Degrees

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Kinds of degree/non-degree programs

Advanced Diploma

These academic programs are designed for students who complete the academic requirements for any of the HUA Master’s Degree programs, but do not have a Bachelor’s Degree qualification. Such graduates are awarded HUA Advanced Diplomas in the program of their study. If these students earn a Bachelor’s Degree or certified equivalent from another academic institution later on, they could be considered for award of an HUA Master’s Degree.

HUA Diploma

These academic programs are designed for individuals who are interested in post-graduate learning in specific areas at a level in between Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. The Bachelor’s Degree requirement is not needed for these programs. The minimum academic requirement for HUA Diploma is 18 credits of academic work. These ordinarily include University Core Courses and Subject Area Core Courses. Individual programs may require a higher level of academic work (more than 18 credits). Please refer to the individual program section of this Catalog for details.

Currently, HUA Diploma programs are available in Yoga Education, Yoga Philosophy & Meditation, Hinduism, Hindu Philosophies, Gita Studies, and Sanskrit.

HUA Fellow Program

This academic program is designed for individual scholars who complete the academic requirements for an HUA Doctoral Degree, but do not have an earned Bachelor’s Degree qualification. These individuals are awarded the citation of HUA Fellow in the program of their study. If these scholars earn a Bachelor’s Degree or certified equivalent from another academic institution later on, they could be considered for an award of a HUA Doctoral degree.

Non-Degree Non-Diploma /Certificate Program

Any of the courses offered by Hindu University of America in any of the programs (including on-campus, online education and intensive courses) may be taken by individuals who may not be interested in any degree or diploma program at HUA. Such persons may not hold a Bachelor’s Degree. A prior permission of the instructor is needed to ensure that the persons desiring to take the course have the pre-requisite background required for learning in the course. A student needs to adhere to the same discipline as if following a diploma course. A certificate can be transferred if a student decides to enroll in a program at a later date.

 Master’s Degree or Advanced Diplomas

Two Options are Available to Master’s Students

A. Coursework and Thesis Option
B. Thesis Only Option
Two options are explained below. A student must choose one of the options at the time of admission to HUA.

A. Coursework and Thesis Option (Regulations for Master’s Research Program)
All Master’s Degree programs require successful completion of at least 30 credit hours of academic work. The Advanced Diploma degree program requires completion of 30 or more credit hours. This includes University Core Courses for 6 or 9 academic credits in Hinduism and Sanskrit, designed to provide a common base of knowledge, values and skills essential to the education of each student upon which individual programs/departments build their specialized programs. These core courses also provide foundations for further intellectual development in the area of these programs.

Typically for a Master’s Degree, the 30 credits have four major components

• University Core Courses 6 or 9 credits
• Core Courses of the chosen discipline at least 9 credits
• Elective Courses in the chosen discipline 6 or 9 credits
• Master’s Mini-Thesis or 2 additional Electives* 6 credits

*Thesis and course-work-only options are available for most of the Master’s Degree or Advanced Diploma programs.

B. Thesis-Only Option (Regulations for Master’s Research Program)
This program is designed for students who wish to obtain a Master’s degree by doing the thesis work without having to complete coursework.

Master’s Thesis Requirements

1. A student will choose a thesis topic and get it approved by his/her thesis advisor
2. A student will choose his/her thesis advisor. The thesis advisor must be approved by HUA.
3. The student will carry out research work under the directions and supervision of his/her advisor.
4. The student and his/her advisor will submit to HUA a progress report at least once a semester. All students registered for Master’s thesis work need to submit a report every semester for the research work carried out by them during the semester. The student’s Master’s committee will evaluate this report as Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory, and forward to the Academic Affairs Office for student’s records. Students getting two consecutive “Unsatisfactory” grades will not be eligible for any financial assistance or tuition waiver from HUA.
5. A student must complete his thesis in no less than 18 months.
6. The Final Thesis Examination will be conducted by the Master’s Committee when the student has completed the research work to the satisfaction of the Thesis Supervisor (or Supervisors) and the Master’s committee. As a result of this final thesis exam, the Master’s Committee may either approve the thesis for award of the Master’s degree, or advise the student to carry out some additional research to be included in the thesis. The final thesis exam will be an open exam, announced to other students, faculty and the general public.

Fees for these programs are as follows $100.00 per month (after proposal is approved) for a minimum of 18 months to be paid partially or fully in advance.

Doctoral Degree

Two Options are Available to Doctoral Students.

A. Coursework and Thesis Option
B. Thesis-Only Option

Two options are explained below. A student must choose one of the options at the time of admission to HUA.

