Academic Policies and Regulations
Academic Policy Information | Student Responsibilities | Student Conduct
Responsible Conduct of Research / Intellectual and Scholarship Integrity
Academic Integrity of Students | Disruption of Academic Process | Student Academic Grievance Procedure
Graduate Catalog | Assistantships | Enrollment Requirements
Academic Standards and Grades | Change of Graduate Degree Program | Accelerated Program Guidelines
Dual Degree Programs | Off-Campus Courses and Programs
Academic Policy Information
For USF Regulations refer to http://regulationspolicies.usf.edu/regulations/current-regulations.asp
For USF Policies refer to http://regulationspolicies.usf.edu/policies-and-procedures/policy-procedures.asp
The University, the Colleges, and the degree programs have established certain academic requirements that must be met before a degree is granted. While advisors, directors, department chairpersons, and deans are available to assist the student meet these requirements, it is ultimately the responsibility of the student to be acquainted with all policies and regulations, and be responsible for completing requirements. If requirements for graduation have not been satisfied, the degree will not be granted. The information presented here represents the University Academic Policies. Colleges and departments may have additional requirements. Check with your College Graduate Coordinator or your Department Program Director for more information. Courses, programs, and requirements described in the Catalog may be suspended, deleted, restricted, supplemented, or changed at any time at the sole discretion of the University and the Board of Trustees. For a list of current course descriptions, refer to the
USF Course Inventory database online at:
Members of the University community support high standards of individual conduct and human relations. Responsibility for one’s own conduct and respect for the rights of others are essential conditions for academic and personal freedom within the University. USF reserves the right to deny admission or refuse enrollment to students whose actions are contrary to the purposes of the University or impair the welfare or freedom of other members of the University community. Disciplinary procedures are followed when a student fails to exercise responsibility in an acceptable manner or commits an offense as outlined in the Student Conduct Code. Refer to the USF 6.0021, Student Code of Conduct at
Responsible Conduct of Research
Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) is a critical element in training for scholarship. USF has information about RCR available online at: www.grad.usf.edu/rcr.php Effective Spring 2013, the Office of Graduate Studies requires all new doctoral students to have basic RCR training by completing the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) module most relevant to the student's program of study. The CITI modules have been designed to introduce researchers to various elements of research conduct ranging from research misconduct to data management to mentoring. As this is a minimum requirement, specific doctoral programs may require training that goes beyond the basic components introduced in this module. Graduate Programs that have received Office of Graduate Studies approval for rigorous RCR training consistent with disciplinary standards and practices may exempt their students from the CITI requirement. Students must complete the module, or provide evidence of previous qualified RCR training to their Program Director and Office of Graduate Studies, in the first semester enrolled in a doctoral program. Previous RCR training should have been completed within the past year. Students will be unable to register for courses in a future semester until successful fulfillment of this RCR requirement. Once the training is completed, the Registration hold will be lifted.
Intellectual and Scholarship Integrity
Shared Authorship and Research Education Policy
USF contains a broad range of academic programs in diverse disciplines, and the USF faculty recognize that the conventions on shared authorship and credit for scholarship vary among disciplines. In general, sharing in authorship implies both substantive intellectual contributions to the work and also approval of the work as it appears in public. Right to authorship credit is not automatically conveyed by being the instructor of a course, being a student's major professor, or being a research assistant working with faculty and professional researchers; neither is credit automatically prohibited because of such status.
Each college/program that includes research education shall include an explicit discussion of shared authorship issues and disciplinary conventions as part of the formal curriculum addressing research methods and ethics, including the conventions of the discipline's publications. In addition, each college or program shall have a formal statement about shared authorship made available to students (such as on a college or program website) or given to students at the same time as they are given notice about other program and college expectations.
Each college/program shall also have a written procedure for resolving questions or conflicts about shared authorship where students are involved. The college and program may use the same procedure for resolving questions for non‐student employees, but the procedure for resolving questions or conflicts involving students must address the educational needs of students (e.g., explicitly asking about the nature of the research methods and ethics education as experienced by a student involved in the case at hand).
