Graduate Policies and Procedures Manual

4.40 Retroactive Graduate Credit


Under the rules of the Graduate Council, students must be admitted to the Graduate School in order to earn and receive regular graduate credit that may be applied toward degree requirements.


Students earning workshop graduate credit while in Special Graduate Status (not admitted into the Graduate School) who later are admitted into a degree program may apply with program or advisor(s) approval only a limited number of such credits (not to exceed twelve quarter hours or eight semester hours) toward graduate degree requirements.


Should students in non-degree and teacher licensure statuses be accepted into degree status at a later date, a maximum of one-half (50%) of the graduate hours required for completion of degree requirements may consist of applicable graduate courses completed in these statuses. For example, if a program of study stipulates that fifty graduate hours are required for the award of a degree, then up to twenty-five hours of graduate course work completed in a non-degree status may be applied toward the requirements of that degree. Petitions requesting a waiver to this policy will generally not be favorably considered and, in all cases, will be reviewed by the Student Affairs Committee of the Graduate Council.

Colleges/programs may set lower non-degree credit hour limits for completion of a degree program. While the non-degree hours that can be applied toward degree requirements may be a mixture of courses completed in non-degree, teacher licensure, and special graduate status, workshop credit is limited to a total of twelve quarter hours or eight semester hours.


Graduate hours completed toward the requirements of an awarded master's degree, as evidenced by the student's Program of Study, cannot be applied toward the credit hour requirements of another graduate degree.