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Graduate Program Policies and Procedures

The GenRegs2017 booklet reviews the minimum academic requirements established by the University and the Graduate Office. This booklet is updated annually and the academic year is noted on the cover. Students may also obtain a copy of the booklet in their department.


Academic advising is a critical part of a student’s experience in the graduate program. New students are assigned faculty advisors and are welcome to subsequently change advisors as they fine-tune their academic and career objectives. Advising covers substantive questions in the student’s field of study as well as long-term academic and career planning. Students are strongly urged to speak to an advisor before registering for courses each semester. Any change in advisor must be reported to the Graduate Administrative Coordinator.

Directed Study

A directed study is an individual reading and research course arranged between a student and a faculty member. A directed study is an opportunity for more in-depth analysis of a particular topic or the study of a subject matter not covered in the program’s curriculum. Directed studies carry three semester hours for academic credit. Prior to the start of a directed study, the student and the faculty member must prepare a syllabus that outlines required readings, writing assignments, and other work to be performed by the student, as well as criteria for determining the student’s grade. The syllabus represents a contract that clarifies the responsibilities and expectations of both the student and the faculty member. The proposed directed study must be approved by the director of the program in which the student is enrolled before the start of the semester. PhD students are limited to two Directed Studies. https://cssh.northeastern.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/CSSH-Directed-Study.pdf

Transfer Credit

Up to nine semester hours of graduate level credits can be transferred into the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs Master’s degree programs. These credits must be earned at an accredited institution in the US, must not have been used toward a prior degree, and must be graduate level. In addition, the student must have earned a B or better and the credits must be valid at the time that the student will complete the Northeastern degree. A petition for transfer should be submitted to the director of the program. If transfer credits are recommended by the program, the College will consider the petition. http://catalog.northeastern.edu/graduate/general-admission-transfer-credit/regulations-degree-programs/

Satisfactory Academic Progress

Satisfactory progress means satisfying the requirements of the College of Social Sciences and Humanities Graduate Programs General Regulations and of the regulations specified in the department booklet. The College sets minimum standards for all students to fulfill. Masters students must maintain an overall grade point average of 3.000 as well as a 3.000 in the core courses. Each PhD student will have an annual review of his/her progress toward the completion of the degree. Receipt financial support administered by the Graduate Office is contingent on satisfactory academic progress toward the degree and on meeting department-specific guidelines.

Academic Probation

Any student failing to make satisfactory progress is placed on academic probation, a warning that serves to alert the student to the fact that he/she may not be allowed to continue in the program unless the deficiency is addressed. Students should monitor their own academic records to ensure that they are meeting program standards. Program personnel monitor transcripts each semester and will report any failure to maintain satisfactory progress to the individual student, to the student’s advisor, and to the director of the program.



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