Graduate General Policies

Graduate Forms

All required forms are available on the Graduate Forms webpage. Forms also are available in the Graduate Office (Taylor Hall, Room 102) and the Registrar’s Office (Taylor Hall, Room 103). 

Advising

The letter of acceptance into a degree program in Business Administration, Counseling Psychology, Education, English, Health Education, Humanities and Public Health includes the name of the faculty adviser. Students are required to make an appointment or see their adviser upon admission to a program.

At their conference, the student and adviser prepare a plan for the student’s entire program. The adviser will provide the student with a copy of the approved program; a copy will be retained in the adviser’s file, and one will be filed in the College of Graduate Studies.

While students are welcome to consult with advisers as frequently as they wish, it is necessary to do so only in the following circumstances: when changes in the program are contemplated, when the student has completed the credits required to apply for admission to degree candidacy, and when the student is preparing to register for the final semester of coursework to complete the degree. At the discretion of the adviser, changes in the program can be implemented by correspondence.

Transfer Credit

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Transfer credit is not accepted for the following programs; doctoral degrees in Education and Physical Therapy and master’s degrees in Business Administration, Forensic Science, Genetic Counseling, International Peace and Conflict Resolution, and Medical Science (Physician Assistant).

Transfer credits that are less than 10 years old at the time of degree completion may be counted as part of the degree. A grade of “B” or higher must have been earned; the student’s adviser must judge the courses to be relevant to the present program; and the institution that granted the credit must accept the course toward its own degree. Only 3-credit courses or multiples of 3 (i.e., 3 or 6) will be accepted. One-credit courses are not accepted under any circumstances. The student is responsible for supplying official descriptions of courses and any other supporting information requested by the adviser. Also, course credit previously used to fulfill graduate or undergraduate degree requirements may not be considered for transfer into any master’s degree program at Arcadia University.

Transfer of Credit from Other Institutions After Admission

After admission, matriculated students must petition to enroll in a course at another institution with the intention of transferring the credits earned to their Arcadia University program. Students must provide their adviser with a full description of the course and the reasons for enrolling in it. Once the petition form is signed by the adviser, it is sent to the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies for a policy review. Approval is not usually granted for courses that are also offered at Arcadia University. Under no circumstances will more than 6 credits be accepted in transfer to an Arcadia University degree program. Forms are available on the Graduate Forms webpage. Forms are available in the College of Graduate Studies (Taylor Hall, Room 102) and the Registrar’s Office (Taylor Hall, Room 103).

Education Records/FERPA

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 is a federal law that provides that a covered educational institution maintains the confidentiality of students’ records. In accordance with the act, with the exception of directory information as defined by Arcadia University, no one outside Arcadia University shall have access to, nor will the University disclose any information from, students’ educational records without the written consent of students, except to appropriate personnel within the University, to officials of other institutions in which students seek to enroll, to persons or organizations providing students’ financial aid, to accrediting agencies carrying out their accreditation function, to persons in compliance with a judicial order, and to persons in an emergency in order to protect the health or safety of students or other persons. A complete statement of the University’s policy in this regard is available from the Registrar’s Office.

Please refer to the University's FERPA Compliance Policy.

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Student Photo Identification

Arcadia University requires photo identification for all students. Refer to semester schedules for information on obtaining a photo ID or contact the Public Safety Department to schedule an appointment, 215-572-2800.