This written procedure must be made available to students (such as on a college or program website) or given to students at the same time as they are given notice about other program and university expectations.
Academic Integrity of Students
Reference USF Regulation 3.027 -
To read the entire Regulation, go to: http://regulationspolicies.usf.edu/regulations/pdfs/regulation-usf3.027.pdf or http://regulationspolicies.usf.edu/regulations/current-regulations2.asp Please note the sections that specifically pertain to graduate students.
Disruption of Academic Process
Reference: USF Regulation 3.025
To read the entire Regulation, go to: http://regulationspolicies.usf.edu/regulations/pdfs/regulation-usf3.025.pdf
Student Academic Grievance Procedure
Reference: USF 10.002 Student Academic Grievance Procedure
To read the procedure, go to http://regulationspolicies.usf.edu/policies-and-procedures/pdfs/policy-10-002.pdf
For matters that are not academic in nature, reference USF 30-053 Student Grievance Processes and Non-Academic Grievance Policy (http://regulationspolicies.usf.edu/policies-and-procedures/pdfs/policy-30-053.pdf)
- Students cannot choose a USF Catalog published prior to admission (or readmission) or during an academic year in which they did not complete at least two terms. If a student is dropped from the system and must be reinstated, the student’s choice of Catalog is limited to the USF Catalog in effect at the time of readmission or any one Catalog published during their continuous re-enrollment.
- If state law or certification requirements change, the student must comply with the most current standard or criteria.
- If the College or Department makes fundamental changes to the program that necessitates changes in the degree requirements of enrolled students, the needs of those students will be explicitly addressed in the proposal for change and scrutinized by the Office of Graduate Studies.
- USF policies and procedures not related to degree requirements such as academic grievance procedures, student conduct code and other procedural processes and definitions may be updated each year and the student will be held to the most current catalog and procedures available.
- USF does not commit itself to offer all the courses, programs, and majors listed in this Catalog. If the student cannot meet all of the graduation requirements specified in the Catalog of choice as a result of decisions and changes made by the University, appropriate substitutions will be determined by the program to ensure that the student is not penalized.
- Accepted in a graduate degree program;
- Maintain an overall minimum grade point average (GPA) and degree program GPA of 3.00;
- Enrolled full-time during the semester(s) appointed as a graduate assistant.
- For Teaching Assistants, demonstrate proficiency in spoken English (if student is not from an English speaking country)
- Maintain an overall minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) in all courses taken as a graduate student, and
- Maintain an overall minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) in all courses taken in each of the student's degree-seeking programs.
- the majority of the student's work for a course has been completed before the end of the semester the work that has been completed must be qualitatively satisfactory
- the student has requested consideration for an “I” grade as soon as possible but no later than the last day of finals week.
The USF Tampa Graduate Catalog, including college and program requirements, and program and course descriptions, is available on the web at http://www.grad.usf.edu. Each Catalog is published and in effect for the academic term(s) noted on the title page.
Student’s Program Degree Requirements
In order to graduate, students must meet all requirements specified in the USF Catalog of their choice, except as noted below. As the University is dynamic, changes and updates to the catalog are anticipated. In contract to program requirements, which are tied to a specific catalog, all students must comply with University policies and procedures that come into effect each catalog year.
Although it is ultimately the responsibility of the student to be acquainted with all policies and regulations, and be responsible for completing requirements, the Advisor's role is to guide students in all aspects of their academic program and to monitor and evaluate students' progress toward their degrees. He/she should be aware of any difficulties that students may be facing in their coursework or research experiences and should work with students in resolving these issues. It is recommended that the advisor and student understand each other's expectations and that effective means of communication are established. The advisor and student are encouraged to meet at appropriate intervals to critically evaluate the student's progress. These meetings may be requested by the student or the advisor. The advisor also has the obligation to express to the student any concerns he/she may have regarding the student's performance, to stipulate the level and quality of work expected, and to offer suggestions leading to student success. As such, the advisor neither gives the student excessive guidance nor allows the student to struggle needlessly. The goal of this relationship is to foster student independence, which results in successful completion of the program of study.
