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Unable to Graduate

  1. Nov 23, 2015 #1

    joshmccraney

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    Hi PF!

    Please help me! I am completing a Master's of Science in Mechanical Engineering and finish this term. I successfully defended my thesis and am now waiting to graduate. I was informed some of my credits are redundant, and hence won't count towards graduation.

    I need 45 credits to graduate. 9, and only 9, of them must be thesis (503). I took 9 thesis and 3 others titled "research" (501). The graduate bulletin states 17 credits can be (501) and (503) with a few other's too. Now I am informed the research credits are the same as thesis and count as 12 thesis (503) credits, which exceeds 9.

    Earlier this term I met with the graduate adviser several times and she told me I was okay to graduate (I am not talking about my research adviser; our department has one individual who monitors graduate issues, including graduation). She took a job at a different university about a month ago, although I was informed we still have contact with her. But I didn't just take her word for it; I also checked the graduate school bulletin and it no where specifies that these credits I took (501) would be redundant. I also checked my online student account and degree requirements, and it also does not say these credits are redundant.

    I went to our department and they are trying to get the graduate school to accept all my credits. The department told me there is a chance I won't be able to graduate. What should I do to be able to graduate this term (after all I've earned it).

    Thanks for your time!
     
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  3. Nov 24, 2015 #2

    jtbell

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    Try to find out about any other possible avenues to appeal the decision to the graduate school, if it comes to that.
     
  4. Nov 24, 2015 #3

    joshmccraney

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    Let's hope it does't, but if so I was considering talking with the dean. Do you think this is a good idea or not?
     
  5. Nov 25, 2015 #4

    jtbell

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    It's hard for me to say, because I have no idea what the "bureaucratic climate" is like at your school.
     
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