April 10, 2018: Application of graduate credits policy revision implementation

Dear Colleagues,

We write to give you advance notice of the fall 2018 implementation of the University’s revised policy on application of graduate credits to degree requirements. The revision retains many components of the original policy, but there are two key changes:

  • A student’s graduate degree plan associated with each University graduate and professional* degree must consist of a minimum number of credits earned while enrolled as a degree-seeking student in that University graduate degree plan, credits that have not been applied to any other degree.
  • In limited circumstances, graduate-level credits taken prior to the award of a baccalaureate degree may be counted toward a graduate or professional* degree.

The revised policy’s focus on the core composition of a University of Minnesota postbaccalaureate degree is a meaningful shift from the historical approach of simply imposing transfer limits on credits.

A brief overview of the policy changes is available on the Graduate School website now, with a more detailed policy guide coming soon. Information sessions about how to put the policy into practice will be offered in the coming weeks.

We thank the graduate faculty, students, and staff of the Graduate Education Council’s policy subcommittee for their work on this policy; members of the many University committees who reviewed the policy revisions; and the wider University community for valuable feedback during the public review period. We welcome continued feedback as we proceed toward fall 2018 implementation.

Karen Hanson
Executive Vice President and Provost

Scott Lanyon
Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Education

*with the exception of the J.D., M.D., Pharm.D., D.V.M., D.D.S, L.L.M, and Twin Cities M.B.A. degrees

Email sent April 10, 2018 to Deans, Associate Deans, Directors of Graduate Studies, College Coordinators, and GPC's.