A. Coursework and Thesis Option (Regulations for Doctoral Research Program)

All Doctoral Degree (or Fellow Award) programs require successful completion of at least 63 credits of academic work – 33 credits of course work and 30 credits for a doctoral thesis. Additional course and/or thesis work may be required by the individual Program or Doctoral Committee.

Typical academic credits breakup for Doctoral Degree is as follows

• University Core Courses 6 or 9 credits
• Core Courses of the chosen discipline at least 9 credits
• Elective Courses in the chosen discipline 12 or 15 credits
• Research Methodology 3 credits
• Doctoral thesis at least 30 credits

Credits earned for Master’s courses at Hindu University of America or at other accredited institutions of higher learning may be counted towards Doctoral Degree requirements also. Please see “Credits for Previous Work” elsewhere in this Catalog.

Regulations for Doctoral Research Program

1. After students have completed at least four HUA courses (or have the equivalent credits transferred to HUA) and the course on Research Methodology (HUC 5004), they need to go through a Doctoral Qualifying Examination (DQE) to be administered by the faculty of the Program in which they are registered for the doctoral degree. Qualifying exam guidelines and committee are set by the individual department and approved by the academic affairs office of the University.
2. Students can register for doctoral thesis credits only after they have completed the qualifying exam (DQE) successfully.
3. When students complete the Doctoral Qualifying Examination, a Doctoral Committee will be constituted for each doctoral student. The Doctoral Committee will consist of at least five faculty members. The thesis supervisor will be the chair of the committee. When there are two thesis supervisors, one of them will be the chair and the other co-chair of the Doctoral Committee. This Committee will have at least one member (who has qualifications comparable to HUA faculty) from outside HUA (outside Extension Center host institution, for HUA Extension Center students there). The Doctoral Committee is responsible for supervising the progress and the direction of the student’s thesis and the related courses till the completion of the doctoral program.
4. All students registered for Doctoral thesis work need to submit a report every semester for the research work carried out by them during the semester. The student’s doctoral committee will evaluate this report as Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory, and forward to the Academic Affairs Office for student’s records. Students getting two consecutive “Unsatisfactory” grades will not be awarded any financial assistance or tuition waiver from HUA.
5. A Comprehensive Doctoral Examination will be conducted by the members of the student’s Doctoral Committee after the student has completed all the course requirements and at least 12 credits of Doctoral thesis work. The maximum number of thesis credits a student can accumulate before completing the Comprehensive Examination is 18. This Comprehensive Examination will focus on the research work carried out so far, and the proposed additional work for completing the rest of the thesis research. The students are required to take at least 12 of the doctoral thesis credits after the Comprehensive. All recommendations made by the committee during the Comprehensive Examination will be explored by the student for inclusion in the thesis research work.
6. The Final Thesis Examination will be conducted by the Doctoral Committee when the student has completed the research work to the satisfaction of the Thesis Supervisor (or Supervisors), and has been registered for a total of at least 30 credits of Doctoral thesis work of which at least 12 credit hours are after the Comprehensive Examination. As a result of this final thesis exam, the Doctoral Committee may either approve the thesis for award of the doctoral degree, or advise the student to carry out some additional research to be included in the thesis. The final thesis exam will be an open exam, announced to other students, faculty and the general public.

The Doctoral thesis must be an original work demonstrating the candidate’s ability to do independent research in the selected area/topic covering vast existing primary sources and other secondary literature relevant to the field of specialization. As mentioned in the item (6) above, the thesis must be “defended” in a forum (Final Thesis Examination) consisting of the Committee and open to all interested.

B. Thesis-Only Option (Regulations for Doctoral Research Program)
1. A student will choose a thesis topic and get it approved by his/her thesis advisor.
2. A student will choose his thesis advisor. The thesis advisor must be approved by HUA.
3. The student will carry out research work under the directions and supervision of his/her advisor.
4. The students and his advisor will submit to HUA a progress report at least once a semester.
All students registered for Doctoral thesis work need to submit a report every semester for the research work carried out by them during the semester. The student’s doctoral committee will evaluate this report as Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory, and forward to the Academic Affairs Office for student’s records. Students getting two consecutive “Unsatisfactory”grades will not be awarded any financial assistance or tuition waiver from HUA.
5. A student must complete his thesis in no less than 36 months.
6. The Final Thesis Examination will be conducted by the Doctoral Committee when the student has completed the research work to the satisfaction of the Thesis Supervisor (or Supervisors) and the doctoral committee. As a result of this final thesis exam, the Doctoral Committee may either approve the thesis for award of the doctoral degree, or advise the student to carry out some additional research to be included in the thesis. The final thesis exam will be an open exam, announced to other students, faculty and the general public.

Fees for these programs are as follows $100.00 per month (after proposal is approved) for a minimum of 36 months to be paid partially or fully in advance.