Auditing Courses

Students cannot audit courses that are part of their degree or licensure requirement. However, students may choose to audit other courses. Audited courses are not graded and students receive no credit for the course.

Cumulative GPA Requirement

No more than two C or C+ grades can be accepted for a course earning graduate credit toward the degree, and then only if there are corresponding grades of higher value to produce a cumulative GPA of 3.00.

Double Counting Courses

Under no circumstances can a course taken at DePaul University or at any other college or university fulfill degree requirements in more than one degree program. A course can only be counted as fulfilling the degree requirements of one degree program.

Limit on Courses

Courses taken at DePaul University or any other college or university that were completed more than 8 years ago can only be counted toward licensure, degree, and/or content area requirements after a review of the student’s transcripts.  Courses for endorsements will be limited to 10 years. Transcripts will be evaluated based on the most-up-to-date licensure, degree, endorsement, and content area requirements. Exceptions will be evaluated by a faculty advisor.

General Education Coursework (Content Area Prerequisites)

All State general education requirements must be completed prior to student teaching. A grade of C or better is required for all general education requirements. DePaul-approved CLEP tests may substitute for appropriate general education coursework. Remedial coursework cannot substitute for general education coursework.

Graduate Credit

Graduate students enrolled in 400 level courses and above earn graduate credit. Courses applying toward a degree generally require a C or better, however, some programs or requirements may require a higher grade as specified in the program section of the catalog.  If a C- or lower is earned in a required course, the course must be repeated or substituted as directed by the department or program.  Such grades remain on the academic record and are calculated into the cumulative GPA.

Graduate students enrolled in 300 level courses can earn graduate credit and grades earned in these classes will contribute toward the graduate GPA.  To earn graduate credit for a 300 level course the student must enroll in the course as a graduate student.  Enrolling as an undergraduate student or earning a grade of C-, D+, D, or F is unacceptable for graduate credit in this program.  Graduate students cannot receive credit for 100 or 200 level courses.

Limit on Transfer Credit for Graduate Students

All COE graduate students can transfer up to 9-quarter hours (approximately 2 courses) from another college or university as credit toward their Master's or Doctoral degree requirements. All other courses must be DePaul coursework.

Pass/Fail Option

Students can take elective courses or courses not required for licensure or degree fulfillment as pass/fail.  Grades A through D represent a passing grade and are not computed into the GPA.  If the course is failed, the F grade is recorded on your record and the grade is computed into the GPA.  For additional regulations, refer to the pass/fail request form.

Program Completion

Timely completion of a program is important. Students in Master's Programs are allowed six years to complete the graduate degree. A petition in writing for a one-year extension may be approved by the department or program.

Students have ten years to complete the doctoral program, beginning with the first quarter of admission. (If students deferred admission, the first quarter of attendance starts the ten-year clock.) For additional information, refer to the Doctoral Handbook.

Teaching & Learning Induction Coursework

All T&L graduate students are required to complete their Teaching & Learning (T&L) induction coursework through the DePaul University College of Education. The only exception to this policy is demonstration of out-of-state residency.

Credit Hour Conversion

DePaul University's academic calendar is based on the quarter system.  College credit is accumulated on the basis of quarter hours.  To convert credit hours from the semester system to the quarter system, multiply the number of semester hours by 1.5 (example: 3 semester hours x 1.5 = 4.5 quarter hours).  To convert credit hours from the quarter system to the semester system, multiply the number of quarter hours by .67 (or 2/3) (example: 4 quarter hours x 2/3 - 2 2/3 semester hours).​​