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Chapter 4J: Change from Non-degree Status to Degree Program

WSU graduate students who are currently enrolled as an undeclared graduate student (UNDG) ] or enrolled only in a Certificate Program must formally apply to the Graduate School and pay the nonrefundable application fee if they want to be admitted to an advanced degree program.Students in the NADC (Not a Degree Candidate) category may be considered for admission to a degree program upon completion of the Plan and Degree Level Change form and signature of the program or department chair.

1. Undeclared Graduate and NADC Students Pursuing Formal Admission to Graduate School

Six(6) hours of graduate coursework(500-level) taken in the non-degree graduate classification may be used to calculate a GPA for admission into a graduate program. Note: 300 and/or 400-level coursework taken in the non-degree graduate classification will not be used to calculate the GPA for admission to a graduate program.

A total of 12 hours of coursework (300, 400 and 500-level) taken in the non-degree graduate classification may be used on a Program of Study toward a degree-seeking program with the restrictions noted below:

  • A maximum of twelve (12) hours of graduate coursework(500-level) with grades of “B” or higher earned under non-degree graduate classification may be used on the Program of Study if approved by the advisory committee and the program.
  • For 300 and/or 400-level coursework with grades of “B” or higher earned under the non-degree graduate classification, a maximum of six (6) hours for a thesis master’s or nine (9) for a non-thesis master’s and doctoral degree maybe applied to graduate degree requirements on the Program of Study if approved by the advisory committee and the program. Note: See minimum coursework requirements for the doctoral degree in Chapter 8.C.

Use of non-degree graduate status credits must be approved by the student’s advisory committee and will be held to the usual time restrictions for program completion. The faculty in the graduate program have the authority to recommend denial of admission to any student.

Time limits on the coursework would be the same as for transfer credit. The faculty in the graduate program have the authority to recommend denial of admission to any student.

2. Certificate Student Pursuing Formal Admission to Graduate School. A certificate student may elect to apply for formal admission to the Graduate School and pursue an advanced degree. A determination of the applicability of any of the courses and credits earned while a certificate student will be made at the time of admission at the discretion of the academic department or graduate program where the degree is sought by the student filing a Program of Study. Department-approved courses will be stipulated as such on the student’s Program of Study when it is submitted and will be reviewed by the Graduate School at that time.

It is expected that a core disciplinary curriculum will be present on this Program of Study. Coursework taken as a certificate student may be reviewed as part of the admission-review process but does not afford any preferential consideration for admission to a graduate program. The faculty members in the graduate program have the authority to recommend denial of admission to any student.

Currently enrolled degree-seeking graduate students are eligible to concurrently enroll in a graduate certificate program. Credits earned by these students while enrolled in the graduate certificate program may be credited toward course requirements for a master’s or doctoral degree if the student’s advisory committee approves those credits. The online application should be completed for admission consideration. The student must contact the Graduate School prior to submission of the application for further instructions.

 

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