Student’s Program of Study
In addition to the graduate degree program requirements as specified in the Graduate Catalog, each student should have a written, flexible program of study that includes the student's choice of Catalog year, choice of concentration, cognate, or other options available in the degree program, and a tentative identification of other appropriate choices available to the student in the program, which may (but does not need to) include specific courses. A program of study is not a guarantee that specific courses will be available in a specific semester or that statutory and regulatory requirements will not change during the student's enrollment in the program. As required or appropriate, the program of study should be revisited and modified by the student and the student's advisor/major professor(s).
Where procedures described in this catalog require signatures, requirements for original signatures may be satisfied by University-approved electronic signatures or other secure methods of verifying approval by advisors, major professors, committee members, or other University administrators, faculty, and staff.
Graduate Assistantships (GA), Research Assistantships (RA), and Teaching Assistantships (TA) Graduate Assistantships are intended to recruit quality students to graduate study at USF and to enhance the graduate learning experience. Graduate assistantships exist within academic departments or other university offices on campus. Graduate assistants may teach, conduct research, or perform other tasks that contribute to the student’s professional development. Graduate students may be classified as Graduate Assistants (GAs), Graduate Teaching Assistants/Associates (GTAs), Graduate Instructional Assistants (GIAs), and/or Graduate Research Assistants/Associates (GRAs). All graduate assistants at USF work under a contract negotiated by the Graduate Assistants United (GAU) and the USF Board of Trustees. The GAU is the labor union certified as the exclusive bargaining agent for graduate assistants at USF.
To receive an assistantship, the graduate student must meet the following eligibility requirements:
Graduate Assistants may be appointed up to a maximum of 0.50 FTE for a single assistantship. Programs who desire to appoint a Graduate Student, in any classification, more than 0.50 FTE up to 0.75 FTE, for single or multiple appointments, must submit justification to the Office of Graduate Studies for approval. Students hired in non-GA positions on campus must also not exceed 0.75 FTE for the combined position and assistantship appointments. It is preferred that students refrain from employment outside of the assistantship appointment. Departments may determine the maximum number of semesters for teaching assistantship appointments.
Full-time enrollment is considered nine (9) graduate credit hours in the fall semester, nine (9) graduate credit hours in the spring semester, and six (6) graduate credit hours in the summer semester. If a graduate assistant is enrolled in the last semester of his/her program of study, the number of registered semester hours may be less than the full-time requirement. Graduate assistants must comply with all Office of Graduate Studies enrollment requirements to retain their assistantship as stated in the Office of Graduate Studies Catalog. For specifics regarding Graduate Assistantship requirements, guidelines, and policies, refer to the Graduate Assistants Policies and Guidelines Handbook.
Note - Criminal History Background Checks may be required depending on the appointment - reference USF Policy 0-615 - http://regulationspolicies.usf.edu/policies-and-procedures/pdfs/policy-0-615.pdf
Students receiving Veterans’ Administration benefits should confirm their enrollment requirements with the Office of Veterans’ Services or Veterans’ Coordinator.
Minimum University Regulations
USF Full-Time Student Definition
Students taking a minimum of nine (9) hours toward their degree in the fall or spring semester, or taking a minimum of six (6) hours in the summer semester, will be classified as Full-Time students for academic purposes. Students may take a maximum of eighteen (18) hours in any given semester; exceeding eighteen (18) hours requires a signed program of study or written approval from the College. For financial aid enrollment requirements, contact the Office of Financial Aid - http://usfweb2.usf.edu/finaid/other/enrollment.aspx.
