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Guidelines for Common Graduate Student Petitions

Department of History, Georgia State University

Dr. Denise Z. Davidson, Updated September 4, 2013

Petition to Transfer Substitute Course Credits

  • Students requesting transfer credit should submit to the Director of Graduate Studies a Department of History Petition Cover Sheet with accompanying materials, a Request for Transfer of Graduate Course Credit Form, original syllabi for the courses they wish to transfer, and an official transcript from the institution initially granting the academic credit.
  • The Request for Transfer of Graduate Course Credit Form can be downloaded from the College of Arts and Sciences Policies and Forms web page: cas.gsu.edu/grad_policy.aspx.
  • MA students may transfer a maximum of six semester hours of approved graduate credit from other institutions to apply to their master’s degree program.
  • If an MA student wishes to substitute two three hour courses from another institution for two four hour courses at GSU and so transfer a total of eight semester hours, s/he will need to file a separate petition to deviate from graduate catalog regulations that limit transfer hours on the MA level to six hours (see below for information on that petition).
  • Doctoral students may transfer a maximum of thirty semester hours of approved graduate credit to apply to their PhD degree program.
  • Transfer credits must be approved by the Director of Graduate Studies and the Graduate Studies Committee on the department level, and by the Associate Dean of CAS.

Petition to Waive Department Course or Program Requirements

  • In general, the Department of History discourages petitions to waive course or program requirements, but recognizes that in some cases students may have legitimate reasons for submitting such petitions. For example, the department recognizes that students who do not wish to pursue teaching careers may wish to substitute H7045 for H7050.
  • Students seeking to waive course or program requirements should submit to the Graduate Studies Committee a Department of History Petition Cover Sheet with accompanying materials.
  • Petitions should make a clear case that the requirement has been otherwise satisfied, is out-dated, or is not relevant to the student's academic and/or career goals.

Petition to Waive Language Requirements

  • With the approval of the Graduate Studies Committee, a research skill may be substituted for one language requirement in the masters or doctoral program.
  • In general, the Department of History discourages petitions to waive language requirements, particularly for students working in World or European history, but recognizes that in some cases there are legitimate reasons for submitting such petitions.
  • An equivalent research skill is proficiency obtained in an adjunct area (such as statistics or expertise in an allied discipline) that is not originally included for a major in the department.
  • Taking a single course in an allied field (such as Anthropology or Sociology) is in general not sufficient to fulfill the alternative research skill requirement. Rather, students should show that they have taken a course focused specifically on research methodology and demonstrate that they use this research skill in a significant written project. They may also take a second course that explores further the research skill or offers an opportunity to apply the skill in a research project.
  • Students requesting transfer credit should submit to the Graduate Studies Committee a Department of History Petition Cover Sheet with accompanying materials, including syllabi to demonstrate that their coursework has indeed led to acquisition of an alternative research skill.
  • The statement accompanying the petition should describe the course or courses and/or skill they wish to substitute and explain how it will contribute to their research program.
  • Students should obtain approval for the substitution before registering for the course(s).
  • Foundational courses for a petition to waive language requirements may include but are not limited to: AH 8010 Methodology and Historiography of Art History; ANTH 6600 Archaeological Methods; ANTH 6630 Qualitative Methods in Anthropology; ANTH 8000 Anthropological Theory and Praxis; COMM 6030 Research Methods in Communication; COMM 8055 Theories of Media Uses and Effects; COMM 8210 Audiences and Cultural Studies; ECON 8730 Econometrics I: Statistical Foundations; ECON 9800 International Trade Theory; ENGL 8070 Contemporary Literary Theory; ENGL 8075 Feminist Literary Theory; EPRS 7900 Methods of Research in Education; GEOG 6528 Mapping Fundamentals for GIS; MUS 8000 Research Methods in Music Studies; PAUS 8121 Applied Research Methods in Public Policy; SOCI 8030 Sociological Theory I; SOCI 8342 Quantitative Methods in Sociology; WST 6470 Visual Culture in Women's Studies; WST 8001 Feminist Theories.

Petition to Change Semester of Entry

  • Applicants who do not complete their application files by the appropriate application deadline or who wish to delay their semester of entry into the graduate program may request that their applications be considered for the following semester.
  • Such requests must be made in writing to the Office of Graduate Studies.
  • Applicants who request a change in the date of entry on their application for more than one semester or who request a change in the degree or major area for which they applied must submit a new application and fee to the Office of Graduate Studies.

Petition to Reenter the Graduate Program

  • Former students of Georgia State University who were not registered for courses at Georgia State during any of the previous three semesters, or were not registered for six or more credit hours for the current and the preceding two terms have violated the university's Continuous Enrollment policy (for details see the Office of Graduate Studies website).
  • To continue their studies they are required to file a Re-Entry Application Form with the Office of Graduate Services by the appropriate deadline for reentry.
  • The Reentry Application Form can be downloaded from the Office of Graduate Studies website here: cas.gsu.edu/re-entry.html.
  • Deadlines for Reentry Applications are: Fall—June 1; Spring—November 1; Summer—April 1.

Petition for Deviation from Graduate Catalog Regulations

  • Students who wish to petition to deviate from College of Arts and Sciences Catalog Regulations should fill out a CAS petition, which can be downloaded from the College of Arts and Sciences Policies and Forms web page:  cas.gsu.edu/grad_policy.aspx.
  • The completed form must be submitted to the Graduate Services Office by the first day of classes date published in the official University Calendar for the semester in which students would like their petition reviewed. Forms can be mailed to the Graduate Services Office at the address listed below or faxed to (404) 413-5036.
  • The Graduate Services Office will contact the student's advisor, department director of graduate studies, and department chair for their recommendations.

Petition for State of Georgia Residency Status

  • Definitions of State of Georgia Residency Status and instructions for petitions for instate residency status may be found in the College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Catalog.

Application for Graduation and Change of Graduation Date