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									Graduate
 Advisor
Handbook
Table of Contents
Preface
CMU’s Off-Campus Programs General Information
  Degrees Offered ....................................................................... 1
  Graduate Certificate Program .................................................. 1
  Curricular Authority ................................................................ 2
Role of Advisor
   Advising Responsibilities ........................................................ 1
   Advising Tools and Resources ................................................ 2
   Resource People ...................................................................... 2
      Program Administrators ...................................................... 2
      Master of Science in Administration Director .................... 3
   Advising Appointments (Contracted Advisors) ...................... 3
   Student Records and Advising Records .................................. 3
   Freedom of Information Act .................................................... 4
   Off-Campus Library Services .................................................. 5
   Financial Aid ........................................................................... 6
   Student Rights and Responsibilities ........................................ 6
   Students Who Move ................................................................ 7
   Advisor Compensation (Contracted Advisors)........................ 8
   Advisor Review ....................................................................... 8
Program Planning
   MSA Degree Program ............................................................. 1
   Required Courses ..................................................................... 1
   Limit on Concentrations and Degrees ..................................... 2
   Developing a Program Plan ..................................................... 2
   Online Program Plans ............................................................... 4
      CMU Off-Campus Programs SIS Advising &
      Program Plan Training ......................................................... 5
   Student Transcripts ................................................................. 16
   GoArmyEd .............................................................................. 17
   Meeting Program Plan Requirements .................................... 18
   Business Credit ....................................................................... 18
   CMU Courses ........................................................................ 18


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     Concentration Selection .......................................................... 19
     Waivers .................................................................................. 19
     Floating Electives ................................................................... 19
     Allocation of Credits Between Core and Concentration ........ 20
     Acquisitions Administration Concentration ........................... 20
     General Administration Concentration ................................... 21
     Health Services Administration Concentration ...................... 22
     Hospitality and Tourism Administration Concentration ........ 24
     Human Resources Administration Concentration .................. 24
     Information Resource Management Concentration ................ 26
     International Administration Concentration ........................... 27
     Leadership Concentration ....................................................... 28
     Long-Term Care Administration Concentration .................... 29
     Public Administration Concentration ..................................... 29
     Software Engineering Administration Concentration ............ 30
     Vehicle Design and Manufacturing Administration
        Concentration..................................................................... 31
     “OR” Language in the Bulletin ............................................... 31
     MSA 661 ................................................................................ 32
     Special Topics, MSA 696 ....................................................... 32
     Duplication of Courses ........................................................... 33
     Transfer Credit ....................................................................... 35
        Request for Graduate Transfer Credit............................... 35
        Use of Transfer Credit on a Student’s Program Plan ....... 36
     Making a Transfer Credit Recommendation .......................... 37
     GTCR Appeals ....................................................................... 37
        Request for Pre-Approval ................................................. 39
        Quarter Hours vs. Semester Hours ................................... 39
     Prior Learning Credit ............................................................. 40
        Prior Learning Awards ..................................................... 40
        Prior Learning Application Process .................................. 40
        Prior Learning Hotline ...................................................... 41
        Prior Learning Assessment Team ..................................... 42
        Assessment Timeliness ..................................................... 42
        Reevaluation and Additional Evaluation
            of Prior Learning Awards ........................................... 42
        Applying Prior Learning Awards ..................................... 43



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     Independent Study ................................................................ 45
     Tutorials .................................................................................. 46
        Group Tutorials.................................................................. 46
        Individual Tutorials ........................................................... 46
     Graduation ............................................................................. 49
Military Course Work
   Military Course Work ............................................................... 1
   Command and General Staff College,
       Fort Leavenworth, KS ....................................................... 2
       Command and General Staff Officer Course (1-250-C2) . 2
       Command and General Staff Officer’s Course (Extended ..
           Classroom Version “M” Designators) (1-250-C3) ....... 3
       Command and General Staff Officer’s Course –
           Correspondence Option “S” designators (1-250-C3) ... 4
       Command and General Staff (1-250-C4) .......................... 4
       Combined Arms and Services Staff School (1-250-C10) . 4
       CAS3 9-Week Resident and 6-Week Resident and Non-....
           Resident Course ............................................................ 4
   CGSOC Intermediate Level Education .................................... 5
   Army Management Staff College ............................................. 8
      Army Management Staff College ....................................... 8
       Advanced Program Management (PMT 302) .................... 9
   Army Logistics Management College ................................... 10
      Army Logistics Management College ............................... 10
   Air University (Maxwell Air Force Base) .............................. 11
      Professional Military Comptroller Course......................... 11
      Air Command and Staff College Resident version ........... 11
      Air Command and Staff College Non-resident Seminar
            program ..................................................................... 12
      Air Command and Staff College Distance Learning
            program ..................................................................... 12
       Air War College ................................................................ 12
      Air War College Non-resident Seminar ............................ 13
      Air War College Non-resident Correspondence program . 13
      Squadron Officer School ................................................... 13
      Squadron Officer School Non-resident and Squadron
          Officer Distributed Learning ....................................... 13


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          Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk, VA ......................... 13
          Joint and Combined Warfighting Course (DD-0326-0003)
             (11/00 – present)
          Sheppard Air Force Base, TX ......................................... 14
          Defense Acquisition University ...................................... 15
          CMU Transfer Credits Accepted from Defense
             Acquisition University courses ................................... 16
     Military Transcripts ................................................................ 23
          Air University.................................................................. 23
          Army Logistics Management College ............................. 23
          Command and General Staff College ............................. 23
          Defense Acquisitions University..................................... 23
          Joint Forces Staff College ............................................... 23
          National Defense University ........................................... 23
          U.S. Army War College .................................................. 23
Graduate Certificate Programs
   Certificate Programs Eligibility ............................................... 1
   Admission Requirements ......................................................... 2
   Academic Standards ................................................................ 2
   Certificate Requirements ......................................................... 2
   Certificate Program Plans ........................................................ 2
   MSA 661 .................................................................................. 3
   Using Transfer Credit .............................................................. 3
   “Business” Course Credit Limits ............................................. 3
   Using Prior Learning ............................................................... 3
   Double Counting Courses ....................................................... 4
   Graduate Certificate Concentration Selection .......................... 5
   Duplication of Courses ............................................................ 5
   Certificate Award Application ................................................. 5
   Graduation Ceremony .............................................................. 5
   Transcripting the Certificate .................................................... 5
   Type of Certificate Awarded ................................................... 5
Academic Policies and Procedures
   Admission Requirements ......................................................... 1
   Admission Denials.................................................................... 1
   Transcripts ............................................................................... 2
   Prerequisites............................................................................. 2


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   International Students .............................................................. 5
   Student Visas (I-20s) ............................................................... 6
   CMU Cohorts .......................................................................... 6
   Seven Year Rule ...................................................................... 7
   Limits on Course Loads ........................................................... 7
   Time Limit on MSA 685 Removal of Incomplete Grade ........ 8
   IRB ............................................................................................ 8
   Grade Changes ........................................................................ 8
   Grade Grievances .................................................................... 9
   Refunds .................................................................................... 9
   Academic Dishonesty and/or Disruptive Student Behavior ... 9
   Satisfactory Academic Progress .............................................. 9
   Dematriculation ..................................................................... 10
   On-Campus Courses for CMU’s Off-Campus Programs
      Students ............................................................................ 10
   Graduation Requirements ....................................................... 10




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Appendix
         Appendix: Sample Forms
         (www.cel.cmich.edu/faculty/procedures-forms/
          forms.html or
         www.cel.cmich.edu/student/forms/default.html)

Model Course Outlines
       See link for master course syllabi at
       http://academicsenate.cmich.edu/
       master_course_syllabi.htm

         http://personal2.cmich.edu/mcs/syllabi
         Use your Global ID for the user ID, for example:
           gribb1kd
         Password: (use your current e-mail password)

Curricular Requirements By Year
        www.cel.cmich.edu/faculty/procedures-forms/
       CurricularRequirements.html




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Preface
Your work as an academic advisor is a vital link in Central
Michigan University’s ability to deliver quality off-campus
programs through the Off-Campus Programs. You serve as the
students’ academic and professional model and mentor, and you
are also an important connection to campus for them.

This handbook covers the major issues that you will address as an
academic advisor, and although specifics are geared to advising for
the Master of Science in Administration (MSA) degree, the degree
pursued by the majority of our graduate students, the general
advising guidelines are also applicable to those advisors who serve
other degree programs. For specific advising questions relevant to
those degrees, contact your program director.

The information included provides you with the specific
information you need to help you advise students accurately and
effectively. However, unusual situations or questions not covered
by this handbook may arise. If you are confronted with a question
to which you do not know the answer, don’t hesitate to call on-
campus staff for help. We are always available to talk with you.
You are particularly encouraged to call the Master of Science in
Administration director if you have advising questions related to
the MSA degree, (989) 774-6525.
            MSA Office Staff
             Dr. Scott L. Smith, Director       (989) 774-6525
             Kim Gribben, Assistant Director    (989) 774-2367
             Carol Kross, Secretary             (989) 774-6525




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CMU’s Off-Campus Programs General Information

❖ Degrees Offered
  The Master of Science in Administration is the degree which
  generates most graduate off-campus enrollments. It is a 36-
  semester-credit-hour degree consisting of an administrative
  core, academic concentration, and capstone experience. Concen-
  trations include: Acquisitions Administration, General Adminis-
  tration, Health Services Administration, Hospitality and Tour-
  ism Administration, Human Resources Administration, Infor-
  mation Resource Management, International Administration,
  Leadership, Long-Term Care Administration, Public Adminis-
  tration, Software Engineering Administration and Vehicle
  Design and Manufacturing Administration. Not all of these
  concentrations are offered at all centers. Other concentrations,
  listed in the on-campus Graduate Bulletin, are offered only on
  campus.
  Note: CMU is currently not accepting students into Hospitality
  and Tourism Administration, Long-Term Care Administration,
  and Software Engineering Administration.

❖ Graduate Certificate Program
  The graduate certificate in Acquisitions Administration, General
  Administration, Health Services Administration, Hospitality and
  Tourism Administration, Human Resources Administration,
  Information Resource Management, International Administra-
  tion, Leadership, Long-Term Care Administration, Public
  Administration, Software Engineering Administration or Ve-
  hicle Design and Manufacturing Administration is a 15-18
  semester-credit-hour program designed for regularly admitted
  graduate students who desire advanced training in the field of
  administration. Credits successfully earned in the certificate
  program may be applied toward the MSA degree if the concen-
  tration is the same. Students may substitute courses only upon
  approval of the MSA director. Students may use up to six
  transfer credits providing they meet the criteria for transfer



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  credit outlined in the CMU’s Off-Campus Programs Bulletin.
  Prior learning credit may not be used on the graduate certificate
  program.
  Note: CMU is currently not accepting students into Hospitality
  and Tourism Administration, Long-Term Care Administration,
  and Software Engineering Administration.

❖ Curricular Authority
  Curricular authority at CMU has been delegated by the Board of
  Trustees to the faculty. Basic authority for particular curricula
  resides in departments. This authority is manifested in a variety
  of issues which impact on advising, such as transfer credit and
  curriculum changes and development. From individual depart-
  ments curricular authority flows upward through various college
  and university committees and ultimately comes to rest in the
  university’s Academic Senate.




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Role of Advisor

❖ Advising Responsibilities
  As an advisor your primary role is to provide academic advice,
  which includes developing program plans, advising students on
  transfer credit requests, assisting students in the preparation of
  necessary forms, discussing prerequisites and how they can best
  be met and generally sharing your wisdom and experience in
  academic matters.
  To perform your role effectively, you need to:
   • Be familiar with all current university policies and practices,
     as well as with the academic programs for which you advise.
   • Be available to students during scheduled advising times and
     at reasonable hours by telephone.
   • Respond to student inquiries in a timely manner.
   • Be familiar with current graduation deadlines and bring
     them to the attention of students who are close to
     graduation.
   • Process required paperwork completely, accurately and
     promptly.
   • Keep records of significant contacts with students and staff.
  To avoid common advising pitfalls, you should adhere to the
  following:
   • Do not promise a student a specific graduation date.
   • Do not guarantee acceptance of transfer credit.
   • Do not guarantee the awarding of prior learning credit.
   • Do not guarantee a program plan until it has been approved
     by the MSA director.




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   Because of their close contact with students, advisors also often
   talk informally with students about career choices and
   opportunities, provide letters of recommendation, and indirectly
   market the program via meetings with prospective students.
   CMU’s Off-Campus Career Services office offers a variety of
   eRecruiting services which students can register for at
   www.cel.cmich.edu/careerservices.

❖ Advising Tools and Resources
  The academic information you need can be found in CMU’s Off-
  Campus Programs Bulletin and in this advising handbook. You
  need to be familiar with both of these publications, and to
  remember that students may be governed simultaneously by
  several different editions of the bulletin. Administrative policies
  are drawn from the bulletin in effect when the student was
  admitted. Each student’s academic program is governed by the
  bulletin in force on the day the student was admitted as a non-
  degree student or by a subsequent bulletin, if the student
  chooses.
   The CMU’s Off-Campus Programs Bulletin contains procedural
   and administrative practices that differ from on-campus
   practices. It is carefully reviewed to ensure conformity in policy
   with the Graduate Bulletin. Should a policy conflict occur, the
   on-campus Graduate Bulletin governs.

❖ Resource People
  Program Administrators
  Program administrators coordinate and schedule advising
  appointments for students and can provide you with information
  about your students. Program administrators are involved in the
  recruitment of new students and the initial orientation of
  students to the program. They also are responsible for the day-
  to-day operations of the program center. You will work most
  closely with the program administrators.




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  Master of Science in Administration Director
  The Master of Science in Administration director has primary
  academic responsibility for advising on the MSA degree
  program and performs the following duties:
  •   Oversees and approves advisors
  •   Provides advisor training
  •   Monitors and evaluates advisor performance
  As an advisor, you are directly responsible on academic issues
  to the MSA director or his designee who will resolve any
  questions you have regarding academic issues pertaining to
  advising.

❖ Advising Appointments (Contracted Advisors)
  Students should consult with their academic advisor as soon as
  possible after they have been admitted, and preferably before
  taking their first course. The program administrator will work
  with you to schedule advising appointments at the program
  center.

❖ Student Records and Advising Records
  You should keep records of your significant contacts with
  students and staff. Copies of all notes and correspondence to,
  from, and regarding students should be dated and placed in the
  student’s program center file. The Advisor Site Visit Report is
  the Off-Campus Programs form that you should use. This form
  is available on CMU’s Off-Campus Programs Web site at the
  following address: www.cel.cmich.edu/faculty/procedures-
  forms/forms.html.
  A student’s official records are located on campus in CMU’s
  Off-Campus Programs Center Services office. Your records and
  those maintained at the program center are considered
  “unofficial” records, although they are very important for your
  use in serving students.
  The university has very specific policies and procedures
  regarding access to and release of information in student files.


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   You should not release any information about students without
   first consulting with your program administrator. Generally,
   only “directory information” may be released, but even that is
   restricted if the student has informed the program administrator
   that it is not to be released. Directory information includes:
   1)   Name
   2)   Address
   3)   Telephone number
   4)   Date and place of birth
   5)   Major field of study
   6)   Dates of attendance at CMU
   7)   CMU degree(s) and awards
   8)   Previous education institution(s) attended
   You may not discuss any issue relating to a student with anyone
   other than the student or an employee of the university. The
   restriction extends to the student’s family members, roommates,
   business associates, etc.
   Copies of the university’s “Policies and Procedures Concerning
   the Custody of Student Educational Records” and “Family
   Educational Rights and Privacy; Final Regulations” are
   available from your program center, and you should consult
   them.

❖ Freedom of Information Act
  It is the university’s understanding that all CMU student records
  maintained by academic advisors fall under the category of a
  “public record” as defined by the Michigan Freedom of
  Information Act and are subject to the provisions of the act.
   Call the Director, Enrollment Management or Associate
   Directors, Student Services, if a student formally (in writing)
   requests information under the Freedom of Information Act of
   Michigan, any other state, or federal statute.


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❖ Off-Campus Library Services
  Central Michigan University’s Off-Campus Library Services
  offers services tailored to meet the needs of its students taking
  classes away from campus. Full-time librarians located on
  campus in Mount Pleasant, and in regional offices around the
  country, assist students in fulfilling their library and information
  needs. Additionally, a support staff on the main campus
  provides document delivery services to students when they
  request specific books, journal articles, or documents.
  Off-campus librarians answer reference questions; assist
  students using online resources; direct students to specific print
  and electronic indexes and other reference sources; refer
  students to professional associations and government agencies;
  visit classes to publicize OCLS’ services; and provide
  instruction in research techniques.
  Students may obtain copies of specific periodical articles or
  borrow books from the Central Michigan University Libraries’
  collection. Students in the United States, Canada, Mexico and
  other international sites request materials and obtain services by:
  1)   Using a toll-free number, (800) 274-3838 (in Mexico:
       001-800-544-1452)
  2)   Using a toll-free FAX number, (877) 329-6257
  3)   Using an e-mail address, oclibsvc@cmich.edu (for article
       requests) and oclsref@cmich.edu (for reference requests);
       or
  4)   Through the World Wide Web, http://ocls.cmich.edu.
  Requests for books and journal articles are processed within 24-
  48 hours and whenever possible delivered to students
  electronically. If the items needed cannot be supplied from the
  campus collection, a loan from another library may also be
  requested.
  Students can access the Libraries’ electronic collections
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   http://ocls.cmich.edu. CMU also offers an online catalog of
   book and periodical holdings called CENTRA II. Over 120
   additional online subject databases may be searched from Find
   Articles link. Selected databases offer full-text online retrieval
   capability in selected databases.
   Students are responsible for the cost of postage, to return any
   books borrowed and accrued overdue fines for late returns. To
   avoid paying overdue fines, students should renew books by
   telephone.
   As an academic advisor, OCLS reference assistance and
   document delivery services are available to you as well.
   For more information on Off-Campus Library Services, please
   call the toll-free library number, (800) 274-3838 and ask to
   speak with a reference librarian.