Continuous Enrollment for All Graduate Students
All graduate degree-seeking students must be continuously enrolled. Continuous enrollment is defined as completing, with grades assigned, a minimum of 6 hours of graduate credit every three continuous semesters. Colleges and programs may have additional requirements. Students on an approved leave of absence are not subject to the enrollment requirement for the time approved for the leave. Students who have been Admitted to Doctoral Candidacy must follow the Dissertation Hour Enrollment in place of the Continuous Enrollment requirement as specified here for all graduate students (not in candidacy). See also the Time Limitations Policy.
Readmission Following Non-enrollment
A graduate student who is not registered and enrolled for a minimum of six (6) credits in a 12 month period is automatically placed in non-degree seeking (i.e. inactive) status. Students must be readmitted to the degree program to continue their studies. Readmission is at the discretion of the program and is not guaranteed. Refer to the Readmission Policy in the Graduate Admissions Section for more information.
Enrollment during Comprehensive Exams and Admission to Candidacy
During the term in which students take the comprehensive exams, students must be enrolled for a minimum of two (2) hours of graduate credit. If the exam is taken between semesters, the student must enroll for a minimum of two (2) hours of graduate credit in the semester before or following the exam. Students must also be enrolled for a minimum of two (2) hours of graduate work in the semester of admission to doctoral candidacy.
Students working on a dissertation must enroll for a minimum of two (2) hours of dissertation every semester, starting with the semester following Admission to Doctoral Candidacy, up to and including the semester the dissertation is submitted to and approved by the Office of Graduate Studies. Dissertation hours may apply to the Continuous Enrollment Requirement. Colleges and programs may have additional requirements. Students who are dropped from degree-seeking status and formally readmitted to the program must enroll in a minimum of 5 dissertation hours in the semester that the readmission is effective. Refer to the Readmission Policy in the Graduate Admissions Section for more information.
Enrollment during Semester of Thesis Submission
Students must be enrolled for a minimum of two (2) thesis hours during the semester that the thesis is submitted and approved by the Office of Graduate Studies, usually the semester of graduation. Students not enrolled for the minimum requirement will not have the thesis/dissertation approved and therefore may not be certified for graduation.
Enrollment during Semester of Graduation
Students must be enrolled for a minimum of two (2) graduate hours during the semester of graduation.
Enrollment for Graduate Teaching and Research Assistants
Graduate Teaching and Research Assistants should be full-time students. Exceptions must be approved by the College Dean and the Dean of the Office of Graduate Studies.
Leaves of Absence (LOA)
Leaves of absence may be granted to students under exceptional and unavoidable circumstances. Students requesting a LOA must specify the reasons for the leave, as well as the duration. Requested LOA may be approved for up to two years. Students requiring less than three (3) consecutive terms of absence do not need an approved LOA if they meet the continuous enrollment requirement.
Students with an approved LOA must be enrolled in the first semester after the leave expires. To request an LOA, the student must complete the form available from the Office of Graduate Studies website. The LOA must be approved by the Major Professor, the Program, the College, and the Office of Graduate Studies, and is noted in the student’s record. If the LOA is granted, the time absent does not count against the student’s time limit to obtain the degree.
Students returning from an approved LOA must reactivate their status by contacting the Office of Graduate Studies for procedures. Doctoral candidates returning from a LOA must also have their candidacy status reactivated.
Academic Standards and Grades
Minimum University Requirements
In Good Standing
To be considered a student in good standing, graduate students must
No grade of C- or below will be accepted toward a graduate degree. Students must meet the requirements to be in good standing to graduate. All “I” and “M” grades must be cleared for graduation to be certified. Students who fail to maintain good standing may be placed on probation or academically dismissed.
Grade Point Average (GPA)
The GPA is computed by dividing the total number of quality points by the total number of graded (A-F) hours completed. The total quality points are figured by multiplying the number of credits assigned to each course by the quality point value of the grade given. The GPA is truncated to two decimals (3.48) and is not rounded up.
