246 Graduate Programs
2018-2019 USC Upstate Catalog
scheduling of any given course or degree offering. Students are required to
take such developments into account as they arise, even if doing so means
a delay in the fulfillment of some of their academic goals or modification
of those goals.
Every candidate admitted for a degree is assigned a faculty advisor with
whom to plan a program of study relevant to specific objectives and sufficiently
intensive and sequential to assure professional competence and
breadth of knowledge. Students have the privilege of requesting a particular
advisor, subject to the consent of the faculty member and approval of the
appropriate graduate administrator. The advisor should be a specialist in
the candidate’s major area of study.
PROGRAM OF STUDY
Immediately following admission to the program, every degree seeking
student, working with an advisor, must develop and file a program of study
in the office of the appropriate graduate program. A program of study is an
agreement signed by the student, the advisor and the appropriate graduate
administrator. This formal agreement serves a number of purposes to the
benefit of both the student and the University. It causes the student and
the advisor to engage in early planning with a specific goal in mind; it
provides useful information for the planning of course offerings; it facilitates
subsequent advisement, and it protects the student in the event of
unexpected curriculum or faculty changes. Although formal programs are
binding, they can be modified or replaced by new programs if conditions
warrant such changes.
Prerequisites. Prerequisite courses are listed to inform students about the
academic background recommended for satisfactory course completion.
The instructor may approve the enrollment of students who have acquired
the equivalent knowledge or skills through other courses or experiences.
Special permission to enroll should be requested from the instructor prior
Course loads. Nine semester hours in the fall and spring semesters and
three hours during a summer session are considered full time enrollment. A
student may enroll in no more than 12 hours during a fall or spring semester,
3 hours during Maymester, or 6 hours during a single summer session
without permission of the appropriate graduate administrator. Forms to
request permission for an overload are available on the University's website.
Correspondence courses. The University neither offers correspondence
courses for graduate credit nor accepts correspondence work as applicable
toward any graduate degree.
Credit by examination. No graduate credit is offered by examination.
Auditing. Students wishing to audit graduate courses are advised to obtain
permission from the appropriate graduate administrator. Arrangements for
auditing are duly recorded at the time of registration. No credit may be earned
for an audited course, either by examination or otherwise, and no audited
course may be repeated for credit at a later date. No record of audit shall
appear on a transcript unless a student attends 75 percent of the classes.
Course Numbering. Because USC Upstate does not offer doctorate degrees,
graduate courses shall be numbered from 600 to 799, as appropriate to
reflect the level of difficulty of the course. Typically, a 700-level course will
be more complex or require additional knowledge or expertise compared
to a 600-level course. A 600-level course should not require a 700-level
course as a prerequisite.
ACADEMIC RESIDENCY REQUIREMENT
Students must successfully complete a minimum of 24 semester hours of
program courses offered by the University of South Carolina Upstate in order
to meet minimum academic residency requirements.
DROPPING A COURSE
Courses dropped through the late registration period will not be recorded
on the student’s transcript.
A course dropped following late registration through the sixth week of a
regular semester is recorded with a non-penalty grade of W. After the sixth
week of the semester, any courses dropped will appear on the permanent
record with a grade of WF unless documentation is offered which is acceptable
to the instructor and the appropriate graduate administrator. A WF is
treated as an F in the evaluation of the student’s eligibility to continue and in
computing the student’s grade point average. Students who stop attending
class without officially withdrawing have the course recorded with a grade
of F, which is included in all calculations and totals.
The academic calendar for spring and fall graduate courses gives the prescribed
dates for dropping a course. In summer sessions, other shortened
terms, and specially scheduled courses, the period for withdrawal with a
grade of W is 43 percent of the total number of class days. The student should
consult with the appropriate graduate office concerning the withdrawal
dates for specially scheduled courses. A course cannot be dropped after the
last day of classes specified for the session in which the course is scheduled.
If a student must either drop a course or withdraw from the University for
medical reasons or other acceptable major cause after the penalty date (last
day to receive a W), the student must submit the form entitled Request for
Assignment of W Grade for Medical Reason or Extenuating Circumstances
After Penalty Date. This form must be approved by the course instructor and
the appropriate graduate administrator.
WITHDRAWAL FROM ALL COURSES
All students, both full- and part-time, wishing to withdraw from the University
(discontinue enrollment from all courses) must complete an Application for
Withdrawal form. Withdrawal applications are available from the Records
Office and online. Students must obtain the required signatures before the
withdrawal will be processed by the Records Office.
Grades assigned upon withdrawal are determined as described above for
dropping courses. The date of withdrawal from the University will be posted
on student transcripts.
Any student withdrawing within the scheduled refund period can expect
to receive a refund through the mail in approximately six to eight weeks. If
at the time of withdrawal, the student has any financial obligations to the
University, these will be deducted from any refund due. Refunds for those
students who received and used financial aid in payment of academic fees
will be applied toward repayment of financial aid.
Students who have received long-term loans through the University must
contact the financial aid office for an exit interview. Failure to participate in
an exit interview may result in a hold being placed on transcripts.
GRADES AND CREDIT
Credit values. Courses that carry 3 semester hours credit meet a minimum
of 2100 instructional minutes.
Grading system. The letter grades A, B, C, D and F are employed to des