Graduate Regulations

Graduate Regulations

Not withstanding anything contained in the Graduate Catalog, the State University of New York College at Oswego expressly reserves the right, whenever it deems advisable (1) to change or modify its schedule of tuition and fees, (2) to withdraw, cancel, reschedule or modify any course, program of study, degree, or any requirement or policy in connection with the foregoing, and (3) change or modify any academic or other policy. Please be advised that, due to printing deadlines, information contained in the Catalog or the website may be outdated. Changes in information contained in the Catalog and new academic regulations, policies, or programs will be published in the College's registration newspaper.

It is the responsibility of each student to ascertain current information that pertains to the individual's program, particularly with regard to satisfaction of degree requirements, through frequent reference to the registration newspaper and by consultation with the student's advisor, the Graduate Office and other offices as appropriate (such as the Registrar or Financial Aid). In preparing this website efforts are made to provide pertinent and accurate information; however, the State University of New York College at Oswego, assumes no liability for website errors or omissions.

Unit of Credit

The semester hour is the course unit of credit, representing the satisfactory completion of one class period per week for one semester. A course having three class periods a week will, therefore, earn three semester hours credit. Studio and laboratory class periods earn one semester hour of credit for each two hours of attendance unless otherwise indicated.

Academic Load

Academic Load
Nine semester hours is considered a full-time student load. Students should be aware that for some state and federal Title IV financial aid programs, funding as a full-time student requires either twelve semester hours or nine hours plus a graduate assistantship. Fully employed part-time students registered in the fall and spring periods are limited to two courses each semester.

Regular attendance at classes is obligatory. A student may be dropped from a course for poor achievement due to excessive absence and, if dropped after the deadline for dropping courses, will receive a final mark of E.

Enrollment in Undergraduate Courses
A graduate student may enroll in undergraduate courses, but may not receive graduate credit for those courses unless the undergraduate courses are designated as dual enrollment courses. The level of courses may be identified by the following:

  • 100-499 Undergraduate courses
  • 500-599 First year graduate courses
  • 600-699 Advanced graduate courses

Dual Enrollment Courses

In addition to 500-level courses, which are designed specifically to meet the objectives of graduate study, a selected number of undergraduate courses (dual enrollment) may also be taken for graduate credit. It is expected that graduate students enrolled in such courses will perform more requirements and be graded more strictly than undergraduates. Moreover, under no circumstances will graduate students be permitted to earn more than half the credit requirements toward the Master's Degree through dual enrollment courses. Graduate tuition and fees must be paid to receive graduate credit for dual enrollment courses.