Credit hours for courses with grades of I, IU, M, MU, N, S, U, Q and grades which are preceded by T (Transfer) are subtracted from the total hours attempted before the GPA is calculated. Graduate students are not eligible for grade forgiveness. All grades earned, regardless of course level, will be posted on the transcript. If a student retakes a course, both grades will be used in the determination of the GPA. Courses taken at USF as non-degree-seeking are not computed in the GPA unless the courses are transferred in and applied to the degree requirements. The program and the college must approve such actions.
Grades for transfer credits accepted toward the degree program will not be counted in the GPA unless the coursework in question was taken as a non-degree-seeking student at USF and meets the requirements stated above (see Institution Based Credit/Transfer of Credit section).
Graduate Grading System
Effective fall semester 2000, graduate and undergraduate grades will be assigned quality points in the Grade Point Average (GPA) grading system. The +/- designation must be included in the syllabus provided at the beginning of the course. The use of the +/- grading system is at the discretion of the instructor. The syllabus policy is available in the office of the Provost.
Letter grade = number of grade points
Failure due to academic dishonesty2
Cancelled Financially (Course was cancelled due to financial reasons)
Cancelled, Missing Grade that has turned to a “U”
Incomplete, grade points not applicable
Incomplete, grade points not applicable
Incomplete, grade points not applicable
Incomplete, grade points not applicable
Incomplete, grade points not applicable*
Missing grade/no grade reported by instructor, grade points not applicable
Audit, grade points not applicable
Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory, grade points not applicable
Withdrawal or drop from course without penalty, grade points not applicable
Continuing registration in multi-semester internship or Thesis/Dissertation courses, grade points not applicable
*Incomplete grade policy change effective fall 08. IF grades earned and posted prior to fall 2008 do calculate in the GPA; IF grades earned as of fall 2008 forward do not calculate in the GPA Refer to Incomplete Grade Policy for more information.
Satisfactory (S)/ Unsatisfactory (U)
Graduate students may not take courses in the major on an S/U (satisfactory / unsatisfactory) basis unless courses are specifically designated S/U in the Catalog. Students may take courses outside of the major on a S/U basis with prior approval of the course professor, major professor or advisor, and the Dean of the College in which the student is seeking a degree. The student may apply a maximum of six (6) hours of such credit (excluding those courses for which S/U is designated in the Catalog) toward a master’s degree. Directed Research, Thesis, and Dissertation courses are designated as variable credit and are graded on an S/U basis only. Before a student begins work under Directed Research, a written agreement must be completed between the student and the professor concerned, setting forth in detail the requirements of the course.
Definition: An Incomplete grade (“I”) is exceptional and granted at the instructor’s discretion only when students are unable to complete course requirements due to illness or other circumstances beyond their control. This applies to all gradable courses, including pass/fail (S/U).
Students may only be eligible for an “I” when:
The student must request consideration for an Incomplete grade and obtain an “I” Grade Contract from the instructor of record. Even though the student may meet the eligibility requirements for this grade, the course instructor retains the right to make the final decision on granting a student's request for an Incomplete. The course instructor and student must complete and sign the “I” Grade Contract Form that describes the work to be completed, the date it is due, and the grade the student would earn factoring in a zero for all incomplete assignments. The due date can be negotiated and extended by student/instructor as long as it does not exceed one semester from the original date grades were due for that course.
The instructor must file a copy of the “I” Grade Contract in the department that offered the course and the Office of Graduate Studies by the date grades are due. The instructor must not require students to either re-register for the course or audit the course in order to complete the “I” grade. Students may register to audit the course, with the instructor’s approval, but cannot re-take the course for credit until the I grade is cleared.
An I grade not cleared within the next academic semester (including summer semester) will revert to the grade noted on the contract. I grades are not computed in the GPA, but the grade noted on the contract will be computed in the GPA, retroactive to the semester the course was taken, if the contract is not fulfilled by the specified date. When the final grade is assigned, if applicable, the student will be placed on academic probation or academically dismissed (refer to Automated Academic Probation Procedures for information). Students cannot be admitted to doctoral candidacy or certified for graduation with an “I” grade.
