Academic Catalog 2020-2021

Graduate Academic Policies

Basic Requirements

In addition to the following general graduate programs requirements, individual programs may have additional standards in their Graduate Program Publications.

Once a student graduates from a master’s program and the graduation GPA is locked in, a grade change cannot be made.

Courses from one master’s earned at Christian Brothers University cannot satisfy the requirements for another master’s at Christian Brothers University unless the course requirements or courses overlap.

Graduating students only have three business days after the official graduation date to remove an incomplete grade. If this is not done, the student’s graduation date is postponed, and the student must refile for graduation. If a student fails to do this, his/her graduation date will be delayed. It will be the graduation date after the form is completed and all course work is completed.

Credit Hours for Graduation

A minimum of 30 semester hours at or above the 600 level is required for a master's degree. Students may earn up to six of these credit hours by completing a thesis.

Time Limits for Degree Eligibility

A student normally completes all requirements for the master's degree within three years of initial enrollment. The degree must be completed within five years of initial enrollment.


Each graduate student will be assigned an academic advisor to coordinate the student’s studies toward the completion of the degree. The advisor is usually the Director of the program. The Director may, however, assign students to other faculty members.

Comprehensive Examination

A written and/or oral comprehensive examination may be required by individual degree programs.

Classification of Students

An applicant may seek admission to a degree program or to the status as a special student. Degree students are those working for a master’s degree at Christian Brothers University. An applicant for special status may be admitted as a conditional student or as a visiting student.

Degree Student: A degree student is one who has been admitted to a graduate program.

Full-Time Student: One who registers for nine or more credit hours of course work in any semester.

Part-Time Student: One who does not qualify as a full-time student.

Special Student: A special student is one who is admitted as a visiting student and is not eligible for financial aid. No more than 15 hours (Special students in the Reading Specialist Program may take up to 18 hours) may be accumulated as a Special Student. Credit earned under the special graduate status - but none that has been earned at another institution (transfer credit) - will be officially recorded. This credit may be applied toward degree requirements if a student later is admitted to a degree program, and if the credit is appropriate to the degree objective. However, admission as a special graduate student in no way assures subsequent admission to a degree program.

Visiting: One who is normally a degree student at another college or university who enrolls for credit in selected courses at Christian Brothers University. A letter from the visitor’s college or university certifying official that the student is in good standing is required along with an official copy of a transcript. A visiting student is not eligible for financial aid.