Graduate and Postbaccalaureate Student Course Repeat

Definition:Graduate and post baccalaureate students may repeat up to two (2) courses in order to meet graduation requirements. Repeating a course does not expunge the earlier attempt from the student's record, but it may improve the student's grade point average (GPA). This policy is applicable only to non-thesis courses taken at CSU San Marcos.
Authority:President of CSU San Marcos
Scope:Graduate and post baccalaureate students
Responsible Division:Academic Affairs
Approval Date:06/06/2008
Implementation Date:06/06/2008
Originally Implemented:04/18/2000
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Procedure

I. A course taken at CSU San Marcos in which a grade of B- (2.7) or less is received may be repeated once for purposes of omitting the original grade from the GPA calculation and satisfying GPA requirements. A course taken at CSU San Marcos in which a grade of NC is received may also be repeated. All course repeats should involve consultation with the graduate program advisor.
 
II. When a course is repeated, both the original grade and the grade earned in the repetition will appear on the transcript.
 
III. If a course previously taken for a letter grade (including plus/minus grading) is repeated for a grade of CR/NC, the original grade(s) will be calculated in the GPA.
 
IV. Unless a student submits a Graduate Student Course Repeat Request Form to Cougar Central, both grades will be used to calculate the student's GPA.
 
V. If a student submits a Graduate Student Course Repeat Request Form to Cougar Central, the original grade earned will be omitted from the GPA calculation. Since CR/NC grades do not enter into the GPA calculation, it is not necessary to submit this form when repeating a course in which a grade of NC was earned.
 
VI. A Graduate Student Course Repeat Request Form cannot be filed until the student has completed the repeat. A Graduate Student Course Repeat Request Form cannot be filed if the student received a grade of CR, NC, F, I, RD, SP, U, WU, RP, W, or IC when the course was repeated.
 
VII. A maximum of two (2) different courses may be repeated within an approved graduate plan of study at CSU San Marcos. The graduate program offering the degree may approve substitute graduate-level courses that may be taken in lieu of a graduate-level course that the student wishes to repeat, when the original course is not scheduled to be offered again within the term of the student's expected time to degree. The substitute course must be taken after completion of the original course.
 
VIII. Both the original course and the repeated course must be taken at CSU San Marcos.