• student has a “B” in the course, not including the grade for the missing assignment, therefore is eligible for an “I”
• student's grade, including a zero for the missed work, would be an “D”
• student and instructor complete the “I” Grade Contract, assigning an “ID” (Incomplete +D grade)
Deadline Agreed Upon in Contract (e.g. two weeks):*
If the student completes the work as agreed upon in the Contract by the noted deadline
• the instructor of record will submit a change of grade in egrades
• student earns final grade comprised of all completed course work
If the student does not complete the work as agreed upon in the Contract by the noted deadline
• “I” automatically drops off and the grade of “D” remains.
• GPA is recalculated for the current semester and retroactively recalculated for the semester in which the “I” was granted.
*Although the instructor establishes the deadline for completion of the work, the deadline may only extend through the end of the subsequent semester.
The University policy is to issue an M grade automatically when the instructor does not submit any grade for a graduate student. Until it is removed, the M is not computed in the GPA. To resolve the missing grade, students receiving an M grade must contact their instructor. If the instructor is not available, the student must contact the instructor’s department chair. Courses with an M grade may not be applied to the degree program requirements.Students with an M grade will not be admitted to doctoral candidacy until the M grade is resolved..
Continuing Registration Grades (Z)
The Z grade shall be used to indicate continuing registration in multi-semester internship or thesis/dissertation courses where the final grade to be assigned will indicate the complete sequence of courses or satisfactory completion of the thesis/dissertation. Upon satisfactory completion of a multi-semester internship or thesis/dissertation, the final grade assigned will be an S. The Office of Graduate Studies submits the change of grade for the last registration of thesis/dissertation courses once the thesis/dissertation has been accepted for publication.
Note: Graduation will not be certified until all courses have been satisfactorily completed. No grade changes will be processed after the student has graduated except in the case of university error. Procedures requiring petitions are processed through the Office of Graduate Studies.
Any student who is not in good standing at the end of a semester shall be considered on probation as of the following semester. The college or program may also place students on probation for other reasons as designated by the college or program. Notification of probation shall be made to the student in writing by the department, with a copy to the College Dean. At the end of each probationary semester, the department shall recommend, in writing, to the College Dean one of the following:
1. Removal of probation
2. Continued probation; OR
3. Dismissal from the degree program
Students on probation may only enroll in graduate courses (5000-7000
level) that are part of the approved degree program requirements as
specified in the Graduate Catalog. Students with a GPA below 3.00 for two
consecutive semesters will be prevented from registering for courses without
the permission of the College Dean. The College Dean will notify the Dean of
the Office of Graduate Studies in cases of academic dismissal. To be
readmitted, the student will need to reapply for admission, meeting the
admission criteria in place at the time. For information on the Automated
Probation Process go to
A student may withdraw from the university without grade penalty by the University deadline. Information on the different types of withdrawal (i.e., withdrawing from a single class – see the Drop section, an entire semester, or from the degree program itself) can be obtained from the Registrar’s Office. Appropriate alternative calendar dates may apply. Students who withdraw may not continue to attend classes.
Transfer of Credit
With the approval of their graduate degree program,
students may, but are not guaranteed, transfer of graduate-level structured
coursework from regionally accredited institutions; this includes USF System
Institutions. These courses must have grades of B or better to be eligible for
transfer of credit. To ensure compliance with Institutional Enrollment
Requirements (Residency), up to a maximum of 49% of a given graduate degree
program’s minimum hours may be transferred; these hours are reflected in the
individual degree program listings in the USF Graduate Catalog in effect at the
time of initial enrollment for that degree program. For doctoral programs, this
percentage is based on the post-baccalaureate minimums. No coursework may be
transferred that was completed five or more years prior to enrollment in the
graduate degree program.
