Graduate Degree Program Policies

The following policies apply to all students enrolled in an Opus College of Business (OCB) graduate degree program. Individual programs may have more stringent or additional policies; links to these specific program policies are found at the bottom of the page.

In addition to the OCB graduate student policies, the university has general policies applicable to graduate students in all colleges and programs. The UST Graduate Student Policy Book contains the policies and procedures that assist in upholding the mission of the university while directing the community in a civil and respectful manner. As a St. Thomas student, it is your responsibility to be both familiar with and adhere to these policies.

Policies last updated 12/15/10

Academic Integrity Policy

In keeping with the expectation that Opus College of Business graduate students will become “highly principled global business leaders,” students are also expected to maintain the highest standards of integrity while enrolled in graduate programs. Honesty and integrity in the conduct of academic life is fundamental to the principle of independent learning and professional growth. Academic dishonesty in any form is a serious offense against our community. Lying, cheating, and stealing are violations of this community code. Since a violation by one member of the Opus College of Business community hurts the whole community, we all share the responsibility to maintain these standards and not to tolerate violations. Opus College of Business student bodies represent a variety of educational and cultural backgrounds, but misconduct may not be excused by these differences; everyone is responsible for knowing and adhering to the academic integrity policy.

This policy lays out expectations more explicitly and assigns responsibility for implementation to members of the Opus College of Business community.

Examples of Misconduct

As we challenge our students to adhere to high moral standards, we recognize that violations vary in their seriousness, calling for proportionate institutional responses. While it is impossible to anticipate every violation and to distinguish precisely between minor and major violations, the following examples will offer some clarification.

The following would constitute examples of minor misconduct:

  • An infraction resulting from misunderstanding instructions, provided that additional students also misunderstood.
  • Unauthorized collaboration on an assignment.
  • Minor duplication of an assignment by two or more students.
  • Substantial overlap in materials submitted to meet requirements of two distinct courses without prior approval of the instructors of the two courses (if taken simultaneously) or the instructor of the second course (if taken sequentially).
  • Other infractions that, in the opinion of the instructors and administrators involved, fall short of major misconduct.

The following would typically be examples of major misconduct: 

  • Cheating on an exam, including, but not limited to
    • Having a substitute take an exam
    • Use of any software/files other than the ones allowed by the instructor while taking an exam.
    • Sharing files on computers during exams.
  • Forging or altering grades, stealing exams, using prohibited material on exams, or stealing another student’s work.
  • Significant duplication of an assignment by two or more students.
  • Falsifying sources, i.e. creating references that do not exist.
  • Plagiarism as commonly defined.

Student Rights and Responsibilities

  • Students have the right to challenge any sanction proposed by the instructor prior to a committee hearing.
  • Students are expected to familiarize themselves with generally accepted citation rules (e.g. APA style, Chicago Manual of Style, or other as may apply).
  • All admitted students must sign a statement declaring that they have read, understood, and will act according to the provisions of the Academic Integrity Policy.

Faculty Rights and Responsibilities

  • Faculty should provide clear instructions regarding collaboration and resources for every assignment.
  • Faculty should minimize the opportunities for misconduct by creating new examinations and assignments each year.
  • Faculty shall propose an alternative sanction to offending students prior to any decision made by the Academic Integrity Committee.
  • Faculty must report all academic integrity violations to the Assistant Dean.

Procedure for Misconduct Hearing

Evidence of misconduct may be observed and reported in writing by faculty, staff, administrators, or students, including self-reporting. All such incidents must be reported to the Assistant/Associate Dean who will open a file on the incident and student(s) affected. The Assistant/Associate Dean will notify any faculty whose courses are affected and who were not themselves the initiators, and will also notify the Program Director. These three (or more) individuals will ascertain among themselves whether the infraction amounts to minor misconduct, in which case the student(s) involved will be offered the option of informal sanctions to be determined and imposed by the professor. Students who refuse this option or who deny the minor misconduct may take their case to a hearing committee (see below)

In the event of a determination of major misconduct, the student(s) involved will meet with the Assistant/Associate Dean, Program Director, and course instructor. If the student(s) admit to the major misconduct, appropriate sanctions will be imposed. If the student(s) deny the major misconduct or object to the proposed sanctions, the issue will be taken up by a hearing committee (see below).

