Academic Program Changes & Beginning a New Academic Program
The information provided in these pages is for students who are continuing students who want to change their academic program/degree or add a certificate programor, and graduating students who want to enter a new academic program/degree.
Changes to student programs are governed by the academic policies of the programs involved. These policies are detailed in the CGU Bulletin. Specific instructions, guidelines, and forms are available from the links in the right sidebar.
Program changes are effective at the beginning of the semester following the date of approval.
Students are responsible for determining and finalizing departmental financial arrangements prior to submitting a request for a program change.
International students must secure the approval of the International Students Coordinator for any program changes.
Students who graduate from one program and are admitted into a new degree program are generally expected to begin the new program in the next semester. Enrollment in a new program may be deferred, but for no more than one year.
Students may only share units between two degrees. If a student completes two degrees and units are shared, he/she may not transfer or count any of the units from either of those degrees towards any subsequent CGU degree.
For dual degrees, the number of units that may be accepted as transfer credit are limited as follows.
No more than 12 units for dual degrees that consist of a Masters/Doctoral combination.
No units for dual degrees that consist of two Masters degrees.
Students in an approved dual degree may double count the number of units upon approval of the academic department(s) and the Registrar's Office. No more than 35% of the units from one program may be counted toward the required units of the second program.
Students who are not in a dual degree program may count units from one CGU degree to another as long as the coursework is applicable to the degree program receiving credit.
If a student counts units from a completed CGU master’s degree in the exact same field, all master’s units may count towards the doctoral degree upon approval.
If a student counts units from a completed CGU master’s degree in a different field, a maximum of 24 related units may count towards the doctoral degree upon approval.
If a student did not or will not complete the master’s degree and moves into a doctoral degree in the same field, all related units, upon approval, may count up to the maximum allowed in the doctoral program.
If a student transfers units from a completed CGU master’s degree to a new master’s degree, the number of units that may count are based on the number of units required to complete the new master’s degree:
No more than 15 units may be transferred into master’s requiring 60 units
No more than 10 into those requiring 48 units
No more than 6 into those requiring fewer than 48 units
Counts – This term is used to refer to the applicability of units or coursework toward a particular degree or program. Transcripts do not detail how individual units are counted or credited.
Carry Forward – Units or credit that are taken at another institution and counted toward a CGU degree program. Examples: Accelerated BA/MA students take CGU courses while enrolled as an undergraduate in the Claremont Colleges; these units are counted toward the CGU master's program. Also, students in joint doctoral programs with SDSU and CSULB count non-CGU units toward a CGU doctoral degree.
Transferring – The acceptance and application of units or coursework from one institution to another. Students request transfer credit for coursework completed at another accredited graduate institution.