❖ Financial Aid
  Financial aid issues are very complicated and frequently change.
  When students inquire about financial aid, you should refer their
  questions to the program administrator. Students may also call
  1-800-950-1144, ext. 1260, 3782, or 1086 or consult
  www.cel.cmich.edu/financial-aid/default.html for more
  information.

❖ Student Rights and Responsibilities
  Students are responsible for meeting the university’s degree
  requirements described in the bulletin in effect on the date they
  receive non-degree admission. Students have the option of
  choosing subsequent bulletins, but usually they cannot choose to
  meet graduation requirements from more than one bulletin. (See
  “Developing a Program Plan” for more information.) They are
  responsible for complying with the procedures, requirements,
  regulations and deadlines printed in all the current bulletins. A
  detailed explanation of student responsibilities is included in the
  university’s “Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and
  Disciplinary Procedures” Appendix I, CMU’s Off-Campus
  Programs Bulletin. Students are also expected to comply with


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  the university’s “Policy on Academic Integrity for Off-Campus
  Students” Appendix II, CMU’s Off-Campus Programs Bulletin.
  Regular attendance is expected of all students. Students who
  anticipate any absence should consult with the instructor before
  they decide to register for the class. Where possible, Off-
  Campus Programs instructors will try to make arrangements for
  makeup work, where the absence is minor and unavoidable. If it
  becomes clear after registration that there will be a significant
  absence from class, the student should withdraw from the
  course.

❖ Students Who Move
  Sometimes students move before their degrees are completed.
  There are several options available to them:
   • If a student relocates near another of our program centers,
     the program administrator can forward the student’s record
     to the new center, and a new advisor will be assigned.
   • If students are not near a program center, and they have
     completed 21 hours of CMU credit, which includes no prior
     learning or graduate transfer credit, it may be possible to
     finish the degree either by using transfer credit from another
     institution, or by the use of a combination of transfer credit
     and prior learning credit. In such cases, students often retain
     their original advisors, and should be instructed to get
     specific pre-approval of courses they wish to transfer into
     the program from the MSA director before taking the
     courses. Students may also be referred to one of the
     centralized advisors for assistance. Online courses and,
     where appropriate, individual tutorials may also be used to
     complete the student’s program.
   • Students may find it necessary to transfer their CMU credits
     to another institution and complete their degrees there.
     Academic advisors should work with them to help facilitate
     the transfer.




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❖ Advisor Compensation (Contracted Advisors)
  Your expenses and compensation are generally handled by
  either your program administrator or the designated Off-Campus
  Programs staff person. He/she will provide you with detailed,
  current information on how rates are set and how expenses are
  handled. If you have questions or problems, they are the first
  people you should contact.

❖ Advisor Review
  As part of their training, new advisors are assigned to work with
  experienced ones. The new advisor’s training performance is
  evaluated closely before issuing a contract allowing her or him
  to advise alone.
   Campus Center Services staff monitor each advisor’s work to
   identify deviations from university policy and practice.
   Feedback on problems is shared with the advisor and others as
   appropriate. Recurring problems are referred to the MSA
   director for additional action.
   The MSA director reviews and approves program plans for all
   MSA students before they are allowed to graduate. While
   academic advisors make recommendations regarding graduate
   transfer credit, waivers, seven-year rule extensions, and student
   program plans, final approval rests with the MSA director and
   the College of Graduate Studies.




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Program Planning

❖ MSA Degree Program
  The degree consists of core courses and concentration courses,
  plus a three hour integrating experience, MSA 685, for a total of
  36 credit hours. The specific courses listed in the core and the
  many concentrations vary under different bulletin years. It is
  very important that the academic advisor follow the appropriate
  bulletin when advising students which courses to take because
  that is the bulletin that will be used in conducting the student’s
  graduation audit. The appropriate bulletin is determined by the
  date the student was granted non-degree admission. Or,
  alternatively, the student may choose to follow any subsequent
  bulletin. (See “Developing a Program Plan” for more
  information.)
  Students have seven years to complete the program; however,
  the program is designed to be completed within two years.

❖ Required Courses
  The core includes three required courses: MSA 600,
  Administrative Research and Report Methods; MSA 640,
  Quantitative Applications in Administrative Decision Making,
  and one of the following: MSA 634, Managerial Accounting
  Concepts; or MSA 635, Financial Management. Waivers may
  be requested for MSA 600, MSA 630, MSA 634, MSA 635, and
  MSA 640 by filling out the appropriate form found at
  www.cel.cmich.edu/forms/12(fillable).pdf.
  Please note that MSA 630, Administrative Control and
  Analysis, is an earlier administrative core course which
  combined accounting and finance concepts. Students admitted
  after August 15, 1998 must take either MSA 634 or MSA 635.
  Students may take both courses, but it is important to remember
  that each counts as a “business” course. Students who have
  taken MSA 630 may not count MSA 634 or MSA 635 towards
  the degree. However, an overage MSA 630 may be replaced by
  MSA 634 or MSA 635.


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   The prerequisites for MSA 685 are 21 hours in the program
   which include MSA 600, MSA 640, and MSA 634 or MSA 635.
   Students must earn a “C” or better in the required courses in
   order to register for MSA 685. If a student is completing
   prerequisite courses in, for example, the Spring II term, the
   student may preregister for MSA 685 in the Summer term. MSA
   685 is only offered three times a year. Students may not take
   MSA 685 concurrently with a prerequisite course. Exceptions to
   the prerequisite requirement are rare. Students should plan
   accordingly. Completion of the IRB process is a graduation
   requirement.
   Please refer to the concentration pages for information about
   required courses in each concentration.

❖ Limit on Concentrations and Degrees
  Students who want to prepare themselves in additional
  concentrations may do so by taking additional courses in that
  concentration under the direction of their academic advisor.
  Students who complete the requirements of a second
  concentration may request a graduate certificate. Students will
  not be allowed to use the same course for two different
  concentrations. (See “Certificate Programs” for more
  information.) Note: Students admitted after August 15, 1998
  must complete all requirements for their graduate certificates
  within four years.
   MSA students may earn only one MSA degree.

❖ Developing a Program Plan
  Note: As of January 1, 2007, the online program plan system
  should be used.
   If the student has an existing paper program plan, a paper
   amendment can still be processed. Forms are found at
   www.cel.cmich.edu/faculty/procedures-forms/forms.html.
   1) Record the bulletin year under which the student will
      complete the graduation requirements.



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      The bulletin year is determined by the date on the student’s
      admission letter (non-degree); e.g., if a student were admit-
      ted August 16, 2006, the student would be governed by the
      2006–2007 Bulletin curricular requirements. Alternatively, a
      student may elect to be covered by any one bulletin subse-
      quent to the one which was in effect at the time the student
      was admitted. The student may not pick and choose from
      different bulletins. Exception: If a student has been in the
      degree program for a number of years, the courses on the
      concentration may have changed during the time the student
      was in the program. In that instance, it would be possible for
      a student to have a course on the program plan that was no
      longer listed on the concentration as well as a course or two
      that had been added since the student came into the pro-
      gram. If you have any questions about what will be accept-
      able, consult with the MSA director because the MSA
      director must approve all deviations from the curriculum
      which is printed in the appropriate bulletin.
  2) Record the program center and concentration. Be sure that
     the program center is authorized to offer that concentration.
     Check that CMU has been approved by that particular state
     or by the military to offer the concentration or certificate
     program. (https://miscel1.cel.cmich.edu/intranet/catalog/
     pdfs/prog_sht.pdf)
  3) Record the courses.
      After consulting with the student, record the courses which
      the student must complete to meet the core, concentration
      and integrating experience requirements. (See curricular
      requirements outlined for the appropriate bulletin year in the
      appendix.)
  4) Sign and date the program plan to indicate you are
     recommending it to the MSA director, who must review and
     approve it before the program plan can be used in the
     graduation audit. The student must also sign and date the
     program plan.



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   5) Send the program plan to Center Services who will then
      forward it to the MSA director for approval. Program plans,
      paper or online, are only processed for students with
      Conditional or Regular admission. The plan may be changed
      by submitting an amendment to campus for approval.
      Amendments must either be signed and dated by the student
      or marked with an appropriate notation such as “per student
      phone call.” Program plans must be sent to campus
      immediately. Sending the plan in immediately ensures that
      students have an appropriate program plan to follow
      throughout their CMU experience. Students are responsible
      for following the approved program plan and should not
      deviate from it without the permission of the academic
      advisor and the MSA director. Students who take courses
      not listed on the program plan may be required to take
      additional course work.
   6) A copy of the approved program plan will be mailed to the
      student by Center Services.

❖ Online Program Plans
  Starting January 1, 2007, new program plans should be created
  on the online program plan system (https://
  miscel1.cel.cmich.edu/advising/default.asp). This secure site is
  accessed with your Global ID and password.
   Procedures for developing online program plans can be found in
   the following training manual: https://miscel1.cel.cmich.edu/
   training/guides/sis/program-plans/program-plans-adv-
   manual.htm. The online program plan has a section for both
   “public” and “private” comments. For example, the advisor may
   wish to note that the student also has a certificate program plan,
   note the age of transfer credit, note that a student is no longer
   pursuing a previously approved certificate program, or add notes
   about meeting the accounting and statistics prerequisites.




Program Planning – 4                                        June 2008
  Central Michigan University Off-Campus Programs SIS
  Advising & Program Plan Training

  1) Accessing the Program Plan System
     a) Use the Internet Explorer browser (the big blue ‘e’), version
        6.0. Please do not upgrade to 7.0 as our systems are not
        compatible with this version.
     b) The URL site is: https://miscel1.cel.cmich.edu/advising/
        default.asp (Figure 1.b).

  Please bookmark this site for future use
  c) Use your Global ID and Password to log in (ex: relli1sa)
  d) After log-in you will see the following screen:




  e) Search for a student
     i. Use Student ID # or Global ID or SS # or name
     1. Use % as a wildcard to do a name search
     ii. Select Level - Graduate


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     iii. Search Results screen - select Graduate… do not select
          Undergraduate, Inquiry-Graduate, etc. (Figure 1.e.iii)
     iv. If student not found, it may be new inquiry
  f) New Inquiry
     i. Answer questions and refer them to Marnie Roestel (989-774-
          3937 or Roest1m@cmich.edu) for entry in system and
          application process

                              Figure 1.e.iii




   2) Security Levels
      a) All Off-Campus Staff
         i. view all records & plans regardless of status (draft,
             unofficial, approved)
         ii. able to edit draft plans only
      b) Advisors – same as all staff except may submit and amend
         all plans
      c) Center Services Staff - same as advisers except may edit
         unofficial plans & send plans to director

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     d) Directors - same as auditors except may approve plans
  3) Creating a Program Plan
     a) Review the general information about the student at the top
         of the screen – populated from Campus Management/SIS.
     b) Check for existing Program Plans and Follow Up notes
         i. Follow Up screen
         ii. Add Follow Up Screen
     c) Select Advisor and Admit Bulletin Year and click on Save
         Changes (Figure 3. b)
     d) Document Imaging (competencies, transfer credit, etc.)
     e) Under Program Plan(s) select Add a Plan

                                  Figure 3.b




            f) Degree choice from the pull down list (Figure 3.d)
            g) Concentration/Major choice from the pull down list
            h) Bulletin year choice from the pull down list




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         i) Include Default Courses box will automatically be
            checked to include MSA 600, MSA 620, MSA 634, MSA
            640, and MSA 685. Will also include required
            concentration courses (i.e. IRM, HSA, Leadership)
         j) Your advisor global ID will populate from your login
                            Figure 3.d




   4) Program Plan Status (Figure 4)
      a) Draft- plan may not comply with College of Business
         Administration (CBA) rule:
            i. No more than 15 semester hours from any combination
            of:
               1. MSA 634, MSA 635, MSA 660, MSA 675
               2. CBA designators: ACC, BIS, FIN, HSA, MGT, MKT
      b) Draft Pending Signature - plan submitted by advisor, passed
         CBA rule check, waiting for confirmation of student
         signature


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     c) Unofficial – plan submitted for audit (advisor has secured
        student signature on hard copy, must be kept on file) or
        approved plan with amendments pending
     d) Approved - Director has approved plan
        i. Advisor receives e-mail from Director
        ii. Advisor forwards e-mail to Program Administrator and/or
            prints for center records
                                Figure 4




  5) Program Plan Summary (Create and Edit Program Plans)
     a) The Program Plan Summary screen serves as an access hub
         to the plan status, hour totals, plan sections, comments and
         one page summery (printing and emailing)
     b) Plan Summary – shows student name, ID #, level, plans,
         status, dates, bulletin year, and global ID of staff that
         created the plan (Figure 4)
     c) Hour Totals – Total at CMU, Completed or Needed,
         Transfer, Level, CBA, Hours to graduate, and PL credit
         hours.

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      d) Plan Sections – To view individual sections: Core,
         Concentration, Elective (Floating), Capstone. Each segment
         of the plan is listed with total hours. (Figure 5.d)

                                 Figure 5.d




      e) View All Sections – to edit or view entire plan
      f) Add a Comment – to create plan comments specific to this
          plan:
          i. Public – appear on printed plans (competencies, etc.)
          ii. Private – are not on printed plans and appear in SIS only
      g) View One Page Summary – takes you to the One Page
          Summary screen (Figure 5.g).




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                             Figure 5.g




     h) From here click PRINT. This takes you to the PDF version
         of the plan. From here you can print, save, or copy the plan
         for e-mailing. (Figure 5.h)
         i. Print for student signature
         ii. Save for your records
         iii. Copy and Paste in to an e-mail to student, Program
             Administrator, etc.




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                                     Figure 5.h




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           i) Edit or Delete Existing Course
              i. Edit an existing course while in Draft status by selecting
                   different drop down option(s) and/or overwriting designator
                   & number, course title and credit hours.
              ii. Delete an existing course by selecting “DELETE LINE>>”
                   in the drop down box.
              iii. Save changes with the Save Changes button
              iv. Go Back to Summary - allows user to return to main
                   Program Plan Summary Page. Warning: If you return to
                   Main Summary page before clicking the Save Changes
                   button - your changes will not be saved.
           j) Add a Course (Figure 5.j)
              i. Use the appropriate “Add” button to add items to each
                   section.




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     ii. For General Credit courses (i.e. IET CR 3) enter the course
          title (preceded by designator and number).
     iii. Add – to save and return to former page
          Add Another – to save and then add more courses
          Add an Alternate – to give the student the option of two
          courses (MSA 634 or MSA 635)
     vi. Reset – to clear the entry without saving
     vii. Cancel – to return to the former screen without saving.

                                Figure 5.j




  6) Submitting Plan – Status: (Figure 6)
     a) Use the Main Program Plan Summery page to submit a plan.
     b) Change the Status drop down box to the appropriate status
     c) Click Draft Pending Signature
     d) Business rules will be checked and error messages will
        appear.
     e) Correct errors and resubmit plan as needed


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      f) Secure student’s signature
      g) When plan hard copy is signed by student click Student
          Signature On File and then click Submit Draft Plan
   7) Follow Up screens
      a) Add Follow Up – record general information about the
          student (draft plan e-mailed, competencies discussed, etc.),
      b) Follow Up – to check previous follow up notes
   8) Amendments
      a) Program Plan Summary screen (can be accessed off of the
          Program Plans Checklist page)
      b) Click on Create Amendment
      c) Delete – click on the course drop down box
      d) Add – click on Add button
      e) Add Private Comment (as per student e-mail, phone call,
          etc.)
      f) Submit plan for auditing (center services)

                                  Figure 6




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  9) Reports
     a) Advisor List (Figure 9.a)
        i. Select specific advisor (by Global ID)
        ii. Select All or specific center
        iii. Click on Refresh – provides list of all current plans for
            this advisor

                              Figure 9.a




     b) Program Plan Log – a history of program plans (Figure 9.b)




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                            Figure 9.b




❖ Student Transcripts
  Prior to July 2006, CMU used ISIS as its student information
  system. Semesters were recorded as, for example, 041, 042, 043,
  and 044 for spring 2004, summer I 2004, summer II 2004, and
  fall 2004 respectively.
   Starting July 2006, CMU uses Student Life Cycle Management
   (SLCM – formally called Campus Management) as its student
   information system. Contact the Director, MA in Education, for
   more information about CM access approval.
   Student transcripts in Campus Management are fairly similar to
   those from ISIS. However, the following chart may be helpful in
   determining when a student took a course and if there are 7-year
   issues for that student.



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                         TERM CODES IN SLCM
    ISIS Term                                                 Codes Shown in
     Codes               Codes Shown in SLCM                  SLCM Reporting
     20064              Fall 2006-2007                         Fall 2007
     20071              Spring 2006-2007                       Spring 2007
     20072-
     20073              Summer 2006-2007                       Summer 2007
     20074              Fall 2007-2008                         Fall 2008
     20081              Spring 2007-2008                       Spring 2008
     20082-
     20083              Summer 2007-2008                       Summer 2008
     20084              Fall 2008-2009                         Fall 2009
     20091              Spring 2008-2009                       Spring 2009
     20092-
     20093              Summer 2008-2009                       Summer 2009
     20094              Fall 2009-2010                         Fall 2010
     20101              Spring 2009-2010                       Spring 2010
     20101-
     20103              Summer 2009-2010                       Summer 2010
     20104              Fall 2010-2011                         Fall 2011
     20111              Spring 2010-2011                       Spring 2011
     20112-
     20113              Summer 2010-2011                       Summer 2011
     20114              Fall 2011-2012                         Fall 2012
     20121              Spring 2011-2012                       Spring 2012
     20122-
     20123              Summer 2011-2012                       Summer 2012
  Rules: Fall is always the first year in the range and spring and summer are the second
  year.

  Example: On the transcript Fall 1999-2000 reflects courses taken in Fall 1999 and
  Spring 1999-2000 reflects courses taken in Spring 2000.


❖ GoArmyEd
  Active duty Army students using tuition assistance to enroll in
  CMU courses must use the GoArmyEd system at
  www.GoArmyEd.com. Check with your program administrator
  for more information about this system.



