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Admission to Graduate Study
Admission to graduate study is selective. In addition to having earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution, candidates are expected to present evidence of superior performance in their undergraduate work which includes a general education component. Colleges may institute limited variations in the overall admission criteria in order to meet academic or professional requirements in their fields. A particular program may utilize additional criteria such as standardized test scores, successful work performance, personal goal statements or face-to-face interviews to aid in predicting successful performance in a graduate program. These criteria are presented in the sections describing individual program admission criteria. Final decisions regarding admission are made by the dean of the college offering the program upon the recommendation of the program director.
Throughout its policies and procedures, the University is committed to the principles of equal educational opportunity for all regardless of age, sex, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, handicap, military service, height, weight, marital status, or political belief.
Graduate programs play a vital role in the mission of the University of Detroit Mercy. As the home of scholarship and research, graduate programs provide opportunities through advanced instruction and experience in research for a qualified student to master an area of knowledge, add to its store and disseminate it to others. Graduate study may best be described as a dedication to truth: the willingness to accept the discipline of scholarship through which the truth may be found and the desire to share this truth with others.
These objectives are shared by each of the colleges in the graduate programs they offer. But as each of the colleges maintains its identity, so each imposes special objectives inherent in the particular discipline itself. Since these objectives vary, they are traditionally specified in terms of departmental and program objectives.
Graduate students are responsible and accountable for knowledge of the University and program requirements, procedures and regulations set forth in this Catalog. Program directors, advisors, faculty and administrative staff may assist students by explaining requirements and procedures in individual instances. The ultimate responsibility for compliance with procedures and requirements, however, rests with the student.
The program director is a central figure in the development of the student’s academic program at the University. Students must consult with and obtain the approval of the program director (or advisor) to develop their schedules for each term, to change their registrations, and to clarify academic procedures and policies.
Applicants who are currently enrolled in undergraduate programs should request that an official transcript be sent at the time of application. A "final" official transcript, certifying completion of all degree requirements, should be sent when all course work is completed.
The following admission statuses may not apply to all colleges or programs. Acceptance within any status is at the discretion of the program director and/or dean of the college.
Upon the completion of not more than 12 credit hours, a decision will be made regarding admission to regular status or dismissal. Acceptance requires a minimum B average for all courses attempted and the fulfillment of all other requirements established by the program director. The hours taken during conditional status may be counted as credit toward the fulfillment of degree requirements with the permission of the program director.
In some cases applicants with a bachelor’s degree may be required to enroll in some undergraduate courses to strengthen their background in preparation for graduate study. Courses taken in such circumstances will not be accepted for graduate credit.
Provisional status is temporary. Applicants admitted provisionally agree, by their registration, to abide by the final decision of their dean with reference to acceptance or rejection of their application for graduate study after the receipt and evaluation of official transcripts and/or test results by the University.
Admission to unclassified status does not constitute admission to a graduate program. Students wishing to pursue a graduate degree or certificate must apply to the program of their choice and meet all the admission requirements of that program.
Guest Student Status
This application may be obtained from the Registrar's Office at most Michigan institutions. Students enrolled in institutions outside the state of Michigan must present a letter from their home institutions which indicates that they are in good standing and the specific course(s) the student may take. This letter must be signed by the dean of the graduate program at the home institution.
Guest student status is not continuous. A new application must be filed for any term in which the student desires to enroll at the University of Detroit Mercy.
Post-Degree Student Status
Permission to enroll in graduate courses under senior privilege does not imply acceptance into a graduate program. Students enrolled through senior privilege must follow the procedures and meet the established requirements in order to continue their graduate study.
Students may transfer up to 12 semester hours from another graduate school or program (some programs may specify less) with the approval of the program director or the dean. Transfer credit will be granted for advanced undergraduate courses open to graduate students only if written verification is provided from an official of the institution verifying that the courses were completed for graduate credit. (Quarter-hour courses are converted to semester hours.)
A minimum grade of B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) is required in all courses presented for transfer. All transfer courses must fall within the time limits established by the program in which a student wishes to enroll.
Petitions for advanced standing or transfer credits are available in the college office. Official transcripts must be supplied.
Students wishing to take graduate courses at other institutions must obtain the written approval of the dean and program director prior to enrolling in such courses. Such courses must be open to graduate students only. No more than one semester credit will be allowed per week of short courses or seminars. Some programs do not permit students to take graduate courses at other institutions subsequent to admission and enrollment at UDM.
Applicants from countries other than the U.S. are urged to complete an international application at least five months before classes begin. Students needing form I-20 for a student visa must fulfill the requirements thereof, including proof of adequate financial support. Applications may be downloaded at www.udmercy.edu
American Language and Culture Program
Applications for admission along with evidence of financial support should be mailed directly to:
College of Business Administration
College of Engineering & Science
College of Health Professions & McAuley School of Nursing
College of Liberal Arts & Education
School of Architecture
School of Dentistry
School of Law