Acceptance of transfer of credit requires approval of the student’s academic advisor, Graduate Program Director, College Dean or designee, and the Dean of the Office of Graduate Studies or designee. The graduate degree program / department will be responsible for evaluating, approving, and initiating the transfer using established criteria to ensure academic integrity of the coursework. This must be completed and submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies preferably in the first semester, but no later than the second semester the student is enrolled in the graduate degree program. Credits obtained from USF System Institutions will be calculated into the GPA at USF and will be noted on the transcript as the grade earned. Credits from other regionally accredited universities are not calculated into the GPA at USF. Also see Course Currency Policy in Section 5 - Course Information.
- Programs have a choice of conferring degrees simultaneously or
sequentially, but it is recommended that undergraduate degrees are to be
conferred in a timely manner as soon as undergraduate requirements are
- Programs must complete a Program of Study, develop a plan for
academic advising, and tracking of students, including notation of
potential financial aid impact.
• Typically, up to twelve (12) hours of graduate credit may be shared between the graduate and undergraduate degree. Although, with Graduate Council and Office of Graduate Studies approval, programs may offer accelerated programs with more shared credits.
- Typically, a minimum undergraduate GPA of at least 3.33 overall and a
minimum GPA of 3.50 in the major, having taken a minimum of 15 hours in
the undergraduate major are required for students to be admitted to an
accelerated program. With Graduate Council and Office of Graduate
Studies approval, programs may offer accelerated programs with different
GPA requirements. Students must have a minimum of a "B" (3.00) in each
graduate course. Consequences for not obtaining a "B" in each graduate
course must be noted in the Departmental Accelerated Program
- Following completion of a minimum of 15 hours in the undergraduate
major, the student may be considered for acceptance into the Accelerated
Degree program in one of two ways: faculty nomination or student
self-nomination, via submission of the Accelerated Graduate Program
- Programs will review the applications and approve the nomination.
Programs will submit the required paperwork (Accelerated Graduate
Program Admission Form) to officially convert the student to graduate
standing, no later than when the student has reached 90 hours or
Bachelor's degree has been conferred. The application requires approval
from the Graduate Program, College, and Office of Graduate Studies.
What Departments will submit for Curriculum Approval and catalog copy:
ACADEMIC INFORMATION (Catalog Copy):
Accelerated Program Requirements
Accelerated Programs allow academically qualified students to complete an undergraduate Bachelor's degree and a graduate master's degree on an accelerated timeline, graduating sooner than in traditional programs.
Admission Requirements Admission into an Accelerated Program is accomplished in one of two ways:
1) Faculty Nomination
2) Student Self-Application
To be eligible for consideration for an Accelerated Program, students must:
- Have completed a minimum of 15 undergraduate hours in
- Have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.33 overall
- Have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.50 in the major
Accelerated Degree Program Academic Requirements
Each Program will indicate the specific academic requirements, including the up to 12 hours of shared coursework between the undergraduate and graduate degrees. Undergraduate Degree Requirements - specify- Shared Requirements -specify- Graduate Degree Requirements -specify-
Acceptance into the 5 year program is contingent upon final approval by the Dean of the Office of Graduate Studies.
Information for Students
Accelerated Programs allow academically qualified students to complete an undergraduate Bachelor's degree and a graduate degree (typically master's degree) on an accelerated timeline, graduating sooner than in traditional programs. Typically students will complete a portion of the required graduate coursework while classified as an undergraduate student and have it count towards both degrees. As soon as the student completes the undergraduate degree requirements, the student is converted to graduate status, where the remaining graduate requirements are fulfilled. Students interested in pursuing an Accelerated Program must complete an Accelerated Program Application (http://www.grad.usf.edu/inc/linked-files/Accelerated_Program_Application.pdf).
Editor's Note: Although students may be in an Accelerated Program, pursuing a Bachelor's and Master's Degree at the same time, they cannot be in two levels at once.
Dual Degree Designation
A student may pursue two graduate degrees at USF through a formal, approved Dual Degree Designation. The goal is for a student to attain two graduate degrees. (Students pursuing a combined bachelor's and graduate degree are considered to be in an Accelerated Program -see catalog section for information on this separate process.)
