Graduate Academic Policies & Regulations
Graduate Studies Forms
All required forms are available online at: www.arcadia.edu/gsforms. Forms also are available in the Registrar’s Office (Taylor Hall, Room 103). All information relevant to the College of Graduate Studies is available on MyArcadia.
The letter of acceptance into a degree program in Business Administration, Counseling Creative Writing, Education, English, Health Education, Humanities, Public Health, and Public Relations 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. Top
A maximum of 6 graduate credits earned at another institution may be considered for transfer at the time of admission into Arcadia University master’s degree programs in Counseling, Creative Writing, Education, English, Health Education, Humanities, Public Health, and Public Relations.
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 graduate courses 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. Official transcripts must be submitted with transfer credit form. 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. Top
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 Assistant 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 following Web sites: www.arcadia.edu/gsforms and www.arcadia.edu/registrar. Forms are available in the Registrar’s Office (Taylor Hall, Room 103). Top
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. Top
A fee of $5 is charged for each copy of an official transcript. (Transcripts processed the same day, or sent express delivery, will be charged additional fees.) Transcripts can be ordered via the Internet or by telephone 24 hours a day, seven days a week; visit www.arcadia.edu/registrar and select the Transcripts link. There is no additional fee to use the Internet link to request transcripts. However, there will be a $5 surcharge to request a transcript by phone using the operator at 800-646-1858, unless the phone call is in reference to technical difficulties using the Internet transcript request. If a written request is preferable, those requests for transcripts should be addressed to the Registrar’s Office and include the following: 1) the name used by the student at the time of attendance; 2) the dates of attendance; 3) the full name and address of the person to whom the transcript is to be sent, and 4) the signature of the student. Transcripts are not released unless all accounts with the University have been paid in full. For questions regarding transcript requests, please call 215-572-2100. Top
Student Photo Identification
Arcadia University requires photo identification for all students. Contact the Public Safety Department to schedule an appointment, 215-572-2800.
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