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2014-2015 Graduate Catalog


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  • No course for which a grade less than a C (2.0) is earned may be accepted toward a graduate degree. Higher standards may be required by specific programs.

  • All courses applied toward graduate degrees must be taken within the six-year period immediately preceding the granting of the degree. Each doctoral program’s length is noted in the specific program section.

  • No more than 9 credits taken at SPU before admission to a specific degree program will apply toward a graduate degree.

  • No more than 12 credits taken at other accredited universities can be transferred toward a specific degree program (see program section for specifics). The credits must be in classes that are functionally identical to courses required by the SPU program and are accepted at the discretion of the specific program.

  • The number of credit-by-examination courses, workshop, correspondence, extension, and media credits that may be applied toward a graduate degree are determined by the individual graduate program. But in no case may more than 6 credits be applied toward the graduate degree. In some doctoral degrees, 10 credits are allowed (see program section for specifics). Only admitted students are eligible for the credit-by-examination option and examinations may be taken only in quarters in which the student is enrolled.

  • No more than 15 credits in independent study and research — including thesis, practicum, or project credit — may apply toward a graduate degree. Doctoral programs do have different graduation requirements.

  • All graduate Internship, Thesis, and project courses must be completed within three years of initial enrollment in the course. Students enrolled in such courses will receive a graduate in-progress grade of “G” until the course is completed. After a lapse of three years the “G” becomes permanent.

  • No graduate work taken at another institution during the time a student is working on a graduate degree at SPU may apply toward an SPU degree, unless the student has the prior written approval of the graduate director.

  • One-credit courses are not transferable and may not be applied toward a graduate degree.

Graduate courses may not be taken for a pass/no-credit option with the exception of Thesis, Dissertation, research, Practicum, Internships, and projects. Any exceptions are determined at the discretion of the graduate programs.

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