Change of Program
Students wishing to change their field or degree program must
obtain the requisite form from the Office of the Dean of the Graduate
School-Newark, Conklin Hall, Room 241, submit it to the graduate program
director for approval, and return it to the Office of the Dean for
final authorization. The fall semester deadline is July 1; the spring
semester deadline is December 1.
Courses taken in fulfillment of the M.S. are graded in the
All core courses, courses taken in fulfillment of the
methodology requirement, optional courses, and independent study courses
receive letter grades. Instructors provide grades for core courses,
methodology courses, and optional courses; DGA faculty members
supervising students' independent study provide grades for independent
The Colloquium for Global Change and Governance and
internships receive Pass/Fail grades. Faculty members organizing
Colloquium for Global Change and Governance provide grades for the
colloquia; students' DGA faculty advisers provide grades for
- The master's thesis receives grades of S (satisfactory) or U
(unsatisfactory). Students' DGA faculty advisers and one other DGA core
faculty member provide grades for master's theses.
Complaints and Appeals
All complaints about any aspect of the DGA program or appeals
regarding a student's standing in the program must be directed, in
writing, to the DGA director.
Students must complete their degrees within three years of
admission into the M.S. program, regardless of whether students are part
time or full time and regardless of whether they entered the DGA with
or without transfer credits. Students who fail to meet this deadline
will be forced to withdraw from graduate studies at the DGA. Readmission
will be possible only if students show new and substantial progress in
their work. See the Termination of Studies section of this catalog.
The Office of the Dean of the Graduate School-Newark, Conklin
Hall, Room 241, handles all applications by former students seeking
readmission to the school. The readmission procedure is required of all
students who 1) have withdrawn officially from school; 2) did not
receive a degree in the program for which they were enrolled; or 3)
failed to maintain continuous registration.
Leave of Absence
Students who wish to take a leave of absence from their studies
must make a formal request in writing. The leave must then be approved
by the DGA deputy director and the Office of the Dean of the Graduate
School-Newark, Conklin Hall, Room 241. Students who take a leave of
absence are prohibited from registering during this time and must formally reapply to the program once they are ready to resume their studies. Depending on the changes within the curriculum, additional coursework may be required.
Graduate courses completed at other universities or in other
departments or schools at Rutgers University may be accepted for credit
at the DGA. Students must first complete 12 credits with a grade of B or better at the DGA and then submit a Transfer Credit Application
(available at the DGA and the Office of the Dean of the Graduate
School-Newark, Conklin Hall, Room 241), which must be approved by the
DGA deputy director.
- Students who complete the M.S. degree at the DGA may use relevant accrued credits (with grades of B or better) to fulfill the
requirements of the Ph.D. in global affairs.
- Credits of graduate-level coursework (with grades of B or better) completed at Rutgers may be applied to the
M.S. upon approval from the deputy director.
- Up to 9 credits of graduate-level coursework (with grades of B or better)
completed outside of Rutgers University may
be applied to the M.S. from the deputy director.
- All graduate-level courses count for no more than 3 credits
- Transfer credit may not be obtained for theses, independent
study, or research.
- Transfer credits may not be applied to required core courses
in the M.S. program.