June 2008                                                      Program Planning – 17
❖ Meeting Program Plan Requirements
  Students may meet the course requirements you have
  recommended on the program plan in one of three ways: taking
  CMU courses, transferring in courses from other accredited
  institutions and/or using prior learning credit awards. Of the 36
  credit hours required for graduation, a total of up to 18 credit
  hours may consist of transfer credit and/or prior learning credits.
  No more than 15 credits on the student’s program plan may be
  in “business” courses.

❖ Business Credit
  No more than 15 credit hours of “business” courses may be used
  on a student’s program plan. This rule includes both transfer and
  prior learning credit, as well as courses taken at CMU. Business
  credits include all courses with business designators, such as
  ACC, BIS, FIN, HSA, MGT, MKT, prior learning credit with
  business topics in the competency title, Special Topics courses
  where the title is a business topic, and the following courses
  from the MSA core: MSA 630, MSA 634, MSA 635, MSA 660
  and MSA 675. Students on the Human Resources
  Administration concentration, the Hospitality and Tourism
  Administration concentration, and the Information Resource
  Management concentration are the students most likely to have
  problems with this constraint. If you are unsure if a course
  should be considered a “business” course, contact the MSA
  director.

❖ CMU Courses
  CMU courses are scheduled by the Coordinator of Course
  Scheduling and Registrations in consultation with field staff.
  Schedules are built based on student need and instructor
  availability. If your students need a particular course which is
  not being offered, discuss the situation with your program
  administrator to see if it can be added to the schedule. Course
  schedules are developed six months or more in advance so
  sufficient lead time is needed to make any changes.




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❖ Concentration Selection
  Not all concentrations are offered at all centers. Students must
  graduate from a center that offers the particular concentration
  that the student will be awarded. In addition, the student must
  take at least one course in that concentration from that center.

❖ Waivers
  Requests for waivers of required courses may be made by the
  academic advisor if the advisor believes the student should be
  exempted from taking a required course because of the student’s
  work experience or previous course work at the undergraduate
  or graduate level. For example, a student who is a CPA would
  not be expected to take MSA 634; a student who had completed
  another master’s degree which included a management science
  course might be exempted from MSA 640. If a course is waived,
  the student must take another course instead in order to
  complete the 36-hour requirement. Academic advisors should
  not request waivers for a course if a course is transferred in to
  meet that course requirement. Waivers should be requested
  immediately.

❖ Floating Electives
  Except for 18-credit concentrations, students may use one
  course selected from elsewhere in the program as a “floating
  elective.” The course used as a floating elective must be
  appropriate to the student’s degree program as recommended by
  the academic advisor. Floating electives should contain an
  administrative component or be related to the concentration in
  the MSA degree program. In most cases, courses from other
  disciplines, such as counseling, psychology or education, are not
  be applicable. Floating electives may not be used on the Long-
  Term Care Administration, SEA, or VDMA concentrations. The
  program plan form (paper and online) has a place to designate
  the “floating elective.” For concentrations of 12-15 credits
  only one “floating elective” is allowed on the program plan.
  See the concentration sections for more information on the use
  of substitute courses in some concentrations.



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❖ Allocation of Credits Between Core and Concentration

   Allocation of credits between core and concentration
                                            Core        Concentration   MSA
  Concentration                             Hours           Hours       685
  Acquisitions Administration              15-18 hrs.      15-18 hrs.   3 hrs.
  General Administration                   15-21 hrs.      12-18 hrs.   3 hrs.
  Health Services Administration           15-18 hrs.      15-18 hrs.   3 hrs.
  Hospitality and Tourism Administration   15-21 hrs.      15-18 hrs.   3 hrs.
  Human Resources Administration           15-21 hrs.      12-18 hrs.   3 hrs.
  International Administration             15-21 hrs.      12-18 hrs.   3 hrs.
  Information Resource Management          15-21 hrs.      12-18 hrs.   3 hrs.
  Leadership                               15-21 hrs.      12-18 hrs.   3 hrs.
  Long-Term Care Administration             15 hrs.         18 hrs.     3 hrs.
  Public Administration                    15-18 hrs.      15-18 hrs.   3 hrs.
  Software Engineering Administration       15 hrs.         18 hrs.     3 hrs.
  Vehicle Design & Manufacturing Admin.     15 hrs.         18 hrs.     3 hrs.


❖ Acquisitions Administration Concentration (15-18 credits)
  The Acquisitions Administration concentration is in effect as of
  the 04-05 Bulletin. This concentration prepares administrators
  with a focus on acquisitions by providing a knowledge base in
  purchasing, regulatory concepts and related factors in
  acquisitions administration.
   The Acquisitions Administration concentration contains two
   required courses:
     MGT 533 Purchasing Strategy, and
     PSC 522 Regulatory Processes and Administrative Law
   The concentration is completed with a minimum of 9 hours of
   elective courses selected from the following:
      IET 500        (3)     Production Concepts
     IET       527      (3)        Industrial Safety Management
     MGT 542            (3)        Inventory and Materials Management
     MGT 543            (3)        Management and Control of Quality
     PSC 514            (3)        American Public Policy Making


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     PSC 712       (3)    Implementation and Reform of Public
                          Programs
     PSC 714       (3)    Program Analysis and Evaluation
  See the Military Course Work section for information on
  Defense Acquisition University courses. Transfer credit for
  these courses may be substituted for courses in the elective
  section portion of the concentration.
  If the student takes 15 credits in the core and 15 credits in the
  AA concentration, one course may be selected as a “floating
  elective.”

❖ General Administration Concentration
  (12-18 credits)
  This is the most flexible concentration on the MSA program
  with 30 plus courses to select. Although categories are listed in
  the Bulletin, students are able to pick and choose courses based
  on interest and course availability. The GA concentration is
  designed to serve the needs of a very heterogeneous group of
  students through offering a program of study with moderate
  structure applicable to a wide variety of administrative settings.
  Twelve credits are required in the concentration. Two of those
  courses may be electives which fall within one of the six GA
  categories. One MSA designator course, if not already used in
  the administrative core, may be used on the concentration.
  One floating elective is allowed.
  Note: 9 hours of “electives” may be used on an MSA/GA degree
  program plan. This consists of two “substitute” courses and the
  “floating elective.” Therefore, a minimum of two courses must
  be selected from the list of GA concentration courses.
  Effective Fall 2008:
  EAD 610: Grants and Funds Procurement, will become EDL
  610: Grants and Funds Procurement




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   Effective Spring 2008, IPC courses have a COM designator:
   IPC 560 is now COM 560: Communication and Change: The
   Diffusion of Ideas and Information
   IPC 561 is now COM 561: Communication in Conflict
   Management
   IPC 665 is now COM 665: Seminar in Communication and
   Negotiation in Employee Relations
   IPC 667 is now COM 667: Advanced Studies in Intercultural
   Communication
   Effective Fall 2008, the following title changes will be made:
   COM 560: Communication and Change: The Diffusion of Ideas
   and Information will be changed to COM 560: Communication
   and Social/Organizational Change
   COM 667: Advanced Studies in Intercultural Communication
   will be changed to COM 667: Seminar in Intercultural
   Communication

❖ Health Services Administration Concentration
  (12-15 credits)
  This concentration is designed to provide the knowledge and
  skills required for directors, administrators and supervisors in
  health services.
   All Health Services Administration concentration students
   admitted prior to August 16, 2000 must take the following
   courses:
     HSC 520        (3)   Health Services Administration
     HSC 607        (3)   Medical Care Organization (renamed Health
                          Service Organizations: Origins, Systems
                          and Applications, effective Fall 1998)




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  All Health Services Administration concentration students admitted
  after August 15, 2000 must take the following courses:
     HSC 520      (3)   Health Services Administration*
     HSC 570      (3)   Financial Aspects of Health Services
                        Organizations
     HSC 571      (3)   Legal Aspects of Health Services Organizations

     HSC 607      (3)   Health Service Organizations: Origins, Systems
                        and Applications
  *If the student has appropriate management experience, the advisor
  may substitute another course for HSC 520 with the approval of the
  MSA director. The Request for Waiver of the MSA 600, MSA 634,
  MSA 635, and MSA 640 Requirement form can be used for this
  purpose. Cross out one of the courses on the form and write in HSC
  520.
  Note: HSC 544, Biostatistics, may be used to fulfill the statistics
  requirement for MSA 600 and MSA 640. Substitutions are rare on
  the Health Services Administration concentration and only then for
  the elective course.
  If the student takes 15 credits in the core and 15 credits in the HSA
  concentration, one course may be selected as a “floating elective.”
  Effective Fall 2007:
  HSC 601: Computerized Health Care Systems, has been deleted
  from the concentration
  Effective Spring 2008:
  HSC 607: Health Service Organizations: Origins, Systems, and
  Applications is now HSC 507: Introduction to Health Service
  Organizations and Systems
  HSC 680: Managed Care: Origins, Organizations, and
  Operations is now HSC 581: Managed Care: Origins,
  Organizations, and Operations




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❖ Hospitality and Tourism Administration Concentration
  (12-15 credits)
  The Hospitality and Tourism Administration concentration
  contains the following required courses: HSA 542, HSA 543,
  HSA 544, and HSA 546. Courses with the HSA designator are
  counted as “business” courses. If applicable, the fifth Hospitality
  and Tourism Administration concentration course is to be
  chosen from the following list of courses:
     MSA 620        (3)   Effective Administration and
                          Organizational Behavior
     MSA 650        (3)   Organization Theory: Strategy and Structure


   Note: This concentration is not being offered at any Off-
   Campus Programs location.

❖ Human Resources Administration Concentration
  (12-18 credits)
  The HRA concentration provides a program of study for
  students who are pursuing, or intend to pursue, a career in the
  field of Human Resources. The concentration is designed to
  provide students with an overall background in the field of
  administration as well as in the specific areas of Labor
  Relations, Staffing, Training and Organization Development.
   HRA students are required to take either MGT 643 or PSC 711.
   Since only 12 credits are required, the advisor should help the
   student find the best balance of HRA courses for the best
   preparation. Keeping in mind the course work available to the
   student, an ideal program plan would have MGT 643 or PSC
   711, one-two staffing courses, one labor law course, and one
   training/organizational development course.
   Advisors may see PSC 511 on older program plans. PSC 511
   was changed to an undergraduate course, PSC 411, and has been
   deleted from the MSA program. Students who took PSC 511
   when it was still a graduate level course and noted as such in
   their governing Bulletin may use this course to meet degree
   requirements.


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  If not used in the MSA administrative core, Human Resources
  Administration students may use MSA 620 as a valid
  concentration course. However, to provide the best HRA
  preparation, the use of MSA 620 on the concentration should be
  a last resort. A combination of the ECO, IPC, MGT, PSC, and
  PSY courses which are approved for use on the concentration
  would be more beneficial to HRA students.
  If not used in the MSA administration core, MSA 661 may be
  used as a valid Human Resources Administration concentration
  course.
  Students on the Human Resources Administration concentration
  may take both IPC 560 and IPC 561 if one of the courses is
  designated as the floating elective. Students may not use both
  courses to satisfy HRA concentration requirements.
  Note: Some substitutions may be allowed on this concentration
  with the approval of the MSA director. Generally, those
  substitutions are transfer credit in HRA areas not on the
  concentration, such as career counseling or training and
  development courses.
  Effective Spring 2008, IPC courses have a COM designator:
  IPC 560 is now COM 560: Communication and Change: The
  Diffusion of Ideas and Information
  IPC 561 is now COM 561: Communication in Conflict
  Management
  IPC 665 is now COM 665: Seminar in Communication and
  Negotiation in Employee Relations
  Effective Fall 2008, the following title changes will be made:
  COM 560: Communication and Change: The Diffusion of Ideas
  and Information will be changed to COM 560: Communication
  and Social/Organizational Change




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❖ Information Resource Management Concentration
  (12-18 credits)
  The Information Resource Management concentration is
  designed to enable students to develop a comprehensive
  management approach to the introduction of information
  systems in an organization, in order to ensure that the
  information technology solution which is chosen will be the one
  deemed most appropriate.
   The IRM concentration contains the following courses: CPS 603
   or BIS 601, BIS 630 or CPS 510, BIS 634, and BIS 635 or CPS
   612. If applicable, the fifth course should be chosen from the
   following list of courses:
            BIS     647    (3)     SAP Enterprise Software for
                                   Management
            COM 560        (3)     Communication and Social/
                                   Organizational Change
            IET     524    (3)     Technology and Environment
            MSA     650    (3)     Organization Theory: Strategy and
                                   Structure or
            PSC     514    (3)     American Public Policy Making
   If there is a need to choose a different elective, please consult
   the MSA director.
     BIS 630, BIS 634, and BIS 635 have prerequisites as follows:
        BIS 630: CPS 603, Accounting and Statistics CAs
        BIS 634: CPS 603, Accounting and Statistics CAs
        BIS 635: BIS 630

        CPS 612: CPS 510 or BIS 630

   The Bulletin prerequisites are BIS 221 plus accounting and math
   courses. Per our conversations with the BIS department, the
   prerequisites must be enforced. Rather than require students to
   take four undergraduate courses, we have determined an
   equivalent set of prerequisites. CPS 603 is equivalent to a
   computers in business course, such as BIS 221, and, by fulfilling


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  the competency areas, students demonstrate competency in
  accounting and math (since algebra is the prereq for statistics).
  Note: In consultation with the BIS department, the MSA office
  may allow a student to take BIS 635 before taking the BIS 630
  prerequisites. The students’ undergraduate course work and
  resume will be evaluated. In many cases, the BIS 635 instructor
  will be consulted. Please note that only the MSA office has
  the authority to override IRM prerequisites.
  Only one floating elective is available on this concentration.

❖ International Administration Concentration
  (12-18 credits)
  The International Administration concentration is helpful to
  students interested in working in international settings as well as
  in local companies with global connections.
  Students must take four courses from the courses listed on the
  concentration. If not used in the MSA administration core, MSA
  661 may be used as a valid International Administration
  concentration course.
  Only one floating elective is available on this concentration.
  Note: Some substitutions may be allowed on this concentration
  with the approval of the MSA director.
  Effective Spring 2008, IPC courses have a COM designator:
  IPC 667 is now COM 667: Advanced Studies in Intercultural
  Communication
  Effective Fall 2008, the following title changes will be made:
  COM 667: Advanced Studies in Intercultural Communication
  will be changed to COM 667: Seminar in Intercultural
  Communication




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❖ Leadership Concentration
  (12-18 credits)
  The Leadership concentration enables students to enhance their
  knowledge and skills in the areas of leadership, group dynamics,
  organizational change, management of conflict, negotiation,
  cultural diversity and communication.
   The Leadership concentration contains one required course,
   PSC 785, Strategic Leadership. Students select 9-15 credits in
   elective courses chosen from the courses listed on the
   concentration.
   If not used in the MSA administration core, MSA 661 may be
   used as a valid Leadership concentration course.
   Note: Some substitutions may be allowed on this concentration
   with the approval of the MSA director.
   Only one floating elective is available on this concentration.
   Effective Spring 2008, IPC courses have a COM designator:
   IPC 560 is now COM 560: Communication and Change: The
   Diffusion of Ideas and Information
   IPC 561 is now COM 561: Communication in Conflict
   Management
   IPC 665 is now COM 665: Seminar in Communication and
   Negotiation in Employee Relations
   IPC 667 is now COM 667: Advanced Studies in Intercultural
   Communication
   Effective Fall 2008, the following title changes will be made:
   COM 560: Communication and Change: The Diffusion of Ideas
   and Information will be changed to COM 560: Communication
   and Social/Organizational Change
   COM 667: Advanced Studies in Intercultural Communication
   will be changed to changed to COM 667: Seminar in
   Intercultural Communication




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❖ Long-Term Care Administration Concentration
  (15-18 credits)
  Long-Term Care Administration is a new concentration in the
  04-05 Bulletin. The Long-Term Care Administration
  concentration contains the following courses:
     GRN 632     (3)   Public Policy and Aging
     HSC 520     (3)   Health Services Administration
     HSC 570     (3)   Financial Aspects of Health Services
                       Organizations
     HSC 591     (3)   Legal and Regulatory Aspects of Long-Term
                       Care
     HSC 592     (3)   Administrative Issues in Long-Term Care
     HSC 593     (3)   Resident Care Issues in Long-Term Care
  Students who have taken HSC 520 and/or HSC 570 as part of
  another concentration or graduate certificate may select
  substitutes from the following courses:
     GRN 631     (3)   Gerontology: Theory and Practice
     HSC 506     (3)   Health and Physical Development in Later Life
     HSC 507     (3)   Introduction to Health Service Organizations
                       and Systems
     HSC 545     (3)   Health Planning
     HSC 572     (3)   Quality Improvement in Health Services
     HSC 581     (3)   Managed Care: Origins, Organizations, and
                       Operations
  Note: The Long-Term Care Administration concentration and
  graduate certificate are not currently being offered at any off-campus
  location. Consideration is being given to incorporate some of these
  courses into the Health Services Administration concentration.

❖ Public Administration Concentration
  (15-18 credits)
  The Public Administration concentration is designed to prepare
  students for careers in public sector administration. Broadly, the
  objectives of the program are to provide students with



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   background and competency in five: (1) the political, social, and
   economic environment of public administration; (2) public
   management processes; (3) public policy analysis; (4) research
   and analytic methods; and (5) organization theory and behavior.
   Effective with the 05-06 Bulletin, the following courses are
   deleted from the concentration:
        PSC 515: Comparative Public Policy
        PSC 520: American National Government and Politics
        PSC 585: Computer Applications for Public Administrators
        PSC 615: Politics and Regulation of Health Care Policy
        PSC 710: Seminar on Public Bureaucracies and Policy
                 Formation
        PSC 712: Implementation and Reform of Public Programs
        PSC 773: Public Administration and Public Interest
        PSC 780: Research in Public Administration in Political
                 Science
   Note: Students may only take one of the following to meet
   concentration requirements:
        COM 665: Seminar in Communication and Negotiation in
                 Employee Relations
        ECO 515: Collective Bargaining and Labor Law
        MGT 646: Labor Relations Issues
   Only one floating elective is available on this concentration.
   PA students may not count both MSA 650 and PSC 775 on a
   certificate or degree program.

