Academic Progress Policies

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Academic Calendar

The CSU Global academic calendar consists of 12 eight-week terms, split into three trimesters (Fall, Winter, and Spring) of four terms each. A student is placed into one of two registration tracks (Burgundy and Gold) based on their initial enrollment. For financial aid purposes, the academic year is defined as two consecutive trimesters.

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Registration Tracks (Burgundy and Gold)

There are up to three (3) terms available for students in each trimester and nine (9) terms within the year. Students in the Burgundy track can take classes in any term except the "D" term in each trimester. Students in the Gold track can take classes in any term except the "A" term of each trimester. Due to federal requirements for monitoring Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP), registration track switches are generally not permitted.

The academic calendar is provided in this catalog. In case of unforeseen changes, students should refer to the Academic Calendar posted in the Student Portal for current information regarding calendar updates and upcoming term starts.

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Course Registration

Course registration opens approximately 60 days prior to the start of the term. Continuing students may be able to self-register prior to this time through the Student Portal.

Course registration closes the Friday prior to the start of the term. Late registration requests must be approved by the Office of Student Success or the Office of the Registrar.

Courses open for registered students at least 48 hours prior to the term start date.

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Grades are due from faculty approximately one (1) week after each term ends, and will be available on transcripts once they are finalized.

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Catalog Requirements

Students may graduate under the program requirements in the catalog for the term in which they are first enrolled in a course, provided they complete graduation requirements within a continuous period of no more than 10 years. If a student withdraws or is withdrawn for any reason from CSU Global, re-admittance will be governed by the catalog current at the time of re-admission. If a student changes their degree program, their enrollment will be governed by the catalog current at the time of the change. Any exceptions to the policy must have prior approval from the university. Students may also elect to follow any subsequent catalog.

Catalog requirements apply specifically to degree program requirements. CSU Global reserves the right to change, modify, or cancel any course, program, procedure, policy, financial requirement, or disciplinary arrangement set forth in this catalog whenever, in its sole discretion, it determines such action to be appropriate. Updates and changes (SAP, financial aid, etc.) other than degree requirements will apply to all students from the policy's effective date. Furthermore, CSU Global will not be responsible for any failure to present or complete any course or program or to perform any other activity, function, or obligation mentioned in this catalog.

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Degrees Awarded

CSU Global offers 120 credit bachelor of science degree completion programs as well as 30-36 credit master of science and master's degree programs. All credits are calculated in semester hours.

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CSU Global confers degrees 12 times per year, at the end of each month. Students must apply for graduation to be considered for degree conferral and no final transcripts or diploma will be issued until after the degree has been conferred. Degree conferral dates do not reflect commencement dates.

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Applying for Graduation

Students must complete the Graduation Application through the document center in the Student Portal 30 to 90 days prior to their desired graduation date.
Students must register for all required courses and be in Good Academic Standing with the university to apply for graduation. Degrees are conferred at the end of the month in which all requirements have been met.

Students who do not meet degree requirements within the month they have applied for graduation must reapply. Students should contact their advisor with any questions regarding how to apply for graduation.

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Graduation Honors

Undergraduate students will be eligible for Latin honors designation on their transcript, diploma, and at commencement, if they complete their program with a cumulative GPA falling in the following ranges.

  • Summa Cum Laude: 4.0
  • Magna Cum Laude: 3.95-3.999
  • Cum Laude: 3.90-3.949

Graduate students will be eligible for Distinguished Scholar designation on their transcript, diploma, and at commencement, if they complete their program with a cumulative GPA of 3.97 or higher.

For undergraduate and graduate students, the cumulative GPA applies to coursework completed at CSU Global and does not include transfer work. Students who repeat courses for academic credit (including the receipt of D, F, and WA grades) are not eligible for honors designation.

