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Program Requirements & Registration

Program Requirements & Registration

The Comparative and Veterinary Medicine Graduate Program Handbook outlines all of the requirements for students to complete their degree. The information below is related specifically to courses and registration.

Curricular Requirements for MS / PhD Students

Students must meet the following curricular requirements:

  • MS - 30 total credit hours; PhD - 80 total credit hours
  • 20 of those credit hours must be graded (A-E)
  • Must maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average
  • 2 credit hours of graduate-level statistics, must be completed with a grade of B or better
  • 1 credit hour of graduate-level Research Ethics completed with a grade of B or better; OR completion of the online CITI Basic Human Research Course (for students matriculating in Autumn Semester 2017 or later)
  • VETPREV 8891-Graduate Student Seminar - students must register for this class each Autumn and Spring Semester (VCS Residents must register in Spring Semester)
  • The remainder of your curriculum is decided upon by you and your advisor

Registering for Classes

You must register for classes each term before the Fee Payment Deadline. Deadlines for each semester can be found at the Registrar's website.

You register using BuckeyeLink. Here is a quick tutorial to show you how. More comprehensive information is available at the Student Center Reference Guide.

Account Holds

Always check the right side of your Student Center before you attempt to register for classes. If you have a "Hold" or incomplete To-Do List items such as the ones showing in the screenshot on the right, the system will prevent you from registering. The most common hold is for the Financial Responsibility Statement. This must be completed each term. Other types of holds can include fines, such as parking or library fines.

Dropping a Class

If you need to drop a class, it is best to do so before the published deadline for dropping classes electronically - utilizing your Student Center. If you are adjusting your schedule and need to both add and drop classes, always add the new classes before dropping any current classes. If you are making adjustments to your schedule using your Student Center, there is a period of about 3 weeks each term during which you can drop a class, but not add a class (usually around weeks 2-4). This can cause problems with your fee authorization if you receive one. If you drop a class during this time and it takes you below the minimum number of hours you need to receive your fee authorization, then you will not be able to add in the new class and your fee authorization will be removed from your account.

Adding a Class

You may add classes using your Student Center until the end of the first week of classes. During the 2nd week of classes, you will need to use a Course Enrollment Permission Form to add a class. After the 2nd week of classes, you will have to petition the Graduate School to add a class, using the Course Petition Form.

Undergraduate and Audited Classes

Graduate students do not receive credit toward their graduate degree for courses that are designated for undergraduates. Undergraduate courses are numbered 5999 and below. 5000 level courses can be either graduate or undergraduate and will be designated as such. Students will not receive graduate credit for a CVM course numbered below 5000. 6000-level and above are graduate only. When searching for classes, be sure to select "Graduate" from the drop-down menu for "Course Career" as shown in the image on the right.

If you choose to audit a class, you will not receive credit for it and no grade will be assigned. However it will still be included in the credit hours for that term for tuition purposes.

Understanding your Advising Report

It is recommended that you review your Advising Report on a regular basis. You may access your Advising Report in your Student Center in Buckeyelink. Below is a graphic that "decodes" the information shown at the bottom of each term on the report.

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