❖ Software Engineering Administration Concentration
  (18 credits)
  There are six required courses on this concentration:
        CPS 510: Software Systems Engineering
        CPS 611: Software Verification and Validation
        CPS 612: Software Project Management


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        CPS 613: Specification of Software Systems
        CPS 614: Principles and Applications of Software
        CPS 615: Software Generation and Maintenance
  A floating elective is not available on this concentration.
  Note: The SEA concentration and graduate certificate are not
  currently being offered at any off-campus location.

❖ Vehicle Design and Manufacturing Administration
  Concentration (18 credits)
  The Vehicle Design and Manufacturing Administration
  concentration prepares students to take leadership responsibility
  in vehicle design and manufacturing administration. Graduates
  will be able to understand and implement the complete
  engineering and manufacturing processes involved in creating
  vehicles in the high-tech global marketplace.
  There are six required courses. No floating elective is available.
  Because of changes in the concentration and, thus, course
  availability, students should use the concentration requirements
  from the 04-05 Bulletin or later.
     IET    500   (3)   Production Concepts
     IET    501   (3)   Application of Industrial Management
                        Principles
     IET    524   (3)   Technology and Environment
     IET    527   (3)   Industrial Safety Management
     MGT 542      (3)   Inventory and Materials Management
     MGT 543      (3)   Management and Control of Quality
  Courses will have a “V” designator (i.e., IET 500V) in the
  course schedule.

❖ “OR” Language in the Bulletin
  Effective in the 03-04 Bulletin, the language on alternate
  courses has been changed:
     GA and Leadership: Students may not count both MSA 620
     and PSY 535 on a certificate or degree program


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     GA, HRA, and Leadership: Students may not count both ECO
     515 and MGT 646 on a certificate or degree program

     HRA: Students may not count both MGT 647 and PSY 536
     on a certificate or degree program

     HRA: Students may not count both COM 560 and COM 561
         within the HRA certificate or concentration

     IRM: Students may not count both BIS 601 and CPS 603 on
     an IRM concentration or an IRM certificate

     IRM: Students may not count both BIS 630 and CPS 510 on
     an IRM concentration or an IRM certificate

     IRM: Students may not count both BIS 635 and CPS 612 on
     an IRM concentration or an IRM certificate

❖ MSA 661
  MSA 661, Diversity and Multiculturalism in the Workplace, is a
  newer course in effect with the 04-05 Bulletin. MSA 661 can be
  used to fulfill non-required administrative core requirements. If
  not used as a core course, MSA 661 may be used as a valid
  concentration course in the following concentrations: General
  Administration, Human Resources Administration, International
  Administration, and Leadership.

❖ Special Topics, MSA 696
  MSA 696, Special Topics, is part of the MSA core. It should be
  treated like any other non-required core course. Whether or not
  it will count as a business course will depend on the content of
  the course. Please specify the title of the special topics course
  when you list it on a program plan.
   As a special topics course, the same course content can be
   offered no more than three times. The course content must be
   approved by the MSA Council in advance and cannot duplicate
   content of an existing course. The purpose of having a special


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  topics course available is to make it possible to offer a course on
  topics of special interest to a group of students, such as in a
  cohort. If it is to be offered as a regular course, it will need to be
  taken through the regular curriculum process on campus.

❖ Duplication of Courses
  Regardless of which bulletin students are using or which
  concentration the student is following, students should not
  duplicate the following courses: ECO 515 and MGT 646, PSY
  536 and MGT 647, and PSY 535 and MSA 620. In each case,
  the two courses are virtually the same. Using one course on a
  concentration and then using the duplicate content course on a
  subsequent certificate (or vice versa) will not be permitted. For
  example, a student using MGT 646, Labor Relations Issues, on a
  General Administration concentration cannot subsequently use
  ECO 515, Collective Bargaining and Labor Law, on a Human
  Resources Administration certificate.

  Students on the Human Resources Administration concentration
  may take both COM 560 and COM 561 if one of the courses is
  designated as the floating elective. Students may not use both
  courses to satisfy HRA concentration requirements.




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         Crossover Course Matrix
         The following courses appear on more than one concentration:

Courses            AA         GA        HSA*    HRA        IA       PA        IRM       L    VDMA
CED 655                       X                  X                                      X
COM 560 or                    X                  X                             COM      Both
 COM 561                                                                       560
COM 665                       X                                      X                  X
COM 667                       X                             X                           X
CPS 603                       X                                                 X
ECO 515 or                    X                   X                  X                  X
 MGT 646
FIN 573                       X                             X
HSC 520                       see       X
                              below
HSC 570                       see       X
                              below
IET 500             X         X                                                                    X
IET 524                       X                                                5th                 X
                                                                              course
MGT 542             X                                                                              X
MGT 543             X                                                                              X
MGT 643                        X                  X
MGT 649                        OK as              X                                     X
                                GA
                             elective
MGT 667                        X                            X
MKT 560                        X                            X
MSA 620                        X                  X                                       as
                               (one                                                    alternate
                                only)                                                  to PSY
                                                                                         535
MSA 650                      X (one                                            5th
                             only)                                            course
MSA 661                      X (one               X         X                           X
                              only)
PHL 518                      X                                                          X
PSC 514             X        X                                       X        5th
                                                                              course
PSC 522           required    X                                      X
PSC 555                       X                             X
PSC 711                       X                   X                  X
PSC 714             X                                                X
PSC 774                       X                                      X
PSC 785                       X                                      X                  X

Notes: *Up to six credits of HSC courses may be used as GA electives.
MSA 661 can be used on GA, HRA, IA, or Leadership as a valid concentration course.




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❖ Transfer Credit
  Graduate transfer credit requests (GTCRs) and requests for pre-
  approvals of transfer credit must be submitted through Center
  Services to the College of Graduate Studies for approval. Model
  course outlines for commonly requested MSA courses are
  available at www.cel.cmich.edu/faculty. You will need to
  supply a user name and password to access the outlines. User
  name: Global id, for example: gribb1kd and password: use your
  current e-mail password.
  Students may transfer in up to eighteen (18) credits towards the
  MSA degree. However, if a student has already completed a
  master’s or higher degree, a maximum of six (6) semester hours
  used towards that degree may be used on the MSA degree.
  Please note that MSA 640 is a management science course, not
  a statistics course.
  Request for Graduate Transfer Credit
  An academic advisor may request approval to use a course
  which a student took at another accredited institution on the
  student’s program plan. The advisor should complete the
  Graduate Transfer Credit Request form (www.cel.cmich.edu/
  forms/56(fillable).pdf) and have it sent to campus for approval.
  The criteria for approval of graduate transfer credit are:
  a. The course must have been taken from an institution which
     was accredited at the time the credits were earned.
  b. The course must be certified on a graduate transcript as
     being of graduate level.
  c. The student must have received a grade of B or better in the
     course. Ungraded course work will not be accepted in
     transfer unless accompanied by evidence that the work is of
     B or higher quality.
  d. The student must have been in good standing at the
     institution at which the credit was earned. That is, either (a)
     the student had a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 at the end
     of the semester when the student took the course to be


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       transferred; or (b) the student had a cumulative GPA of at
       least 3.0 at the time the student left the institution where the
       credits were taken.
   e. If using the course on the MSA degree, the course must not
      be over 7 years old by the time the student graduates.
   f. If using the course on a graduate certificate and if the
      student was admitted after August 15, 1998, the course must
      not be over 4 years old when the graduate certificate is
      awarded.
   g. The course must be appropriate to the student’s program, as
      determined by the degree requirements in effect under the
      bulletin the student is following.
   h. Courses taken by correspondence are not eligible for
      graduate transfer credit.
    Note: Appropriateness of the course to the student’s program
          plan is initially determined by the academic advisor, but
          the final decision rests with the College of Graduate
          Studies. The MSA office has been granted delegated
          authority to approve graduate transfer credit for
          MSA students only. The notification letter sent to the
          student will go out over the current College of
          Graduate Studies Dean’s signature. Graduate
          transfer credit requests and pre-approval requests
          will not be processed for students on probation or for
          dematriculated students.
   Use of Transfer Credit on a Student’s Program Plan
   Transfer Credit Granted as “CRED”:
   Any time transfer credit is granted as CRED (example: MSA
   CRED, ECO CRED), it can only be used on the General
   Administration concentration (which permits two elective
   courses on the concentration) or as a floating elective. Please
   check the GTCR and award letter to see what transfer credit was
   awarded and how it may be used. For example, if its use is
   restricted to a floating elective, it may not be used on the
   concentration or in the core.


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❖ Making a Transfer Credit Recommendation
  The GTCR form contains a section for the advisor’s
  recommendation for the transfer credit award. The advisor is
  encouraged to make a recommendation and to add any pertinent
  notes in the comment section of the form. The transfer credit
  may be awarded differently or denied, but it is helpful to know
  the advisor’s intended use for the transfer credit. In general, the
  GTCR notification letter will explain why a request was denied
  or provide guidance for the use of the transfer credit on the
  program plan.

❖ GTCR Appeals
  Student appeals should be routed by the advisor to Center
  Services so that all pertinent information is provided to the
  Director. Generally, an appeal should be accompanied by new
  information or a rationale for reconsideration. If a GTCR has
  been denied because the transfer credit did not meet CMU’s
  graduate transfer credit criteria, an appeal is not likely to
  succeed. For example, if the student is not in good standing as
  defined by the policy, or, for example, the course is clearly taken
  by correspondence, an appeal should not be submitted.
  Core Courses:
  If a transfer course is being proposed as a substitute for a
  required course in the core, the same concepts must be covered
  in the course proposed for transfer as in the required course
  because the curricular bodies have determined that these are
  concepts that all students need to learn as a part of their
  education. If the student has learned those concepts through her/
  his employment, the student may apply for a waiver of the
  course requirement.
  A transfer credit request for a required course must be
  accompanied by the appropriate course syllabus. A syllabus is
  required to determine that all relevant topics are covered. In
  addition, the proposed course must have prerequisites similar to
  those for the CMU course it will replace. Also, the proposed
  course must be equivalent to 3 semester hours (5 quarter hours).



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   For example, a course proposed for transfer as MSA 634 must,
   at a minimum, have an undergraduate accounting course as a
   prerequisite, and must be a 3 credit hour course. A course
   transferring as MSA 600 should include in its requirements a
   research proposal, use of APA format, and a discussion of
   research ethics. Courses proposed as MSA 640 should go
   beyond a statistics course and include management science
   topics such as decision making theory, PERT/CPM, forecasting,
   time series, game theory, and inventory control.
   Note: Waivers should not be filed for a course if a Graduate
         Transfer Credit Request is filed for that course.
   General Administration Concentration Courses:
   Six credits of electives are available, but they must be consistent
   with one or more of the six categories listed on the general
   concentration. Those six categories are: Information Systems
   and Analysis; International Systems, Issues, and Problems;
   Legal and Political Systems; Organizational Behavior/Human
   Resources Administration; Organizational Communications;
   and Social and Economic Systems.
   Note: The bulletin allows the use of one core course on the
         General Administration concentration, only.
   Electives on the General Administration concentration (other
   than the floating elective) must fit within one of the six
   categories listed on the concentration. Using that philosophy,
   the following courses from the Health Services Administration
   concentration may be used as electives on the General
   Administration concentration: HSC 507, 520, 545, 570, and
   571. Please note that these are considered as the substitutes
   allowed on the concentration, not as General Administration
   concentration courses.
   Other Concentrations:
   In general there are no electives on the other concentrations.
   Therefore, the course proposed for transfer must come in as
   comparable to one of the courses on the concentration.
   However, the MSA office may determine that a course is


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  acceptable as a substitute on a concentration. For example,
  DAU courses (see the Military Transfer Credit section) may be
  used on the AA concentration or a training course may be used
  on the HRA concentration.
  Request for Pre-Approval
  An academic advisor may request pre-approval of a course
  which the student would like to take at another institution if the
  advisor believes the course is appropriate to the student’s
  program plan. The Request for Pre-Approval form
  (www.cel.cmich.edu/forms/44(fillable).pdf) should be
  completed and sent to Center Services who will forward it to the
  College of Graduate Studies for approval. Pre-approval is an
  indication of the appropriateness of the course to the student’s
  program plan. All other criteria for transfer credit noted above
  must also be met. Once the student has completed the pre-
  approved course, a GTCR and an appropriate transcript must be
  submitted so that the transfer credit can be approved and
  transcripted.
  Quarter Hours vs. Semester Hours
  Some institutions grant credit based on quarter hours. CMU uses
  the semester hour system, so credit hours need to be converted
  according to the chart listed.

                     Quarter Hour Conversion Chart
              Quarter Hours                         Semester Hours
                     1                                     2/3
                     2                                   1 1/3
                     3                                       2
                     4                                   2 2/3
                     5                                   3 1/3
                     6                                       4
  Note:     If transferred in as a specific course, the student can only be awarded
            up to the same number of credits as the CMU course is worth
            (usually 3 credits).



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❖ Prior Learning Credit
  Prior Learning Awards
  Students who receive prior learning credit may use up to 10
  prior learning credits on their program plan, subject to the
  approval of their academic advisor. In compliance with
  California law, graduate students in the Camp Pendleton Center
  may use up to six semesters hours of prior learning assessment
  credit on their degree programs. Prior learning cannot be used
  on the Graduate Certificate Program.
   Prior learning credits should not be used in place of core courses
   nor of required courses in the concentration unless you have
   received the prior approval of the MSA director. Prior learning
   credit is most appropriately used in place of non-required
   courses in the concentration.
   Note: The Prior Learning Assessment Team does not grant
         graduate credit for correspondence courses.


   Prior Learning Application Process
   Discuss the possibility of a student applying for prior learning
   credit at your first meeting. Advise the student whether or not a
   particular learning experience appears to be worth submitting
   for consideration for prior learning credit. Be careful not to
   promise that a student will receive prior learning credit for a
   particular experience since only the prior learning team can
   make such a determination. Suggest that the student attend a
   briefing on the subject of prior learning assessment if one is
   available in your area. A detailed brochure will be available
   explaining the process. A student handbook with sample
   portfolio material can be purchased from MBS Direct if the
   student decides to move forward with the process. In your
   discussion keep in mind:
    • Students should be encouraged to prepare their portfolios
      early, so that they will know which concentration classes, if
      any, they will not need to take.




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   • Students should refer to and carefully follow the directions
     found in the Prior Learning Assessment Student Handbook.
   • Prior learning credit awards are based on the competencies
     that students have learned from experiences. Therefore,
     students must thoroughly explicate what they learned and
     document that learning in their self-assessment. Without
     documentation, credit cannot be awarded. If a student is
     having difficulty securing documentation, encourage the
     student to call the hotline for information on the various
     kinds of documentation that are acceptable. However, if it is
     clear the documentation for an experience is not available,
     do not encourage the student to apply for prior learning
     credit in that area.
   • If explication in the self-assessment is incomplete or
     insufficient, a reduced award in comparison to another
     student who had an identical experience may be granted. In
     such cases, encourage the student to review the comments in
     the award letter, consult the hotline if necessary, and
     consider providing supplementary information accompanied
     by a request for reevaluation.
   • Preformatted fillable Word application files makes
     following the form detailed in the student handbook easier.
     Portfolios must be submitted in the format outlined in the
     handbook.
   • Advise students to retain a copy of their portfolios, to guard
     against losing all their work, should the portfolio be lost in
     the mail. The copy can also be used for comparison of the
     award letter to specific tabs within the portfolio.
   • All portfolios will be evaluated “as is.” Missing documents
     will result in a loss of credits. Portfolios are not returned to
     students upon completion of the evaluation process.
  Prior Learning Hotline
  Academic advisors can get both general and specific
  information about prior learning from the hotline, which is
  answered by team members. Hotline numbers are available from


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   the prior learning secretary, (800) 950-1144, ext. 7126. Students
   use the hotline to obtain specific information and advice in the
   preparation of their portfolios, or for general guidance.
   Prior Learning Assessment Team
   Prior learning credit is awarded by the Prior Learning
   Assessment Team, which is composed of CMU graduate faculty
   who have undergone extensive orientation and training in the
   evaluation of prior learning portfolios.
   Not all universities recognize prior learning credit, particularly
   graduate credit. As appropriate, you need to advise your students
   that some other institutions might not accept prior learning as
   transfer credit.
   Assessment Timeliness
   Target turnaround time for evaluating portfolios is nine to 12
   weeks. It does not begin from the date the student mails in the
   portfolio. Students will receive a letter stating that the portfolio
   has been received, a receipt for their application fee, and a brief
   explanation of the evaluation process and timeline.
   Team members are under serious time constraints at the
   beginning and ending of semesters. Where possible, encourage
   your students to submit portfolios within the following time
   periods:
   •   mid-May through August
   •   mid-September through November
   •   mid-January through April
   Reevaluation and Additional Evaluation
   of Prior Learning Awards
   Students who believe their prior learning credit awards are
   inappropriate may request a reevaluation of the award by
   submitting a written appeal to the Prior Learning Assessment
   Team. The request must be made within 45 days after receipt of
   the award letter.




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  Additional evaluations may be requested if additional
  information has become available since the original award was
  granted. For example, a student may have acquired new or
  additional experiences which generated new competencies.
  Applying Prior Learning Awards
   • You are not obligated to accept credits which have been
      awarded by the Prior Learning Assessment Team. Students
      are charged only for credits they choose to have
      transcripted. Therefore, advise the student to wait until the
      program plan is approved before credits are transcripted.
   •   Avoid duplication of either CMU course work or transfer
       credit, when accepting prior learning credit on a program
       plan.
   •   As with transfer credit, the prior learning credit accepted
       for use on the student’s program plan must be related to the
       student’s degree program.
   •   Even if the prior learning award exceeds 10 credit hours,
       the student may use a maximum of only 10 credits. In
       compliance with California law, graduate students in the
       Camp Pendleton Center may use up to six semester hours
       of prior learning assessment credit on their degree
       programs.
   •   In general, prior learning credit is used in place of courses
       in the concentration as you see fit. Prior learning
       competencies do not have to match specific courses.
   •   All graduate level prior learning credits will appear on the
       transcript with UNV 697 as the designator for the courses
       (UNV=university).




