All Graduate Programs Offered in CATUC
Thank you for considering to study at CATUC's Graduate School. The following is a list of all of the graduate programmes offered at CATUC. Click the link to read about the details of each programme you are interested in.Before you go ahead to read through the programmes, why not read about the rules and regulations governing graduate programmes in CATUC just below.
GRADUATE PROGRAMS AT CATUC RULES AND REGULATIONS.
In conformity with the Ordinance No.99/0081/MINESUP/DDES of December 23, 1999 organizing the doctoral cycle in Cameroon universities, the following guidelines will govern the Graduate degree programs in the Catholic University of Cameroon:
A. MASTERS DEGREE PROGRAM
1. The admission to the master’s degree program in CATUC shall be authorized by the Vice Chancellor after the approvals of Departments, endorsed by the Graduate Admission Board and approved finally by the academic Senate;
2. Students admitted to pursue the master’s degree will spend a minimum of four semesters (two years) and a maximum of six semesters (three years); one full year (two semesters) will be spent in doing course work and validating these courses by sitting for the appropriate examinations.
3. To be awarded a master’s degree, the student must have done all the core and electives courses totaling 120 credits, conducted research, written and defended a thesis under a supervisor. It is also expected that students shall have attended at least two seminars during which he/she must have presented scientific papers.
4. The student shall be expected to submit four copies of thesis to the academic Affairs office along with a pre-defence report prepared by the supervisor. The pre-defence report shall also indicate the names of experts to be consulted
5. Once the thesis has been deposited in the Academic Affairs Office, two examiners proposed by the Department and faculty shall be contacted to review the thesis. These examiners must submit their reports within six weeks from the date of receiving a copy of the thesis. Comments by the examiners shall be taken into account by the candidate before he/she is called for defence.
6. The jury shall be composed of the following persons:
a. Chairman; (from the Vetting University)
b. Rapporteur (Supervisor of the candidate)
c. Member (External/internal expert in the area of specialization)
d. Member (Internal expert – CATUC)
7. The defence shall be public and the candidate shall be declared successful following the deliberation of the jury.
8. The following distinction shall be affixed to the masters degree:
a. Summa cum Laude (scores above 18-20)
b. Magna cum Laude (scores between 15-17.9)
c. Cum Laude (scores between 13-114.9)
d. Bene Probatus (scores between 11- 12.9)
e. Probatus (Score equal to 10)
9. If during the defence the candidate is requested to revise his/her thesis, this exercise must be done, and copies deposited in the Academic Affairs Office before the candidate can be issued his/her final diploma.
B. PHD PROGRAMME:
The PhD program aims at giving students advanced training in research by enhancing the student’s ability to conduct independent research and generate new knowledge. The program runs for at least three years (6 semesters) and at most five years (10 semesters), during which the student must accumulate at least 180 credits.
The admission to the PhD programs shall be authorized by the Vice Chancellor after the approval of the appropriate Departments and Faculty, endorsed by the Graduate Admission Board and approved finally by the academic Senate.
RULES AND REGULATIONS GOVERNING THE Ph.D PROGRAM
1. The PhD shall be awarded to a candidate after the defence of a thesis based on original research demonstrating a contribution to the growth of knowledge in a specific discipline. The candidate must have done all core and elective courses and validated them as required.
2. During the research, analysis of data and writing of the thesis the candidate must participate in research seminars organized by his/her department. During these seminars, it is expected that the candidate shall present at least three papers that flow from his/her research.
3. Students on the PhD program must have completed the courses (core and electives) and validated these studies before the student can embark on field work to collect data, analyze and write the thesis.
4. Course work requires registration for comprehensive examination (one credit hour), or for dissertation guidance (three credit hours). The nature of comprehensive shall be defined by respective departments and faculties
5. The PhD student shall be required to complete written comprehensive examination within the various academic areas over the course of three days in at least three distinct areas of study. The academic area director, in collaboration with the Dean, shall determine the modality of comprehensive exams.
6. The purpose of the comprehensive examination is not simply to examine students about knowledge already acquired within the course work, but also to provide the student with the opportunity to study areas not touched upon by course work; to deepen knowledge of areas already studied, and to synthesize and interrelate areas of knowledge.
