Graduate Studies: Concurrent Master's Degree Credit

Definition:This policy defines the guidelines and requirements for undergraduate students to request concurrent master's degree credit and the process for approving such requests.
Authority:Academic Affairs
Scope:The purpose of this policy is to establish guidelines and requirements for undergraduate students to request concurrent master's degree credit and the process for approving such requests.
Responsible Division:Academic Affairs
Approval Date:09/30/2008
Implementation Date:09/30/2008
Originally Implemented:09/30/2008
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Procedure

A CSUSM undergraduate student who has not completed the requirements of the baccalaureate prior to enrolling in a CSUSM master's program may request concurrent master's degree credit for graduate level courses.

I. STIPULATIONS FOR REQUESTING CONCURRENT CREDIT

A. An undergraduate student may request concurrent master's degree credit provided that the following conditions are met:

  1. The student has a current graduation application for a baccalaureate degree on file with the Office of Registration and Records.
  2. The student submits a University Graduate Student Application form for a Master's Program for a term subsequent to the term in which the bachelor's degree is to be earned.

B. The student is within 12 units of completing a baccalaureate degree and in the final semester of baccalaureate studies as specified in the graduation application.

II. APPROVAL PROCESS

The following steps must be undertaken to approve and grant a request:   A. The Graduate Coordinator of the Master's program for which the master's degree credit will be applied must approve the request.

B. An approved request must be submitted to the Office of Registration and Records by the third week of the semester in which the concurrent master's degree credit will be earned.

III. LIMITATIONS

A. Concurrent master's degree credit may only be granted for the semester in which the requirements for the undergraduate degree are completed. If a student does not complete the requirements for the baccalaureate degree, any completed master's level units will become undergraduate units.

B. Only 500- or 600-level courses will be considered for master's degree credit. Concurrent master's credit cannot be counted toward both undergraduate and graduate degrees.

C. Total concurrent master's degree credit may not exceed 9 units. Individual master's programs may make exceptions to this limit.

Note: Authorization for concurrent credit does not guarantee acceptance into a Master's program.