Categories of Admission
Applicants for degree or certificate programs may be admitted to Approved, Qualified, Provisional, or Deferred status. The School of Graduate Studies has established minimal academic criteria for admission. Individual departments may have additional requirements. The various categories of admission are detailed in the following paragraphs.
Applicants who have met the minimum admission requirements stipulated by the School of Graduate Studies and have met all departmental requirements for admission may be admitted into Approved status. Admission to this status implies only that a student is permitted to commence graduate work which normally will lead to a degree, diploma, or certificate. However, admission to Approved status does not guarantee that a student will be allowed to become a candidate for a degree or diploma.
Admission to Provisional status may be granted to an applicant who has not met one or more of the general School of Graduate Studies or program level admission requirements, e.g., low G.P.A., low test scores, lack of a required test, or other concerns about the applicant’s ability to succeed in graduate study. Generally, students will not be admitted into Provisional status with more than nine (9) credits of outstanding prerequisites.
Students admitted to Provisional status because of their previous GPA will be eligible for advancement to Approved status after the completion of nine semester hours of graduate level coursework if their GPA for all work attempted is at least 3.00. Students in a Provisional status may be dismissed after one registration if their GPA is below 3.00, or if they have failed to meet other conditions specified at the time of admission.
The first obligation of students admitted to Provisional status is to meet all of the conditions specified at the time of admission. Students in Provisional status are eligible for graduate assistantships and tuition waivers at the discretion of the department.
Admission to Conditional status may be granted to an applicant who has not met the English Language Proficiency requirement set by the School of Graduate Studies and is enrolled in or will be enrolling in the ELS Language Centers Intensive English Program. Students admitted under conditional status will not be allowed to enroll in courses until after they have passed the ELS Language Center's Intensive Level 112.
Applicants who wish to enroll in graduate level classes as a non-degree seeking student should seek admission into Non-Degree status. All applicants for non-degree status must have met the English Language Proficiency Requirement, and have a recognized baccalaureate degree. Permission of the academic department will be required to enroll in a class as a non-degree student. Therefore, the applicant should consult with the department(s) offering the courses before completing an application. Subject to the approval of the department and the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies, a maximum of nine (9) semester credits taken as a graduate Non-Degree student may subsequently be counted toward a graduate degree subject to all other regulations. Non-degree students are not eligible for graduate teaching, research, or service assistantships or School of Graduate Studies tuition waivers.
The purpose of this status is to provide a procedure for individuals to take a limited amount of academic work for cultural, intellectual, continuing education needs, or with the intent to complete prerequisite coursework for an eventual application to a graduate program. A student registered in Post-Baccalaureate status may not change to another status until the completion of the term. Students in Post-Baccalaureate status are not eligible for graduate teaching, research, or service assistantships or School of Graduate Studies tuition waivers.