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Repetition of Graduate Courses

Repetition to Improve a Grade

A graduate student who has completed a graduate course for credit may attempt to repeat that course to improve the grade, but only once and only with the written approval of the Graduate Program
Coordinator using the Request to Repeat a Graduate Course form. Certain graduate courses cannot be repeated to improve a grade, including:

  • 590 Practicum/Internship
  • 591 Project
  • 592 Portfolio
  • 593 Thesis
  • 686 Master’s Preliminary Examination
  • 687 Doctoral Preliminary Examination
  • 690 Master’s Comprehensive Examination
  • 691 Doctoral Comprehensive Examination
  • 693 Dissertation

If a student’s attempt to repeat a course results in a grade of W or CW, an additional attempt is not permitted unless the student can document extenuating circumstances that are clearly beyond the student’s control.

A course that has been completed more than once in an attempt to improve a grade can be listed only once on an Application for Admission to Candidacy form (for a degree program) or a Proposed Plan of Study for a Graduate Certificate form (for a certificate program). The listed semester and grade must be for the most recent completion of the course for credit. All course registrations on record beyond published drop dates for each semester or session appear on the student transcript and GPA computations are carried out according to Boise State University Policy# 2200. In order to conform to previous policies of the Graduate College on course repetition to improve a grade, a graduate student may not repeat a Boise State course to improve a grade of F if the course was initially completed prior to the start of the Fall 2003 semester.

Repetition for Credit

The university-wide graduate courses and some departmental courses (such as MUS 563 Major Instrument Pedagogy I and MUS 564 Major Instrument Pedagogy II) are associated either with specifically defined efforts by an individual student or with content characteristics that can change from semester to semester. These courses and others like them may be repeated for credit and listed multiple times by a graduate student on his or her an Application for Admission to Candidacy form (for a degree program) or a Proposed Plan of Study for a Graduate Certificate form (for a certificate program) form subject to all approvals and limitations of the graduate program and the Graduate College.