The College grants graduate credit in three formats, as determined by each program:
- Course – credit is granted upon successful completion of individual courses. The following program grants credit by semester:
- Semester – credit is granted upon successful completion of the semester; no partial credit is available. The following programs grant credit by semester:
- 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:
For more information, consult the program’s handbook addendum.
Narrative faculty evaluations provide the qualitative assessment that forms the core of the transcript. The graduate transcript include an explanatory cover sheet listing dates of enrollment, degree earned or pursued, concentration(s), area of study, transfer credit accepted, course equivalents if available, and a statement regarding the absence of letter grades (refer to Grades / Evaluation Process in the General Academic Policies).
All graduate student transcripts contain a cover sheet, a transcript key, a Second Reader Report (graduating students only) and the following faculty evaluations:
- MA in Education Program: Faculty course evaluations
- MA in Health Arts and Sciences Program: Semester evaluations and course equivalents (if relevant)
- MA in Individualized Studies Program: Semester evaluations and course equivalents (if relevant)
- MA in Psychology & Counseling Program: Faculty course evaluations
- MA in Social Innovation and Sustainability Program: Semester evaluations and course equivalents (if relevant)
- MFA in Creative Writing Program: Semester evaluations and course equivalents
- MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts Program: Semester evaluations and course equivalents (if relevant)
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.
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of enrolled graduate study in a program that requires a minimum of three enrolled semesters to earn the degree may be withdrawn if the program director, in consultation with the advisor and the academic vice president (or designee), determines the student is not making good use of the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 Student Handbook.
It is important to note that credit earned at Goddard is transferable only at the discretion of the receiving school.