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CWUP 5-70 Faculty Hiring Guidelines / Terminal Degree Requirements

(A) Minimum qualifications for academic ranks and titles are listed in the Collective Bargaining Agreement (Article 8.2) including reference to terminal degree for tenure track faculty and minimum degree levels for other faculty positions. With approval of the provost, professional experience and/or national reputation may be deemed equivalent to the minimum degree.

(1) Faculty members hired into tenured or tenure track positions are expected to hold terminal degrees relevant to the discipline as listed in the table below.   

(2) ABD candidates may be appointed to the assistant professor rank if there is reasonable expectation that degree requirements can be completed within one year of start date.

(3) Lecturers are expected to hold at least a master’s degree relevant to the discipline in which they teach.

(4) Clinical faculty are expected to hold at least a master’s degree relevant to the appropriate discipline and licensure, certification, professional experience, all as specified by the department of appointment.





Earned Doctorate; (JD plus LLM or Master of Taxation)

Allied Health Sciences

Contractual agreement


Earned Doctorate

Art + Design

MFA: Earned Doctorate for Art History & Art Education


Contractual agreement


Earned Master's (with advanced flight ratings and five years aviation industry experience for Aviation; with five years aviation industry experience for Aviation Management)

Biological Sciences

Earned Doctorate


Earned Doctorate


Earned Doctorate (Master's for Public Relations & Journalism with significant professional experience or MFA for Film Program)

Computer Science

Earned Doctorate


Earned Doctorate


Earned Doctorate (Master's with exceptional experience)


Earned Doctorate (MFA for Creative Writers)

Environmental Studies

Earned Doctorate

Family & Consumer Science

Earned Doctorate (Master's in Fashion Merchandising, Wine Studies)

Finance & Supply Chain Management

Earned Doctorate


Earned Doctorate


Earned Doctorate


Earned Doctorate

Health Sciences

Earned Doctorate (MS in a health-related field for paramedics; Master’s in Clinical Dietetics)

Industrial & Engineering Technology

Earned Doctorate (Master's in Engineering Technology plus industrial experience)

Information Technology and Administrative Management

Earned Doctorate

Instructional Media

MA in Media Education; Earned Doctorate encouraged

International Studies & Programs (ELS faculty)

Earned Doctorate

Law and Justice

Earned Doctorate; Juris Doctor with appropriate criminal justice experience


MLS, MLIS, or equivalent degree from an ALA accredited program or an equivalent terminal degree (second master's degree in academic discipline encouraged)


Earned Doctorate; JD


Earned Doctorate


Earned Doctorate (MM and significant professional experience for Jazz, Conducting and Performance)

Philosophy & Religious Studies

Earned Doctorate

Physical Education, School Health, and Movement Studies

Earned Doctorate (MFA for Dance)


Earned Doctorate

Political Science

Earned Doctorate


Earned Doctorate

Science Education

Earned Doctorate


Earned Doctorate

Theatre Arts

MFA (Earned Doctorate for Theatre History, Literature & Education)

Traffic Safety/Safety and Health Management/Construction

Master's with significant professional experience

World Languages & Cultures

Earned Doctorate (Master’s for American Sign Language)

[Responsibility: Provost/VP of Academic Affairs; Authority: Cabinet/UPAC; Reviewed/Endorsed by: Cabinet/UPAC; Review/Effective Date: 07/2009; 04/16/2019;  Approved by: James L. Gaudino, President]


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