Registration for classes is done via the web by logging into web registration at web.mnstate.edu by clicking on ESERVICES and LOGIN with your Dragon ID and PIN. Students are advised to consult with their program for specific registration procedures.
Registration begins in approximately the middle of the previous term and continues through the fifth day of the term being enrolled in. Courses dropped after the fifth day are considered “withdrawals”. Withdrawals via the web can be processed through approximately the twelfth week of a term. See the semester calendar for exact dates.
If a course requires an override by an instructor, it is important to note that the override DOES NOT REGISTER THE STUDENT in the course, the student must also register via the web.
Registration must be completed and all tuition and fees must be paid to the Business Office before published deadlines in order to prevent cancellation of course registrations.
Questions regarding the registration process may be directed to the Records Office.
The normal course load for a graduate student is twelve (12) credits. Eight (8) graduate credits of enrollment are required for full-time status for students receiving financial aid, including the graduate assistant or work-study awards; students that are enrolled for six-seven (6-7) graduate credits are entitled to pro-rated financial aid. Permission of the appropriate graduate program and college dean is required for registration in excess of fifteen (15) graduate credits in any academic term.
Courses at the 600 and 700 level are offered for graduate credit only. Courses offered at the 600 level are open to graduate students or to undergraduate seniors who meet specific requirements. Courses at the 500 level may be counted toward a graduate degree; these courses are also offered as 400 level courses for undergraduates. Graduate students are expected to perform on a qualitatively higher level than the undergraduates in 500 level courses; additional requirements are made in these courses for graduate students. At least one half of the credits meeting the degree requirement must be in 600 or 700 level courses (exclusive of Plan A Thesis or Plan B Project).
An entry of AU (Audit) may be made upon a student’s permanent record when a course is audited. As an auditor, a student may attend all class sessions, but need not complete assignments or projects, take part in class discussion, or take examinations. A student who wishes to audit a course must register and pay tuition and fees as though taking the course for credit. A student may change from regular credit to audit status with the written permission of the instructor through the tenth day of classes during the semester, or the fourth day of classes in a summer session. Credit may not be earned in courses taken as a visitor or auditor except by re-enrollment for credit and completion of the course with a satisfactory grade.
It is the policy of Minnesota State University Moorhead that graduate credit will not be granted for work and other nonacademic experiences.
Grades given in graduate courses include A, B, C, D, F and P (Satisfactory) and AU. In a continuing research course, a student may be given a grade of IP until the course is completed. W signifies withdrawal without penalty from the course. Only those credits which were completed with a grade of A, B, C, or P may be applied toward a Master’s or Specialist degree. Graduate programs may designate core courses which must be completed with a grade of A or B in order to count toward the degree.
The grade point average (GPA) is computed by dividing the number of grade points earned in a given course or courses by the number of credits attempted. The GPA is based on MSUM grades only. Transfer credits are not used in computing the GPA.
Credits with grades of "P", "I", "IP", "AU", or "W" are not included in computing the GPA. Credits with grades of "F" are included in computing the GPA.
The mark of I (Incomplete) is granted when students are
unable to complete course requirements for reasons beyond their control and
when arrangements have been made with the instructor before the end of the
semester. It is the responsibility of students to develop a contract
to meet the instructor's requirements for making up an Incomplete. If an
Incomplete has been given, and if the Incomplete has not been made up by the
end of the next semester, the "I" grade will be changed to an "F".
Candidates for graduate degrees must be enrolled for graduate academic credit at the time they sit for the final oral examination. In addition, some graduate programs have a Continuous Enrollment policy (Counseling and Student Affairs, Nursing, and School Psychology). Students should view the program description pages in the bulletin for specific requirements. Unless dictated differently by a program, students may fulfill this requirement in one of four ways:
Occasionally students will decide to change their degree program after being admitted to or starting a graduate program. Students must meet the admission requirements of the new program including a review and acceptance by that program’s admission committee. To initiate a change in graduate program, a student must:
Any student wishing to pursue multiple graduate degrees from MSUM must meet all admission criteria and degree requirements for each program. A separate plan of study (Form 1) for each degree must be submitted and approved for each graduate program. This form is available at the Graduate Studies Office or online at: http://www.mnstate.edu/graduate/studentresources/forms.aspx. Any duplication of coursework must follow current Transfer of Credit guidelines in the Graduate Bulletin.
All appeals from graduate students are addressed
on a Graduate Academic Appeals Form available in the Graduate Studies Office or
online at: http://www.mnstate.edu/graduate/studentresources/forms.aspx. The Appeal process must be started within a
year of the situation that generates the appeal with the exception of course
grade appeals which must be initiated within 6 weeks of the close of the
semester in which the student received the grade. Detailed procedures for
filing appeals may also be obtained from the Graduate Studies Office or online.
The graduate student is responsible for following the designated procedures and
filing the forms with the appropriate university offices.
Graduate and undergraduate students use the same policy and procedure for course grade appeals. Please refer to Appeals - Grade at: http://www.mnstate.edu/academicaffairs/policies-procedures.aspx
The graduate student may file a Graduate Academic Appeal for
the following situations: retroactive
withdrawal from courses, admission decisions, termination, degree requirements,
course substitutions, course waivers, etc.
The Graduate Academic Appeal follows the following sequence: Graduate
Program Coordinator, Graduate Appeals Subcommittee, and the Dean of Graduate
Studies. The Graduate Academic Appeal
form is available from the Graduate Studies Office.
The graduate student must begin the appeal process within a
year of the occurrence for any type of appeal except for course grade appeals
which must be initiated within 6 weeks of the close of the semester in which
the student received the grade.
Programs of study at Minnesota State University Moorhead are designed to help graduates meet certification or licensure requirements in Minnesota and North Dakota, but actual certification or licensure is the function of the states, not of any college or university. Earning an academic degree does not lead automatically to state certification or licensure. It is the students responsibility to be aware of
the requirements for the state in which they wish to work.
Requirements to take 500 or 600 level courses: