Graduate Academic Policies

For detailed information any of the policies listed below, please refer to the Graduate Student Handbook or contact the Academic Affairs Office, academicaffairs@goddard.edu.

Earning Credit

The College grants graduate credit in three formats, as determined by each program:

  1. Course – credit is granted upon successful completion of individual courses. The following program grants credit by semester:

MA in Psychology and Counseling

  1. Semester – credit is granted upon successful completion of the semester; no partial credit is available. The following programs grant credit by semester:

Individualized Master of Arts

MA in Education

MA in Health Arts and Sciences

MA in Social Innovations and Sustainability

  1. Unitary – credit is granted for the successful completion of the entire program; it is not granted at the end of each individual semester. The following programs are unitary:

MFA in Creative Writing

MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts

For more information, consult the program’s handbook addendum.

Narrative Transcripts

Narrative faculty evaluations provide the qualitative assessment that forms the core of the transcript. The graduate transcript also has a cover sheet that identifies the student, lists enrollment history, degree in-progress/earned, transfer credit accepted, credit earned at Goddard, areas of study, and the final product title (for graduates). Credit may be expressed holistically in nine to 12 semester-hour credit blocks and related general areas of study or by course- equivalent specific areas of study and associated discrete increments of credit.

Transcripts of students in the MA in Psychology and Counseling Program list courses with associated credits, semester by semester. In certain graduate programs, a student-authored and faculty-approved synopsis of graduate study is included on the transcript, which describes and comments upon the nature and scope of the completed degree program. Faculty assessments can be presented as summary reports written by the final semester advisor and a second reader’s report (Creative Writing, Interdisciplinary Arts, Individualized MA) or faculty transcript statements from all successful semesters and second reader’s report (Education, Health Arts, Psychology and Counseling). If a graduate student needs a transcript before completing requirements for the degree, it may include the student’s Plan for Graduate Work as a whole and advisors’ reports on each completed semester of graduate study.

Transcripts are sent out for a fee, only at the written request of the student and when the student’s financial account with the college is clear.

For further information, contact the Office of Registrar

Satisfactory Completion Of A Semester

Goddard does not make use of letter or number grades and cannot compute “grade point averages.”  Graduate study is considered to be satisfactory if it demonstrates significant progress toward completion of the plan for graduate study as a whole (where applicable), degree requirements, and if it is judged to be of a quality that would minimally merit a letter grade of “B” or above.

Satisfactory completion of the work of a graduate semester depends on the advisor’s judgment, arrived at in consultation with the student, that:

  • The student has attended and participated fully in the residency that begins each enrolled semester;
  • For programs offering a 12 credit semester, the semester studies have been “full-time,” defined as involving at least 26 hours a week of study throughout the semester (individual programs may require more time);
  • For programs offering a 9 credit semester, the semester studies have been “three-quarters time,” defined as involving at least 20 hours a week of study throughout the semester (individual programs may require more time);
  • For programs offering a 6 credit semester, the semester studies have been “half-time,” defined as involving at least 13 hours a week of study throughout the semester (individual programs may require more time);
  • The student has fulfilled the goals of the study plan made and approved at the beginning of the enrolled semester;
  • Significant and demonstrable progress has been made during the semester toward fulfilling the Principles of Graduate Study;
  • Significant and demonstrable progress has been made during the semester toward fulfilling the program-specific Degree Criteria;
  • Study materials were received by the advisor or mentors in a timely manner consistent with the schedule agreed upon at the residency by the student, advisor and/or mentor (a mass of material, however impressive, received at the end of the semester from a student who has sent little or no material before, is not acceptable as evidence of a satisfactorily completed semester);
  • The student has evaluated the semester’s learning and has submitted, via the Student Information System (SIS), an end-of-semester evaluation.

Statute Of Limitations

At the graduate level and in programs that award credit in conjunction with the earned degree and not by semester, students who have not completed requirements for the graduate degree they seek by the end of their fifth semester of enrolled graduate study in a program that requires a minimum of three enrolled semesters to earn the degree may be withdrawn if the program director, in consultation with the advisor and the academic vice president (or designee), determines the student is not making good use of the College and/or not making sufficient progress toward fulfilling the degree requirements. This policy also applies to students at the end of their sixth enrolled semester in a program that requires a minimum of four enrolled semesters, or students in their seventh enrolled semester in a program that requires a minimum of five enrolled semesters.

If withdrawn, the students must apply for readmission — after a hiatus of no less than two semesters — if they wish to continue graduate studies at Goddard.

Transfer Credit, Graduate

Credit for relevant prior graduate study at another institution may be accepted for students in all Goddard graduate programs. Transfer credit cannot reduce minimum enrollment to earn the degree by more than 12 semester- hour credits. The program director, in consultation with program faculty members and the registrar, decides which credits, if any, can be accepted. Official transcripts carrying possible transfer credit must be submitted to the College by the final day of a student’s first residency in order to be reviewed. See Policy on Transfer Credit in the Graduate Student Handbook.

It is important to note that credit earned at Goddard is transferable only at the discretion of the receiving school.

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