Muskingum University offers students the opportunity to earn academic credit from other institutions through its affiliate programs. These programs are typically focused toward a particular academic or internship experience for which the off-campus institution offers a specialization that cannot be obtained on campus. The following is a description of the programs for which Muskingum has affiliate agreements. Students participating in these programs are generally considered to be enrolled at Muskingum University.
On receipt of an official transcript from an affiliate program, credit will be awarded for all pre-approved coursework in which a passing grade has been assigned. Letter grades, but no equivalent quality points, will be assigned to transfer work. With the exception of calculations for Latin Honors and Dean’s List, transfer work from affiliate programs affects neither term nor cumulative grade point average.
Study Abroad/International Study provides the opportunity for sophomores, juniors and seniors to study for one or two semesters at a foreign university through Muskingum’s exchange programs. Formal student-exchange agreements exist between Muskingum University and institutions in Asia, Canada, Europe, and South America. In most cases there is no extra fee for participation in these exchange programs. Students interested in study abroad should consult the Coordinator of Study Abroad for further information. To make certain that their programs of study satisfy Muskingum’s requirements, students must have their programs approved by the Coordinator of Study Abroad. Study abroad opportunities outside of those already established at Muskingum are also possible, as are short-term study abroad programs.
Washington Semester is available through a cooperative arrangement with American University in Washington, D.C. It offers students in-depth experiential learning in their choice of a dozen areas of study including American politics, international relations, justice and law, journalism, international economics and business, public health, and more. The curriculum includes a full-time academic schedule (8-12 hours) and an internship in the heart of the nation’s capital (4 hours).
May Term & More (Traditional Undergraduate Summer Term)
Muskingum’s undergraduate summer program, offers a broad selection of courses in a variety of delivery formats, including classroom-based, online, and blended learning. Students may also select from a range of scheduling formats starting with the intensive 4-week May session and continuing throughout the summer with 10-week, 5-week and 1-week courses. May Term & More classes are open to all Muskingum students as well as students from other schools.
Second Baccalaureate Degree
To obtain a second Bachelor’s degree in a major different from that of the first degree conferred, a student must:
- Develop an appropriate plan of study comprised of at least 30 semester hours of courses that do not duplicate those constituting the major(s) of the first degree.
- Obtain approval of the plan of study from the department of the proposed new major, and the Provost.
- Successfully complete at least 30 semester hours in residence at Muskingum University beyond the first degree, including a capstone experience and half of the hours for the major.
- Earn a grade point average of 2.00 or above for all coursework presented in the new program. Some areas or majors may require a higher GPA for graduation.
Transfer Student Policies
To be eligible for transfer credit, courses must be completed at a regionally accredited college or university with a passing grade or better. Remedial courses are not eligible for transfer credit. A transfer student might be asked to provide a college catalog from their previous institution(s) and/or a course syllabus for specific classes.
All transfer students must complete a minimum of 32 credit hours at Muskingum University, regardless of the number of credits transferred from other institutions, in order to graduate from Muskingum.
Class standing is determined by transferable semester credit hours. Minimum credit hours for class status are as follows: sophomore (28), junior (60), senior (90).
Quarter hours earned at previous institutions are modified to semester hours. One quarter hour equals 0.67 semester hours.
Students may earn credits and/or advanced standing through departmental proficiency examinations, Advanced Placement Program, College Level Examination, military service and lifelong experience.
Muskingum adheres to the Ohio Transfer and Articulation Policy. Students who have earned an Associate’s Degree, or who have completed at least 60 semester credit hours of earned transferable credit, from regionally accredited institutions, are permitted to complete the General Education Requirement (Degree Requirement # 8) through successful completion of the Transfer Module recognized by the Ohio Board of Regents. Eligible students who have not completed a recognized Transfer Module may fulfill this requirement by completing the following requirements through a combination of transfer credit and/or Muskingum University coursework:
At least 3 semester credit hours in English Composition/Oral Communication
At least 3 semester credit hours in Mathematics/Statistics/Logic
At least 6 semester credit hours in Arts/Humanities
At least 6 semester credit hours in Social/Behavioral Sciences
At least 6 semester credit hours in Natural Sciences.
A total of at least 36 semester credit hours from the above categories
A 3-credit upper-level Moral Inquiry course (see General Education Requirements- Moral Inquiry category)
A 3 credit upper-level Writing Unit course (Writing Unit courses are designated in the schedule with a “#” in the title)
If the student enrolls at Muskingum, the university requires that a final official transcript be submitted for each institution the student attended. This includes high school and college/university transcripts. In order for a transcript to be considered official, it must be sent directly to the University from the school of attendance through mail or electronic means.
Experiental learning is college-level learning that has been acquired through work, trainings, volunteer activities and life experiences. Credit can be gained by taking the Experiental Learning Workshop in which you will be guided through the process of completing a portfolio. In your portfolio you will provide evidence of your work and life experiences and reflect on what you learned from them. Your writing will be directed to match the content of specific college courses. The credits can be applied to the major and other degree requirements. At the end of the workshop your portfolio will be given to a faculty expert who will evaluate your learning and award credit accordingly. Muskingum University reserves the right to determine the number of credits awarded.