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Graduate Student Handbook

Transfer of Credits

A maximum of nine applicable semester hours of graduate credit from accredited colleges and universities may apply toward requirements of a graduate degree at Southwestern Oklahoma State University (SWOSU). Only coursework with grades of "A" and "B" is eligible for transfer. All applicable graduate credit earned at SWOSU prior to admission into a degree program is considered as transfer credit.

Application for Graduation

Candidates for the master's degree are responsible for filing an application for graduation with the Registrar. Students are strongly encouraged to file this application during the first two weeks of the semester in which they plan to graduate.

Academic Load

All full-time students are enrolled in a minimum of nine hours per semester and four hours during a summer term. Three quarter-time students are enrolled in a minimum of seven hours per semester and three hours during a summer term. Half-time students are enrolled in a minimum of five hours per semester and two  hours during a summer term. Enrollments that exceed 16-hours during the fall and spring semester and nine hours during the summer term are exceptions and must be approved by the advisor and Graduate Dean. Additional credit may be earned via interim courses.

Web/Online Study

A maximum of nine applicable semester hours of graduate credit in web/online study may apply toward requirements of a graduate degree at Southwestern Oklahoma State University. All applicable graduate web/online study credit (maximum of nine semester hours) earned at SWOSU prior to admission into a degree program or taken from accredited colleges and universities will be considered transfer credit.

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