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Restrictions on Certain Courses

All Ph.D and Ed.D. programs must be consistent with the following restrictions. A particular Ph.D. or Ed.D. program may impose more stringent restrictions for that program.

Aggregate Restriction

No more than one third (1/3) of the total credit requirement exclusive of culminating activity credit (693 Dissertation) can be met by the aggregate of credits earned in undergraduate courses, pass-fail courses, and university-wide courses numbered 590, 594-596, 598, and 696 (or equivalent courses that may appear as transfer credits). An exception to this restriction may be considered when the courses are outside the major field of study, are taken to expand interdisciplinary or transdisplinary educational experiences, and are approved by the graduate program and the Graduate College by an academic adjustment.

Undergraduate courses

An undergraduate course may be applied to meet the credit requirements of a Ph.D. or Ed.D. degree subject to the following restrictions:

  1. The course must be an upper-division course and must be in a discipline outside the major field of study of the program.
  2. A grade of B or better must be earned in the course.
  3. The course cannot represent effort for an undergraduate thesis, internship, practicum, independent study or research, conference or workshop, experiential learning, study abroad, seminar, or colloquium.

Previously Applied Courses

In general, any course applied to a previously earned degree or certificate of any type at any institution cannot be applied to meet the credit requirements of a Ph.D. or Ed.D. degree. The only exception is a course applied to a master’s degree previously earned at a regionally accredited U.S. institution or non-U.S. institution approved by the Graduate College and the Registrar. Each course allowed under this exception is subject to the following additional restrictions:

  1. A grade of B or better must have been earned in the course.
  2. The course cannot represent effort for a graduate culminating activity or for experiential learning.

Courses allowed under this exception are limited by the fundamental requirement that at least two-thirds (2/3) of the total credit requirement for the degree must be earned after admission to the program. An exception to this requirement is that students who have completed an Ed.S. degree at Boise State and enroll in a related Ed.D. degree may apply all of the credits previously applied to the Ed.S. degree to the Ed.D. degree. This is known as dual application and is subject to the following stipulations:

  1. The dual application of credit must be consistent with those policies of the Ed.D. program that may limit or preclude such dual application.
  2. The dual application of credit must be approved by the student’s advisor or by the chair of the supervisory committee.
  3. All time constraints imposed by the Graduate College that govern the applicability of the credit must be met.