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Design, Housing, and Apparel Degre Degree Planning

Design Graduate Program:  Degree Planning

 

Students meet with their advisers and committee members to discuss their program of study prior to filing the degree program. All committee members must be identified prior to filing the degree program. The following documents are required:

 

For Students Entering the Program PRIOR to Fall 2016:

  1. The completed “Coursework Planning & Clearance Sheet” to indicate which courses are being used to fulfill program components (see below).  Planning sheets are in Word and can be edited directly.  Be sure to save a copy for future changes. Transfer coursework must be approved by the student's advisor and committee, so bring a copy of the relevant transcripts. Coursework from international institutions need additional approval from the Gradute Admissions Office, which the Graduate Program Coordinator will obtain.  
  2. “Program Approval Form” (signed by all Design members of the student’s committee to indicate that all committee members approve of the proposed coursework)
  3. “Graduate Degree Plan.”  Students include all coursework, completed and proposed, that will be completed in fulfillment of degree requirements, including transfer work. When filling in the semester and year a course was taken, or will be taken, abbreviate in the following manner:  F16 or S18. Use "SM" for summer.Students who entered the program Fall 2016 or after will use GPAS instead of the paper Graduate Degree Plan.

Once approved, paperwork should be submitted to the Graduate Program Coordinator.  The student will also submit their commitee online.

 

For Students Entering the Program Fall 2016 and Later:   Students who entered the program Fall 2016 or after will use GPAS instead of the paper Graduate Degree Plan.  Access GPAS through MyU>Academics>Degree Progress>Graduate Planning and Audit System.

  1. The completed “Coursework Planning & Clearance Sheet” to indicate which courses are being used to fulfill program components (see below).   Students on GPAS should also complete a planning sheet. Planning sheets are in Word and can be edited directly.  Be sure to save a copy for future changes.
  2. The signed "Transfer Credit Approval" form, where applicable. Transfer coursework must be approved by the student's advisor and committee. Coursework from international institutions need additional approval from the Gradute Admissions Office, which the Graduate Program Coordinator will obtain. GPAS students should NOT use the transfer credit funtction in GPAS.  All students should use the Transfer Credit Approval form.   Download form.
  3. "Course Allocation and Substitution Approval" form, where applicable. Coursework appearing in the “Courses Not Allocated” section of your GPAS record need approval to move them to the correct requirement.  Please submit the form to the Graduate Program Coordinator (hardcopy preferred).  If you need to move a course for a declared minor, you must contact that program’s Director of Graduate Studies or Graduate Program Coordinator. Download form. 
  4. “Program Approval Form” (signed by all Design members of the student’s committee to indicate that all committee members approve of the proposed coursework)
  5. “Graduate Planner” submitted via GPASStudents include only future coursework necessary to complete the degree requirements., completed and proposed, that will be completed in fulfillment of degree requirements, including transfer work.

Once approved, paperwork should be submitted to the Graduate Program Coordinator.  The student will also submit their commitee online.

 

PhD students on GPAS who wish to add a master's degree should see GPAS Adding a Master's Along the Way.

 

Transfer Courswork:

University of Minnesota Policy Statement:

Graduate course credits earned at other accredited institutions may be transferred to master’s or doctoral degree plans subject to approval by the University graduate program and the limits described below.  In the case of a transfer from a non-United States institution, graduate course credits to be transferred must have been earned in a program judged by the University graduate program to be comparable to a graduate degree program of a regionally accredited institution in the United States.  Transfer of thesis credits is not allowed.

  • For master’s degrees – A minimum of 60% of total course credits (not including thesis credits) required for a specific master’s degree must be taken at the University. Transferred credits can include a maximum of 12 graduate course credits taken as non-degree seeking or non-admitted status. Transfer of thesis credits is not allowed.
  • For doctoral degrees – Individual programs may determine, on a case-by-case basis, how many transfer course credits doctoral students may apply toward their degree requirement. However, doctoral students must take a minimum of 12 course credits at the University. Transferred credits can include a maximum of 12 graduate course credits taken as non-degree seeking or non-admitted status. Transfer of thesis credits is not allowed.

 

Deadlines

 

Master's students:   File by the end of the second semester.

 

MFA and Doctoral students:   File by the middle of the third semester. 

 

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Degree Planning Sheets

 

Apparel Studies:

 

Dress, History, Culture MA Plan A

Dress, History, Culture MA Plan B

Dress, History, Culture PhD

 

Product Development MS Plan A

Product Development MS Plan B

Product Development PhD

 

Retail Merchandising MS Plan A

Retail Merchandising MS Plan B

Retail Merchandising PhD

 

Graphic Design:

MA Plan A

MA Plan B

MS Plan A

MS Plan B

MFA

PhD

 

Housing Studies

Certificate Program

MS Plan A

PhD

 

Interior Design

MA Plan A

MS Plan A

PhD

 

 

Contact Information

College of Design

Saint Paul Offices

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101 Rapson Hall, 89 Church St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455

P: 612-626-9068 | F: 612-625-7525

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