CSU Global is also a member of the Golden Key Honor Society. Membership in Golden Key is by invitation only, a privilege extended to sophomores, juniors and seniors who are in the top 15% of the active student population, based on cumulative GPA. Students must have also completed 30 or more residential credits at CSU Global and be in good academic and financial standing to qualify. Graduate school students who have a 3.8 GPA or higher and are in good academic and financial standing with the university are also invited to join.

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Graduation List

The official graduation list is prepared each term by the Office of the Registrar. Students will not be eligible to graduate unless their names appear on the approved list during that term.

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Class Rank

CSU Global does not maintain or provide class ranks.

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Diplomas are mailed once a student's degree has been conferred. Names are printed on the diplomas as requested by the student on the Graduation Application Form. Candidates for graduation receive email confirmation of the spelling of their name and are responsible for notifying the school of any discrepancies prior to the end of the month in which they applied for graduation. It may take up to 10 weeks to receive a diploma after a student's degree has been conferred. Students are responsible for maintaining up-to-date mailing information with CSU Global. Diplomas will not be ordered for students with outstanding account balances. To order a CSU Global frame for the diploma, visit

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CSU Global hosts an annual commencement ceremony open to students who are completing either a bachelor's or master's degree program. Students eligible to participate include those who have completed, or will complete, their graduation requirements within that academic year (including Fall, Winter, and Spring terms). Eligible prospective graduates are responsible for applying for graduation, completing the RSVP to attend commencement, and ordering appropriate regalia for the commencement ceremony. Candidates must appear in official CSU Global academic regalia in order to participate in the commencement ceremony. Ordering information and deadlines within the Student Portal. Commencement participation deadlines are not related to graduation application deadlines.

The Commencement RSVP contains a release that must be completed by the student which authorizes their name and degree to be printed in the commencement program. Names printed in the commencement program reflect the student's legal name.

The commencement program is not an official list of confirmed graduates or honors awarded. A final audit of each student record will determine degree conferral and academic honors.

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Course Load Policy

The allowable undergraduate course load is 15 credits per trimester with no more than 2 courses in any one term. The allowable graduate student course load is 9 credits per trimester with no more than one course in any term. Financial aid students should speak with their Student Advisor to ensure that adequate funds are available for their desired course load.

Course syllabi indicate that students should expect to spend an average of 10-25 hours per week per course, engaged in reading, assignment completion, and online engagement. This is an estimate and may vary by individual or by course. Best practices in online learning suggest that in order to be successful, students should expect to login to class an average of four times per week.

For an exception to the normal course load limits, students must contact Student Advising.

Undergraduate students may be approved up to 27 credits per trimester with no more than three courses in any one term and graduate students may be approved up to 18 credits per trimester with no more than two courses in any one term if they meet the following conditions:

  • The request for overload is submitted prior to the start of the term in which the student wishes to overload.
  • All outstanding account balances must be paid in full.
  • Undergraduate students must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.50 or higher. Graduate students must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 or higher.

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Course Schedule Changes

Students are encouraged to secure advisor approval for all schedule changes. When students do not secure such approval, they assume full responsibility for their progress toward meeting degree requirements. Students are responsible for processing schedule changes within the appropriate time frame. Under no circumstances shall the instructor assume this responsibility on behalf of the student. Continuing students are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the pre-registration process in order to obtain the class schedule which best meets their needs. Please note that in the rare case a course is canceled, the advisor will help facilitate finding an appropriate substitution or a refund for tuition charges will be provided.

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Adding Courses

Courses may be added to a student's schedule during the add period as specified in the Academic Calendar.

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Dropping Courses

Students have seven days after the official start of each term to drop a course without financial penalty. Students who are considered to have posted attendance by actively engaging in an activity within the course, and have not dropped within seven days of the start of the term, have verified their attendance in the course. Students who do not verify their attendance by this date will be unregistered from their classes.

Courses may be dropped from a student's schedule during the drop period, as specified in the Academic Calendar, without a record of the dropped course appearing on the student's permanent record.

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