Transient Admission

Transient Admission Information

Transient admission may be granted to a degree-seeking student at any accredited graduate school and who submits a graduate Transient Student Application Form, signed by the dean of the student’s home graduate school, showing that he/she is a graduate student in good standing. The form to be used in such cases may be secured from the YSU College of Graduate Studies Office. Under some circumstances, transient admission may be renewed for a second semester, but the graduate deans of both universities must approve the renewal.

If a transient student later wishes to become a regular graduate student, he/she must be admitted to a degree program by following the usual admission procedures.
 
International Students: please go to International Admissions for admission procedures and forms.

Students who wish to take a workshop for graduate credit but who have not completed the regular College of Graduate Studies admission process will be permitted to register in the Office of Admissions as non-degree students. Graduate workshops are graded on an S/U (satisfactory/unsatisfactory) basis.

Youngstown State University workshop courses, upon approval of the graduate advisor, may later be applied to degree work if regular admission to the College of Graduate Studies is obtained and if those courses are part of the degree program. Workshop courses are those specifically designated as such in the Graduate Bulletin or by the Graduate Council.

Transfer Credits

Transfer hours will be considered for acceptance at the time of application/acceptance to the College of Graduate Studies. After admission to a program of study, a student who wishes to attend another university to complete coursework toward a Youngstown State University graduate degree must complete the Request for Transient Status form available from the College of Graduate Studies in order to transfer credits to a YSU degree. Every transfer course must either replace a required course of the program or, if not a direct replacement, integrate satisfactorily into the student’s program. While transfer of a quarter-based course may generate excess semester hours, such hours may not count toward degree requirements unless they replace a complete course in the program.

Master's Degree: Up to 9 semester hours (12 quarter hours) of graduate work completed at other accredited institutions may be applied toward a master's degree at YSU, provided the student earned a grade of A or B in such courses.

Doctoral Degree: Up to 18 semester hours (24 quarter hours) of post-master's degree graduate work completed at other accredited institutions may be applied toward a doctoral degree at YSU, provided the student earned a grade of A or B in such courses.

Credits for courses in which grades of S or CR were received will not be transferred. The number of transfer credits to be accepted in each case will be determined by the Dean of Graduate Studies upon evaluation and recommendation by the department of the student's major. It is the responsibility of the student to initiate a request for the approval of transfer credits. Transfer hours are not included in the calculation of the student's cumulative grade-point average.

In general, workshop format courses are not acceptable for transfer. Professional development workshops are not acceptable.

However, if the workshop fulfills the following requirements, credit may be considered for transfer to YSU:  

  • The workshop must be taught as part of a master's degree curriculum of the university at which the course was taken.
  • The workshop should consist of a minimum of 12 ½ contact hours per semester hour.
  • The workshop must include exposure to disciplinary research literature appropriate to the course.
  • The workshop must include the opportunity for outside work such as term or research papers or other major assignments appropriate to a graduate course.
  • Credits for courses in which grades of S or CR were received  will not be transferred.