Graduate College Policies

Below is a list of Graduate College Policies.  For additional University level policies that also may apply to graduate students, please visit the Office of General Counsel's University Policies website.

This policy describes the policies and conditions related to academic forgiveness for graduate students.

Academic Forgiveness for Graduate Students Policy

The following items can be found in the Academic Forgiveness for Graduate Students Policy:

  • Eligibility Criteria
  • Effects of an approved academic forgiveness
  • Conditions

This policy explains violations of Academic Honesty, the rights and responsibilities of students, the adjudication process including appeals, and the penalties to a student found guilty of an academic honesty violation.

Academic Honesty Policy

This policy describes criteria for academic progress (including graduation), in addition to policies for academic probation and dismissal.

Academic Progress, Prohibition, Dismissal Policy

The following items can be found in the Academic Progress, Prohibition, Dismissal Policy:

  • Academic Progress
  • Academic Probation and Dismissal

The Graduate College at Bowling Green State University has several graduate programs that permit qualified undergraduate students who are earning their bachelor’s degree at BGSU to apply to an Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s program. Participating in an Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s program provides the opportunity for students to complete both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in an efficient and effective format. Not all Master’s degree programs participate in the Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s program.

Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's Program Policy

The following items can be found in the Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's Program Policy:

  • Admissions Requirements
  • Student Status
  • Credit Hour Policies
  • Tuition
  • Financial Aid
  • Program Withdrawal
  • Program Dismissal

This policy describes criteria and procedures for graduate admissions.

Graduate Admissions Policy

The following items can be found in the Graduate Admissions Policy:

  • Admission Deadlines
  • Graduate Concurrent Admissions
  • Admissions Categories
  • Admission Requirements
  • Graduate Non-Degree Admission Requirements
  • Required Tests
  • Transferring/Applying to Another Degree Program
  • Deferral
  • Reactivation

This policy describes criteria for graduate courses taken by advanced undergraduate students and transfer of BGSU graduate credit taken as an advanced undergraduate.

Advanced Undergraduates Policy

The following items can be found in the Advanced Undergraduates Policy:

  • Graduate Courses for Advanced Undergraduates
  • Transfer of BGSU Graduate Credit taken as an Advanced Undergraduate

This policy describes the types of graduate student appeals, pre-appeal procedures, and formal appeal procedures. This includes information on grade appeals, non-grade academic appeals, and assistantship-related appeals.

Appeals Policies

The following items can be found in the Appeals Policies:

  • Types of Appeals
  • Pre-Appeals Procedures
  • Formal Appeal Procedures
  • Appeal Review Outcome
  • Timeline

This policy describes criteria and procedures for background checks.

Background Checks Policy

The following items can be found in the Background Checks Policy:

  • What is included in the basic background check authorized for graduate assistant candidates
  • Notification to Graduate Assistant Candidates
  • Procedures
  • Particular Steps in the Background Check Process
  • Investigation Result and Actions
  • Record Retention

This policy describes criteria for graduate students seeking credit by examination.

Credit By Examination Policy

This policy describes criteria for credit transfer and restrictions on transfer or approval of credit.

Credit Transfer Policy

The following items can be found in the Credit Transfer Policy:

  • Transfer of BGSU Graduate Credit taken as an Advanced Undergraduate
  • Internal Graduate Credit
  • Transfer of External Graduate Credit
  • Restrictions on Transfer or Approval of Credit

This policy describes requirements for Doctoral degrees.

Doctoral Requirements Policy

The following items can be found in the Doctoral Requirements Policy:

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Education, and Doctor of Musical Arts Requirements:
  • Admission
  • Residence Requirements
  • Credit Hour Requirements
  • 5000-Level Courses
  • Doctoral Committee
  • Graduate Faculty Representative
  • Examinations
  • Preliminary Examination
  • Re-Examination
  • Candidacy
  • Final Examination (Dissertation Defense)
  • Retaking the Final Exam
  • Deadlines
  • Publication of Dissertation
  • Consortium Ph.D. In Technology Management Requirements
  • Interdisciplinary Doctoral Degree Requirements

This policy describes graduate enrollment and registration policies.

Enrollment and Registration Policy

The following items can be found in the Enrollment and Registration Policy:

  • Registration Deadlines
  • Credit Hour Load
  • Graduate Concurrent Registration/Enrollment
  • Auditing a Class
  • Changes in Registration
  • Withdrawing from a Course after the Drop Date
  • Dismissal/Withdrawal from a Course
  • Cancellation of Registration
  • Withdrawal from the university
  • Courses for Graduate Credit

This policy explains the students’ rights regarding their academic records in accordance with FERPA.

