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Old 09-17-2013, 08:02 PM
 
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I went to my university about a week ago and the adviser there told me that while I had 9 hours in graduate level credit, he said unfortunately that it would not count towards my degree program where I already had two classes from the core curriculum(15 hours total). I ended up speaking to the dept chair and she told me that she could write a memo that would petition that the classes be used in my degree plan and that it shouldn't be a problem, but when I asked her if she thought it would go through, she said that she couldn't tell me for certain...

Well, this totally stresses me out, I can't stand uncertainty of any shape or form. She told me that she couldn't tell me for certain and since we just got a new graduate dean and university president, she said that she would be willing to write the memo, but she just couldn't say if they would count the classes or not. These classes were taking in 07 and 08, has anyone here ever had this problem? I ended up calling grad admissions and they said it shouldn't be a problem,but again, they couldn't tell me for sure that it would go through. So now instead of needing 7 more classes to go, I may now need 10 and since I don't want to live in the area that I am in, I am really stressing out because I am wanting to move really badly. Does anyone here know about this or has had this happen to them?

P.S. The other reason that I am stressing is because a professor secretly confided in me that the university is trying to get people to cough up more money...I don't want to be held back..and I want to get out of here as soon as possible...what should I do?
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Old 09-17-2013, 08:10 PM
 
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I went to my university about a week ago and the adviser there told me that while I had 9 hours in graduate level credit, he said unfortunately that it would not count towards my degree program where I already had two classes from the core curriculum(15 hours total). I ended up speaking to the dept chair and she told me that she could write a memo that would petition that the classes be used in my degree plan and that it shouldn't be a problem, but when I asked her if she thought it would go through, she said that she couldn't tell me for certain...

Well, this totally stresses me out, I can't stand uncertainty of any shape or form. She told me that she couldn't tell me for certain and since we just got a new graduate dean and university president, she said that she would be willing to write the memo, but she just couldn't say if they would count the classes or not. These classes were taking in 07 and 08, has anyone here ever had this problem? I ended up calling grad admissions and they said it shouldn't be a problem,but again, they couldn't tell me for sure that it would go through. So now instead of needing 7 more classes to go, I may now need 10 and since I don't want to live in the area that I am in, I am really stressing out because I am wanting to move really badly. Does anyone here know about this or has had this happen to them?

P.S. The other reason that I am stressing is because a professor secretly confided in me that the university is trying to get people to cough up more money...I don't want to be held back..and I want to get out of here as soon as possible...what should I do?
Degree requirements are generally flexible. And there are craploads of electives you need to take for most Masters degrees. A lot of time, they can even be undergrad classes if they are related.

It seems as if your credits don't meet either the major requirements or the electives (which is odd). Talk to the department chairs, like you did. They should have the power to veto all that stuff. Whoever is in charge.

In my own experience, I once petitioned to have an undergraduate music class count for credit towards a totally unrelated grad degree and was denied (and probably laughed at). But that's a bit different from your situation. Never hurts to try.
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Old 09-17-2013, 08:31 PM
 
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Degree requirements are generally flexible. And there are craploads of electives you need to take for most Masters degrees. A lot of time, they can even be undergrad classes if they are related.

It seems as if your credits don't meet either the major requirements or the electives (which is odd). Talk to the department chairs, like you did. They should have the power to veto all that stuff. Whoever is in charge.

In my own experience, I once petitioned to have an undergraduate music class count for credit towards a totally unrelated grad degree and was denied (and probably laughed at). But that's a bit different from your situation. Never hurts to try.
The classes in question are electives(education) and I have 6 classes for the core curriculum and then 6 classes for electives and 3 classes cost 4,200 dollar, which is a lot for me right now.
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Old 09-17-2013, 09:44 PM
 
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Mmmmm.... in my experience some schools have "expiration dates" on course credits. Afterall, you should graduate with a certain body of knowledge, but chances are you will have forgotten what you learned 6-7 years ago. That's also one of the reasons why most schools have time limits on when applicants can have taken prereqs. I don't want to sound harsh, and it stinks to have to re-take courses and spend more money, but can someone really legitimately consider him or herself to have a masters degree, if it's courses cobbled together over a decade? Also, curriculum changes are pretty common and even if the requirements of the degree itself haven't changed, the structure of the course, the textbook (if one is used), etc. has likely been updated. I used to sit on a curriculum committee, and I do know that when programs are reaccredited, approved by the university, etc., the accreditation/approval is based, in part, on a specific curriculum. Someone trying to meet requirements with a course they took 6 years before may no long meet the requirements as defined by the university or some larger body. In some subjects, the information taught may be downright out of date, or at least lacking important components which are now taught in the equivalent course.
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Old 09-18-2013, 08:18 AM
 
Location: Richmond, VA
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Depending on the program and the 'timelessness' of the knowledge, some schools allow you to revalidate courses-in other words, bring older courses under a current program. And yes, many graduate programs have a window you have to finish in (for example, complete the program-say 12 courses and a thesis-within 8 calendar years).

For instance, algebra from 15 years ago is probably timeless and could be revalidated; intro to computing technology from 10 years ago is probably out of date.
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Old 09-18-2013, 01:48 PM
 
Location: Camberville
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5 year limit seems average.
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