A Dual Degree designation - is required for a student pursuing two separate graduate degrees. Either through an established relationship between two degree programs (see 1 below) or through an individualized designation (see 2 below), between 0% and 15% of the total combined credit hours for the two degree programs may be shared, with Department (or equivalent), College, and Office of Graduate Studies approval. With the exception of shared coursework, all other separate degree requirements must be successfully met (e.g. two dissertations, one thesis/one dissertation, projects, exams, etc.), unless approved by Graduate Council. (Note: where a single degree is preferred, refer to the Interdisciplinary Degree Program information below).
Change of Graduate Degree Program
See Change of Graduate Program in the Admissions Section.
Accelerated Program Guidelines
Programs who desire to offer Accelerated Degree Programs must establish guidelines that define the following. The guidelines must then be submitted and approved by the Policy Committee of the Graduate Council. These guidelines are used in the development of a new Accelerated Program.
For Departments Developing an Accelerated Program:
Proposed Programs must meet the Accelerated Program Requirements, as well as follow the best practices listed below:
A student is enrolled in two master's programs, each requiring 30 credits minimum. With approval, the student may share 9 hours (equal to or less than 15%) across the combined 60 total minimum credit hours required. The student would also complete two separate theses.
Once the degree requirements are successfully completed, the degrees may be conferred concurrently or sequentially. However, both degrees must be conferred within the time-limit for the first degree to which the student is admitted.
Application for Dual Degree
Procedures for applying for Dual Degree Designation are available on the Office of Graduate Studies website.
Advising and approval
of a Dual Degree Designation
Dual Degree Designation may be developed in the following ways:
1) an established relationship between two degree
programs formulated through the Department(s) and then formalized
through the College(s), Office of Graduate Studies, and Graduate Council. A
current list of formalized programs with Dual Degree designation may be
found in the Graduate Catalog.
2) formulated by an individual student who is interested in pursuing two degree programs that are not currently a formalized relationship with Dual Degree Designation. Students must request from both programs of interest approval to pursue Dual Degree Designation with those programs. For procedures and the necessary forms, refer to the Office of Graduate Studies website. Note: when a Program has this occur more than three times, the Program should follow the process to formalize that Dual Degree Designation.
Interdisciplinary Degree Programs
A student may pursue a single graduate degree that spans several academic areas.
An Interdisciplinary Degree Program – is defined as a student pursuing a single stand-alone graduate degree, which is offered across two or more graduate degree programs. (Note: where two separate degrees are preferred, refer to the Dual Degree Program information above).
Application to an
Interdisciplinary Degree Program
Students interested in applying for admission to an Interdisciplinary Degree Program follow the established University, College, and Program admission requirements – refer to the Office of Graduate Studies website for specific information for that particular program.
Development of an Interdisciplinary Degree
Interdisciplinary Degree Programs are formalized through the College, Office of Graduate Studies, and Graduate Council and must follow the University requirements for new degree program development, including notation on the Workplan. Procedures for developing an Interdisciplinary Degree Program are available on the Office of Graduate Studies website. For information contact the Office of Graduate Studies.
Procedures for developing an Interdisciplinary Degree Program are available on the Office of Graduate Studies website.
Off-Campus Courses and Programs
Graduate courses and programs are offered at locations other than the Tampa, Sarasota, St. Petersburg, and Lakeland campuses. Information on course enrollment procedures for off-campus courses and programs may be obtained from the College in which the courses or programs are offered.
1 These policies apply to Graduate Students (students admitted to a graduate degree program or graduate certificate, and/or non-degree seeking students taking graduate coursework). Undergraduate students should refer to Section (4) and (5) Violations and Sanctions for Undergraduate Students.
2 Graduate Students who receive an FF will be academically dismissed from the University and will not be eligible to apply to any graduate program at USF. See section on Academic Dishonesty and Office of Graduate Studies Policy on Academic Integrity for more information.
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