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    •   Example: General Administration concentration:
                    ECO 515 (3 credits)
                    MGT 643 (3 credits)
                    UNV 697 (3 credits)
                    UNV 697 (3 credits)
                    UNV 697 (3 credits)
        Second example: Public Administration concentration:
                    PSC 514 (3 credits)
                    PSC 563 (3 credits)
                    PSC 711 (3 credits)
                    PSC 713 (3 credits)
                    UNV 697 (3 credits)
    •   If you feel that prior learning should replace a required
        concentration course or a non-required MSA administrative
        core course, submit a written request to the MSA director
        along with the proposed program plan.
    •   Remind students they should not have their prior learning
        credits posted to their transcripts until you have reviewed,
        accepted, and applied the credit to their program plans.
        However, prior learning credits must be transcripted within
        one year of their being awarded or they will be lost.
    •   A combined maximum of 15 semester hours of transfer
        credit and prior learning credit (10 credits maximum) may
        be used on a master’s degree program plan. An exception is
        a California student who is limited to six hours of prior
        learning credit according to California regulations.
   Remember that responsibility for the preparation of the prior
   learning portfolio rests solely with the student. Both you and the
   students are encouraged to use the Prior Learning Hotline for
   assistance in answering prior learning questions.




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❖ Independent Study
  Before you allow a student to take an independent study course,
  refer to the CMU’s Off-Campus Programs Bulletin. The
  development of an independent study course begins with the
  academic advisor who determines the course is necessary.
  Usually the need arises from a transfer or prior learning credit
  award, or combination of awards of less than three hours.
  Should you believe an independent course is appropriate,
  request that your program administrator initiate the necessary
  administrative action.
  An independent study course is one which has the title
  “Independent Study,” has an unspecified course content (i.e., no
  departmental syllabus) and carries variable credit. For example,
  “MSA 691 Independent Study (1-2 cr.).” While the credit hours
  awarded and the content of the course may vary, two
  qualifications must be met with all independent study courses:
   • The course content must clearly lie within the parent
     department.
   • The number of credits scheduled for the particular course
     must lie within the range listed in the university’s on-
     campus bulletins.
  An independent study course cannot be used to create a course
  which is the same, or substantially the same, as a specific
  content course (i.e., one which has an established syllabus). For
  example, you should not create a three-credit independent study
  course which would be used in place of MSA 620. On the other
  hand, if a graduate student received two prior learning credit
  hours in marketing, it might be appropriate to supplement those
  credits with a one-credit-hour independent study focused on an
  aspect of marketing in which the student had not yet gained
  competence.
  Do not confuse independent study courses with tutorials.
  “Tutorial” is a term which describes how a class is delivered.
  That is, it is one of the courses listed on the curriculum which is
  taught on an individual or small-group basis.


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   Note: Only a maximum of two credits will be approved for
   MSA 691. MSA 691 cannot be used to create a three-credit
   course.
   The MSA 691 Independent Study Guide (www.cel.cmich.edu/
   forms/89.pdf) and MSA 691 Independent Study Request form
   can be found online at www.cel.cmich.edu/faculty/procedures-
   forms/forms.html.

❖ Tutorials
  Group Tutorials
  Group tutorials have 2–13 students and occur when a class does
  not have enough students to hold a class. In most cases, the
  MSA director is not involved in the approval of group tutorials.
  The Director of Enrollment Management, or a designee will
  determine the necessity for a group tutorial.
   a. Instructor must have current approval to teach the course.
   b. Instructor must meet with the students a minimum of two-
      thirds of the regular contact classroom hours. In many
      instances the tutorial dates need to be consistent with the
      advertised first and last course dates in order to maximize
      potential VA benefits.
   Individual Tutorials
   Individual tutorials have one student and occur when a student
   is isolated or needs a course which will not be offered for a
   while, in order to graduate. (Note: we need to be careful that this
   option is not abused.)
   a. The advisor recommending the individual tutorial may not
      be the instructor teaching the course.
   b. Instructor must have current approval to teach the course.
   c. Instructor will work with the student on a one-to-one basis
      via the telephone, mail, etc. No face-to-face contact is
      required.




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  d. Except in very unusual circumstances, the following courses
     will not be approved as individual tutorials: BIS 630, BIS
     634, BIS 635, COM 561, HSC 544, MSA 634, MSA 635,
     MSA 640, PSY 531, PSY 535, and PSY 536. Department
     chairs have made this stipulation because they believe that
     the content of these courses makes it very difficult to teach
     them effectively in an individual tutorial format.
  e. The MSA director must approve individual tutorials in
     advance of the start of the tutorial, and before the
     instructor is contracted.
  f. An individual student may not apply more than six
     credits which have been taken by individual tutorial
     towards her/his degree without the approval of the MSA
     director.
  Please review the following guidelines prior to recommending
  an individual tutorial (www.cel.cmich.edu/forms/
  58(fillable).pdf) for a student:
  Individual tutorials should not be considered as an alternative
  instructional delivery method routinely offered to students.
  Individual tutorials should only be used in extraordinary
  circumstances to aid students toward the completion of their
  degree when no other options are available. If a student requests
  an Individual tutorial, alternative ways for the student to
  complete the course should be examined. For example,
   • Is the course being offered at this location within the next
     year?
   • Is the course being offered online?
   • Is the course being offered within a reasonable proximity
     to her/his location within the next year?
   • Could the student consider a course substitution with her/
     his advisor?
   • Could the course be transferred in or substituted with
     Prior Learning credits?


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   If none of the above options is available, the following
   guidelines will be considered in evaluating the Individual
   tutorial request:
    • Is the student deployed and the course is not available
      online or near the location of deployment?
    • Will the denial of the request impact the student’s 7-year
      deadline?
    • Does the student have at least 21 semester hours of credit
      completed with CMU?
    • Has the student already completed previous individual
      tutorials and therefore be ineligible for this tutorial?
    • A full, detailed rationale must be provided for why an
      Individual tutorial is the only available way for the student
      to take the course.
   If the student meets the criteria above, please adhere to the
   following process:
   1) Student will communicate with the advisor regarding the
      request and will present the rationale for exception. When
      submitting the tutorial request form, the student should
      request tutorial dates at least one month in advance of the
      request to allow for processing time.
   2) The advisor will complete the Individual Tutorial request
      form and forward it to the Program Administrator (PA). The
      PA may forward the tutorial request to the Coordinator of
      Faculty Assignments, providing the criteria for a tutorial has
      been met. The student and the advisor need to
      understand that the request has not been approved at
      this point. The student should not start working on the
      tutorials.
   3) If the request is administratively approved, it will be
      forwarded to the MSA director for review.




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  4) If the MSA director approves the request, notification will
     be sent to the Center e-mail account and to the Coordinator
     of Faculty Assignments.
  5) The Center will contact the student to obtain full payment
     for the individual tutorial. The student must pay in full for
     the tutorial course in order to be registered and begin
     working with the instructor.
  6) Upon submission of the tuition payment to the Program
     Administrator, the PA will inform the Coordinator of
     Faculty Assignments so the course may be created in CM
     and the contract created for the faculty member. The PA will
     then register the student in the tutorial.

❖ Graduation
  Some of your most important responsibilities as an academic
  advisor involve working with students preparing for graduation.
  Deadline dates governing graduation applications and
  processing are posted in the program center and listed in the
  bulletin. You should be familiar with the current deadlines and
  bring them to the attention of students who are close to
  graduation, whose responsibility it is to meet those deadlines.
   Remind students that all aspects of requirements must be
   completed by the deadline. For example, it is not realistic for a
   student to expect to graduate if her or his independent study
   paper or MSA 685 project paper is turned in to the instructor
   less than four weeks before the graduation deadline.
   Students should be reminded that they must apply for
   graduation and pay the graduation fee. The student’s
   graduation audit begins with the receipt of the application form
   and fee along with the program plan, if it has not already been
   sent to campus.
   Students should not apply for graduation unless it is probable
   they can meet requirements by the deadline. Those who do not
   meet graduation requirements will be carried forward one
   graduation without having to reapply and pay the fee again.


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   After that grace period, students will be notified that they have
   to reapply and pay the fee.
   You should remember that, in determining a student’s
   graduation date, if a course ends in a term after that in which the
   student hopes to graduate, you may not use that course to meet
   graduation requirements. For example, if a student wants to
   graduate in May, and takes a course that ends May 16, that
   course cannot be used to meet graduation requirements.
   Students who have applied for the current graduation may “walk
   through” campus graduation. Students who have previously
   been awarded a degree may walk through any subsequent on-
   campus graduation, although prior arrangements to do so should
   be made in writing through the graduation specialist who
   handled their graduation audit.
   You cannot guarantee a student will graduate. Instead of telling
   a student that he or she “has completed requirements for the
   degree” or “will graduate in May,” tell the student to “apply for
   graduation” so that a graduation audit can be made to ensure
   that all requirements for graduation have been met.




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Military Course Work

This is an updated section on military course work. If not listed
here, please check with the MSA office to determine transferabil-
ity.
❖ Military Course Work
  A) Course work taken at non-accredited institutions, such as
     military schools, may be transferred in for ELECTIVE credit
     under the following conditions:
      1)    The course must have been evaluated by ACE and
            recommended for graduate credit.
      2)    The competency recommended by ACE must be
            appropriate to the degree program.
      3)    The course must meet the usual criteria for transfer
            credit (see transfer credit section).
      The ACE Military Guides can be found at http://
      militaryguides.acenet.edu and the ACE National Guide to
      Credit for Workforce Training is found at https://
      www.acenet.edu/NationalGuide. These are free Web sites.

      An example:
            Squadron Officer’s School – Resident Version Only
            Maxwell AFB, AL; 7 weeks; 8/89 – present
            AF-2203-0055
            ACE recommendation: Three semester credits in
            leadership/managerial human relations. Transfers in to
            CMU as MSA CRED: Leadership/Human Relations (3)
            This course may be used as an elective, only.
      If the MSA director has not reviewed the curriculum, ACE
      evaluated courses come in as electives, not as specific
      courses.
  B) Course work taken at military installations, which have been
     evaluated by the MSA director, can come in as elective and/
     or specific CMU course credit depending on the curriculum
     and the year in which the student took the course.
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       This is currently true of the resident version of Command
       and General Staff (CGS), offered at Fort Leavenworth; Army
       Management Staff College and Defense Systems
       Management College, both at Fort Belvoir; and Army
       Logistics Management College, offered at Fort Lee and Air
       University courses (to 10/99) offered at Maxwell Air Force
       Base (see below).

❖ Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, KS
  The U.S. Army Command and General Staff School educates
  and trains intermediate level Army Officers, International
  Officers, Sister Service Officers, and Interagency leaders
  prepared to operate in full spectrum Army, joint, interagency,
  and multinational operations as field grade commanders and
  staff officers.
   The CGSOC curriculum has changed over the years, resulting in
   changes in the specific courses and the number of credits which
   may be transferred into the CMU MSA degree program. The
   following information is presented chronologically. Use the
   following tables to determine what transfer credits should be
   requested by the academic advisor for students taking the
   various versions of CGSOC.
   Command and General Staff Officer Course (1-250-C2)

                           CGSOC (1996-2003)
    MSA 675: Strategic Policy Administration (3) (C500)
    MSA CRED: Leadership and Communication (3 elective credits) (C700) OK
      as HRA concentration course
    MSA CRED: Operations and Planning (3 elective credits) (C300) OK as 5th
      IRM concentration course


   Students must receive a B or better in each course.




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         CGSOC Elective Courses (1996-2003)

         Students must receive a B or better in the course:
    CGSOC Elective                             CMU Transfer Credit Award
    C400, Resource Planning and Force          PSC 713, Public Budgeting and Finance (3
    Management and A432, Advanced              credits)
    Financial Management
    A989, Diplomatic Instrument of Power       PSC 515, Comparative Public Policy (3
    and A527, Foreign International Defense    credits)
    A458, Manning and Personnel Service        MSA CRED: Personnel Support (3 credits)
    Support Seminar and A713, Military         – OK as a valid Human Resources Admin.
    Ethics Seminar                             concentration course
    A451, Topics in Operational Decision       MSA 640: Quantitative Applications in
    Making and A453, Quantitative Methods      Administrative Decision Making (3 credits)
    in Personnel and Logistics
    A418, Prairie Warrior Corps Logistics      MSA CRED: Logistics (3 credits)
    Planning Seminar
    A714, Improving Your Military Decision     MSA CRED: Leadership Skills (3 credits)
    Making Skills                              Students must take two of the following:
    A716, Leading the Army Through Change      A714, A716, or A717 – OK to use as a
                                               valid Leadership concentration course
    A717, Transformational Leadership


         Command and General Staff Officer’s Course
         (Extended Classroom Version “M” Designators) (1-250-C3)
         Students who average 80% or better in the appropriate modules,
         can transfer in the following credits:
Effective date   Course Number    CMU transfer credit award          Program plan usage
January 1997-    M300 series      MSA CRED: Operations Planning Elective course on most con-
present                           (3 credits)                   centrations (OK as 5th IRM
                                                                course)
                 M500 series      MSA 675: Strategic Policy          MSA core
                                  Administration (3 credits)
                 M700 series      MSA CRED: Leadership and           OK as valid HRA or Leader-
                                  Communication (3 credits)          ship concentration course


         Up to nine credits may be used on the student’s program plan,
         depending on the student’s concentration. To determine if a
         series can be used, we will average the grades for each series of


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           courses. We will average the 300 level courses, the 500 level
           courses, and the 700 level courses independent of the other
           series. Each course series must average out to 80% or above in
           order to be eligible for transfer credit. Also, they must be a
           student in “good standing” with an overall average of 80% or
           more.

           Command and General Staff Officer’s Course –
           Correspondence Option “S” designators (1-250-C3)
           This version is offered by correspondence only and is not
           eligible for graduate transfer credit. The transcript will list each
           module with an “S” designator.

           Command and General Staff (1-250-C4)
           Students take Phase I (August – December) only, of Command
           and General Staff. Credit is given based on the modules taken
           by the student. Starting with the 1998-99 version, the schedule
           for CGS components changed. Students who take Phase I will
           also be eligible for the same nine credits of transfer credit as
           students taking 1-250-C2. Students must achieve a “B” or better
           in the appropriate modules; C300, C500, and C700. For students
           taking earlier versions, please note that the transfer credit award
           will be less than that given to students completing the one year
           Command and General Staff.
           Combined Arms and Services Staff School (1-250-C10)
           The Combined Arms and Services Staff School (CAS3), also
           located at Command and General Staff College, offers 1-250-
           C10. See the table below for the transfer credit award.
           CAS3 9-week resident and 6-week resident and non-resident
           course
Effective date    Course number       CMU transfer credit award Program plan usage
                               3
Course starting   Resident CAS        MSA CRED: HR              Can be used as a valid GA,
October 1996-     6-week version      Development (3 credits)   HRA, or Leadership
May 2004                                                        concentration course
Course starting   Non-resident CAS3   MSA CRED: HR              Can be used as a valid GA,
January 1997-     6-week version      Development (3 credits)   HRA, or Leadership
May 2004                                                        concentration course




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       Note: CAS3 is no longer available after May 2004.
       CAS3 no longer exists in any form. There will be branch specific
       captains career courses that include elements taught in CAS3.
       There is no longer a standard course. Branch specific courses
       will be evaluated on a case by case basis and credit awarded
       based on ACE recommendations. Credit is only awarded if the
       ACE recommendation is for graduate credit and the credit is
       applicable to the student’s program.

   ❖ CGSOC Intermediate Level Education

       Beginning in 2002-2003, CMU began awarding graduate credit
       for the Army’s new CGSOC Intermediate Level Education
       curriculum.

       02-03 and 03-04
Course #   Title                    CMU Transfer Award          Program Plan Usage
C100       Foundations              MSA CRED: Critical          Can be used as a valid
H100       History                  Reasoning (3 credits)       GA, HRA, or Leader-
C999       End of Course Exercise                               ship concentration
                                                                course
C200       Strategic Studies        MSA 675                     MSA core course
C300       Operation Studies        MSA CRED: Operations        Floating Elective
C400       Tactical Studies         Planning (3 credits)
L100       Leadership               MSA CRED: Leadership        Can be used as a valid
F100       Force Management         (3 credits)                 GA, HRA, or Leader-
                                                                ship concentration
                                                                course
C200       Strategic Studies        MSA CRED: Ethics,           Can be used as a valid
C300       Operational Studies      Diversity, &                GA, HRA, or Leader-
C400       Tactical Studies         Communication (3 credits)   ship concentration
                                                                course

       Students must earn a “B” or a “P” in each module and have
       an overall GPA of 3.00 or better.




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       04-05, 05-06, and 06-07 versions (15 credits available)
ILE Module Title                     CMU Transfer Award           Program Plan Usage
C200        Strategic Studies        MSA 675: Strategic Policy    MSA core course
                                     Administration (3 credits)
C300        Operational Studies      MSA CRED: Operations         Floating Elective or
                                     Planning (3 credits)         PSC 566 substitute
                                                                  on PA concentration
L100 +      Leadership               MSA CRED: Leadership         Can be used as a valid
C999        End of Course Exercise   (3 credits)                  GA, HRA, Leader-
                                                                  ship or PA (substi-
                                                                  tutes for PSC 785)
                                                                  concentration course
F100        Force Management          MSA CRED: Org               Can be used as a valid
C400        Tactical Studies          Transformation              GA, HRA, or Leader-
H100        Transformation in the     (3 credits)                 ship concentration
            Shadow of Global Conflict                             course or as a floating
                                                                  elective on the PA
                                                                  concentration
C100        Foundations              MSA CRED: Critical           Can be used as a valid
                                     Reasoning (3 credits)        GA, HRA, or Leader-
                                                                  ship concentration
                                                                  course.

       Students must earn a “B” or a “P” in each module and have
       an overall GPA of 3.00 or better.

