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Section 9. Distribution of Courses

9.10 Master's Programs
9.20 Doctoral Programs
9.30 Approval of Programs

9.10 Master's Programs

9.11. All courses taken for program credit must be at the graduate level. All courses in the Program of Study deemed to carry research, independent study, or directed study credits must be at the 500 level. No more than half of the remaining credits in the Program of Study can be at the 400 level, and the remainder must be at the 500 or 600 level. As an example, in a Program of Study with a total of 30 credits, 6 of which are for master's research credits, only 12 credits or fewer of 400-level coursework can be included.

9.12. Courses taken by graduate students at or below the 300 level are automatically considered as taken for no program credit. Where such courses are considered as entrance or background deficiencies, they may be required of graduate students and listed on the Program of Study under "No Program Credit". They cannot under any circumstances be included in that section of the Program of Study which is to satisfy degree requirements, nor can they be included in calculating the cumulative average required for graduation. Required "No Program Credit" courses must be replaced or repeated unless a grade of C or better is received for 500- and 600-level courses, or B- or higher is received for 400-level courses. Courses at or below the 300 level may also be freely elected by graduate students without inclusion in the Program of Study and without affecting their cumulative average.

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9.20 Doctoral Programs

9.21. For students who have received the master's degree in the same field of study or in a closely related field, all coursework beyond the master's degree towards the doctorate must be at the 500 or 600 level. For students who have not been awarded the master's degree by the time they enroll in Graduate School, a maximum of 12 credits within the minimum of 72 credits required for the Ph.D. may be taken at the 400 level. All other work for program credit must be at the 500 or 600 level.

9.22. Doctoral Programs of Study may include additional required courses at the 400 level or below in the section of "No Program Credit". Such courses cannot be included in calculating the cumulative average required for graduation, although the course must be repeated or replaced unless a grade of B- or higher is received.

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9.30 Approval of Programs

9.31. Programs of Study and program changes must be approved by the major professor and Graduate Program Director in master's programs, by the program committee and Graduate Program Director in doctoral programs, and by the Dean of the Graduate School in all cases. Programs of Study not consistent with the policies outlined earlier in Section 9 will be considered only after submission of a written justification and evaluation of each individual case.

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