FERPA Rights Policy

The following items can be found in the FERPA Rights Policy:

  • Rights of students under the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.

This policy describes graduate student fees and expenses, methods of payment, assistantships, fellowships, and other aid, in addition to off-campus housing, supplemental employment, and federal student aid.

Financial Information and Assistance Policy

The following items can be found in the Financial Information and Assistance Policy:

  • Fees And Expenses
  • Methods of Payment
  • Late Payment Fees/Service Charges/Delinquent Accounts
  • Refund of Fees
  • Assistantships and Scholarships

This policy describes the criteria for grade replacement for graduate students.

Grade Replacement Policy

The following items can be found in the Grade Replacement Policy:

  • Exceptions to graduate courses taken at the university counting towards a student's cumulative GPA
  • Completing the “Graduate College Grade Replacement Request” form
  • Removing a grade from a transcript
  • Grades as a result of an Academic Honesty case
  • Transfer Credit

This policy describes grading policies and incomplete policy.

Grading Policies

The following items can be found in the Grading Policies:

  • Unit of Credit
  • Grading System
  • Letter Grading versus S/U Grading
  • Grading Options – Undergraduate Courses
  • Incomplete Policy

This policy describes the application process, criteria, and privileges associated with Graduate Faculty Status.

Graduate Faculty Status Policy

The following items can be found in the Graduate Faculty Status Policy:

  • Appointments to the BGSU Graduate Faculty
  • Provisional Appointments
  • Regular Appointments
  • Courtesy Appointments

This policy describes criteria for graduation application including minimum registration policy.

Graduation Application and Minimum Registration Policy

The following items can be found in the Graduation Application and Minimum Registration Policy:

  • Graduation Application and Minimum Registration
  • Graduation- Minimum Registration Requirements

This policy describes health insurance requirements for graduate students.

Health Insurance Policy

This policy pertains to all graduate assistants who serve in instructional capacities and who are not native speakers of English.

 International Teaching Assistant Language Policy

The following items can be found in the International Teaching Assistant Language Policy:

  • English proficiency requirement

This policy describes criteria for leave of absence for graduate students.

Leave of Absence Policy

The following items can be found in the Leave of Absence Policy:

  • Submitting a leave of absence request
  • Procedure for deployed military personnel

This policy describes general requirements for Master’s degree. More specific requirements can be found on department documents.

Master's Degree - General Requirements Policy

The following items can be found in the Master's Degree - General Requirements Policy:

  • General Requirements for the Master’s Degree
  • Plan Options For Master’s Degrees
  • Selecting Plan I or Plan II
  • Interdisciplinary Master's Degree
  • Joint Or Cooperative Degrees

This policy descrives the dual specialization option that exists in some Master's degree programs.

Master's Degree - Dual Specializations Policy

This describes the policies associated with completing dual Master's degrees at BGSU.

Master's Degree - Dual Master's Degrees Policy

The following items can be found in the Master's Degree - Dual Master's Degrees Policy:

  • Requirements for Dual Master's Degrees

This describes the policies associated with completing a second Master's degree program at BGSU.

Master's Degree - Second Master's Degree Policy

The following items can be found in the Master's Degree - Second Master's Degree Policy:

  • Second Master's Degree Requirements

This policy describes criteria for posthumous awarding of a graduate degree.

Posthumous Awarding Of A Graduate Degree Policy

The following items can be found in the Posthumous Awarding Of A Graduate Degree Policy:

  • Guidelines for Consideration
  • Approval Process
  • Procedure upon Approval
  • Extraordinary Circumstances
  • Additional Recognition of Deceased Students

This policy describes criteria for student research and research support.

Student Research Policy

The following items can be found in the Student Research Policy:

  • Student Research
  • Research Support

This policy describes thesis/dissertation policies and procedures.

Thesis/Dissertation Policy

The following items can be found in the Thesis/Dissertation Policy:

  • Thesis/Dissertation
  • The Thesis/Dissertation Committee
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This policy describes time limits for degree and revalidation/retake policies for graduate students.

Time Limits for Degree and Revalidation Policy

The following items can be found in the Time Limits for Degree and Revalidation Policy:

  • Time Limits
  • Course Revalidation
  • Limits to Revalidation

This policy describes transcripts and ownership of transcripts.

Transcripts Policy

The following items can be found in the Transcripts Policy:

  • Transcript use and issue