Use of Undergraduate Courses in Master's Degree Programs

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APP Policy on the Use of Undergraduate Courses in Master´s Degree Programs
 
The following proposal is moved and seconded by APP, on the recommendation of the APP Subcommittee on Graduate Studies:
 
Whereas, The recently adopted California State University San Marcos Course Numbering System states that the first digit in each course number designation is intended to indicate the level of the course; and
 
Whereas, The University Course Numbering System states that the first digit in each course number designation also roughly indexes the student´s year of study at the University; and
 
Whereas, Courses numbered 300 to 499 are upper-division, courses numbered 500 to 599 are graduate level and may be taken by advanced upper-division, post-baccalaureate, or graduate students for undergraduate or graduate credit, and courses numbered 600 to 699 are graduate level and may only be taken by undergraduate students with special approval; and
 
Whereas, The Course Numbering System is silent on the issue of whether courses numerically designated as undergraduate-level may be taken for credit toward a Master´s degree; and
 
Whereas, Graduate programs should take a measured stance toward the inclusion of undergraduate-level courses within Master´s degree curricula; and
 
Whereas, Upper-Division General Education courses are intended to fulfill breadth requirements in baccalaureate degree programs; and
 
Whereas, Graduate programs should have an opportunity to revise the numerical designations of their courses to come into compliance with the new Course Numbering System; therefore,
 
Be it resolved that, The Academic Senate of Cal State San Marcos recommends Presidential adoption of the following policy on the Use of Undergraduate Courses in Master´s Degree Programs, with implementation scheduled for the 2000-01 academic year:
 
Master´s students may not count any course at the 300-level or lower toward fulfillment of Master´s degree requirements, nor may courses which bear General Education credit be counted toward Master´s degree requirements.
 
Only with prior, case-by-case approval of the graduate program offering the degree may Master´s students, on an individual basis, count a 400-level, non-General Education course toward the Master´s degree requirements.
 
Under no circumstances may a Master´s student apply more than nine (9) units of 400-level coursework toward fulfillment of Master´s degree requirements.
 
And be it further resolved that, Graduate programs be notified of this policy upon its adoption and be advised to file any course and/or program changes needed in order to ensure compliance with this policy.