Research and Graduate Studies

Graduate Status

You may be admitted as a graduate student in one of four categories:

  • classified,
  • conditionally classified,
  • post baccalaureate classified.

Conditionally classified

A conditionally classified graduate student is one who has been accepted into a degree program but has not yet met all classification criteria. You must request classification with the Request for Classification form available from the Graduate Coordinator. It is important to achieve full Classified standing prior to completing more than 12 units of graduate coursework appearing in the formal program. No more than 12 units of work taken prior to attaining fully classified status will be applied to a master’s program.


Classified graduate students are those who have met all criteria for classification in their respective programs. The criteria for classification may be more stringent in some departments, but are never less than the minimum criteria listed below under Classified Status.

You must fulfill one or more of the following criteria. Some programs may have more stringent standards:

  • A 3.0 grade point average or higher in all work undertaken since admission to the program;
  • Hold a graduate degree from an accredited institution;
  • Score at or above the 50th percentile on one of the three portions of the aptitude test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), i.e., verbal, quantitative, or analytic (Normally, the GRE should be taken prior to registration for graduate work at this institution);
  • Score at or above the 50th percentile on some other nationally normed University-approved examination;
  • Attain a satisfactory performance on a departmental admissions assessment approved by the University;
  • Passing score at the Upper Division Writing Proficiency Exam (UDWPE).