Step-by-step procedure

Violation observed and reported by observer to:

  • Program Director, who notifies Assistant/Associate Dean, who in turn notifies instructor(s) as necessary, or to
  • Assistant/Associate Dean, who notifies both Program Director and instructor(s), or to
  • Instructor(s), who notifies Assistant/Associate Dean, who in turn notifies Program Director.
  • Assistant/Associate Dean opens a file on the incident.
  • Assistant/Associate Dean, Program Director, and instructor determine  whether the incident constitutes minor or major misconduct.
  • If minor, they will meet with the student(s) to determine and impose informal sanctions.
  • If major, they will meet with the student(s) to determine and impose a proportionate formal sanction.
  • Students who feel they have been wrongfully accused or who feel their rights have otherwise been abrogated may petition the Academic Integrity Committee (AIC) for a formal hearing. The AIC will appoint a hearing committee.
  • Each hearing committee will consist of five members, including two student representatives (President of the Student Association and V.P. of Ethics of the Student Association or their designees) and the Program Director or designee; any faculty directly involved in the incident may not serve on the committee.
  • No hearing committee will process more than one case at a time.
  • The timing and location for the hearing is determined by the hearing committee, provided that all parties receive at least three days prior notice.
  • All hearings must be attended by student(s) and any affected instructors.
  • Students and instructors may present witnesses to the incident, documentation, or other evidence pertinent to the issue.
  • The committee shall make every reasonable effort to return a written decision, including sanction and rationale, within ten business days from the time a petition is filed.

Hearing committee determinations, including sanctions imposed, will be based on majority vote.

Sanctions imposed by the hearing committee may be appealed to the Academic Integrity Committee and then to the University Committee on Discipline.


Nature of infraction Sanctions available
Minor misconduct Warning
Rewrite assignment
Retake all or a portion of an examination
Major misconduct Fail assignment
Fail examination
Fail course
Suspension from program
Expulsion from program

Academic Standing

Students maintaining a GPA of 3.0 or higher while making satisfactory progress on the degree requirements are considered to be in good standing.


Any student whose cumulative program grade point average (GPA) falls below 3.0 or has an unresolved ‘F’ in a required or core course will be placed on academic probation. A student will remain on academic probation until their program GPA meets or exceeds the 3.0 threshold and they have taken care of any unresolved ‘F’s’.

Students on probation in non-cohort programs will receive a registration hold and will need to contact his/her program advisor to register for a course.

A student who is on probation will not be approved to participate in study abroad programs.

A student’s second consecutive semester on probation without improvement will require the student meet in person with the program director and advisor. During the meeting, the student’s academic performance, their suitability for the program, and possible strategies for improvement will be discussed.

Academic Dismissal

After meeting with the program director, the student’s grades and GPA must improve. If academic improvement is not demonstrated, he/she is subject to dismissal from the graduate program.

A student who has been dismissed for academic reasons shall not be eligible for readmission until one year following the student’s dismissal. All matters concerning readmission shall be decided by the program director.


The University of St. Thomas is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), and holds business accreditation from The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International).

Advising Requirements

Program advising is available in all of the graduate programs. Students who have questions about curriculum or their academic progress are encouraged to consult with these advisers.

Appeals of Registration Policies

If a student registers for a course without the appropriate permissions or prerequisites, program staff may withdraw the student from the course. Students must submit written requests for exceptions to registration or prerequisite policies to the deans or directors of the college or school that administer the policies. These requests must specify:

  • A citation for the specific policy for which an exception is sought;
  • The specific exception that is sought, and:
  • The student's rationale for the exception.

The dean may delegate the initial review and recommendation to a member of his/her staff or faculty. The final decision must be made within 30 days of the written request.

Auditor Guidelines

Current Opus College of Business graduate students are not permitted to audit courses. The auditing privilege is only extended, with instructor approval, to Opus College of Business graduate alumni.

Award of Credit for Professional Experience and Certifications

While professional experience and certifications may be criteria for waiving a course requirement, no credit can be granted. For more information, please review specific program policies.

Cancellation of Registration for Non-Attendance

Non-attendance does not automatically cancel registration or drop a student from their course(s). To drop a course, students must officially withdraw their registration through the MURPHY Online System or by contacting their academic adviser. If a student does not attend or complete the course requirements, the student will receive an appropriate grade as determined by the instructor.

Class Attendance

Registered students must attend classes which have specified meeting times, dates and locations. Sanctions may be imposed for failure to attend class. Students may only attend classes in which they are officially registered. Instructors will only admit students whose names are on the class roster or have official proof of registration for the class. No credit will be issued to anyone who attends a class for which s/he is not officially registered. For more information, please review specific program policies.

Class Ranking

Similar to other top business schools, the OCB graduate programs do not maintain an official class ranking for any student. Top graduates each year are extended invitations to join the UST chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma, the international honors society for business students.