       07-08 version
       Although there are no significant changes in the content of Inter-
       mediate Level Education common core courses for 07-08, the
       lessons have been reordered into new blocks. The exact con-
       figuration should be available with the evaluation of the 08-09
       curriculum. Please note, however, that, the transfer credit award
       for the 07-08 academic year remains the same as previous years:




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 CMU Award for ILE common core courses Program Plan Usage
 MSA 675: Strategic Policy Administration   MSA Core Course
 MSA CRED: Operations Planning              Floating Elective or PSC 566 substitute on
                                            PA concentration
 MSA CRED: Leadership                       Can be used as a valid GA, HRA, Leader-
                                            ship or PA (substitutes for PSC 785)
                                            concentration course
 MSA CRED: Org. Transformation              Can be used as a valid GA, HRA, or
                                            Leadership concentration course or as a
                                            floating elective on the PA concentration

 MSA CRED: Critical Reasoning               Can be used as a valid GA, HRA, or
                                            Leadership concentration course

  Students must earn a “B” or a “P” in each module and have
  an overall GPA of 3.00 or better. PA concentration students
  should not take PSC 566 or PSC 785. 12 credits are available
  to PA concentration students.
  How to differentiate between resident and nonresident
  versions of CGSOC
  For the resident version, the transcript will indicate “Attended
  USA CGSOC (1-250-ILE)” or “Attended USACGSOC 1-250-
  ILE (CC) (P).” Dates of attendance will be less than one year as
  the ILE common core courses are taken in resident at Fort
  Leavenworth from August to December (transcript will show
  August to June) or from February to June (transcript will show
  February to December). Students taking the ILE common core at
  a “course location” such as Fort Belvoir, Fort Lee, or Fort
  Gordon are also considered as taking the resident version with
  the word “Attended” on the transcript. Those transcripts are
  typically for a three month period, such as June to September or
  March to June.
  As previously noted, credit is available for “M” designator
  courses in the extended classroom version of CGSOC. Modules
  of the legacy version taken by correspondence have an “S”
  designator. The transcript lists the course number as 1-250-C3.




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   The Department of Distance Education at CGSOC offers non-
   resident versions of the ILE common core. There are classroom
   versions offered through the Reserve Services. There is also a
   web-based version. Although this web-based version utilizes
   Blackboard, there are no requirements for student to faculty or
   student to student interaction. Unlike CMU Online classes,
   students do not begin and end a course together, but progress
   through at different rates. Therefore, the web-based version of
   ILE is considered to be comparable to a correspondence course
   and is not eligible for graduate transfer credit. The transcripts
   for both nonresident versions will have the notation Participated
   in the Nonresident Command and Staff Officers Course. Since
   the transcript does not differentiate between the web-based
   version and the Reserve Services classroom version, the transfer
   credit clerk will contact the Department of Distance Education
   to confirm the version taken by the student.
   Partial credit may be available if a student has a combination of
   web-based and classroom.
❖ Army Management Staff College
  Army Management Staff College
  Fort Belvoir’s Army Management Staff College, resident
  (AMSC-0001) version (May 1997 – July 2004) transfers in as
  fifteen credits, depending on the student’s program:
            MSA 620:  Effective Administration and Organizational
                      Behavior (3)
            PSC 514:  American Public Policy Making (3)
            PSC 711:  Public Personnel Administration Practice (3)
            MGT CRED: Logistics Management (6 elective credits)
   The non-resident version (AMSC-0002) (January 1992 – July
   2004) transfers in as fifteen credits, depending on the student’s
   program:
            MSA 620:  Effective Administration and Organizational
                      Behavior (3)
            PSC 514:  American Public Policy Making (3)
            PSC CRED: International Relations (3 elective credits)
            MGT CRED: Logistics Management (6 elective credits)


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  Fort Belvoir’s Army Management Staff College, resident
  version and non-resident (AMSC-0005) version (August 2004 –
  April 2007) transfers in as nine credits, depending on the
  student’s program:
            MSA 620:       Effective Administration and Organizational
                           Behavior (3)
            PSC 514:       American Public Policy Making (3)
            PSC 711:       Public Personnel Administration Practice
                           (3 elective credits)
  Note: For students admitted to CMU starting January 2007 and taking the
  SBLM course after July 2004, nine credits are available as noted above. For
  students admitted to CMU prior to January 2007 and having completed the
  SBLM course, use the earlier award for 15 credits.

  Evaluated in the ACE National Guide to Credit for Workforce
  Training. AMSC-0005 is currently under review by ACE.
  Advanced Program Management (PMT 302)
  Fort Belvoir’s Advanced Program Management course (taken after
  June 1995 – August 2002) transfers in as nine credits, depending
  on the student’s program:
     MSA 610:       Environments in Administration (3)
     MSA 634:       Managerial Accounting Concepts (3) or
     MSA 635:       Financial Management (3)
     MSA CRED:      Systems Acquisition Management (3 ) OK as 5th
                    IRM concentration course

  Note: ACE (DD-1408-0018) has an end-date on this course of August 2002.
  The course has been replaced by the Program Management Office course
  (PMT 352). Only 3 semester hours in acquisitions management is recom-
  mended by ACE for PMT 352 (DD-1408-0046).




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     ❖ Army Logistics Management College
       Army Logistics Management College
Course                  Year of        Student Eligible to Receive:
                      Course Work      (Actual amount able to be used on the program
                                       plan depends upon each individual student’s
                                       concentration, bulletin year, and the courses
                                       already taken.)

Combined Logistics    October 1999     Phase I: MSA CRED: Supervision and Training
Captains Career        – present       Skills (3 elective credits) OK as valid HRA or
                                       Leadership concentration course
Phase 1
AR 1408-0283
Quartermaster          October 1999    Phase III: MGT CRED: Logistics Management
Captains Career       – present        (3 elective credits) OK as 5th IRM concentration
(formerly Combined                     course
Logistics Captains
Career)
Phase 3
AR-1408-0284
Logistics Executive   January 1998     MSA 640: Quantitative Applications in
Development             – present      Administrative Decision Making (3)
Course                                 ECO CRED: Managerial Economics (3 elective
                                       credits) MGT CRED: Acquisitions Management
AR-1405-0211                            (3 elective credits)
Materials             January 1984 –   MGT CRED: Contract Management (2 elective
Acquisition           September 2002   credits) FIN CRED: Financial/Cost Management
Management Course                      (2 elective credits)
                                       MSA CRED: Research/Development
AR-1408-0122                           (1 elective credit)
Operations Research   January 1993     MSA 640: Quantitative Applications in
Systems Analysis        – December     Decision Making (3)
Military                 2002          MSA CRED: Operations Research
Applications Course                    (3 elective credits)

AR-1402-0164
ORSA Military          January 2003    MSA 640: Quantitative Applications in Decision
Applications            – present      Making (3)
                                       MSA CRED: Operations Research (3 elective credits)
Phase II
AR 1402-0222




     Military Course Work – 10                                            June 2008
❖ Air University (Maxwell Air Force Base)
  In June 2004, Air University received regional accreditation.
  This accreditation covers master’s degree programs offered
  through the Air War College and the Air Command and Staff
  College. The MSA office has not evaluated course materials for
  the resident versions of Air War College or Air Command and
  Staff College. Please remember that students may only transfer
  6 credits from a completed master’s degree. Students should
  supply course materials for the specific course(s) identified for
  transfer credit evaluation.
  Transfer credit for the non-resident versions of Air War College
  and Air Command and Staff College as well as the Professional
  Military Comptroller School and the Squadron Office School
  are still based on ACE evaluations.

  Professional Military Comptroller Course
  Air University’s Professional Military Comptroller Course,
  (1991 – November 2004) (AF-1408-0099) transfers in as six
  credits, depending on the student’s program. Successful
  completion of the course is considered to be equivalent to a “B”
  or better on the graduate level.
       MSA 634, Managerial Accounting Concepts (3 credits)
       ECO CRED: Managerial Economics (3 credits)

  The Professional Military Comptroller Course was replaced by
  the Defense Financial Management Course (October 2004 –
  Present) (AF-1408-0150). The course is quite different in
  content. ACE recommends 4 credits in leadership or
  management. This course transfers in as:
       MSA CRED, Leadership in Financial Management (3 credits)

  Air Command and Staff College Resident version
  Air University’s Air Command and Staff College, resident
  version (1991 – October 1999) (AF-1511-0010) transferred in
  as nine credits, depending on the student’s program. Successful
  completion of the course is considered to be equivalent to a “B”
  or better on the graduate level.

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        MSA 675, Strategic Policy Administration (3 credits)
        MSA CRED, Leadership (3 credits)
        MSA CRED, Operations Planning (3 credits)

   Note: ACE recommendations on some Air University courses
   have an end date of October 1999. Transfer credit for students
   who attended the resident version of Air Command and Staff
   College after October 1999 and before June 2004 will be
   handled on a case by case basis.
   Air Command and Staff College Non-resident Seminar
   program
   Air University’s Air Command and Staff College, non-resident
   seminar program (8/89 – 5/02) (AF-1511-0009) transferred in
   as six credits, depending on the student’s program. Since the
   MSA director has not evaluated the course content and method
   of instruction and evaluation at any site other than at Maxwell
   Air Force Base, only credit based on the ACE evaluation will be
   granted for the non-resident version. Successful completion of
   the course is considered to be equivalent to a “B” or better on
   the graduate level.
        MSA CRED, Defense Resource Management (6 credits)

   Air Command and Staff College Distance Learning program
   Air University’s Air Command and Staff Distance Learning
   Program (6/02 – present) (AF-1511-0015) is offered either by
   correspondence or through student-led seminars. No credit is
   available for this version of Air Command and Staff College.
   Air War College
   Air University’s Air War College (1991 – October 1999) (AF-
   1511-0011) transferred in as nine credits, depending on the
   student’s program. Successful completion of the course is
   considered to be equivalent to a “B” or better on the graduate
   level.
            MSA 675, Strategic Policy Administration (3 credits)
            MSA CRED, Leadership (3 credits)
            MSA CRED, Operations Planning (3 credits)



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  Note: ACE recommendations on some Air University courses
  have an end date of October 1999. Transfer credit for students
  who attended the resident version of Air War College after
  October 1999 and before June 2004 will be handled on a case by
  case basis.
  Air War College Non-resident Seminar
  Air University’s Air War College, non-resident seminar (1/96 –
  present) (AF-1511-0016) is offered through correspondence. No
  credit is available.
  Air War College Non-resident Correspondence program
  No credit is available for the Non-resident Correspondence
  version of Air War College (1/96 – present) (AF-1511-0014).
  Squadron Officer School
  Air University’s Squadron Officer School (8/89 – present) (AF-
  2203-0055) transfers in as three credits, depending on the
  students program. Successful completion of the course is
  considered to be equivalent to a “B” or better on the graduate
  level.
            MSA CRED, Leadership/Human Relations (3 credits)
  Squadron Officer School Non-resident and Squadron Officer
  Distributed Learning
  No credit is available for the non-resident (8/89 – 12/00) (AF-
  2203-0056) and distributed learning (1/01 – present) (AF-2203-
  0056) versions of Squadron Officer School which are completed
  by correspondence.




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         Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk, VA
         Joint and Combined Staff Officer Course (DD-0326-0002)
         (1/99 – present)
Concentration    Transfer credit award                  Use on concentration
General Admin.   MSA CRED: Org. Planning                Valid GA course
                 MSA CRED: International Relations      Elective (one of the two substitutes)
                 MSA CRED: Ops Analysis/Mgmt.           Elective (one of the two substitutes)
HRA              MSA CRED: Org. Planning                Valid HRA course
                 MSA CRED: International Relations or   Floating elective
                   Ops Analysis/Mgmt.
IRM              MSA CRED: Logistics                    OK as 5th IRM course
                 MSA CRED: Ops Analysis/Mgmt.           Floating elective
IA               MSA CRED: International Relations      OK as IA course
                 MSA CRED: Crisis Mitigation/Regional   OK as IA course
                   Studies
                 MSA CRED: Org. Planning                Floating elective
Leadership       MSA CRED: Org. Planning                OK as valid leadership course
                 MSA CRED: Ops Analysis/Mgmt.           OK as valid leadership course
                 MSA CRED: International Relations      Floating elective
Public Admin.    MSA CRED: Org. Planning                OK as valid PA course
                 MSA CRED: International Rel. or        Floating elective
                   Ops Analysis/Mgmt.

         “Pass” is equivalent to a “B” or better on the graduate scale.
         Joint and Combined Warfighting Course (DD-0326-0003)
         (11/00 – present)
Concentration     Transfer credit award                 Use on concentration
General Admin.    MSA CRED: Org. Planning               Valid GA course
                  MSA CRED: National Security Studies   Elective (one of the two substitutes)
                  MSA CRED: Ops Analysis/Mgmt.          Elective (one of the two substitutes)
HRA               MSA CRED: Org. Planning               Valid HRA course
                  MSA CRED: National Security Studies   Floating elective
                    or Ops Analysis/Mgmt.
IRM               MSA CRED: Logistics                   OK as 5th IRM course
                  MSA CRED: Ops Analysis/Mgmt.          Floating elective
IA                MSA CRED: National Security Studies   OK as IA course
                  MSA CRED: Org. Planning               Floating elective
Leadership        MSA CRED: Org. Planning               OK as valid leadership course
                  MSA CRED: Ops Analysis/Mgmt.          OK as valid leadership course
                  MSA CRED: Logistics                   Floating elective
Public Admin.     MSA CRED: Org. Planning               OK as valid PA course
                  MSA CRED: National Security Studies   OK as valid PA course
                  MSA CRED: Ops Analysis/Mgmt.          Floating elective

         Pass” is equivalent to a “B” or better on the graduate scale.
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  Sheppard Air Force Base, TX
  Health Services Administration course (AF-0709-0034) (11/94
  – 6/05 and 7/05 – present)
  ACE recommends 6 hours of graduate credit in health services
  administration. The following elective health services adminis-
  tration courses may be transferred into the MSA program:
       HSC 581, Managed Care: Origins, Organizations and
                Operations (3 credits)
       HSC 572, Quality Improvement in Health Services (3 credits)
  Note: Six credits can be used if the student has 18 hours in the
  concentration. Remember Health Services Administration
  students must take HSC 507, 520, 570, and 571.
  The Financial Management Officer course (AF-1401-0002)
  (5/92 – 4/04) and Basic Financial Management Officer course
  (AF-1408-0127) (1/99 – present) both come in as follows:
            PSC CRED:     Public Finance (3 credits)
            ACC CRED:     Cost Accounting (3 credits)
  The newest version of the Financial Management course (AF-
  1408-0145) (9/02 – 9/07 and 10/07 – present) comes in as:
            PSC CRED:     Public Finance (3 credits) (not available if
                             course is taken after 10/07)
            FIN CRED:     Financial Analysis (3 credits)
            ECO CRED:     Economic Analysis (2 credits)
            MGT CRED:     Operational Management (1 credit)
  Defense Acquisition University
  Defense Acquisition University, Fort Belvoir, VA, has cam-
  puses at various locations across the country. With the approval
  of the Acquisitions Administration concentration and graduate
  certificate, courses from the Defense Acquisition University
  (DAU) have been identified for transfer credit.
  The following courses may be used as substitutes for the elec-
  tive courses on the Acquisitions Administration concentration
  and certificate:


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                                  Central Michigan University Transfer Credits accepted from Defense Acquisition University courses
                            Course    Title                      ACE #             CMU Award                 Learning Outcomes (per the ACE exhibit)
                            CON 234   Contingency Contracting    DD-1408-0033      MGT CRED: Contract        Upon completion of the course, the student will be able
                                                                 5/99 - present    Mgmt. (3 credits)         to provide direct contracting support to joint operational
                                                                                                             and tactical forces engaged in the full spectrum of
                                                                                                             military operations, both domestic and overseas.

                            CON 353   Advanced Business          DD-1408-0056      MSA CRED: Adv.            Upon completion of the course, the student will be able
                                      Solutions for Mission      10/04 - present   Contracting (3 credits)   to think critically, solve problems, assess risks,




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                                      Support                                                                understand ethical behavior, and understand contracting
                                                                                                             contracting policy issues.

                            IRM 303   Advanced Information       DD-0326-0005      BIS CRED: Info. Sys.      Upon completion of the course, the student will be able
                                      Systems Acquisition        10/95 -           Acquis. (3 credits)       to apply management and decision making skills as well
                                                                 September 2007                              as information systems/information technology knowl-
                                                                                                             edge to the activities associated with the planning,
                                                                                                             organizing, directing and controlling information
                                                                                                             systems acquisition programs at the senior (or executive)
                                                                                                             level. In addition, the student should have effective team
                                                                                                             development and management skills.

                            LOG 201   Intermediate Acquisition   DD-0326-0010      IET CRED: Adv.            Upon completion of the course, the student will be able
                                      Logistics                  10/01 - present   Logistics (2 credits)     to apply systems engineering concepts, calculate an
                                                                                                             analyze life-cycle costs and perform risk analysis

                            LOG 235B Performance Based           DD-1408-0060      IET CRED: Supply          Upon completion of the course, the student will be able
                                     Logistics                   3/04 - present    Chain Mgmt. (1 credit)    to identify concepts and principles in supply chain
                                                                                                             management, apply concepts and techniques in supply
                                                                                                             chain management, and think critically about supply




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                                                                                                             chain solutions and alternatives.

                            PMT 352   Program Management         DD-1408-0046      MGT CRED: Acquis.         Upon completion of the course, the student will be able
                                      Office                     6/02 - present    Mgmt. (3 credits)         to produce effective level III programs; manage acquisi-
                                                                                                             tion professionals; apply critical thinking and program
                                                                                                             solving skills throughout the manage defense system
                                                                                                             life cycle; develop solutions to cost, schedule, and
                                                                                                             performance issues; and evaluate trade-offs in program
                                                                                                             decisions in compliance with the DoD 5000 series
                                                                                                             directives.

                            PMT 401   Program Manager’s          DD-1408-0044      MGT CRED Strategic        Upon the completion of the course, the student will be
                                                                 1/03 - present    Mgmt. (3 credits)         able to think strategically in making decisions that
                                                                                                             involve engineering, economics, politics, and military
                                                                                                             requirements.
                            Course     Title                      ACE #              CMU Award                  Learning Outcomes
                            PMT 402    Executive Program          DD-1408-0019       MGT CRED: Program          Upon completion of the course, the student will be able
                            or PMT 303 Manager’s Course           8/94 - 5/06 and    Mgmt. (3 credits)          to coordinate among program functional areas; integrate
                                                                  6/06 - present     After 6/06: CPS CRED:      cost, schedule, and performance; perform risk analysis
                                                                                     Sys. Mgmt. (3 credits)     and trade off analysis; develop the long-range, innova-
                                                                                                                tive acquisition strategy essential to the development of
                                                                                                                a technology or weapon and its manufacturing and
                                                                                                                fielding; conduct an assessment of an ACAT 1 or 2 level
                                                                                                                program; analyze problems; and distinguish between
                                                                                                                relevant and irrelevant information to make logical
                                                                                                                judgments. The student will develop an independent
                                                                                                                study in program management under the faculty
                                                                                                                direction.

