JSOM Policies - Graduate


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Registration in graduate programs beyond the first semester is contingent on students being on good academic standing as defined in the catalog. If, based on that policy, a JSOM graduate student is placed on academic probation:


  1. A hold will be placed on the student’s account.
  2. The student must contact his or her program director/coordinator to create a course plan to get back on good academic standing. The course plan may require reducing the number of enrolled credit hours per semester and/or retaking coursework.
  3. The student will be registered by the JSOM Academic Advising Office once the course plan is complete.

As defined in the catalog, graduate students in good academic standing have the option to request a change of program by submitting a Change of Program Request Form through the JSOM Academic Advising Office. If the change of program request is approved, the student will be responsible for meeting the program requirements of the catalog in effect at the time the change is officially processed.


For JSOM:

  • A change of program request will be routed to the Graduate Admission Review Committee to be evaluated in the same manner as a graduate admission application for the corresponding program.
  • Change of program requests will not be accepted for students in their first semester.
  • Change of program requests will be accepted only for the following semester from the first day of registration and up to four weeks prior to the first day of class for that term.

As the catalog allows, JSOM graduate students admitted under a previous catalog may choose to follow the degree requirements outlined in the latest published catalog by submitting a Change of Program Request Form to the JSOM Academic Advising Office. Once the catalog change is complete, students are responsible for meeting all program requirements of the new catalog.

JSOM graduate students’ registration will be limited as follows:

  • Fall and spring semesters: 13 enrolled credit hours
  • Summer semesters: 10 enrolled credit hours

Students seeking to enroll in additional coursework in spring 2020 can add the additional credit hours on or after January 8, 2020. Students who must have additional credit hours prior to this date in order to qualify for graduation should contact the JSOM Academic Advising Office.

Registration in a course that has reached maximum enrollment will be completed only through the waitlist process. Additionally, JSOM graduate students can waitlist a maximum of three credit hours each semester.


Any waitlisted course that violates waitlist policy will be removed from the student’s schedule. Students who attempt to bypass waitlist policy will lose their waitlist privileges for the corresponding semester.

Certain prerequisites are required for graduate programs. Applicants who have not satisfied such requirements may be admitted but will need to satisfy the prerequisites as required by their program. Credit is not earned for program prerequisites; however, all grades achieved in prerequisites will count toward the student’s cumulative grade-point average (GPA).


  • All degree programs (except MS in Accounting Cohort, MS in Finance Cohort and MBA programs) require students to take a one-semester-credit-hour Professional Development course.
  • Knowledge of calculus is required for the following graduate programs: MS in Business Analytics, MS in Energy Management, MS in Finance, MS in Management Science and MS in Supply Chain Management. Applicants who have not satisfied this requirement may take OPRE 6303 (Quantitative Foundations of Business).
  • Knowledge of statistics is required for the MS in Finance program. Applicants who have not satisfied this requirement may take OPRE 6301 (Statistics and Data Analysis).

JSOM graduate students will have holds added to their account by the JSOM Academic Advising Office as outlined below. These holds will prevent registration, and students should take prompt action to address them.

  • New students — JSOM Academic Advisor will release the hold after the student completes the new student process.
  • Students not in good academic standing — JSOM Academic Advisor will release the hold after the student is back on good academic standing as defined in the catalog. This includes completing program prerequisites at the time indicated in the student’s corresponding degree.
  • Vital information is missing from the student’s record — JSOM Academic Advisor will release the hold after the information is obtained/updated.

Transfer credits may be granted for equivalent graduate coursework taken at other universities with a grade of B or better within the past six years. Up to 9 semester credit hours of coursework from other universities may be transferred into any Master of Science in the School of Management. Up to 12 semester credit hours of coursework from other universities may be used to transfer credit to the Professional MBA degree program. The Full-Time MBA program and Professional Evening Cohort MBA program only allows 6 elective semester credit hours to be transferred into its program.


The complete list of transfer credit rules and required request form can be accessed through the Forms page


If you are completing your transfer coursework through Study/Education Abroad your transfer paperwork will be handled through the Study/Education Abroad Office.

Waivers of program core requirements may be granted in recognition of previous coursework completed with a grade of B or better within the past six years in a specific business program area. This allows a student to skip a core course in their degree plan and take a higher-level course in the same academic area meeting the core requirement with no reduction in the program credit-hour requirements. Up to 9 hours of coursework from other universities may be waived from any Master of Science Program’s core courses in the School of Management. Up to 12 hours of coursework from other universities may be used to waive core courses in the Professional MBA degree program.


The complete list of waiver of core courses rules and required request form can be accessed through the Forms page.