Graduate Subsequent Programs at the Same Credential Level Policy

Graduate Subsequent Programs at the Same Credential Level Policy

Sponsor:

School for Graduate Studies

Contact:

Director of Graduate Student and Academic Services

Category:

Graduate Studies

Number:

310.012

Effective Date:

09/01/2019

Implementation History:

This is a new policy for the School for Graduate Studies

Keywords:

Graduate; Second; Secondary; subsequent; course-sharing; course sharing

Background Information:

Purpose

Defines and details the number of graduate credits a graduate student must complete at Empire State College to earn a subsequent graduate-level degree or certificate at the same credential level.

Definitions

Statements

Students who have completed a master's degree or an advanced certificate and are accepted into a subsequent graduate program at the same credential level (master's degree/master's degree or advanced certificate/advanced certificate) must follow the requirements below:

•    Students can only be active in one program at the same credential level at a time. The completion of a subsequent program at the same level must be done sequentially, not concurrently.
•    No more than 25% of the credits toward a subsequent master's degree may have been used to fulfill the requirements of the first master's program.
•    No more than 25% of the credits toward a subsequent advanced certificate program may have been used to fulfill the requirements of the first advanced certificate program.
•    Students cannot use credits older than 6 years in the subsequent program. The age of the credit is determined by the term and year in which it was earned.
•    Evaluated credit earned in the primary program may not be used in any subsequent programs.
•    Transfer credit used in the primary program may not be used in any subsequent programs.

Students may appeal any decision made about the use of credit in a subsequent graduate program in accordance with the Student Academic Appeals Policy and Procedure.

A graduate student may satisfy no more than a combined total of 50% of the credits toward a graduate certificate or degree program using transfer, cross registration, evaluated credit (e.g. prior learning assessment or direct assessment), and shared credits from a previously awarded graduate credential at the same level combined. See the Graduate Transfer, Cross-Registration, & Evaluated Credit Policy for specific rules on the use of transfer, cross-registration, & evaluated credit to meet graduate certificate and degree requirements.

Applicable Legislation and Regulations

NYSED's Memorandum to Chief Executive Officers of Post Secondary Institutions in New York State: http://www.highered.nysed.gov/ocue/lrp/awardcreditsamecourses.htm

SUNY Awarding of Two Degrees at the Same Level Policy:

https://www.suny.edu/sunypp/documents.cfm? doc _id== 161

 

Related References, Policies, Procedures, Forms and Appendices

1.    Graduate Cross Registration Policy
2.    Graduate Transfer Credit Policy
3.    Student Academic Appeals Policy and Procedures