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Academic Programs

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Academic Programs

The Program Plan

The program plan is a key to achieving the student’s academic goals. It describes the degree or certificate requirements and specifies courses selected to meet them. The “Undergraduate Program Plan” or the “Graduate Program Plan” is developed in consultation with an academic advisor. A program plan should be prepared after a student is granted regular admission status. The plan may be amended, if necessary. The program plan and any amendments are recommended by the academic advisor, in consultation with the student. Final approval of program plans and amendments rests with the appropriate academic director. For example, MSA plans must be approved by the MSA director and undergraduate plans must be approved by the Undergraduate Extended Degree Programs director. The academic advisor will determine when the plan will be sent to the academic director for approval. For review by the academic director, plans and amend- ments are forwarded to ProfEd’s Mount Pleasant office.

Multiple Undergraduate Degrees/ Concentrations

A student may apply for a second baccalaureate degree from CMU if the degrees are different and the following criteria are met. To earn two baccalaureate degrees from Central Michigan University at the same time a student must:

  • 1.

    Satisfy all requirements for each of the two degrees, including graduation and degree requirements.

  • 2.

    Present a minimum of 154 semester hours of acceptable credit.

  • 3.

    Present a minimum of 60 semester hours from CMU, of which at least 30 hours must have been earned by CMU classes or learning packages. Correspondence credit, advanced placement credit, CLEP credit, hours earned by credit by examination and prior learning assessment credit may not be applied toward this requirement. To earn a second baccalaureate degree from Central Michigan

University after having earned the first degree, a student must:

  • 1.

    Satisfy all requirements for the second degree, including graduation and degree requirements.

  • 2.

    Present a minimum of 30 semester hours of credit from CMU beyond those required for the first degree. The additional hours need not be taken after completion of requirements for the first degree.

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    Present a minimum of 60 semester hours from CMU, of which at least 30 have been earned by CMU classes, learning packages, or Web-based courses. Correspondence credit, Advanced Placement credit, CLEP credit, hours earned by Credit by Examination and Prior Learning Assessment credit may not be applied toward this requirement. To earn a second baccalaureate degree after earning the first

degree from another regionally accredited, four-year, degree- granting institution, or from a foreign university or college approved by the government or the official regulating agency of the country in which the university or college is located, a student must:

1.

Satisfy all requirements for the second degree, including graduation and degree requirements.

2.

Present a minimum of 30 semester hours of additional credit from CMU, of which at least 15 semester hours have been earned by CMU classes, learning packages or Web-based courses. Correspondence credit, Advanced Placement credit, CLEP credit, hours earned by Credit by Examination and Prior Learning Assessment credit may not be applied toward this requirement.

Dual undergraduate concentrations are available. Contact an academic advisor for information.

Certificate Programs

Dual concentrations are not available under the MSA program. However, students may earn certificates in additional concentra- tions. Graduate certificates are available in Acquisitions Admin- istration, General Administration, Health Services Administra- tion, Hospitality and Tourism Administration, Human Resources Administration, Information Resource Management, International Administration, Leadership, Long-Term Care Administration, Public Administration, Software Engineering Administration, and Vehicle Design and Manufacturing Administration. These 15-18 credit hour programs are designed for regularly admitted graduate students who desire advanced training in the field of administration. Up to six hours of transfer credit may be used on the certificate program. Coursework and other requirements must be completed within four years prior to the awarding of a graduate certificate. Credits successfully earned for an MSA certificate program may be applied toward the MSA degree in the same concentration.

Note: CMU is not currently accepting students into the follow- ing certificate programs: Hospitality and Tourism Administration, Long-Term Care Administration, and Software Engineering Ad- ministration.

Additional Graduate Degrees

A student who holds a master’s or higher degree may earn an additional master’s degree in another discipline. In any case a maximum of six semester hours submitted in fulfillment of the prior degree programs at CMU or elsewhere may subsequently be transferred to another master’s degree program provided the hours apply to the stated requirements of the subsequent program and were earned within seven years of the student’s completion of the additional degree.

Courses of Unspecified Content and Variable Credit

Variable credit courses are identified by a semester hour designa- tion such as 1-3(Spec). The maximum hours that a student may earn in a variable credit course to apply toward graduation is the highest number in the semester hour designation of the course (i.e., 3 hours maximum in the example listed above).

Unspecified content courses are defined to be courses in which the student or department is not restricted by the course descrip- tion in the Graduate Bulletin to a specific area or subject matter to be included within the course.

It is up to each graduate advisor to ensure that a student’s autho- rized program plan has sufficient university-approved coursework to provide the student with a solid grounding in the academic discipline. In order to assist advisors, a list of variable credit and unspecified content courses is given before the course listings in each department.

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