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Information for Graduate Students
Information for Graduate Students
- Office of the Registrar
- Testing Services
- Research Programs
- Institutional Review Board
- Certificate Programs
- Bursar's Office (student accounts)
- Academic Calendar
- Graduate Graduation
- Student Housing
- Student Health Center
- Travel Grant (Grad Students)
Graduate Studies Academic Forms
Graduate courses must be scheduled with the approval of your advisor. (The Dean of Graduate Studies serves as the advisor for non-degree students). You can schedule courses by emailing your advisor.
Drop/Add/Withdraw from Courses
It is assumed that if you enroll for a graduate course, you are planning to attend that course. If it is your intention to drop/add/withdraw from a course, you must fill out the appropriate form (available in our office, the Office of the Registrar, or on the Graduate Studies and Office of the Registrar websites). The form must have your advisor's signature. (Remember that the Dean of Graduate Studies serves as the advisor for Non-Degree students.)
Deadlines are listed online - failure to follow the proper procedures will result in you being billed for the course. In addition to submitting the form with appropriate signatures by the appropriate deadline to the Registrar's Office, you must request a refund of fees (if applicable), in writing, to the Business Office.
Grades and Transcripts
Students may take up to twelve credits in non-degree status. They must then either be accepted into a program OR submit verification in writing to our office that they do not intend to pursue a degree through Bloomsburg University. No more than twelve credits taken in non-degree status will apply to a degree program. You are not eligible for financial aid or a graduate assistantship as a non-degree student.
Act 48 credits
This category can be used for teachers seeking to fulfill the Act 48 requirement. You must apply as a non-degree graduate student. In order to submit Act 48 credits to PDE, you must complete the Request for Act 48 Teacher Certification Credit Report.
Transfer of Credits
...from another university. Up to nine semester hours of graduate work (B or better) may be transferred from another institution. Requests for transfer should be made before taking the course. (We strongly recommend that you obtain approval before you take a course you intend to transfer into your program). A special form, which outlines certain rules that apply to transfer credits, is available. Official transcripts are required and should be mailed directly to our office.
...from another program. No more than 12 credits may be applied to a second program. Approval from your advisor and graduate dean are necessary. If you are applying to a second master's, transferred credits must not reduce the number of credits earned below 24.
A student may not be admitted to two programs simultaneously.
Application for Graduation
Students who plan to complete their degree programs must apply for graduation either through your department, the Graduate Office, or the Registrar's Office. Check application deadline dates online. Applications are usually due about three months before graduation.
If you do not enroll in graduate courses for more than a two year period, you are considered inactive and must submit a new application and application fee.
Degree Completion Time-Line
Each student is expected to complete the requirements for their master's degree within six calendar years. This includes courses accepted in transfer (see section on transfer credits).
Graduate Assistantships (which include a stipend and partial tuition waiver) are available to full time regularly admitted graduate students. Learn more ...
All new students must complete the following Health Forms online: Consent for Treatment, Health History, TB Screening Questionnaire, Immunization dates, Medical Insurance information, and the Notice of Privacy Practices. The forms can be completed on the Student Health Center website.
As a graduate student, you have access to the Library’s many resources and services, including print and online books and journals. You also have access to personalized research assistance from librarians. To check out materials from the library, you must use your BU ID card. Online resources may be accessed on or off-campus via the Library’s website, http://library.bloomu.edu; if off-campus login with your Huskies email user name and password. To learn more about research at the graduate level, view a special research guide here, http://guides.library.bloomu.edu/grads.
Student ID Cards
All on-campus graduate students are required to possess a current university identification card. In addition to serving as a library card, it is used for general identification throughout the campus, which includes extracurricular events covered by the community activities fee and the dining hall. This card may be obtained from the Office of Student Standards, Elwell Hall, phone number 570-389-5410.
It is the student's responsibility to register any vehicle driven onto the Bloomsburg University campus and parked during daytime hours. After 5 pm, parking permits are not required. Vehicle registration info.
Students enrolled in a graduate program are eligible to live on campus based on availability. Information on off-campus housing is also available. Please contact Residence Life at 570-389-4088 for more information.
You must update your address or name with the Biographical Data Change Form available in our office, the Registrar's Office, or the Registrar's Office web page. You can also make the request in writing. A copy of your marriage certificate or court document is required for name changes.
Educators who received Instructional I certification after September 22, 2007 must complete at least six post-baccalaureate credits of collegiate study in the area of Inclusive Classrooms and/or Standards Aligned Systems (SAS) prior to applying for Instructional II licensure conversion. The Bureau of School Leadership and Teacher Quality at the Pennsylvania Department of Education will review Level II applications and transcripts for evidence that acceptable coursework has been completed. Graduate courses that address the targeted competencies at Bloomsburg University can be found on the Teacher Recertification information sheet.