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GC-100 Graduate Council

 

GCAC - Graduate Council Academic Policies, Procedures, Forms, Guidelines

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GCAC-100 Graduate Faculty

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GCAC-200 Program and Curricular Policies

 

Policy

Procedures, Forms, and Guidelines

GCAC-201

Graduate Council Scholarly and Professional Goals for All Graduate Students

 

GCAC-202

Graduate Credits

 

GCAC-203

Course-Numbering System
(see Course-Numbering System paragraph)

 

GCAC-204

Graduate Course Definitions - 500- vs. 800-Level Courses

 

GCAC-205

Concurrent Offering of Graduate and Non-graduate Courses

 

GCAC-206

Graduate Program Proposal Procedures

Overview of the Graduate Council Curricular Review Process

Developing Graduate Program Proposals

Graduate Course Proposal Submission

Curriculum Review & Consultation System (CRCS)

Graduate Council Program, Option, or Minor Proposal Form

GCAC-207

Options

 

GCAC-208

Dual-Title Graduate Degree Programs

 

GCAC-209

Concurrent Degrees

Concurrent Graduate Degree Programs Plan of Study - Instructions and Fillable Form (PDF)|(DOC)

GCAC-210

Integrated Undergraduate-Graduate (IUG) Degree Programs

Integrated Undergraduate/Graduate Semester Report (PDF)|(DOC)

Request for an Undergraduate Student to Take 500-Level Courses (PDF)|(DOC)

IUG/Joint Degree Career Swap Form (PDF)|(DOC)

GCAC-211

Joint Degree Programs

Joint Medical/Master's Semester Report (PDF)|(DOC)

Joint Medical/PhD Semester Report (PDF)|(DOC)

GCAC-212

Postbaccalaureate Credit Certificate Programs

Curriculum Review & Consultation System (CRCS)

GCAC-213

Residency and Related Policies for Off-Campus Degree Programs

Extended and Off-Campus Graduate Degree Programs

Extended Review Process for Limited Off-Campus Course Offerings - FORM

Reporting Checklist for Programs Approved to Be Offered Off-site/Online

GCAC-214

Collaborative Graduate Education Programs with Institutions Outside the US

 
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GCAC-300 General Admissions Standards


General Information
 

 

General Admissions Standards

 

Policy

Procedures, Forms, and Guidelines

GCAC-301

Qualifications
(see Qualifications paragraph)

 

GCAC-302

Classification of Students

 

GCAC-303

Provisional Admission
(see Admissions paragraph)

 

GCAC-304

Nondegree Admission
(see Nondegree Admission paragraph)

 

GCAC-305

International Students
(see International Students paragraph)

 

GCAC-306

Residency Classification for Tuition Purposes

 

GCAC-307

Policy on Second Doctorates
(See Second Doctorates paragraph)

 

GCAC-308

English Proficiency
(see English Proficiency paragraph)

 

GCAC-309

Transfer Courses (General)

 

GCAC-310

Transfer Credit

Transfer of Credit From an External Institution (PDF)|(DOC)

Transfer of Penn State Nondegree Graduate Credits to Penn State Graduate Degree (PDF) |

Transfer of Graduate Course From Penn State Undergraduate Transcript to Penn State Degree Graduate Program (PDF)|(DOC)

Transfer of Penn State College of Medicine Credits to Penn State Graduate Degree Program (PDF)|(DOC)

Transfer of Penn State Law Credits to Penn State Graduate Degree Program (PDF)|(DOC)

Transfer of Penn State Law Credits to Penn State School of International Affairs Graduate Program (PDF)|(DOC)

GCAC-311

Postdoctoral Fellows, Scholars, and Guest of the University
(see Postdoctoral Fellows, Scholars, and Guests of the University paragraph)

 

GCAC-312

Resume Study[1]

Resume Study/Change of Graduate Degree or Major

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GCAC-400 Grades

 

Policy

Procedures, Forms, and Guidelines

GCAC-401

Grading System and Corrected Grades for Graduate Students

 

GCAC-402

Pass/Fail Grading

 
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GCAC-500 Registration

 

Policy

Procedures, Forms, and Guidelines

GCAC-501

Course load and Enrollment Status 

 

GCAC-502

Course loads – Graduate Assistants

 

GCAC-503

Course loads – international
(see International Students paragraph)

 

GCAC-504

Auditing a course
(see Visiting and Auditing Classes paragraph)

 

GCAC-505

Intent to Graduate

 

GCAC-506

Withdrawal

Withdrawal Process

Withdrawal Form

GCAC-507

Undergraduate Students Taking Graduate Courses
(see Undergraduate Students paragraph)

Request for an Undergraduate Student to Take 500-or 800-Level Courses (PDF)|(DOC)

GCAC-508

Undergraduate Student
(see Undergraduate Students paragraph)

 
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GCAC-600 Research Degree Requirements

