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Restrictions on Certain Courses

All master’s programs must be consistent with the following restrictions. A particular master’s 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 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 master’s 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 master’s 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 of any type at any institution cannot be applied to meet the credit requirements of a master’s program. The only exception is a course that qualifies for application under regulations for a second master’s degree at Boise State University or an accelerated master’s degree. 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 any stipulations that apply to the requirements for second master’s degrees and accelerated master’s degrees. Courses allowed under this exception are also limited by the fundamental requirement that at least two thirds (2/3) of the total credit requirement for the master’s degree must be earned at Boise State University after admission to the graduate program.