Concurrent enrollment, sometimes called dual enrollment, refers to situations where students are enrolled at more than one institution at the same time. Concurrent enrollment is supported by federal and state regulations as a means for students to more expeditiously complete degree requirements, thus minimizing student debt and the need for extensive financial aid.
Claremont Graduate University (CGU) has entered into agreements with other institutions of higher education to offer various joint programs in selected fields or disciplines. Partner institutions are accredited and offer graduate-level programs that, in collaboration with CGU, provide a rich and unique educational experience for the graduate student.
Joint doctoral (or joint doc) programs are currently offered in the following fields:
Joint program students are expected to be enrolled in coursework at one of the two institutions each semester and must be registered at both institutions during the semester of graduation. Verifications of enrollment are automatically exchanged between the program institutions each semester in the form of official transcripts.
When a joint program student is enrolled in coursework at a partner institution, CGU records this enrollment on the CGU transcript. For the applicable semester, CGU records the notation "DISC 500 Enrolled at (partner institution)" where DISC is the discipline. Actual courses and grades completed at the partner institution are not recorded on the CGU transcript.
Graduation does not occur until the student has completed all degree requirements at both schools. During the graduation semester, the student is registered at both institutions and must follow the degree completion procedures at both institutions.
While joint program students generally participate in Commencement ceremonies at CGU, a student may participate in the ceremonies at both campuses, provided participation procedures are followed at each.
Only one diploma is issued to the student in a joint doc program. CGU issues the diploma bearing the names and authorizations of the two institutions involved in the joint program.
Official transcripts document academic work completed by a student at the institution issuing the transcript. Joint program students, therefore, must always request transcripts from each of their program institutions when compiling complete academic documentation of their accomplishments, such as for employment applications and other needs.
Generally, joint program students qualify for alumni status at both of the institutions at which they were enrolled.