Undergraduate students may request permission to take a graduate class and hold the credit earned in reserve, to apply later toward a graduate degree. Students can apply for “reserve graduate credit” only for courses numbered 500-699.
Requests for reserve graduate credit should be submitted to the COS Undergraduate Academic Affairs office at least two weeks prior to the start of the requested course to allow adequate time for review.
- Students must be within 15 credits of graduation.
- Students must have completed all prerequisites for the course.
- Students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher at Mason.
- Students must have completed at least 12 credits at Mason.
- Students can accumulate a maximum of *six* total credits of reserve graduate credit during their undergraduate career. This is a non-negotiable university limit.
If permission is granted to take a course for reserve graduate credit, it does not imply approval for admission into a graduate program at George Mason or elsewhere. If a student is later admitted to a graduate program, the course taken as reserve graduate may be able applied to the degree program subject to the approval of the program director and the dean. Only courses with satisfactory graduate grades (A or B) may be applied to a graduate program.