Completing a Graduate Program
General Degree Requirements
A minimum cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.0 is required for graduation from all graduate degree programs. Students completing programs which do not lead to a degree but to teacher certification eligibility are required to maintain and complete their programs with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0.
For the purpose of transfer credit, courses taken at another accredited college or university (see discussion of “accredited” in the “Admissions Information” section of this catalog), must be approved by the Transfer Resource Center. Students who wish to have courses considered for transfer credit must submit the following items to the Transfer Resource Center, Hepburn Hall 201:
- an official copy of the transcript(s) indicating the successful completion of each course to be considered for transfer;
- a copy of the description of each course from the applicable school catalog(s);
- a completed “Student Request for Transfer Credit” form (available both online at http://www.njcu.edu/admissions/apply/transfer-resources and at the Transfer Resource Center, Hepburn Hall 201).
Transfer of credits from another college or university may be considered only when the student is fully matriculated in a degree program. Requests will be reviewed by the appropriate department Graduate Program Coordinator, who will make a recommendation for approval/disapproval to the Dean of Graduate Studies and Continuing Education.
Should credits be accepted for transfer, the student’s advisor will submit a “Graduate Studies Transfer of Credit Form” to the Office of Graduate Admissions.
A maximum of one quarter of the number of credits required for a master’s degree may be accepted as transfer credits from an accredited college or university, if the courses for which they were earned are similar in purpose and content to those offered at NJCU, and are clearly integrated with the student’s program as judged by the student’s advisor and the Dean of Graduate and Continuing Education.Transfer credits must carry a grade of “B” (3.00) or higher; pass/fail credits are not transferable.
Credits which are seven years old, or older, are not applicable to transfer to a graduate program at New Jersey City University.
Credits earned to complete a previous master’s degree may not be applied toward a second master’s degree at New Jersey City University. However, up to thirty graduate credits in psychology earned at an accredited college or university other than New Jersey City University may be accepted as transfer credits toward the combination program offering a professional diploma in school psychology and school psychology certification eligibility.
After matriculation, the student is not expected to enroll for a course at another institution except for very compelling reasons, and then only with the written approval of the student’s advisor. The research component of any major must be taken at New Jersey City University.
Thesis and Other Creative Activities
Opportunities for graduate students to engage in research and other creative activities are available and are an integral aspect of the total learning experience in all graduate programs at the University. While the various academic disciplines differ in the type and amount of research and creative activity deemed appropriate for master’s degree candidates, they generally subscribe to the following objectives:
- Graduate students should receive training in the basic methods of knowing, investigating and discovering that are relevant to their particular academic discipline.
- Students should be encouraged and provided with opportunities to engage directly in independent scientific and/or creative work within the framework of their particular discipline.
Students should note the specific departmental research requirement(s) for their master’s degree programs. If a student is required, or elects, to complete a research report or thesis, it must be approved by the department chairperson/graduate coordinator and a Thesis Committee. Four approved hard copies of the thesis or research report (the original and three copies, bound) are required and must be filed in the Office of Graduate Admissions on or before May 1, August 1, or December 15 for the following graduation. The Office distributes the original hard copy to the University’s library, a copy to the thesis director, and a copy to the student.