Changes of Major, Degree, and Classification
Students who wish to change their field of study, degree objective, or classification to one in the Bauer College of Business should obtain the appropriate petition and information packet from the Graduate Professional Programs Office. If admitted, students will be subject to college policies in effect during the semester for which the change is approved. Graduate students in the C. T. Bauer College of Business who wish to change from one program to another within the college should complete a General Petition requesting the change. Students who receive approval for the change will be subject to policies and degree plans in effect during the semester the change is approved. Graduate students in this college who wish to change to another graduate college at the University of Houston should consult the dean’s office of that college for procedural information.
The last day to drop a course (or courses) is the date indicated in the current class schedule. Students taking courses in the college may not drop a C. T. Bauer College of Business course after that date.
Eligibility for Enrollment in Graduate Business Courses
All course work to be applied to the graduate business programs must be 6000-level or higher.
Students not enrolled as graduate students in the Bauer College of Business may take 6000-level (or above) courses in the Bauer College if they meet one of the following criteria:
- Have graduate standing on the University of Houston main campus; or
- Have received written permission from the Bauer College Dean, or designate, on a space-available basis.
Those enrolled as graduate students in the Bauer College of Business may take 6000-level (or above) courses provided they have the pre-requisites, or permission of the instructor where appropriate. Students not enrolled as graduate students in the Bauer College of Business may take 6000-level (or above) courses in the Bauer College with written permission from the Bauer College Dean, or designate, on a space-available basis.
Such students may enroll in a maximum of four graduate courses in the Bauer College (five courses for graduate students in the College of Hotel and Restaurant Management master’s program). For both of these options, registration in additional graduate-level business courses would require approval from the Bauer College Office of the Dean, or designee
After completing these hours, students are no longer eligible to take graduate hours in the college unless prior approval is received in writing from the Office of the Dean, or a petition to change major and degree objective has been submitted and approved for a graduate program in the Bauer College of Business.
Undergraduate and postbaccalaureate students are ineligible to enroll in graduate-level courses in business administration and will be dropped from any such courses for which they enroll. Drops can be generated by either the instructor or the Graduate Professional Programs Office. Only students in the Professional Program in Accounting are granted an exception to take two graduate accounting classes in their senior year.
Students are classified as graduate students in the Bauer College only after their application for admission has been approved by the Bauer College. Students must go through the formal application process in order to obtain this classification.
Inapplicable Graduate Credit
Graduate credit is not granted for correspondence courses, extension courses, advanced standing examinations, and courses taken prior to admission to a graduate program (except as outlined in the waiver/transfer policy for the graduate programs). The time limitation section specifies additional restrictions. Also, although grades of D+ and lower are included in the computed grade point average, the university awards no credit toward the degree for courses in which the student receives a grade below C-.
Prerequisites and Corequisites
Admission to a graduate program on this campus of the University of Houston System is a prerequisite for enrollment in any C. T. Bauer College of Business course numbered 6000 or higher. Students must meet the prerequisite and corequisite requirements of the graduate program to which they are admitted. Prerequisites to the programs are listed with each individual graduate program section. Prerequisites to individual courses are indicated under each course title and are strictly enforced.
Course Load Information
Prior to admission, C. T. Bauer College of Business does not have a course load requirement. However, after admission into the program, international students with an F-1 visa are required to be full-time students, which translates into a minimum of 9 credit hours per semester.
Special Problems Courses
A master’s or doctoral-level student who is interested in doing an independent study or research project may make arrangements to work individually with a faculty member by signing up for a special problems/independent study course. No more than six semester hours of special problems credit may count as electives toward the business administration graduate degree requirements.
The Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence is a college-based honor awarded to students who complete their graduate degrees in business with a cumulative graduate grade point average of 3.70 or above. The graduate GPA does not include grades in any undergraduate courses the student may have taken while in the graduate program. Students earning the Dean’s Award are mailed certificates following their graduation from the program. The designation does not appear on the University of Houston diploma.
Termination of Enrollment
Students must maintain a satisfactory rate of progress toward the degree. Satisfactory progress is measured by several means, including timely completion of courses required for the degree and maintenance of a minimum grade point average of 3.00 (A=4.00). In addition, the University’s 4C Rule applies. A graduate student who receives a grade of C+ or lower in 12 semester credit hours attempted at this institution for graduate credit or for application toward the graduate degree, whether or not in repeated courses, is ineligible for any advanced degree at this institution and will not be permitted to re-enroll for graduate study. Refer to the Academic Regulations section of this publication for other requirements. The Dean, or designate, may terminate enrollment at any time if the student’s rate of progress is not satisfactory. If enrollment is terminated, students will be notified with a written explanation. Copies of this notice and an explanation will be maintained in the student’s file.