Credits are expressed in semester hours; 30 hours of academic credit are required to receive the Master of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. Generally, courses carry three semester hours and meet four sessions face-to-face and with additional course time online in a blended format. To obtain part-time status students must be registered for at least three credit hours of coursework per semester.


A student’s academic performance in individual courses taken at Hiram College will be graded with a letter grade or by the designations Pass (P) or No Credit (NC). If a student withdraws from a class up to the second meeting, no notation will appear on the transcript. If the student withdraws after the second meeting and prior to the last meeting, a ‘W’ will appear on the transcript.

The academic standards are expressed in terms of grades that are worth points. Each semester hour of credit for each letter grade carries the number of quality points indicated:

Letter Grades Grade Points Description
A 4.000 Exceeds requirements
A- 3.67
B+ 3.33
B 3.00 Meets requirements
B- 2.67
C+ 2.33
C 2.00 Below minimum requirements
C- 1.67
F 0 Does not meet requirements

No more than two courses with a grade of ‘C’ or below will be applied to the MAIS degree.

P/NC – The ‘Pass/No Credit’ designation is used only for the proposal development and the capstone courses.

Grades are posted in a timely manner at the close of each semester. Academic records are maintained in the Office of the Registrar in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974. These records are made available upon request for review by the student to whom they pertain.

Academic Dishonesty

There are many forms of academic dishonesty, including plagiarism, the giving or receiving of help in any form on an examination, the sale or purchase of papers and test materials, the abuse of computer privileges and regulations, the misuse or abuse of online or library resources, and any other action which debases the soundness of the educational process. Any student who violates the integrity of the academic process will be subject to punishment, including possible dismissal from the College.

Hiram College believes that the development of intellectual honesty is at the heart of a college education. The process of education is severely compromised if we cannot depend on the academic integrity of each member of the community. Moreover, the principles of academic honesty are aligned closely with the principles of good scholarship and research, principles of critical thinking and reasoning, and the standards of professional ethics. Thus, students who fail to practice academic honesty not only risk losing the trust of the academic community, they also fail to develop the most essential skills and abilities that characterize a college graduate.

Faculty members, librarians and staff are expected to report all instances of academic dishonesty to the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, who will provide advice on an appropriate action.

Transfer Credit

Degree seeking candidates may request to have an evaluation for credit of graduate level course work taken at other colleges/universities. Such courses must make a logical contribution to the student’s program. Generally a maximum of three transfer credit hours may be applied toward an MAIS degree.

In order to be considered for transfer of credit the courses must be from a fully accredited college or university and the grade awarded for a course must be a minimum of “B-“.

Matriculating students wishing to take a course at another institution for transfer credit must have prior approval of the MAIS Oversight Council.

Time to Complete Degree

Students are expected to complete all degree requirements (including the final capstone project and presentation) within five academic years of beginning MAIS coursework. The timeline for completion is important to ensure students remain current in the coursework and knowledge of the MAIS curriculum. If a student has not completed all degree requirements at the end of his or her fifth academic year, students may complete an Application for Extension of Time Limits form and submit to the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. Students may be granted up to two additional years to complete the MAIS degree. No extensions are given beyond seven years.

Class Attendance

Attendance and active participation are important in all classes. Students are required to read extensively, think critically about the readings, complete assignments on time, and fully engage in the activities of the course. Every effort should be made to notify the instructor and the Center for Adult Studies prior to an unavoidable absence.

Completion of Work in a Course

Students are expected to complete all assigned coursework according to the deadlines set by the instructor. In the uncommon case of extreme medical, family, or personal emergency, a grade of “incomplete” may be assigned to a student who has performed adequately in the class but who is unable to complete course requirements. In order to be eligible for an incomplete the student must have completed at least 75% of the coursework. An Incomplete Grade Request Form must be submitted by the final grade deadline for that semester. The form must document the unfinished work to be completed and the arrangement for turning in the work. Students who take an incomplete in a course must have the approval of the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs before they register for another course.

Extension of Time for a Capstone Project

Normally, the capstone project is completed during the student’s final semester enrolled in the capstone course. If there are extenuating circumstances, and upon approval of the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, a student may complete the project over a longer period of time. In such cases, the student would register for “continuing research” during each semester required.

Official Transcripts

Official transcripts are issued by the Registrar’s Office. Students should contact the Registrar’s Office (330) 569-5210 for information about how to order transcripts as well as costs associated with ordering transcripts. No transcript will be issued if a student owes Hiram College any part of tuition or fee account, library fine, or other obligation.

Appeals of Grades and Capstone Decisions

A student who wishes to appeal grading or capstone decisions may request that representatives from the MOC review the decision. The Associate Dean of Academic Affairs will consider student appeals of the MOC’s decisions. The Vice President and Dean of the College will act as the final appeals arbiter. All requests for appeals and the responses must be in writing. The requests must come within one month of first notification and the responses will be sent within two weeks excluding holidays.


The MAIS program is deemed complete when all required work has been successfully approved. Only those students who have satisfactorily completed all requirements before commencement are permitted to participate in the commencement ceremony each year in May. Student accounts must be paid in full for the student to receive his or her diploma.

All students must petition to graduate. MAIS students must file a formal petition for graduation with the Center for Adult Studies during the semester prior to the one in which the student expects to graduate.