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Can I apply previously completed courses to my second master’s/specialist degree?

Subject to the approval of the department head and graduate dean, students holding master’s/specialist degrees from a regionally accredited graduate institution in the United States may apply certain courses that were a part of a previously earned graduate degree toward a second master’s/specialist degree, provided such courses are not more than 6 years old at the time the second master’s degree is conferred.

The number of courses to be permitted will be as follows:

  1. For 30-semester-hour degrees, no more than 9 approved hours.
  2. For 36-semester-hour degrees, no more than 12 approved hours.
  3. For the 62-semester-hour MFA, no more than 20 approved hours.
  4. A thesis completed for a previous degree cannot be used for a second master’s/specialist degree.
  5. A 595 Research Literature and Techniques course can only be used for a second master’s/specialist degree with department and Graduate School approval.
  6. All remaining courses applied to satisfy the requirements for the second master’s/specialist degree must be A&M-Commerce courses.

The second master’s/specialist degree will be subject to the general regulations governing master’s degrees except as stated above.

After a degree is awarded, courses taken before the degree was awarded (regardless of whether the course is applied to the degree) cannot be repeated and the grade point average cannot be recalculated.

Students who wish to pursue a second master’s/specialist degree must apply for admission to the second master’s/specialist degree.

Contact your Graduate Services Coordinator or additional information.

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