A student of senior standing or an upper-division honors student may carry graduate courses for undergraduate credit provided the student:
- has earned either a grade point average (GPA) of 3.2 or better,
- carries a course load of no more than fifteen (15) semester hours; and
- has the advance approval of the dean, the department chair, and the instructor offering the course, prior to registration.
Students must have eligibility certified in the Office of the University Registrar before seeking approval of those listed in item 3). Students who wish to receive graduate credit for course work must obtain approval of the dean, the department chair, and the instructor offering the course, prior to registration for the graduate course. After approval, up to 12 semester hours may be counted toward a graduate degree, provided the courses have not been counted toward a previous degree. Honors Program students must have completed 60 semester hours of credit 90 credit hours for non-Honors Program students) in their undergraduate programs and earned a minimum 3.2 GPA. Transfer students must have completed a minimum of two semesters (24 hours) and earned a minimum 3.2 GPA. Interested students should contact the department's Academic Program Coordinator for specific information.
If accepted, students should take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) in the first semester of their senior year and they make formal application for admission to graduate school during the last semester of their senior year. The graduate coordinator will advise the students and remind them to submit their graduate application on time. After the senior year is completed students will return to complete their MS degree by taking the required graduate courses. The graduate coordinator will monitor if they have fulfilled the requirements (30 graduate credit hours) for the MS degree.