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Graduate Studies Policies

For a complete listing of policies and procedures, please refer to the current edition of the WSC General and Graduate Catalog.

Academic Load

The maximum load of graduate credit hours for graduate students, without special permission, is 9 hours during regular sessions; students should consult with their advisor and Dean concerning enrollment limits for individual summer sessions.  A graduate student who wishes to register for more than the maximum number should consult with his/her advisor, then contact the appropriate School office for approval and forward that information to the Office of Records and Registration. Full-time status for graduate students is 9 credit hours.

Graduation

Students must file an Application for Graduation with the Graduate Office no later than the end of the second week of the semester in which they intend to graduate. All other requirements, including completion of in-progress grades from previous terms, must be met by the end of the sixth week of the semester of graduation.

Summer graduates are eligible to participate in the May or December commencement ceremony. Summer graduates desiring to participate in the May commencement must file an Application for Graduation with the Graduate Office no later than the end of the second week of the spring semester.

Once a student’s name appears in a commencement program, their name will not be listed again in any subsequent commencement programs, nor will the student be able to participate in any upcoming commencement exercises.

Students must have a cumulative graduate GPA of 3.00 or better to graduate. Graduate degrees carry no honors designation.

Grades

The work in a course graded "IP" must be completed within six months of the end of the term in which the grade was initially awarded except for graduating students who must have all previous "IP's" removed by the end of the sixth week of the semester of graduation. "IP's" received in the semester of graduation must be removed within two weeks after the graduation date.

A minimum overall average of “B” (3.00 on a 4.00 scale) will be required of all graduate students. This average is based on all of the WSC courses attempted. In computing this average, no WSC grade below a “C” will be accepted toward the completion of the advanced degree. A “C-“ is not acceptable. A course receiving an S/NC grade cannot be used in a Master's or Specialist degree program.

Satisfactory Progress

Graduate students working on a graduate degree must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 to continue in good standing. Graduate students who do not maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 will be placed on probation for the next six credit hours. If they fail to raise their GPA to a 3.0, they will be removed from their program. Appeals may be made to the appropriate School office and subsequently to the Graduate Council.

Student Appeals Process

The policy-making body for the graduate program is the Graduate Council, which is responsible to the Graduate Faculty. Recommendations for degree requirements and curriculum originate with the Graduate Council, subject to review by the Graduate Faculty, and require action by the President and the Board of Trustees of Nebraska State Colleges.

Students who wish to appeal a decision or action must approach the following people/groups in this order: Department Chair, the appropriate Committee within the School (MBA students-MBA Appeals Committee, MSE and Ed.S. students-Professional Progress Committee, MSOM students-MSOM Appeals Committee), the Dean, the Graduate Council (through the appropriate School office), and finally the Vice President for Academic Affairs. The decision reached by the Vice President for Academic Affairs is final.

Time Limit

Commencing with the date of the first course registration, all requirements for the degree must be met within seven calendar years. Courses can be no more than 7 years old at the time of graduation.

Total Credits and Residence

A minimum of 30 to 60 credit hours, depending upon the program, must be completed.

The graduate student must complete at least 50% of the course work from WSC faculty to meet the residency requirement.

A maximum of three hours of workshop credit (568) can be included on a program of study.

At least half of the total graduate credits shall be in 600-level courses.

Transcripts

For information on transcripts, please visit the Transcripts page.

Transfer Credit

Credit that has been applied toward an earned degree from any college will not be accepted for advanced studies for a master's degree at WSC. At least half (50%) of the total graduate credits shall be in 600-level courses.

A request to transfer credit may be completed by the student and the advisor. A committee of graduate faculty will review the request. Wayne State College will consider for transfer credit courses from any regionally accredited institution. The graduate student must complete at least 50% of the course work from WSC faculty to meet the residency requirement. Courses can be no more than 7 years old at the time of graduation.

Graduate students may petition to challenge for credit and/or evaluation of transfer credit, not to exceed the established transfer guidelines, with the approval of the appropriate program faculty, department chair, Director of Graduate Studies and the Dean of Education and Counseling, the Dean of Business and Technology, or the Dean of Natural and Social Sciences.

MBA Program: A maximum of nine graduate credits (15 from another Nebraska State College or University), subject to evaluation by the Director of the MBA program and Dean of Business and Technology, may be transferred from another regionally accredited graduate institution and applied toward a degree. Only transfer credit of a “B” grade or better is accepted. A “B-“ is not acceptable. Credit that has been applied toward another earned degree from any college is not accepted for advanced study. Credit earned through correspondence courses is not accepted.

MSE/Ed.S. Program: A maximum of 18 graduate credits, subject to evaluation by the Director of Graduate Studies and the Dean of Education and Counseling, may be transferred from another regionally accredited graduate institution and applied toward a degree from this College. Only transfer credit of “B” grade or better will be accepted. A “B-“ is not acceptable. No more than one-half of the course work for the education core may be transfer credit, except in programs defined by a specific articulation agreement. For more information on articulation agreements, contact the Dean of the School of Education and Counseling.

MSOM Program: A maximum of nine graduate credits (15 from another Nebraska University or 18 from the Nebraska State Colleges), subject to evaluation by the Dean of Natural and Social Sciences and the appropriate graduate committee, may be transferred from another regionally accredited graduate institution and applied toward a degree. Only transfer credit of a “B” grade or better is accepted. A “B-“ is not acceptable. Credit that has been applied towards another earned degree from any college is not accepted for advanced study. Credit earned through correspondence courses is not accepted.