Degree Requirements

Assessment of Students for Field Placements

Students enrolled in programs which require the completion of a field practicum or clinical experiences shall be subject to an assessment by the Graduate Program Director and/or explicitly designated faculty teaching in the program. The purpose of the review is to assess whether the candidate possesses the interpersonal skills, maturity of judgment, and demeanor to work with the public in a professional setting. This assessment, along with other appropriate indicators of student character and performance, are to be utilized as the basis for determining whether a student should be permitted to register for a field placement.


Grades and Grade Points

A = 4.0 quality points
A- = 3.7 quality points
B+ = 3.3 quality points
B = 3.0 quality points
B- = 2.7 quality points
C+ = 2.3 quality points
C = 2.0 quality points
C- = 1.7 quality points
D+ = 1.3 quality points
D = 1.0 quality points
F = 0 quality points

The GPA is computed at the completion of each academic semester and summer session for those courses taken at Cedar Crest College. Total quality points for each course are calculated by multiplying the number of course credits by the quality points for the grade earned. The average is calculated by dividing the total credits attempted into the total quality points earned. Credits earned by examination or by transfer from another institution are not computed into the Cedar Crest GPA.


Graduate Degree Requirements

Degree requirements for graduate programs are established by Graduate Program Directors in consultation with the Chair of the department in which the program is to be housed (if appropriate), the Graduate Program Committee, the Dean of the School of Adult and Graduate Education, and the Provost. Curricular requirements and academic policies vary across graduate programs. Faculty and students should consult each program’s Graduate Student Handbook for specific details.


Graduate Student Handbooks

Graduate Program Directors are responsible for preparing a Graduate Student Handbook which clearly specifies the curricular requirements and academic policies pertaining to their respective programs. Each Director also is responsible for ensuring that each graduate student enrolled in their program receives a copy of the handbook. Directors are encouraged to require students to sign a verification of receipt form to document that they have received a copy of the handbook. By signing this form, students acknowledge their responsibility for familiarizing themselves and understanding the information presented in the handbook. Students are encouraged to contact the Director of their program is they have questions regarding the provisions of the handbook.


Graduate Student Organization

The Graduate Student Organization is a student-led association which serves to enrich the educational experience of graduate students at Cedar Crest by promoting opportunities for students to develop professionally, socially, and academically. The Graduate Student Organization also represents the interests of graduate students before the faculty, administration and Trustees of the College when it comes to any matter that affects the graduate student body in the realm of either academic affairs or student life.

All graduate students, who are matriculated in a graduate program offered at the College, are members of the GSO. This includes both part-time and full-time students. Additional information pertaining to the organization can be obtained from the Office of Student Affairs or from GSO Representatives in Education, Forensic Science or Nursing.


Leave of Absence

Students wishing to take a leave of absence from a graduate program must submit a written request to the Director of the graduate program in question. The granting of the requested leave is at the discretion of the Director based upon the procedures and criteria established for that program.


Official Withdrawal from Cedar Crest

In order to withdraw officially from the College, a student must complete an exit interview that starts with the Withdrawal or Leave of Absence Application on the Current Student tab on MyCedarCrest.

Official withdrawal prior to the official deadline for course withdrawal will result in all course work in progress being graded “W” (not computed into average). Withdrawal after the official deadline for course withdrawal will result in a grade of “F” for all courses.


Transfer Credits

Policies pertaining to the number of transfer credits a student may apply toward a Master’s degree, and under what circumstances, varies across graduate programs. Please consult each program’s Graduate Student Handbook for specific details. In general, however, once a student becomes matriculated at Cedar Crest College, students will not receive any credit for graduate coursework completed at another institution.

Students are required to submit official transcripts to the Adult and Graduate Admissions Office as part of the application process whereby they are formally admitted to a graduate program. Each Graduate Program Director is responsible for evaluating applicant transcripts and making the final determination as to whether transfer credits should be granted. Such decisions are not subject to appeal. The Graduate Program Director is responsible for notifying the Registrar’s Office in the event that transfer credits are granted to a student.