Graduate Courses

Graduate credit may be earned in the following courses:

  • 8000-level courses, which are for doctoral students only
  • 6900- and 7000-level courses, which are open to graduate students (see Graduate Courses for Undergraduates). At least one-half of the credits applied toward the master’s degree must be earned in courses in the 6900- and 7000-series. The institution’s policy and practice assure that at least 50% of courses applied to a graduate program are courses designed for graduate work, rather than undergraduate courses credited toward a graduate degree. (Cf. Criterion 3.A.1 and 2.)
  • Upper-division undergraduate swing courses (5800-level), in which the student may en­roll for graduate credit only

Only certain upper-division undergraduate courses may be taken for graduate credit. Those in this category are listed in the Courses section of this catalog. To earn graduate credit in an upper-division course, the student must be admitted to the College of Graduate Studies before the course is taken. Graduate students in undergraduate courses that offer graduate credit will be required to pursue the subject matter in greater depth than the undergraduate student.

Graduate students may register for 4000-level or lower courses, but these courses do not apply toward the requirements of a graduate degree. Although the grades received and semester hours for such courses appear on the student’s record, the hours and quality points are not included in the student’s cumulative totals.


A seminar generally consists of a group of advanced students studying a subject with a pro­fessor, each making some pertinent contribution and all exchanging results through informal lec­tures, reports, and discussions.