UM-Flint Undergraduates Taking Graduate Courses
University of Michigan –Flint courses numbered 500 and above require graduate standing. Under exceptional circumstances, UM-Flint undergraduate students in good academic standing may elect a graduate level course if they are in one of the following groups:
- Students with bachelor’s degrees who are enrolled in the final year of their teacher certification program (TCP) may, with special permission, elect a graduate course. The course will not count toward their TCP requirements.
- Students within nine (9) hours of completing the requirements for their bachelor’s degree, who, in addition to electing their undergraduate coursework, wish to elect a graduate course, may do so with special permission. The graduate credit earned may not count towards their undergraduate degree requirements.
- Students who have attained senior status may, with special permission, elect a graduate course to fulfill undergraduate degree requirements. Upon successful completion of the course, a memo will need to be sent from the student’s academic department/program to the Office of the Registrar stating that the course counts towards the student’s undergraduate degree requirements. A notation will be placed on both the undergraduate and graduate transcripts indicating that the course counts towards fulfillment of undergraduate degree requirements. The course will physically remain on the graduate transcript. Graduate courses used to meet undergraduate degree requirements may not be used to meet graduate degree requirements. (This does not apply to students enrolled in a joint undergraduate/graduate degree program.) Graduate courses taken to meet undergraduate degree requirements may not be reelected at the graduate level.
Process for Requesting Approval
Undergraduate students who wish to elect a graduate course use the following process:
- Students must complete a Request for Approval to Elect a Graduate Course form and provide a rationale as to why they wish to elect a graduate course, then obtain instructor’s approval both on forms. Students submit the forms (with required information) to the chair/director of the academic department/program out of which they wish to elect the graduate course.
- The chair/director reviews the request and indicates on the form whether s/he approves or denies the request. If the chair/director approves the request, s/he will send a memo along with the Request for Approval to Elect a Graduate Course and completed Add/Drop form to the Associate Provost/Dean of Graduate Programs for review. The memo will include: a) rationale for supporting the student’s request and b) verification that the student is in good academic standing.
- The Office of Graduate Programs will notify the student and academic chair/director whether or not approval has been granted.
- If approval is granted, the university Registrar will be notified and sent the add/drop form for processing.
Students, granted approval, will be limited to electing a total of two graduate courses.
Transcripts for students who elect a graduate course to fulfill undergraduate degree requirements will reflect the following:
- Both the undergraduate and graduate transcripts will have a notation indicating the course was used to fulfill undergraduate degree requirements.
- The course will remain on the graduate transcript however; the graduate credit hours will be zeroed out.