Graduate Policies

Catalog Year Requirements

Candidates for graduate degrees are expected to graduate under the provisions of the catalog in effect at the time of admission.

Students must complete the requirements of a graduate degree program based on the catalog year requirements in effect for that program at the time of admission. Transfer and readmitted students are expected to follow the catalog year requirements in effect at the time of readmission. Rare exceptions to the above policies may be considered with approval of the program director, department chair, and Dean of the Graduate School.

Undergraduate Students in Graduate Courses

Under certain conditions, undergraduate students may enroll for graduate classes. In general, this requires advanced undergraduate standing, permission of the academic advisor, and permission of the department and instructor offering the course. Undergraduate students in graduate classes must complete exactly the same requirements as graduate students. In addition, undergraduate students must have met all prerequisite requirements for the graduate course in which they wish to enroll.

If the graduate class is to be used to fulfill requirements of a bachelor's degree, the same credits may not be applied to a graduate degree from Gallaudet University later. If the credits are to be applied to a graduate degree, they should be excluded from the undergraduate credit count.

Graduate Students in Undergraduate Courses

Under certain conditions, graduate students may enroll for undergraduate classes. In general, this requires permission of the department and instructor offering the course. Graduate students in undergraduate classes must complete exactly the same requirements as undergraduate students. In addition, graduate students must have met all prerequisite requirements for the undergraduate course in which they wish to enroll.

Undergraduate courses will not be counted towards either the total credits earned or any of the graduate degree requirements.

Consortium Graduate Courses

Eligible Gallaudet students may submit Consortium Cross Registration Authorizations to initiate the cross registration request process to take courses offered at member institutions of the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area (CUWMA, http://www.consortium.org).

Graduate students requesting participation in the Consortium Cross Registration program may seek authorization with the following criteria met:

  • Be an active degree-seeking student at Gallaudet University
  • Be in good academic standing
  • Have good campus and financial standing

Generally, graduate students may register for no more than 50% of the credits taken for a semester at a consortium institution.  An exception is made for doctoral students, who may register for up to 40% of their career credits at a consortium institution.

For more information about registration for Consortium courses and requirements, please see the catalog section on the Consortium.