7. The selection of the supervisor of the doctoral thesis shall be carried out by the student in conjunction with the Graduate Admission Board of the university. The supervisor shall be a full-time faculty member or someone engaged on a part-time basis when the topic so demands. The candidate may have two co-supervisors.
8. The initial research proposal vetted by the supervisors shall be submitted to the Dean of the faculty. The proposal shall be reviewed by a small panel established by the Dean and if there are any modifications, these shall be made known to the candidate for further refinement.
9. The final research proposal shall be submitted to the Graduate Admission Board chaired by the DVCA. One hard copy and one electronic copy of the proposal shall be submitted. The hard copy shall include the topic of the Doctoral thesis and the names of the supervisor as well as a Request for Approval form, with all relevant signatures.
10. The Faculty Board shall then review the proposal and if the proposal is acceptable, the candidate and supervisor shall be informed in writing. If the proposal is unacceptable as presented, the candidate and supervisor shall be informed in writing. Once revised, the proposal must be resubmitted for approval by the Board. When the proposal is approved, a copy of the proposal, along with a cover letter of approval from the Board, shall be forwarded to the dean with a copy to the registry.
11. The thesis proposal shall follow the format as directed in the Request for Approval form. The Select Bibliography shall be not more than 2 to 3 pages in length. When forwarding the proposal to the Board, the following information shall be included: e-mail address of the supervisor and student, phone numbers and the current mailing address of the student.
12. Completion of the thesis Approval Process: Upon approval by the Board and formal notification of the student and supervisor, the thesis proposal shall be forwarded to the Dean of the faculty. Upon endorsement by the dean, the proposal shall be forwarded to the Academic Affairs Office for final approval and a copy submitted to the registrar’s office.
13. The Board shall normally meet on the second Monday of each month. Proposals should be in the hands of the Board Chair no later than the prior Wednesday.
14. Written thesis and Defence: The thesis is written and defended in accordance with University regulations. In view of the defence, the candidate shall submit four copies of the thesis to the Head of Department upon approval of the supervisor accompanied by the pre-defence or scientific report. This report shall indicate that the thesis has reached an acceptable level for it to be defended. Three copies shall be transmitted to the Graduate Admission Board by the Dean who shall in consultation with the HOD propose a list of reviewers.
15. Upon reception of copies and the proposed list of experts the Board shall send the copies to them. At least one of the experts must be chosen outside the Catholic University of Cameroon. The scientific reports of these experts must reach the Academic Affairs Office within six weeks from the date of reception. If all or two of the reports are satisfactory the candidate shall be called for defence. If two scientific reports are unfavourable, the Board shall request a confidential report from another expert. If this confidential report is negative, the candidate shall not defend but will be requested to revise the thesis based on the observations of the different experts. If after revision and the reviews are still not favourable, the candidate shall be asked to discontinue the program.
16. Once the review process is satisfactory, the Academic Affairs Office shall prepare a decision for the signature of the Vice Chancellor appointing members of the jury. The Dean shall, in collaboration with the Academic Affairs Office, be responsible for the practical organization of the defence.
17. The thesis shall be defended in public in the presence of a jury composed of the following:
a. Chairperson: Professor (Vetting University) or a professor chosen by vetting institution
b. The Supervisor of the thesis
c. Three Experts with the rank of professor or associate professor and one of them must be from a university other than CATUC.
18. The candidate shall be declared successful following the deliberation of the jury and awarded one of the following distinctions:
a. Summa cum Laude (scores above 18-20)
b. Magna cum Laude (scores between 15 -17.9)
c. Cum Laude (scores between 13 -114.9)
d. Bene Probatus (scores between 11 - 12.9)
e. Probatus (Score equal to 10)
19. If during the defence the candidate is requested to revise his/her dissertation, this exercise must be done, and copies deposited in the Academic Affairs Office before the candidate can be issued his/her final diploma. Six copies of this revised thesis shall be deposited in the Library of CATUC.
20. The Jury shall establish a report of the defence signed by all the members of the jury which shall be submitted to the Dean and a copy transmitted to the Academic Affairs Office.
21. The Academic Affairs Office shall maintain a record of all defences covering the following items:
a. Number of the thesis
b. Name of the Candidate
c. Name of the Supervisor
d. Title of the thesis
f. Members of the Jury
g. Grade and distinction awarded
h. Date of Defence
This database of all theses defended at the Catholic University of Cameroon will be held in the Academic Affairs Office with copies at the Registry.