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Advising Handbook

Graduate Courses

Undergraduates may take graduate-level courses (beyond those specific graduate courses which may be required for the degree), although graduate courses at the Simon Business School are normally not available to undergraduates.


To qualify for graduate courses, the student must have the academic prerequisites for the course and must show that he/she is capable of handling graduate-level work.


To register for a graduate-level course, students must have the legible signature of approval of the instructor teaching the course, the approved credit hours, and the approval of the student’s dean on a registration form or Drop/Add Form. (Online registration for graduate courses is not permitted.)

Approval is not granted if the course is available at the undergraduate level unless the instructor submits a separate request stating that the student is required to complete additional work. The dean’s permission should be requested at the Academic Services Counter in Lattimore 312.

Course Credit

Generally, undergraduates receive four undergraduate credits for graduate courses carrying three credits, and eight credits for a graduate seminar carrying six credits. They are graded according to the undergraduate grading scheme, and undergraduates are at liberty to select the S/F option in an elective course. (Graduate students, including those with NG classifications, have no S/F option.)

NOTE: This policy permitting four instead of three credits does not apply to students in 3/2 programs. See the master's degrees at the University of Rochester (transfer credit policy) for more information.