Graduate students neither lose the rights nor escape the responsibilities of citizenship through enrollment at FSU. It is expected that Graduate students will conduct themselves professionally and honorably throughout their association with FSU. It is the student’s responsibility to be familiar with the FSU Student Handbook, which details student rights, responsibilities, and expected conduct; rules and regulations of FSU; and procedures for grievance, appeals, due process, and other policies and procedures not included in this document. In addition, students are expected to exemplify and adhere to the codes of conduct prescribed by the professional organization in their field of study. Students who fail to adhere to the above standards are subject to dismissal from graduate programs at Fairmont State University.
A full-time student is defined as one enrolled in at least nine (9) semester hours of graduate work during a Fall or Spring Semester. In the summer, full-time is six (6) hours per term. Anything less than stated previously is considered part-time.
The Graduate Program Director of the “new” program and the Director of Graduate Studies must approve a change of major application.
University policy permits students to obtain more than one master’s degree. In these cases, a separate application is required for each program. Each application must be accompanied by payment of a nonrefundable application fee.
A student desiring to obtain more than one master’s degree must successfully complete sufficient additional credit hours to constitute seventy-five percent (75%) of the credit hours required by each additional master’s degree program. An individual graduate unit may require a higher percentage of credit to be earned under its direction.
With the approval of the Director of Graduate Studies and the Graduate Program Director, a student may enroll in a course a second time and have it counted as part of the semester load. Both course grades will be included on the transcript and counted toward the student’s GPA. If a student earns a D or F in a course required in the degree program, the course must be repeated and a grade of “C or above” earned. A course may be repeated only once.
Graduate courses will have a 5000 number or a 6000 number. Only graduate students, as defined by previous categories, may enroll in 6000 level courses.
Written comprehensive examinations and/or oral examinations may be required in graduate programs. The final comprehensive examination must be passed no later than three weeks before commencement. The oral examination over the thesis or research project is conducted under the direction of the student’s Advisor or the Graduate Program Director and must be completed successfully no later than three weeks before commencement.
Students may graduate at the end of Fall or Spring term. The Graduation Checklist should be completed the semester before the student expects to complete degree requirements. This form certifies that all requirements have been or will be fulfilled by the graduation date, and it must be approved and signed by your Graduate Advisor, Program Director and the Director of Graduate Studies. Timely submission of the Graduation Checklist is essential.
Fairmont State University graduate programs generally require a minimum of 36 graduate credit hours and a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
An incomplete grade of “I” must be requested by the student and is only given when the instructor deems that circumstances beyond the student’s control prevented timely completion of course requirements. A written contract, signed by the instructor and student, shall set the dates and conditions for completing the course requirements. An incomplete grade of “I” is a temporary grade and must be removed within two calendar years. If no grade change is made by the instructor prior to the end of the two-year period, the temporary grade of “I” will be changed to the permanent failing grade of “F”. Students with excessive incompletes may be restricted in the number of hours they may take in a subsequent semester.
The maximum course load for graduate students during Fall and Spring Semesters is twelve (12) hours per term. The maximum load for any one summer term is six (6) hours.
Every graduate student at Fairmont State University must meet the following academic standards:
Candidates for the Master’s Degree, in general, complete thirty (30) semester hours of Fairmont State University graduate courses within the Degree Plan. In any case, the last eighteen (18) semester hours of graduate credit must be earned at Fairmont State University.
The Graduate program reserves the right to change any of its rules, regulations or requirements without notice.
Many programs will offer Workshop, Special Topic and Directed Study courses. A Master’s Degree may not include more than six (6) hours of these special courses.
All course work applied toward a degree must be completed within a period of seven years, including transfer courses. The period begins the semester the first course in the Degree Plan is taken and concludes with the semester the last course or requirement is completed.
A course taken more than seven years previously must be revalidated if it is to be used towards meeting degree requirements. Revalidation can be accomplished by submitting the following information for approval to the program director:
With the approval of the Director of Graduate Studies and the Graduate Program Director, a student may transfer up to twelve semester hours of graduate work completed at another accredited institution and apply these toward a graduate degree. Courses without letter grades (graded credit, satisfactory, pass) must be accompanied by official evidence that such grades equated to a B or better at the institution at which they were earned. A minimum grade of B and “pass/satisfactory” may be transferred. Students may use the Appeal Process to have additional courses transferred.
Graduate students have the right to file a petition for waiver or exemption from any academic regulation of graduate programs. Petitions for waivers and exemptions are considered by the Graduate Program Director and the Graduate Studies Council, which makes recommendations to the Director of Graduate Studies.