                            PMT 403    Program Manager’s Skills   DD-1408-0021       MGT CRED: Program          Upon completion of the course, the student will be able
                            or PMT 305                            6/96 - 5/06 and    Mgmt. (1 credit prior to   to assess life cycle program management alternatives,




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                                                                  6/06 - present     6/06) (3 credits 6/06 -    recognize test and evaluation risks and enablers,
                                                                                     present) After 6/06: CPS   develop program risk management, validate perfor-
                                                                                     CRED: Systems Mgmt.        mance-based outcomes, and evaluate international
                                                                                     (3 credits)                security assistance programs

                            PQM 301 Advanced Production and       DD-1408-0010       IET CRED: Tech Mgmt. Upon completion of the course, the student will be able
                            or PRD 301 Quality Management         10/93 - 5/06 and   (3 credits) After 6/06, to identify and analyze policy issues related to selec-
                                                                  6/06 - present     no change in award      tion, development, and evaluation of industrial suppli-
                                                                                                             ers; review and define quality requirements in the
                                                                                                             design and production of manufactured products; and
                                                                                                             evaluate the effectiveness of a manufacturing organiza-
                                                                                                             tion.

                            SYS 301         Advanced Systems      DD-1408-0016       IET CRED: Tech.            Upon completion of the course, the student will demon-
                                            Planning, Research,   6/96 - 9/07        Mgmt. (3 credits)          strate competence in the technical management of
                                            Development, and                                                    engineering processes, procedures, and tools used
                                            Engineering                                                         during the acquisition cycle. Students will be able to
                                                                                                                apply appropriate tools from the areas of risk manage-
                                                                                                                ment, modeling and simulation, trade off analyses, and
                                                                                                                configuration management to evaluate and control the
                                                                                                                evaluation of a new system.

                            Acquisitions Administration students may transfer up to 9 credits from this list to satisfy concentration require-
                            ments. CMU’s MGT 533 and PSC 522 are required courses on the concentration.
                            Reviewed 6/08




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    Acquisitions Administration students may transfer up to 9
    credits from this list to satisfy concentration requirements.
    CMU’s MGT 533 and PSC 522 are required courses on the
    concentration.
    National Defense University’s IRM College (Washington,
    DC) certificate programs have been evaluated for use on the
    General Administration, Information Resource Manage-
    ment, and Leadership concentration. Please use the follow-
    ing table to recommend transfer credit (courses are refer-
    enced by abbreviations, such as ARC or MOP):
CIO certificate   IRM - students are eligible for CPS 603 waiver, 15 graduate credit
program           hours accepted, possibly 3 more credits on a case by case basis
                  Students are eligible for CPS 603 waiver, required CIO comes in as
                  MSA 675 (MOP), electives (CWC and AII)
                  ITA, ARC, DMS, IMP, or CST come in as BIS 634
                  MTI or ITP come in as BIS 635 or CPS 612
                  GEN comes in as BIS 630
                  EGV, LDC, or PRI as elective credit
                  GA - 15 graduated credit hours accepted
                  Required CIO comes in as MSA 675 (MOP), electives (CWC and AII)
                  ITA, ARC, DMS, IMP, or CST come in as BIS 634 or CPS 603
                  MTI or ITP come in as BIS 635 or CPS 612
                  GEN comes in as BIS 630
                  EGV, LDC, or PRI as elective credit
EA certificate    IRM - students are eligible for CPS 603 waiver, 12 graduate credit
program           hours accepted, possibly 6 more on a case by case basis
                  CPS 603 waived, required EA courses come in as BIS 634 (IMP or
                  ARC), 9 hours of electives (DMS, PRI, and GIG or FAC), BIS 630
                  (PMA) and BIS 635 or CPS 612 (EAP)
IT-PM             IRM - students are eligible for CPS 603 waiver, 12 graduate credit
certificate       hours accepted, possible 3 more on a case by case basis
program           BIS 634 (ITA or CST), BIS 630 (SAL), BIS 635 (ITP) and elective
                  credit (BBC or IPL)
Advanced          IRM or GA - 15 graduate credit hours accepted, possible 3 more on
Management        a case by case basis
Program (AMP)     CPS 603 (IRM), BIS 634 (IMP or ITA), MSA 675 (MOP), electives
(PRI and AII)
OT certificate    Leadership - 15 graduate credit hours accepted, students are
program           required to take PSC 785 to complete the concentration
                  Student will have an 18 hour concentration: PSC 785 plus 15 hours of
                  substitute Leadership concentration courses. Required OT courses:
                  TAS, MAC, and LSI plus two of the following: DTF, NCW, ESG,
                  KMI, IWS, IOS, DBE, SPA, CIP, COO, HST, HLS and ICS

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                                                            Central Michigan University Military Transfer Credit Quick Guide
                            ACE #               Title                              Location           CMU Award                                                        Credits
                            AIR FORCE COURSES
                            AF-1408-0099        Air University/Professional        Maxwell AFB        MSA 634, Managerial Accounting Concepts, and Economics           6 credits
                            (10/91 - 11/04)     Military Comptrollers Course                          credit
                            and curriculum
                            review

                            AF-1408-0150        Defense Financial Management       Maxwell AFB        MSA elective credit                                              3 credits
                            (10/04 - present)
                            AF-2203-0055        Air University/Squadron Officer Maxwell AFB           MSA elective credit                                              3 credits
                            (8/89 - present)    School Note: No credit is
                                                available for the non-resident or
                                                distributed learning versions

                            Based on            Air Command and Staff College Maxwell AFB             Requests for students in ACSC or AWC between Oct. 1999           6 credits
                            curriculum review   and Air War College (Air                              and June 2004 will be evaluated on a case by case basis. After   available
                                                University)                                           2004, transfer credit requests will be reviewed on a course by   from an
                                                                                                      course basis                                                     earned
                                                                                                                                                                       master’s




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                                                                                                                                                                       degree
                            AF-1408-0002        Financial Management Officer       Sheppard AFB       Political Science credit and Accounting credit                   6 credits
                            (5/92 - 4/04)       (Financial Analysis)

                            AF-1401-0127        Basic Financial Management         Sheppard AFB       Political Science credit and Accounting credit                   6 credits
                            (1/99 - present)    Officer
                            AF-1408-0145        Financial Management Officer       Sheppard AFB    Political Science credit, Finance credit, Economics credit,         9 credits
                            (9/02 - 9/07 and                                       and Keesler AFB and Management credit (PSC credit not available after 10/07)
                            10/07 - present)
                            AF-0709-0034        Health Services Administration     Sheppard AFB       HSC 581, Managed Care and HSC 572, Quality Improvement 6-9 credits
                            (11/94 - present)
                            and curriculum
                            review

                            ARMY COURSES
                            AR-1511-0021        Army War College                   Carlisle Barracks, Management credit and Political Science credit                   9 credits
                            (8/88 - present)                                       PA
                            AR-1408-0283        Combined Logistics Captains        Army Logistics     MSA elective credit                                              3 credits
                            (4/01 - present)    Career, Phase 1                    Mgmt. College,
                                                                                   Fort Lee, VA
                            AR-1408-0284        Combined Logistics Captains        Army Logistics     Management credit                                                3 credits
                            (10/99 - present)   Career, Phase 3, after 5/06        Mgmt. College,
                                                course retitled as Quartermaster   Fort Lee, VA




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                                                Captains Career
                            ACE #                Title                            Location           CMU Award                                                       Credits

                            AR-1402-0164         Operations Research Systems      Army Logistics     MSA 640: Quan. Appl. Decision Making and MSA elective           6 credits
                            (1/93 - 12/02)       Analysis Military Applications   Mgmt. College,     credit available for students taking the course prior to
                                                 (ORSA MAC) Phases 1 and 2        Fort Lee, VA       December 2002
                            AR-1402-0222         ORSA Military Applications,      Army Logistics     MSA 640: Quan. Appl. Decision Making and MSA elective           6 credits
                            (1/03 - present)     Phase II                         Mgmt. College,     credit
                                                                                  Fort Lee, VA




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                            AR-1405-0211         Logistics Exec. Dev. Course      Army Logistics     MSA 640, Quan. Appl. Decision Making, Economics credit,         9 credits
                            (1/98 - present)                                      Mgmt. College,     and Management credit
                                                                                  Fort Lee, VA
                            AMSC-0001          Army Management Staff              Fort Belvoir, VA MSA 620, Effective Admin./Org. Beh. PSC 514, Amer. Public 15 credits
                            (5/97 - 7/04)      College (Sustaining Base                            Pol. Making, PSC 711, Public Personnel Admin., and
                            From the National Leadership and Mgmt.)                                Management
                            Guide to College
                            Credit for
                            Workforce Training
                            AMSC-0002            Army Management Staff            Fort Belvoir, VA MSA 620, Effective Admin./Org. Beh., PSC 514, American            15 credits
                            (5/98 - 7/04)        College (Sustaining Base                          Public Pol. Making, Political Science credit and Management
                            From the National    Leadership and Mgmt. )                            credit
                            Guide to College     Nonresident
                            Credit for
                            Workforce Training
                            AMSC-0005            Army Management Staff            Fort Belvoir, VA   For students admitted to CMU starting January 2007 and           9-15 credits
                            (8/04 - 4/07)        College (Sustaining Base                            taking the SBLM course after July 2004, 9 credits are available:
                            From the National    Leadership and Mgmt.)                               MSA 620, Eff. Admin./Org. Beh. PSC 514, Amer. Public Pol.




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                            Guide to College     Resident and Non-Resident                           Making, PSC 711 Public Personnel Admin. For students
                            Credit for                                                               admitted to CMU prior to January 2007 and having completed
                            Workforce Training                                                       the SBLM course, 15 credits are available.
                            Note: This course
                            is being
                            eliminated as of
                            December 2006
                            for the Resident
                            version and April
                            2007 for the Non-
                            Resident version
                            ACE #               Title                           Location          CMU Award                                                  Credits
                            Based on            Combined Arms and Services      Fort Leavenworth, MSA elective credit                                        3 credits
                            curriculum review   Staff School (CAS3) Resident    KS
                            (10/96 - 5/04)      and Reserve Component
                                                (1-250-C10)
                            Based on            Extended classroom version      Various site      MSA 675, Strategic Policy Admin. and MSA elective credit   9 credits
                            curriculum review   (“M” designator) of legacy      locations
                                                CGSOC/Note: credit is not
                                                available for “S” designator
                                                courses
                            Based on            Command and General Staff       Fort Leavenworth, MSA 675, Strategic Policy Admin. and MSA elective credit   15 credits
                            curriculum review   Officers Course (Intermediate   KS and approved
                            (2002 - 2003)       Level Education Curriculum)     “course locations”




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                            Based on            Command and General Staff       Fort Leavenworth, MSA 675, Strategic Policy Admin. and MSA elective credit   15 credits
                            curriculum review   Officers Course (Intermediate   KS and approved
                            (2004 - 2008)       Level Education Curriculum)     “course locations”
                            DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE COURSES
                            DD-0326-0002        Joint and Combined Staff        Joint Forces Staff Varies depending on MSA concentration                     6-9 credits
                            (1/99 - present)    Officer Course                  College, Norfolk,
                            and curriculum                                      VA
                            review

                            DD-0326-0003        Joint and Combined Warfighting Joint Forces Staff Varies depending on MSA concentration                      6-9 credits
                            (11/00 - present)   Course                         College, Norfolk,
                            and curriculum                                     VA
                            review
                            DD-1408-0033        Contingency Contracting         Defense Acquisi- Management credit                                           3 credits
                            (5/99 - present)    CON 234                         tion University
                            DD-0326-0005        Advanced Information Systems    Defense Acquisi- Business Information Systems credit                         3 credits
                            (10/95 - 9/07)      Acquisition IRM 303             tion University
                            DD-0326-0010        Intermediate Acquisitions       Defense Acquisi- Industrial Education and Technology credit                  2 credits
                            (10/01 - present)   Logistics LOG 201               tion University
                            DD-1408-0046        Program Management Office       Defense Acquisi- Management course                                           3 credits
                            (6/02 - present)    PMT 352                         tion University
                            DD-1408-0044        Program Manager’s Skills        Defense Acquisi- Management credit                                           3 credits
                            (1/03 - present)    PMT 401                         tion University




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                             ACE #               Title                           Location           CMU Award                   Credits
                             DD-1408-0019        Executive Program Manager’s     Defense Acquisi- Version 1: Management credit and Version 2: Computer             3 credits
                             (8/94 - 5/06 and    PMT 402 or PMT 303              tion University  Science credit
                             6/06 - present)
                             DD-1408-0021        Program Manager’s Skills        Defense Acquisi- Version 1: Management credit and Version 2: Computer             1-3 credits
                             (6/96 - 5/06 and    PMT 403 or PMT 305              tion University  Science credit
                             6/06 - present)
                             DD-1408-0010        Advanced Production, Quality,   Defense Acquisi- Industrial Education and Technology credit                       3 credits




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                             (10/93 - 5/06 and   and Manufacturing PQM 301       tion University
                             6/06 - present)     or PRD 301
                             DD-1408-0016        Advanced Systems Planning,      Defense Acquisi- Industrial Education and Technology credit                       3 credits
                             (6/96 - 9/07)       Research, Development, and      tion University
                                                 Engineering SYS 301
                             NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIVERSITY, IRM COLLEGE CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS
                             Source of         Title                             Location           CMU Award                                                      Credits
                             Evaluation
                             Curriculum Review CIO certificate program           National Defense 15 graduate credit hours accepted, students eligible for waiver 15 credits
                                                                                 University, IRM of CPS 603, Computer Information Systems (GA and IRM)
                                                                                 College
                             Curriculum Review EA certificate program            National Defense 12 graduate credit hours accepted, students eligible for waiver 12 credits
                                                                                 University, IRM of CPS 603, Computer Information Systems (IRM)
                                                                                 College
                             Curriculum Review IT-PM certificate program         National Defense 12 graduate credit hours accepted, students eligible for waiver 12 credits
                                                                                 University, IRM of CPS 603, Computer Information Systems (IRM)
                                                                                 College




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                             Curriculum Review AMP                               National Defense 15 graduate credit hours accepted (GA and IRM)                   15 credits
                                                                                 University, IRM
                                                                                 College
                             Curriculum Review OT certificate program            National Defense 15 graduate credit hours accepted. Students are required to take 15 credits
                                                                                 University, IRM CMU’s PSC 785 Strategic Leadership, to complete the
                                                                                 College          concentration. (Leadership)

                            These are the most requested courses. Other military courses are evaluated, as needed, and credit awarded based on the
                            ACE Guide. 6/08
                            References
                            www.militaryguides.acenet.edu
                            www.acenet.edu/NationalGuide
❖ Military Transcripts
  Air University
  www.maxwell.af.mil/au/cf/auregistrar

  Army Logistics Management College
  www.almc.army.mil/ALMC_transcripts.htm

  Command and General Staff College
  https://cgsc.leavenworth.army.mil/dcs/registrar/transcripts/
     transcript_req.asp

  Defense Acquisitions University
  www.dau.mil/registrar/faq.asp#transcript
  www-cgsc.army.mil/DCS/registrar/transcripts/index.asp

  Joint Forces Staff College
  www.jfsc.ndu.edu/alumni/transcript_request.rtf

  National Defense University
  www.ndu.edu/aa/transcripts.cfm

  U.S. Army War College
  www.carlisle.army.mil/usawc/daa/external_site/
   Transcript%20Request%20Form.doc




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Graduate Certificate Programs
The Graduate Certificate Programs began in the Fall 1994
semester. Graduate certificates are available in Acquisitions
Administration, General Administration, Health Services
Administration, Hospitality and Tourism Administration, Human
Resources Administration, Information Resource Management,
International Administration, Leadership, Long-Term Care
Administration, Public Administration, Software Engineering
Administration and Vehicle Design and Manufacturing
Administration. Not all certificates are available at each center.
Note: CMU is currently not accepting students into Hospitality and
Tourism Administration, Long-Term Care Administration, and
Software Engineering Administration.

❖ Certificate Programs Eligibility
  Four types of students are eligible to apply for these certificate
  programs.
   1) A student who already has an MSA degree and would like to
      come back to CMU and earn a certificate in a different
      concentration other than the one used for her or his MSA
      degree.
   2) A student who is pursuing an MSA degree with a specific
      concentration and would like to take courses towards a
      second concentration.
   3) A student who already has a master’s degree other than the
      MSA degree and would like to earn just a certificate from
      CMU.
   4) A student who does not need a master’s degree and wants
      only a certificate in a particular concentration. These
      students may complete the MSA degree later by meeting the
      remaining requirements for the degree. Courses used for the
      certificate may be applied towards the MSA degree,
      providing they meet the seven year rule.



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   5) For students admitted after August 15, 1998, course work
      and all other requirements must be completed within four
      years prior to the awarding of a graduate certificate.

❖ Admission Requirements
  The admission requirements for the certificate program are the
  same as those for the MSA degree program (see sample
  application form in the appendix). If a student has graduated
  with an MSA degree from CMU, all the student needs to do is
  fill out an application indicating which certificate program he or
  she is interested in completing. The student does not need to
  provide transcripts or another application fee.
    Note: If the student is interested in the SEA certificate,
          transcripts must be provided so that the student’s
          qualifications can be evaluated.

❖ Academic Standards
  Students who are pursuing certificates will be required to meet
  the same academic standards as those who are pursuing the
  MSA degree. They will be governed by the same policies and
  procedures regarding probation, dematriculation and re-
  admission.