Research Doctoral Degree Requirements - General[3]

 

Policies

Procedures, Forms, and Guidelines

GCAC-600-A

Admission (to Candidacy)
(see Admission paragraph)

 

GCAC-600-B

Satisfactory Scholarship
(see Satisfactory Scholarship paragraph)

 

GCAC-600-C

Grade-Point Average
(see Grade-Point Average paragraph)

 

GCAC-600-D

Time Limitation
(see Time Limitation paragraph)

 

GCAC-600-E

English Competence
(see Competencies paragraph)

 

GCAC-600-F

Communication and Foreign Language Competence
(see Competencies paragraph)

 

GCAC-600-G

Candidacy Examination
(see Candidacy Examination  section)

 

GCAC-600-H

Dual title

 

GCAC-600-I

Advisers and Doctoral Committees (Introduction)
(see Advisers and Doctoral Committees section)

 

GCAC-600-J

Doctoral Committee
(see Advisers and Doctoral Committees section)

 

GCAC-600-K

Special Member of a Doctoral Committee
(see Advisers and Doctoral Committees section)

 

GCAC-600-L

Chair (of Doctoral Committee)
(see Advisers and Doctoral Committees section)

 

GCAC-600-M

Responsibilities of Doctoral Committees
(see Advisers and Doctoral Committees section)

 

GCAC-600-N

Advisers and Doctoral Committees
(see Advisers and Doctoral Committees section)

 

GCAC-600-O

Doctoral Examination Requirements (General)
(see Doctoral Examination Requirements section)

 

GCAC-600-P

Comprehensive Examination
(see Doctoral Examination Requirements section)

Request for Letter of Certification (PDF)|(DOC)

GCAC-600-Q

Final Oral Examination
(see Doctoral Examination Requirements section)

Request for Letter of Certification (PDF)|(DOC)

GCAC-600-R

Dissertation Acceptance
(see Dissertation Acceptance section)

Thesis and Dissertation Information

 

Ph.D. Degree —Additional Specific Requirements

 

Policies

Procedures, Forms, and Guidelines

GCAC-600-S

Residence Requirement
(see Residence Requirement paragraph)

 

GCAC-600-T

Continuous Registration
(see Continuous Registration paragraph)

 

GCAC-600-U

Minor Field
(see Minor Field paragraph)

Request to Add Graduate Minor (PDF)|(DOC)

GCAC-600-V

Dissertation
(see Dissertation paragraph)

Thesis and Dissertation Information

 

Research Master’s Degree (MA, MS) Requirements - General[4]

 

Policies

Procedures, Forms, and Guidelines

GCAC-600-AA

Master’s Degree Requirements

 

GCAC-600-BB

Grade-Point Average
(See Grade-Point Average section)

 

GCAC-600-CC

Time Limitation
(see Time Limitation section)

 

GCAC-600-DD

Admission
(see Admission section)

 

GCAC-600-EE

Dual Title

 

GCAC-600-FF

Advising
(see Advising section)

 

GCAC-600-GG

Residency Requirements
(see Residency Requirements section)

 

GCAC-600-HH

Examinations
(see Examinations section)

 

 

Research Master’s (MA, MS) Degrees - Additional Specific Requirements

 

Policies

Procedures, Forms, and Guidelines

GCAC-600-II

Additional Specific Requirements

 

GCAC-600-JJ

Master’s Minor
(see Master's Minor section)

 

GCAC-600-KK

Culminating Experience

 

GCAC-600-LL

Thesis Submission
(see Thesis/Dissertation Submission paragraph)

Thesis and Dissertation Information

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GCAC-700 Professional Degree Requirements

Professional Doctoral Degree Requirements - General[6]

 

Policies

Procedures, Forms, and Guidelines

GCAC-700-A

Admission (to Candidacy)

 

GCAC-700-B

Satisfactory Scholarship

 

GCAC-700-C

Grade-Point Average

 

GCAC-700-D

Time Limitation

 

GCAC-700-E

English Competency

 

GCAC-700-F

Communication and Foreign Language Competence

 

GCAC-700-G

Candidacy Examination

 

GCAC-700-H

Dual title

 

GCAC-700-I

Advisers and Doctoral Committees (Introduction)

 

GCAC-700-J

Doctoral Committee

 

GCAC-700-K

Special Member of a Doctoral Committee

 

GCAC-700-L

Chair (of Doctoral Committee)

 

GCAC-700-M

Responsibilities of Doctoral Committees

 

GCAC-700-N

Advisers and Doctoral Committees

 

GCAC-700-O

Doctoral Examination Requirements (General)

 

GCAC-700-P

Comprehensive Examination

 

GCAC-700-Q

Final Oral Examination / Performance

 

GCAC-700-R

Dissertation Acceptance (D.Ed.)

