A maximum of six semester credit hours may
be transferred or waived to reduce the length of the M.S. in L.S.
program under the conditions listed below.
Previous Graduate Degree
A student who holds one or more accredited
graduate degrees when admitted to the school will be automatically
exempt from six semester credit hours, but all remaining credit
must be earned within the School of Library and Information Science.
An official transcript of the graduate degree must be submitted
at the time application is made to the school.
Transfer of Credit for Courses from Another
Students may request that six semester credit
hours of graduate course work from another institution be accepted
for transfer into the M.S. in L.S. program. Students requesting
transfer of credit must submit a completed Transfer of Credit
Request Form for each course, an official transcript issued to
the school directly from the institution attended, and catalog
descriptions of the course. The transfer must be approved by the
student's adviser and the dean of the school. Guidelines for acceptance
of credits are as follows:
Approval for transfer of credit involves a
number of factors, including the accreditation status of the institution
from which graduate courses are transferred, the specific content
of the courses, and their consistence with the program of study
that the student is pursuing at The Catholic University of America.
A primary consideration is that the transferred courses not duplicate
the content of courses taken in the master's degree program at
Courses outside the field of library and information
science may be approved for transfer. The purpose of allowing
courses to be taken outside of the professional program of the
school is to give students opportunities to gain competencies
which are not available in the school, but which will substantially
contribute to their education as information professionals. The
student must demonstrate how the course will materially and specifically
contribute to the student's professional education, make the student's
program a more cohesive whole, and lead to a specific educational
attainment for the student. Students without previous library
education courses or extensive experience are advised to confine
their efforts to library and information science courses.
When the transfer of credits is approved by
the dean of the school, the student will receive a letter verifying
Waiver of Core Courses
Although no more than six semester hours can
be accepted for transfer, some course work in library and information
science may be acceptable in lieu of core courses in the school,
but such acceptance of one or more course waivers will in no way
result in a decrease in the number of credit hours required for
the M.S. in L.S. An elective course must be taken for each course
Students must petition for waiver of core courses
by completing the appropriate request form. An official transcript
and a catalog description must also be submitted. Waivers of core
courses must be approved by the student's adviser and the dean
of the school.
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