Confirmation of Graduate Degrees

A degree is granted at the graduate level and conferred on the date of the last day of the term for Fall, January, Spring and Summer term.

A degree is conferred only when the student has successfully met all degree requirements and the student’s requirements are officially reflected in the University’s official record.

Exceptions to the graduation date policy will be made only by petition to the dean and program director.

Consortium or Exchange Program Credit

If appropriate standards for academic quality allow, programs may make advance agreements with third parties to provide academic services to St. Thomas students that result in academic credit that meets OCB degree requirements. Such agreements must not threaten the accreditation or other certifications of the program or the university. All such agreements must be approved in advance by the appropriate dean of the college/school, and the executive vice president for academic affairs.

Course Credit Load Limits

For more information, please review specific program policies.

Credit by Exam

OCB graduate programs do not offer credit by exam. Some programs may offer exams to waive select degree requirements, but academic credit is not awarded. For more information, please review specific program policies.

Degree Requirements

Graduate programs may change degree requirements at any time. Students may choose to enter a new curriculum, but must complete all requirements of the new curriculum in the time allowed including pre-requisites.

To receive a degree at the end of their studies, OCB graduate students must:

  1. Complete all degree requirements in effect at the time of first matriculation, unless changes/updates are required for compliance with licensure or accreditation.
  2. Earn a cumulative program grade point average of at least 3.0.
  3. Complete all degree requirements within 7 calendar years from date of matriculation.
  4. Earn at least 24.0 unique semester credits beyond those credits used to meet the requirements of a different degree.
  5. Earn a minimum number of credits from coursework completed at the University of St. Thomas (varies by program). Please check with individual programs for more specific policies.
  6. Complete all degree requirements before the degree will be officially awarded and posted to university records.
  7. Complete all work that might affect qualifications for the degree, including credit that will not be applied to the degree but might affect the grade point average.

For more information, please review specific program policies.

Directed Study

Directed study refers to a regular course offered to an individual student or small group of students (usually fewer than 10) under the direction of a faculty member as approved by the appropriate department chair and/or dean. A directed study may be offered if the course is not available during a particular term because of schedule constraints or due to low enrollment, etc. but which follows an approved syllabus. (See also: Independent Study)


The contents of this handbook are subject to change without notice and should not be considered part of a contractual relationship. Students should review policies carefully as ignorance is not an acceptable excuse for non-compliance.

Dropping Courses

To drop a course (cancel registration), student must use the MURPHY Online System or contact their academic adviser. To completely withdraw from a program, students must contact the program office.

Once the term begins, a student may need to contact their adviser and/or the registration coordinator for his/her program to drop courses. The date on which the class is dropped or the date of notification will be entered into the student's record as the drop date. The date of the drop/notification can have tuition refund, grading, and financial aid implications, depending on which point of the term the course withdrawal occurs. For more information, please review specific program and UST Financial Aid policies.

Annotation of the dropped course(s) on the transcript will be determined by the graduate program policy and date of the withdrawal.

Dual, Joint or Second Graduate Degree Requirements

A student who has a completed master's degree from the university must earn no fewer than 24 semester credits above and beyond the requirements of the first degree in order to qualify for a second master's degree at the university.  More stringent requirements may exist in certain programs or colleges.  For more information, please contact the program office.

Students who are earning two master's degrees simultaneously (such as in dual degree programs) must have no more than 24 semester credits shared between the requirements for the two degrees.

English Language Proficiency

Applications cannot be considered unless applicant can demonstrate command of both written and spoken English, adequate for success in graduate-level courses conducted entirely in English. The University accepts the following as evidence of English proficiency:

  1. TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). Official score report required: minimum score of 550 Paper Based; 213 for the computer-based test; total score of 80 for the internet based test (iBT) with a minimum score of 20 for both the writing and speaking sections of the test.
  2. MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery) Official score report required accompanied by an official letter from the testing coordinator: minimum score 80.
  3. IELTS. Official score report required: Minimum score 6.5.
  4. Applicants who have successfully completed a previous undergraduate or graduate degree at a college or university and can verify that the curriculum was taught in English may be exempt from the English Proficiency testing requirement.

If unable to obtain the minimum score on any of the tests required, you may choose to apply directly to the ELS Language Center, located on the St. Thomas campus. Upon completion of ELS, graduate applicants must provide proof of one of the above English proficiency requirements.

The dean of the Opus College of Business may be petitioned for a waiver of this requirement. Copies of approved waivers are to be retained in the student’s file. Applicants must initiate this process through the program director.