Thesis and Dissertation Information

 

Professional Doctoral Degrees - Additional Specific Requirements

 

Policies

Procedures, Forms, and Guidelines

GCAC-700-S

D.Ed.

Doctor of Education Graduation Check Sheet (PDF)|

GCAC-700-T

Residence Requirement
(see Residence Requirement paragraph)

 

GCAC-700-U

Dissertation
(see Disseration paragraph)

Thesis and Dissertation Information

GCAC-700-V

D.M.A.

 

GCAC-700-W

Final Performance
(see Final Performance paragraph)

 

GCAC-700-X

D.N.P.

 

GCAC-700-Y

Dr.P.H.

 

 

Professional Master’s Degree Requirements - General[7]

 

Policies

Procedures, Forms, and Guidelines

GCAC-700-AA

Master’s Degree Requirements

 

GCAC-700-BB

Grade-Point Average

 

GCAC-700-CC

Time Limitation

 

GCAC-700-DD

Admission

 

GCAC-700-EE

Dual Title

 

GCAC-700-FF

Advising

 

GCAC-700-GG

Residency Requirements

 

GCAC-700-HH

Examinations

 

 

Professional Master’s Degree -- Additional Specific Requirements

 

Policies

Procedures, Forms, and Guidelines

GCAC-700-II

M.Acc.

 

GCAC-700-JJ

M.Arch.

 

GCAC-700-KK

M.A.S.

 

GCAC-700-LL

M.B.A.

 

GCAC-700-MM

M.BIOT.

 

GCAC-700-NN

M.Ed.

 

GCAC-700-OO

M.E.M.

 

GCAC-700-PP

M.Eng.

 

GCAC-700-QQ

M.E.P.C.

 

GCAC-700-RR

M.F.A.

 

GCAC-700-SS

M.Fin.

 

GCAC-700-TT

M.G.I.S.

 

GCAC-700-UU

M.H.A.

 

GCAC-700-VV

M.I.A.

 

GCAC-700-WW

M.L.A.

 

GCAC-700-XX

M.L.D.

 

GCAC-700-YY

M.M.M.

 

GCAC-700-ZZ

M.Mus.

 

GCAC-700-AAA

M.M.E.

 

GCAC-700-BBB

M.P.A.

 

GCAC-700-CCC

M.P.Acc.

 

GCAC-700-DDD

M.P.H.

 

GCAC-700-EEE

M.P.M.

 

GCAC-700-FFF

M.P.S.

 

GCAC-700-GGG

M.S.E.

 

GCAC-700-HHH

M.S.N.

 
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GCAC-800 Student Conduct and Performance

 

Policies

Procedures, Forms, and Guidelines

GCAC-801

Conduct (Appendix 1)

 

GCAC-802

Procedures for Resolutions of Problems (Appendix 2)

 

GCAC-803

Procedures for Termination of the Degree Program of a Graduate Student for Unsatisfactory Scholarship (Appendix 3)

 

GCAC-804

Procedures for Termination of Assistantships due to Inadequate Performance(Appendix 4)

 

GCAC-805

Unsatisfactory Scholarship
(see Unsatisfactory Scholarship section)

 
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GCAC-900 Other Policies Impacting Graduate Students

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University Policies/Procedures Related to Graduate Education


[1] No corresponding policy

[2] Research Degree Requirements are undergoing review by the Graduate Council Committee on Academic Standards, and have been assigned temporary numbers.

[3] A the current time there is a single set of general doctoral degree requirements for both research (PhD) and professional (DEd, DrPH, DNP, DMA) degrees. The Graduate Council Committee on Academic Standards intends to replace these general requirements with separate specific requirements for research vs professional doctoral degrees in the near future. Individual temporary letter designations have been assigned until the review is complete.

[4] A the current time there is a single set of general master’s degree requirements for both research (MA, MS) and professional (MBA, MEng, MPH, etc.) master’s degrees. The Graduate Council Committee on Academic Standards intends to replace these general requirements with separate specific requirements for research vs professional master’s degrees in the near future. Individual temporary letter designations have been assigned until the review is complete.

[5] Professional Degree Requirements are slated for review by the Graduate Council Committee on Academic Standards. Individual temporary letter designations have been assigned until the review is complete.

[6] A the current time there is a single set of general doctoral degree requirements for both research (PhD) and professional (DEd, DrPH, DNP, DMA) degrees. The Graduate Council Committee on Academic Standards intends to replace these general requirements with separate specific requirements for research vs professional doctoral degrees in the near future.Individual temporary letter designations have been assigned until the review is complete.

[7] A the current time there is a single set of general doctoral degree requirements for both research (MA/MS) and professional (M.Ed., M.Eng., M.B.A., etc.) master’s degrees. The Graduate Council Committee on Academic Standards intends to replace these general requirements with separate specific requirements for research vs professional mater’s degrees in the near future. Individual temporary letter designations have been assigned until the review is complete.

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