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Appendix 2: Terminal Degrees

The terminal degree in a field is usually a doctorate in the field with the following exceptions: Studio Music – Masters in Music; Studio Art – Master in Fine Arts; Creative Writing – Master in Fine Arts; Theater Practice or Professional Theater – Master in Fine Arts; Accounting – Masters in Accounting or Masters in Business Administration; Library - a master's degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association; and other special cases specified at the time of initial appointment. Prior completion of the terminal degree is not required for an initial full-time faculty appointment; however, completion of the terminal degree is required for the granting of tenure. Completion of the terminal degree or satisfactory progress towards completion of the degree in advance of the tenure decision is required for a satisfactory interim review.