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Rules and Regulations

An outline of Admissions, Grades, Requirements and Appeals


Section 1. Admission to the Graduate School

Any graduate with a superior academic record, an undergraduate baccalaureate degree from a regionally approved institution, or any foreign student with equivalent qualifications is eligible to apply for admission to Graduate School.

Graduate work is under the jurisdiction of the various departments. A student is expected to have adequate undergraduate training in the field in which that student plans to do graduate work. If a student's training is inadequate, that student will be required to take such additional courses as the department may prescribe.

Admission to the Graduate School does not automatically admit a student to candidacy for an advanced degree.

Applications for admission can be obtained from the Office of Admissions, Howard University, Washington, D.C. 20059. No application will be considered complete until official transcripts and three letters of recommendation are received by the Office of Admissions. Individual departments and schools may require additional submissions from the applicant.

Section 2. Admission to a Department

The department in which the student plans to study shall determine whether or not the student is qualified to be admitted for graduate study in that particular department. Upon receipt of the completed application, the Office of Admissions shall determine if the student meets the general Graduate School admission requirements as provided to that office by the Graduate School. The Office of Admissions shall notify the department and shall request that the department evaluate the student's credentials. The department shall communicate its decision to the Office of Admissions.

Section 3. Departmental Admissions Committee

Each department shall have a committee which functions as the Departmental Admissions Committee. This committee shall scrutinize the credentials of applicants and make recommendations concerning admission to graduate programs in the department. The chairman of the Departmental Admissions Committee shall represent the department on the Admissions Committee of the Graduate School.

Section 4. Committee on Graduate Studies

Each department shall have a Committee on Graduate Studies consisting of graduate faculty members. The Committee chairperson shall be appointed by the departmental chairperson on a year-to-year basis concurrent with the duration of the committee chairpersons appointment as a member of the graduate faculty.

Section 5. Categories of Admission

A. Degree Student - Regular. Students who fully meet the stated requirements for a graduate program in the Graduate School will be accepted as regular degree students.

Any graduate with a superior academic record and an undergraduate baccalaureate degree from a regionally approved institution, or any foreign student with equivalent qualifications is eligible to apply for admission to the Graduate School. Students are admitted by departmental action.

B. Degree Student - Provisional. An applicant who has deficiencies in preparation or scholarship and who on other grounds is judged by the department as capable of completing a graduate program may be accepted on a provisional basis. The student in this category will take a maximum of nine credit hours per semester and will be allowed a maximum of one year to qualify as a regular degree student. A student who fails to achieve regular degree status after one year will not be allowed to continue in a graduate degree program at Howard University and will be dismissed from the university.

C. Non-Degree Student. A non-degree status is an elected category for the student who wishes to pursue "course work only." The applicant must meet all general admission requirements and any additional requirements prescribed by the department. A nondegree student, upon approval and recommendation of the department, may qualify for another category of admission in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Departments, based upon their resources, will determine the number of non-degree students they can accept.

Students may transfer to a degree program no more than six (6) credits earned as a non-degree student.

Section 6. Academic Advisement

Each department shall provide faculty advisement for students in the Graduate School. In granting admission, departments will notify each student of the assigned advisor who will assist in guiding the initial registration of the student.

A Permanent Graduate Advisor should be assigned by the department chairman prior to the scheduling of any courses which are unique individual requirements in the student's program. The permanent advisor is responsible for the proper guidance and scheduling of the student's work. The name of each student's permanent advisor must be reported to the Office of Student Relations of the Graduate School as soon as possible after one is assigned.

Section 7Readmission to the Graduate School

The student who has been dismissed for academic reasons, exclusive of a second failure of (a) the comprehensive examination or (b) the oral defense of the thesis or the dissertation, must first submit a university application to the Office of Admissions. Second, the student must submit a written request for readmission to the Dean of the Graduate School. Third, the student must receive approval for readmission from the Dean of the Graduate School and from the department in which the student was a degree candidate. The reinstatement of a student may be subject also to his/her fulfillment of special conditions. Notification of those special conditions will be given to the student by the Dean of the Graduate School. A period of at least one semester must elapse between the student's dismissal and his/her readmittance.

A student who fails the comprehensive examination or the final oral examination in defense of the thesis or dissertation a second time will be dropped from the Graduate School. When dropped for either of these reasons, the student will not be readmitted to the Graduate School.

Section 8. Pursuit of Advanced Degrees by Graduate Faculty Members

Individuals who hold special appointments as Graduate Faculty members at Howard University shall not be permitted to pursue nor to receive a higher degree from the Graduate School. Faculty members may enroll in courses for credits, but such work will not be applied to the pursuit of a M.A., M.S., or Ph.D. degree at this University.