- Academic Year Calendars
- Registration Procedures
- Transfer of Credit
Academic Year Calendars
Each Autumn Quarter the MFJS Department presents an orientation for new graduate students. The orientation is usually held on the Thursday or Friday before classes begin. In addition to receiving information about the graduate program, students have the opportunity to get to know each other and meet faculty and staff members. A complimentary luncheon follows the orientation. You will receive “save the date” information well ahead of the event.
When admitted to the MEPC program, each student is assigned a faculty member from the Department of Media, Film & Journalism Studies as an academic advisor. Students may change to another advisor, with agreement from the respective faculty member, by notifying the Communications Manager. Students who plan to complete a thesis are encouraged to switch to a faculty advisor with expertise related to their thesis topic. This faculty member will then serve as the student’s thesis and academic advisor.
Students should meet with their advisors at the beginning of each academic year to draw up a tentative written course plan. Each student should submit a copy of this plan to the Graduate Director for the student’s file. Students may change plans as necessary in consultation with their academic advisor. In addition, students should check in with their advisor every quarter via email or in person before registering for classes in order to confirm their course plan and notify the advisor of any changes.
Graduate students are highly encouraged to register for classes on the first day of open registration to ensure admittance into classes. This is especially important if students want to take courses outside of the MFJS department.
To facilitate course planning, students should download the Planning Sheet for their concentration and use it to map out their progress towards completing their degree.
New graduate students will receive (by email) instructions from the Office of Graduate Studies on how to register for classes. Web registration instructions are available on the Registrar’s website: http://www.du.edu/registrar/registration/howtoregister.html and are included with the initial registration materials. Students should ensure that a current email address is on file with the university by registering that email on MyDU.
Please do not register for classes until you consult your departmental advisor who will be assigned to you in June or July. You can also consult with the Director of Graduate Studies.
Enrolling in classes prior to your first quarter should eliminate any lags in financial aid disbursement so please make sure to register before mid-August.
Departmental course descriptions are available in the "Graduate Course Descriptions" tab on Portfolio and can also be viewed with all university course descriptions online at the Registrar’s website: http://www.du.edu/registrar/course/index.html.
Students should consult an academic advisor each quarter to help identify prerequisites and course restrictions when setting up course plans for the academic year and registering each quarter.
Late Registration Fee
Students who do not register prior to the first day of classes will be assessed a non-waivable late registration service charge. The late registration charge does not apply to students who have registered and are making schedule changes (drop/add).
Late registration service charges are as follows:
- $25 first day of the quarter (regardless of what day the student’s first class begins);
- $50 for the second through fifth day of the quarter (business days, M-F);
- $100 beginning on the six day and continuing forward.
For additional information, visit the Registrar’s website: http://www.du.edu/registrar/
Other Service Charges
Tuition, fees and any other charges are due as specified on the billing statement. A full list of tuition and fees can be found here.
Transfer of Credit
At Time of Enrollment
Students must make any requests for transfer of credits during the first quarter of attendance as a DU degree-seeking graduate student. Students must initiate in writing the request for transfer of credit through their program of study and they are responsible for confirming that the Graduate Director has approved the request. An official transcript must accompany the request and can be sent to the Communications Manager in the MFJS office. In some cases, students may be required to provide a course syllabus for the credits they seek to transfer. Transfer credits are approved on a course-by-course basis.
Any transfer credits must have been earned within a five-year period preceding the request for transfer. Transfer of credit is not included in the computation of the grade point average for the current degree. If only one course is to be transferred, the grade must be ‘B’ or higher (a grade of ‘B-’ or lower is unacceptable). If more than one course is to be transferred, the average of all graduate transfer coursework must be ‘B’ or higher. Courses taken on a Pass/Fail basis are not acceptable for transfer unless the course instructor provides a class syllabus and the student provides proof from the institution that a “pass” is equivalent to a ‘B’ or better. Transfer credit toward a 48 credit hour master’s degree is limited to no more than 10 credit hours.
University transfer credit hour values are based on the credit hour value assigned by the originating institution. If the academic calendar of the originating institution is other than the quarter system, the appropriate conversion of the assessed credit hours of course work will take place based on the calendar of the originating institution and the formula for converting the same to quarter credit hours. While semester hours are multiplied by 1.5 to convert them to quarter hours, other formulae are used for the conversion when the originating institution is not on a standard, quarter/semester calendar. Conversion of the assessed credit hours from institutions on calendars other than a quarter calendar may result in conversions other than whole quarter credits (e.g., 4 semester credits is the equivalent of 4.5 quarter credits); conversions are not rounded up or down.
If the credits to be transferred are earned while the student is already enrolled in a degree program at DU, students may transfer graduate credits earned from a regionally accredited institution to meet degree requirements at DU according to the following regulations:
The student must initiate in writing a request for approval of outside coursework, prior to enrolling in the course. The written petition, submitted to the department, should include the name of the institution where the course will be taken, the course title, number of credit hours, course description, and the student’s reasons for requesting outside credit. In some cases, a course syllabus may be required. Decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis.
All transfers of credit should be completed at least one term prior to the term of graduation.
Please consult the Graduate Director or the Office of Graduate Studies for more details.