Academic Catalog 2020-2021

Slippery Rock University

Course Information

500-Level Courses

A maximum of twelve 500-level course credits may be counted toward master’s degree requirements. Some departments/programs may choose to allow less than the maximum. Courses numbered below 500 do not bear graduate credit and may not be used toward the completion of a master’s degree.

600-Level Courses

Courses numbered 600 and above are for graduate credit only.  Undergraduate students requesting special permission to take graduate classes may not count the credit towards the completion of an undergraduate degree.

Course Changes

To add or drop a course or withdraw from a course after registration, a student must use either MySRU or file the appropriate drop/add form with the Office of Academic Records and Registration. The form may be secured from the Office of Academic Records and Registration’s web page. During the fall and spring semesters, students may not drop their last class on MySRU and should contact the Office of Academic Records & Registration for assistance. After the first 8 days (including weekends / excluding holidays) of fall and spring classes students must withdraw from classes using a withdrawal form.  Students taking off campus or online courses must withdraw by emailing their professor who, in turn, will notify the Office of Academic Records of the student’s last day of attendance/participation in the course. Students may not withdraw from a class using MySRU. Failure to withdraw officially from a course may result in the assignment of a grade of “F”.

Dual-Numbered Courses

Graduate credit may not be earned in a dual-numbered course if undergraduate credit was earned in a course with the same title (some exceptions apply).

Student Load

Nine to 12 semester hours are usually considered a normal load for full-time graduate students. Students who wish to carry more than 15 semester hours of credit in the fall, spring, or summer terms require authorization from their graduate coordinator. Students may not register for more than 7 credits during the winter session. A full-time graduate assistant must register for at least nine semester hours of graduate credit per semester. No graduate assistant is permitted a tuition waiver for more than 9-12 graduate credits per semester, depending upon the major.


A maximum of six semester hours of credit earned in graduate workshops may be applied to degree requirements.