approved degree plan and an application for degree audit by September 1 for spring
graduation, February 1 for summer graduation, or May 1 for fall graduation with the Registrar’s
Office;, and pay graduation fees of $80.00 in the Business Office by the deadline listed in the
class schedule. Students will be advised of the results of the degree audit by the Registrar’s
Office.

3. For graduate degree programs requiring completion of a program administered
comprehensive exam, students apply for permission to take the comprehensive examination at
the beginning of the semester in which the examination is to be scheduled. A minimum of 30
semester hours of graduate credit must have been completed or in progress during the semester
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responsibility of the Dean and/or Department Chair and the student’s advisor/s(s). This
examination may be repeatedtaken only once. M.A. Interdisciplinary Studies students who
choose to take the comprehensive examinations are required to take examinations in
Concentrations A, B, and/or C. Examination results must be submitted by each respective
department or program to the Registrar’s Office.

4. Students must meet comprehensive exit requirement(s) as determined by each graduate
program. Written comprehensive examinations are scheduled three times a year in spring,
summer, and fall. In some degree programs, a national specialty test may be taken in lieu of the
program written comprehensive examination; students should check with their advisors for
clarification. Students seeking a graduate degree in the area of Educational Leadership,
Elementary Education, Secondary Education, and Special Education must achieve the state
minimum score on the National Teacher Examination (NTE) or Praxis Specialty Exam. This
examination should be taken the semester before the student expects to graduate. Students
seeking degrees in the area of Reading will take tThe NMTA Content Knowledge Reading Test
will be taken in lieu of the written comprehensive examination. Students seeking a degree in
Counseling may pass the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Exam (CPCE) or Praxis.

5. The student must have removed any indebtedness to WNMU and completed all coursework,
all exit criteria, and passed all required examinations prior to the last day of the semester. NTE
and comprehensive examination scores must be posted in the Registrar’s Office by the last day
of the semester in which the student wishes to graduate.




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