❖ Certificate Requirements
  All certificate programs require 15 hours of course work except
  for Software Engineering and Vehicle Design and
  Manufacturing which requires 18 hours. Required courses in
  the concentrations carry over to the certificate. For example,
  Health Services Administration certificates must include HSC
  520, HSC 570, HSC 571 and HSC 607 (00-01 Bulletin and
  later). Effective Spring 2008, HSC 507 replaces HSC 607.

❖ Certificate Program Plans
  A separate program plan must be used for the certificate
  program. Starting January 1, 2007, new certificate program
  plans should be created on the online program plan system
  (https://miscel1.cel.cmich.edu/advising/default.asp). This secure


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  site is accessed with your Global ID and password. See the
  “Program Planning” section for more details.
  If the student has an existing paper certificate program plan, a
  paper amendment can still be processed. Forms are found at
  www.cel.cmich.edu/faculty/procedures-forms/forms.html.

❖ MSA 661
  MSA 661, Diversity and Multiculturalism in the Workplace, is a
  core course (added as of the 04-05 Bulletin). If not used on a
  degree program to fulfill core requirements, MSA 661 may be
  used on the following graduate certificates as a valid certificate
  course: General Administration, Human Resources
  Administration, International Administration, and Leadership.

❖ Using Transfer Credit
  Up to six credits may be transferred in, providing the student
  meets the usual requirements for transfer credit. Except for the
  General Administration concentration, courses must come in on
  a course comparable basis. There are no electives on any
  certificate except the one in General Administration. Courses
  used on previous graduate degrees or certificates may not be
  counted towards the certificate.

❖ “Business” Course Credit Limits
  Students may take no more than 12 credits of business courses.
  Since the maximum number of business credits on the MSA
  degree is 15 and MSA 630 or MSA 634, or MSA 635 (a
  required course on the MSA degree) is considered to be a
  business course, students will be restricted to 12 credits on the
  certificate in case they later decide to use those certificate
  courses toward the MSA degree.

❖ Using Prior Learning
  Prior learning may not be used to meet the requirements of any
  of the certificate programs.




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❖ Double Counting Courses
  Even though students may use up to six credits from one
  master’s degree towards a second master’s degree (providing the
  courses are appropriate to the second degree program), students
  will not be allowed to use the same course for two different
  concentrations. This is because the number of credits for the
  certificate is so much less than those required for the degree.
  Therefore, it is important that advisors ask if the student has
  completed or is working on an MSA degree and, if so, in which
  concentration. To assist advisors, on paper certificate program
  plans, a line has been added to the graduate certificate program
  plan asking if students have or are currently pursuing an MSA
  degree. With an online certificate program plan, please add a
  comment such as “The student is also pursuing the MSA/HRA
  degree.”
   Students cannot use courses that they used in obtaining a degree
   on a graduate certificate. This is true whether we are talking
   about the MSA degree or the MA degree in Education or a
   degree not offered by CMU. The rationale is that a student who
   is pursuing two degrees is limited to double counting a
   maximum of six credits. Since a graduate certificate is only half
   the number of credits as those required for a degree, a student
   should not be allowed to double count any credits between a
   degree and a graduate certificate. Courses that are considered as
   duplicate content courses (e.g., MGT 646 and ECO 515) cannot
   be used on both a concentration and a certificate. For example, a
   student using MGT 646, Labor Relations Issues, on a General
   Administration concentration cannot subsequently use ECO
   515, Collective Bargaining and Labor Law, on a Human
   Resources Administration certificate.
   The only exception to this policy would be if a student were
   earning an MSA degree and a graduate certificate in the same
   concentration. In that case, the student may use all of the
   courses on the graduate certificate towards the MSA degree.
   (Note: The student will not be awarded a graduate certificate
   and a MSA degree in the same concentration unless the student
   receives the certificate before receiving the MSA degree.)


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❖ Graduate Certificate Concentration Selection
  Not all graduate certificates are offered at all centers. Students
  must graduate from a center that offers the particular certificate
  that the student will be awarded. In addition, the student must
  take at least one course in that certificate program from that
  center.

❖ Duplication of Courses
  Regardless of which bulletin students are using or which
  concentration the student is following, students should not
  duplicate the following courses. ECO 515 and MGT 646, PSY
  536 and MGT 647, and PSY 535 and MSA 620, In each case,
  the two courses are virtually the same. Using one course on a
  concentration and then using the duplicate content course on a
  subsequent certificate (or vice versa) will not be permitted. For
  example, a student using MGT 646, Labor Relations Issues, on a
  General Administration concentration cannot subsequently use
  ECO 515, Collective Bargaining and Labor Law, on a Human
  Resources Administration certificate.

❖ Certificate Award Application
  The student will apply for a certificate award the same way he
  or she would apply for graduation (see sample form in the
  appendix).

❖ Graduation Ceremony
  Certificates may be awarded at center graduation recognition
  ceremonies as well as at the campus graduation ceremony.

❖ Transcripting the Certificate
  The student’s transcript will show which graduate certificate
  was awarded and when. The courses taken by the student will
  also be transcripted.

❖ Type of Certificate Awarded
  A certificate, suitable for framing and signed by the President of
  Central Michigan University and a Board of Trustees member,



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   will be presented to the student. The certificate will indicate the
   student has earned 15 (or 18) graduate credits in a particular
   concentration.




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Academic Policies and Procedures

❖ Admission Requirements
  Students who do not hold a baccalaureate degree cannot be
  admitted to graduate programs. No exceptions are made to this
  rule.
  A student must have an overall undergraduate GPA of 2.7 (or
  3.0 in the last 60 hours) to receive regular admission to the
  program. Students with an undergraduate GPA between 2.3 and
  2.7 may be considered for conditional admission. Such students
  should submit a resume outlining their employment history
  (including scope of responsibility), education, training
  experiences and any leadership roles in community or
  professional groups. Criteria used in evaluating whether or not
  to grant the student conditional admission include:
  undergraduate GPA, number of years since the student
  completed the baccalaureate degree and the kinds of work and
  non-work responsibilities the student has had since then.
  Students who are granted conditional admission may not take
  more than nine credit hours unless they have met the conditions.
  Financial aid students may be granted twelve hours of
  conditional admission.
  Applicants with an overall GPA of 2.7 automatically receive
  Regular admission status. Applicants with an overall GPA less
  than 2.3 are automatically denied admission and are not
  reviewed by the MSA director.

❖ Admission Denials
  Applicants with an overall GPA less than 2.3 are automatically
  denied admission and are not reviewed by the MSA director. In
  some cases, especially where the student graduated 10+ years
  ago and has an extensive work history, it may be appropriate for
  students to appeal that decision and provide a resume and letter
  of appeal. If the applicant recently graduated and has little or no
  work experience, an appeal is not likely to succeed.




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   Some applications reviewed by the Director may still be denied,
   but contain a notation that conditional admission may be
   considered if the following criteria is met. Those criteria may
   include successful completion (C or better) of prerequisite
   course, successful completion of a competency exam, or
   additional upper level undergraduate course work. If the
   criterion is the successful completion of an undergraduate
   prerequisite course, the applicant should not take the
   competency exam.
   Appeals should be routed through the appropriate Center
   Services personnel so that all admission materials will be sent to
   the Director.

❖ Transcripts
  Only official transcripts will be accepted for the evaluation of
  admission status. Official transcripts cannot be accepted directly
  from the students. Instead, two copies from each institution the
  student attended should be sent directly to the program
  administrator or directly to Center Services by the registrar of
  the particular institution. Students may take up to six credits of
  classes as a non-degree student while their application materials
  are being evaluated.

❖ Prerequisites
   Several MSA core courses have undergraduate courses as
   prerequisites. These prerequisite courses are Accounting 201 or
   Accounting 203 and Statistics 282. They can be satisfied by:

        1) Successfully completing the course (C or better) or its
           equivalent within three years prior to admission to the
           MSA program;
        2) Passing a competency assessment exam only offered if
           the student has previously taken the course; or
        3) Taking the class or its equivalent at CMU or another
           accredited institution.




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                        (algebra)
  Note: MTH 105 prerequisite eliminated starting with Spring I,
  2005 registration.
                     (macro economics)
  Note: ECO 600 prerequisite eliminated starting with Spring I,
  2005 registration.
  The prerequisite requirement establishes the student’s readiness
  to perform the quantitative work required in MSA 600, 634 or
  635, and 640 as well as BIS 630 and BIS 634. Competency
  assessments in accounting, and statistics will determine a
  student’s mathematical and statistical skills, and will point out
  any areas which need strengthening before enrollment in a
  particular course.
  Note: HSC 544, Biostatistics, may be used to meet the
        statistics prerequisite.
  Advisors do not have the authority to waive competency
  assessments unless the student has had the appropriate course
  within the past three years. If a student claims he/she has the
  knowledge because of her/his work assignments, then the
  student must take the CA to demonstrate that knowledge. If the
  student is a CPA, her/his MSA 634 requirement can be waived
  by submitting the appropriate form and documentation to the
  MSA director.
  Competency assessments are administered at the student’s
  program center, and each takes about one to two hours to
  complete. Students may improve their skills through CMU-
  sponsored refresher workshops at program centers or online,
  through independent study using study guides prepared by CMU
  available through MBS Direct, or through enrollment in an
  undergraduate level course at a local college.




June 2008                        Academic Policies and Procedures – 3
   Competency Assessments are not intended to be learning
   activities for students who have never completed course work in
   the respective required competency areas. Rather they are
   assessments to determine if students possess the knowledge
   expected from having completed the competency area courses in
   the past.
Please use the following guidelines for prerequisites and
competency assessments:

        1) When students meet with their advisor for the first time,
           the advisor determines which prerequisites have been
           met and how they have been met. That is, if the student
           has taken the appropriate course within the past three
           years prior to the date when the advisor makes this
           decision, the student will not have to take the CA, no
           matter when he/she eventually ends up taking the
           course for which the prerequisite is required.
        2) If, at this initial meeting, the advisor determines that the
           student does not have the appropriate course and,
           therefore, must take the CA, once the student has
           passed the CA, it is good no matter when the student
           takes the course. Exception: If the course is too old and
           has to be repeated, then the CA will also have to be
           repeated (see number 3).
        3) Students must finish their degrees within seven years.
           If MSA 630, for example, is too old and the student has
           to repeat it by taking MSA 634 or MSA 635, he/she
           will have to retake the CA.
        4) A student may take the competency assessment for any
           one area no more than two times, each time using a
           different version of the assessment. If a student fails the
           CA two times within a specific competency area, he/she
           will be required to enroll in the appropriate prerequisite
           course and earn a grade of “C” or better in order to meet
           the competency requirement (effective Fall 2004).



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       5) When a student fails a CA he/she may review the
          assessment questions and answer sheet, but only in the
          presence of the test monitor and may take no notes or
          make any copies. Also, he/she must wait at least 24
          hours before retaking the assessment (effective Fall
          2004).

       Procedures for satisfying competency areas (effective
       Fall term, 2004)

       Minimum scores needed to pass all competencies are at the
       70% level:

            Algebra      –   21 of 30 (70%) (eliminated Spring I,
                                                2005)
            Statistics   –   21 of 30 (70%)
            Accounting   –   35 of 50 (70%)
            Economics    –   28 of 40 (70%) (eliminated Spring I,
                                                2005)

❖ International Students
  Academic advisors are a key link in screening international
  students. Applicants who have a baccalaureate or equivalent
  degree from an institution outside of the United States cannot
  take courses until regular or conditional admission has been
  granted.
   If the student’s native language is not English, he or she will
   have to demonstrate her or his English language competence by
   one of the following methods:
   a. Achieving a satisfactory score (minimum of 550 on the
      paper-based test, 213 on the computer-based test, or 79 on
      the internet-based test) on the Test of English as a Foreign
      Language (TOEFL). CMU also accepts IELTS scores of 6.5
      or above.




June 2008                       Academic Policies and Procedures – 5
    b. Successfully completing (GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or its
       equivalent) a course of study (e.g., high school or
       baccalaureate degree or graduate degree) where the language
       of instruction is English.
   If on-campus review of the student’s transcripts does not result
   in a definitive decision, the credentials will require external
   evaluation. Consult your associate director of operations for
   information on the external evaluation process. After credentials
   are received on campus, external evaluation takes about four to
   six weeks to complete.

❖ Student Visas (I-20s)
  CMU’s Off-Campus Programs does not issue I-20s which are
  necessary for student visas. Should an off-campus student
  inquire about an I-20, advise her or him that only on-campus
  international students can receive an I-20. If the student has
  additional questions about it, advise her or him to talk with the
  centers’ program administrator (The Office of International
  Education is currently issuing temporary I-20s for Metro Detroit
  students only. Students must be Canadian citizens. OIE issues a
  commuter I-20 on a semester by semester basis. See the F-3
  request form under student forms on the Off-Campus Programs
  Web site, www.cel.cmich.edu/student/forms.). If the student has
  questions about on-campus admission, have her or him contact
  the College of Graduate Studies, (989) 774-4723.

❖ CMU Cohorts
  In addition to open enrollment programs, CMU offers students
  the opportunity to pursue a degree in the group, or cohort,
  format. Students, either self-selected or organization-designated
  begin and end the degree programs as a unit, proceeding through
  the courses as a group.
   Students in a cohort follow the same basic program plan, and
   the courses are set for the entire cohort at its inception.
   However, your role as an academic advisor is still important in
   answering questions, providing academic guidance,



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  recommending courses for transfer credit and advising students
  on the potential for prior learning credit.

❖ Seven Year Rule
  Students have seven years to complete degree requirements. For
  example, a student starting the program in Fall 2002 must
  complete all degree requirements, including IRB and applying
  for graduation, no later than December 2009.
  Requests for exceptions beyond seven years are considered on a
  case-by-case basis and are rarely granted.
  Requests for an extension will only be considered with the
  submission of the appropriate paperwork. The Graduate
  Extension of Time to Complete a Degree Program form
  (www.cel.cmich.edu/forms/7(fillable).pdf) must be completed
  in full and signed by the student and the advisor. Carefully
  review the criteria listed on the form. Military deployment may
  be considered as an extenuating circumstance and should be
  documented by a copy of military orders.

❖ Limits on Course Loads
  A graduate student may not be enrolled in more than 15 credits
  of classes that meet during each of the following periods:
            January 1 – May 15;
            May 16 – August 15;
            August 16 – December 31.
  Where appropriate you should remind students of the following:
   • Personal and professional commitments accompanied by the
     demands of a compressed format course can make
     successful completion of more than one course at a time
     difficult.
   • A student who is employed full-time should not take more
     than one course at a time.
   • Students cannot register for two courses if at any point both
     courses will be meeting at the same time.


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   • With planning, the MSA 685 project can be completed in
     one semester, for example, May 19 - August 8. However,
     IRB applications that fall into the “expedited” or “full
     board” categories may take 4 - 6 weeks for approval.

❖ Time Limit on MSA 685 Removal of Incomplete Grade
  Effective with Spring 2002 MSA 685 classes: exceptions to the
  one year rule for removal of incompletes for MSA 685 will be
  rare and granted only with documentation of extenuating
  circumstances. Please note that MSA 685 monitors may set an
  earlier deadline for project completion. Students must comply
  with the deadline set by the MSA 685 monitor.

❖ IRB
  While the advisor may or may not also teach MSA 685, some
  knowledge of the terminology and requirements may be useful.
  All MSA students, without exception, are required to take MSA
  685. Also, without exception, all MSA students must file some
  form of the IRB (Institutional Review Board) application.
  Whether a full application is needed is initially the decision of
  the MSA 685 instructor. Completion of the IRB process, which
  may include an end of data collection report, is a graduation
  requirement. Students will not be cleared for graduation until all
  IRB requirements have been met.

❖ Grade Changes
  Grade changes are usually not possible once the instructor has
  turned in the grade sheet. If the instructor has made a clerical or
  computational error, it can be rectified by sending in a Change
  of Grade Request card. If the instructor wishes to change a
  student’s grade for any other reason, he/she must write a memo
  of explanation to the College of Graduate Studies Change of
  Grade Committee and send it to the grades clerk in Center
  Services.




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❖ Grade Grievances
  Do not encourage students to initiate grade grievances where it
  would appear that the criteria for grievance described in the
  bulletin are not present. Grade grievances may be filed only
  where it is alleged, with supporting evidence, that the grade was
  assigned capriciously. If the student decides to pursue the
  grievance, remind them to follow the policy and timeline found
  in the CMU’s Off-Campus Programs Bulletin.

❖ Refunds
  Fees are not refundable; tuition may be partially refundable. The
  schedule for tuition refunds is in the bulletin. Exceptions will be
  made to the refund schedule only under extraordinary
  circumstances.

❖ Academic Dishonesty and/or Disruptive Student Behavior
  Section 3, “Responsibilities of Students,” of the university’s
  “Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities and Disciplinary
  Procedures” listed as Appendix 1 in the Off-Campus Programs
  Bulletin, provides specific information on these issues.
  Where academic dishonesty is suspected, contact the MSA
  director immediately.

❖ Satisfactory Academic Progress
  All graduate students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or above.
  Transfer credit is not used for calculating the student’s GPA.
  Graduate student academic records are reviewed for satisfactory
  academic progress after each course is completed. If a student
  has regular admission and her or his GPA falls below 3.0, he or
  she is placed on probation, will be notified of that status, and
  told he or she is subject to dismissal. Students who are placed
  on probation have an opportunity to raise their GPA to 3.0 by
  completing two additional courses. If they are not successful
  they will be dematriculated and must wait at least one year
  before applying for re-admission.




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❖ Dematriculation
  There are three basic problems that make students subject to
  probation and dematriculation:
   • A GPA below 3.0.
   • A debt to the university for which no payment arrangements
     have been made.
   • A violation of the university’s “Code of Student Rights,
     Responsibilities and Disciplinary Procedures.”

❖ On-Campus Courses for CMU’s Off-Campus Programs
  Students
  CMU’s Off-Campus Programs students may take both on and
  off-campus courses; off-campus students who want to earn an
  MSA degree through the on campus program should write to the
  Graduate Studies Office, Foust Hall 100, indicating a desire to
  become an on-campus student and requesting transfer of their
  records to campus.

❖ Graduation Requirements
  Students may not use a course for which they received a C-
  toward their MSA degree.




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