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Catalog Selection for Degree Requirements

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Authority: C.R.S. § 23-54-102, et seq. authorizes the Trustees of Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver) to establish rules and regulations to govern and operate the University and its programs. The Trustees retain authority to approve, interpret, and administer policies pertaining to the governance of the University. The Trustees grant authority to the President of MSU Denver to approve, administer, and interpret policies pertaining to the operation of the University.

Purpose: This policy requires students to complete all components of their degree or certificate requirements using a single University catalog. The policy also states when a student may select a different University catalog than the one assigned at the time of acceptance to the University to complete degree or certificate requirements.

Applies to: This policy applies to degree- and certificate-seeking students.

Roles and Responsibilities

Responsible Executive: Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

Responsible Administrator: Associate Vice President for Curriculum and Academic Effectiveness

Responsible Office: Provost's Office

Policy Contact: Associate Vice President for Curriculum and Academic Effectiveness, 303-615-1900

Policy Statement

In determining degree and certificate requirements, students are governed by the catalog in effect at the time of acceptance to MSU Denver. Students may elect to follow any later catalog edition in effect while continuously enrolled at MSU Denver. The selected catalog must contain the student’s complete program of study, including, but not limited to, major, minor, concentration, certificate requirements, and other graduation requirements. All degree and certificate requirements must adhere to current policies at MSU Denver.

Students who do not enroll in classes for three or more consecutive semesters must be readmitted to the University and are governed by the catalog in effect upon their return. To complete a degree or certificate program under an earlier, qualifying catalog, the student must obtain authorization per the degree audit exception process used in the applicable College or School. The qualifying catalog must have been in effect while the student was previously enrolled at MSU Denver.

Students transferring to MSU Denver from a regionally accredited, Colorado community college may complete degree requirements under an MSU Denver catalog in effect while they were enrolled at the community college, subject to the following conditions:

  • The student must select a degree catalog that does not predate the current catalog by more than three academic years. To complete a degree program under an earlier, qualifying catalog, the student must obtain authorization from the academic department offering the degree program.
  • In order for the selected catalog edition to remain in effect, the student must maintain continuous enrollment at the community college and subsequent continuous enrollment at the University until the student completes the degree program at MSU Denver.

Policy History

Effective: March 2018

Revised: March 2018 to require students to complete certificate requirements, as well as degree requirements, under a single University catalog. Revised November 2016, October 2015, March 1969.

Review Schedule: This policy will be reviewed every three years or as necessary to conduct University operations.

Source: University Catalog,

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