Graduate Course Designations Policy

Custodian of Policy: Graduate Council

Relevant Minnesota State System Policy:

Effective Date: April 2018

Last Review: Spring 2023

Next Review: Spring 2030


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 may also be offered as 400 level courses for undergraduates. Graduate students are expected to perform on a qualitatively higher level in the 500 level courses. At least one half of the credits meeting the degree requirement (exclusive of Dissertation, Thesis, or Project/Action Research/Portfolio) must be in 600 or 700 level courses.