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Can I take graduate courses towards a graduate degree while still an undergrad?

Michigan Tech does allow this under Senior Rule (see the Registrar’s web page for up-to-date details).

As of 2015, these were the rules:

While finishing an undergraduate degree, students are allowed to take courses which could apply to a graduate degree. However, a course cannot be applied to both a graduate and an undergraduate degree.

A Senior Rule form must be completed and submitted to the Registrar’s Office by Wednesday of week 2 for the course semester. Upon submission, the student’s academic record will be changed to show graduate status for the course designated. Once the academic record has been changed to show graduate status for a particular course, it cannot be changed back to count toward an undergraduate degree.

Senior Rule Guidelines

  • A student so enrolled and carrying 6 credits or more in 5000 or 6000 level courses may carry no more than 16 credits of course work per semester.
  • The total number of Senior Rule credits may not exceed one-third of the required non-research course credits.
  • Courses taken under senior rule are not eligible for undergraduate Federal aid.
  • See Financial Aid enrollment requirements for additional requirements.

Note that the School of Business has set 6 credits as a maximum of Senior Rule credits that may be applied to the MBA (per Sonya Goltz, 2007).

 


I am planning to graduate next semester. What do I need to do?

Congratulations!!  All of your hard work is about to pay off.

The semester before your final semester you need to do the following three things:

  1. Review your online degree audit on Banweb.  It is important to realize that while the online degree audit is very convenient to use, you should not just blindly trust everything that it does.  That is because it does not always place your classes in the best spot on your audit.  If you find any problems or have questions about your online degree audit then schedule an appointment with the ChE academic advisor.
  2. Apply for graduation.  This application is online on the Registrar’s Office webpage.  Under Students, click on Graduation.  The link to the Application for Graduation is on this page.
  3. Once you have registered for classes for your final semester complete a final review of your online degree audit.  At this point all of the areas on your audit should be green, meaning complete, with RGIP (registered in-progress) classes.  The only areas that should be red are the last two sections on your audit:  Repeated Courses: and Courses not used to complete degree requirements:, which are always red.  If you find any problems with your audit then schedule an appointment with the ChE academic advisor.

Can I have less than 12 credits in my last semester?

That depends.  As an undergraduate student you must have at least 12 credit to be considered full-time.  Does your health insurance require you to be a full-time student?  Are you paying for school using scholarships or loans that require you to be a full-time student?  Are you an international student that needs to be a full-time student for your visa?

It used to be common for health insurance rules to require you to be a full-time student, however that is not always the case anymore.  You will need to check with your health care provider to see what are your current requirements.

Just about everyone’s financial aid (this includes both scholarships and loans) is different.  Some student have told me that their financial aid was able to be prorated, but that will depend on which scholarships and loans you have.  Some students who are paying with loans and already have a job offered lined up have chosen to use their 6-month grace period during their last semester. It is important to set up an appointment with the Financial Aid Office to figure out what is best for you.

If you are an international student there is a form that you can fill out that allows you to have less than 12 credits in your final semester and still meet your visa requirements.  For more information contact the International Programs and Services Office.