Missouri State University

Office of the Registrar

Undergraduate Catalog

2014-15 preliminary edition, April 2014

Senior Permission for Graduate Credit

Missouri State seniors and visiting degree-seeking seniors from another institution who are classified as non-degree seeking while at Missouri State, may be permitted to take 600-level or higher courses for graduate credit during the last two semesters of a baccalaureate program upon the recommendation of the head of the department in which the course is offered and approval of the Graduate College. To be eligible, students must have a GPA of at least 3.00 on the last 60 hours of undergraduate course work. Eligible students are limited to a maximum of 9 credit hours of graduate level courses and a maximum of 15 credit hours of graduate and undergraduate courses combined during a semester. A maximum of 12 credit hours of graduate credit may be earned by Senior Permission. Courses completed for graduate credit under Senior Permission cannot be applied toward the undergraduate degree. Graduate credit earned under Senior Permission may be applied toward a graduate degree contingent upon approval of the graduate program department head and the Dean of the Graduate College. Senior Permission forms are available in the Graduate College, Carrington Hall 306 and must be completed and submitted at the time of registration.

What's the difference between Senior Permission and Mixed Credit?

There are two routes to enrolling in graduate coursework as an undergraduate student.

Policy/ProcedureSenior Permission for Graduate CreditMixed Credit
Academic standing Must have senior standing (90+ Hours) Must have junior standing (60+ Hours)
Academic eligibility Must have GPA of 3.00 on last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework. Must be accepted into an accelerated graduate program for a semester after which you expect to graduate with your bachelor’s degree. Each graduate program has specific accelerated admission requirements. Refer to the program description in the Graduate Catalog.
Semester credit load limitations Maximum of 9 hours of graduate level credit and a maximum of 15 hours of combined graduate and undergraduate credit in a semester.

University overload policy applies.

Maximum credit toward degree A maximum of 12 credit hours of graduate credit may be earned through Senior Permission. Specific to program. The maximum is 12 credit hours, but many programs have lower limits. Refer to the program description in the Graduate Catalog for specific program limits.
Applicable courses  600-level or higher courses  600-level or higher courses
Applicable credit, GPA, and transcripts

Courses completed for graduate credit under Senior Permission cannot be counted toward any undergraduate degree requirement.

Course included in the graduate GPA only.

Courses completed for graduate credit under Mixed Credit can be counted toward both the undergraduate and graduate degree requirements.

Course included in both undergraduate and graduate GPA. 

Course included in both undergraduate- and graduate-level transcripts.

Required steps for approval

  1. Receive signature of approvals from head of the department in which course is being offered and from the Graduate College, Carrington Hall Room. 306.
  2. Take completed Senior Permission form to Office of the Registrar, Carrington Hall, Room. 320, for processing.
  1. Must be accepted into the accelerated graduate program.
  2. Complete Mixed-Credit Form for each semester.
  3. Receive signature of approvals from graduate program advisor, Department Head of undergraduate program and Dean of the Graduate College.
  4. Take completed Mixed-Credit Form to Office of the Registrar, Carrington Hall, Room. 320, for processing.
Deadline for approval All approvals must be granted and registration completed prior to the end of the Change of Schedule Period for the course(s). Senior Permission cannot be retroactively granted after semester has ended. All approvals must be granted and registration completed prior to the end of the Change of Schedule Period for the course(s). Mixed Credit cannot be retroactively granted after semester had ended. 
Registration Issues

Students must complete the process by registering for the class through the normal registration process.

Students may encounter additional registration blocks not related to the Senior Permission approval such as course requires permission; prerequisite is not met; program restriction; no seat available in class, etc. These issues must be resolved with the department offering the class.

Graduate hours under Senior Permission do not count toward full-time undergraduate enrollment status.

Students must complete the process by registering for the class through the normal registration process.

Students may encounter additional registration blocks not related to the Mixed Credit approval such as course requires permission; prerequisite is not met; program restriction; no seat available in class, etc. These issues must be resolved with the department offering the class.

Students should not register for the undergraduate equivalent (e.g. parallel) of the class.

Financial Aid eligibility Graduate courses taken under Senior Permission are not eligible for financial aid for the semester. Graduate courses taken under Mixed Credit are eligible for financial aid for the semester.
Contact information:

Graduate College, (417) 836-5335, Carrington Hall, room 306
email:
GraduateCollege@missouristate.edu

Graduate Admissions, (417) 836-5331, Carrington Hall, room 308
email: GraduateAdmissions@missouristate.edu