Faculty Shared Protocols and Expectations

  • Faculty are responsible for a set of learning objectives for students that facilitates mastery of the course material.
  • Faculty are responsible for design, integration, and the delivery of curriculum.
  • Faculty members affirm that it is proper and appropriate to use the entire range of the existing grading system.
  • All classes will include a final exam and/or other method(s) of individual evaluation.
  • Faculty are responsible to students for professional and ethical behavior, to challenge and support students in their learning and career preparation.
  • Faculty members will return assignments in a timely fashion.


OCB Graduate Programs have established policies specifying which grades are assigned from the grade scale listed below. A student’s grade point average (GPA) will be calculated from the assigned grade quality points as defined. Note: To ensure the privacy of students, grades cannot be given out over the phone. Students may obtain their grades from the MURPHY Online system.

Below are the grade scale and GPA calculation as they appear on the back of the University transcript and as implemented in the Banner system.

A 4.0 quality points
A- 3.7 quality points
B+ 3.3 quality points
B 3.0 quality points
B- 2.7 quality points
C+ 2.3 quality points
C 2.0 quality points
F 0.0 quality points
I Incomplete
W Withdrawal
R Registered, no credit
AU Audit, no credit
S Satisfactory
IP In progress
NR Not reported

GPA Calculation: The quality point total is the sum of quality points multiplied by total credits. The grade point average (GPA) is determined by dividing the quality point total by the number of courses assigned quality points. Marks of ‘W’, ‘I’, ‘R’ and ‘S’ are not assigned quality points and are not calculated in the GPA.

A GPA of no less than 3.0 is required to maintain good academic standing and graduate.

Meaning of Grades

A, A- Clearly superior performance. Demonstrates excellent mastery of course concepts and learning objectives.
B+, B Meets all requirements for demonstrating above-average/satisfactory competence regarding course concepts and learning objectives.
B-, C+ Demonstrates adequate comprehension of course concepts and learning objectives in order to pass course, but did not meet expectations of graduate level performance.
C Lowest pass. Demonstrates sufficient knowledge to permit advancement, but well below expectations of graduate level performance.
D Not used in graduate study.
F Failure. Insufficient knowledge of essential course concepts and materials to warrant advancing to courses for which this is a prerequisite. Course must be retaken and passed if student is to receive graduate credit.

Pass/Fail Grading

Pass/Fail grading is not available to graduate students for courses in the Opus College of Business.

Failing (F) Grades

If you receive an (F) in a core course, you must retake the course and earn a passing grade. The new grade is used to calculate your program GPA, but the original (F) will remain on your transcript.

If you receive an (F) in an elective course, that course will not apply toward your degree requirements and you may retake this course or take another elective in its place. We will use the new grade in calculating your program GPA but the original (F) will remain on your transcript.

Transcript integrity must be maintained and will reflect all courses attempted.

Not reported (NR) Grade Notation

In an instance where a grade has not been assigned at the end of the term, a designation of Not Recorded (NR) will be assigned to the student's academic record. The NR must be changed to a grade by May 31 for the fall semester or January term; by December 31 for the spring semester or summer session by means of University grade change policies and procedures. In the absence of a final grade on or before the deadline, the mark of NR will be changed to a grade of F or R. This deadline may not be extended. The instructor may change a resulting F or R by means of university grade change policies and procedures.

Incomplete Notation

The mark of ‘I’ is used if the student has not completed the course requirements and (in the judgment of the instructor) has good reason for the necessary delay. The student must make arrangements with the instructor before the date the last assignment of that course is due. Ordinarily, good reason will involve matters not wholly within the control of the student, such as serious illness. The mark of ‘I’ is not to be used for students to:

  1. Complete additional work over and above that ordinarily expected for the course to improve the final grade.
  2. Repeat work already submitted to the instructor to improve the final grade.
  3. Retake all or portions of a course in a later term to improve the final grade.

The mark of ‘I’ may not be used without prior arrangement between instructor and student.

The student must complete the designated work and submit it to the instructor within 120 days of the end of the semester in which he is registered for the course. Failure to complete the work within the 120 day time limit will result in the university registrar changing the mark of ‘I’ to a grade of ‘F’ or ‘R’. The deadline may not be extended. The instructor may change the resulting ‘F’ or ‘R’ by means of the university grade change policies and procedures.

Grade Changes

Grade changes must be submitted by the instructor to the appropriate program or college by University approved procedures. An instructor may change a grade if there has been an error in the computation, transcription, or reporting of the grade. Changes may not be made on the basis of additional work completed by a student unless all members of the class had the option to submit additional work.

Other than removing an incomplete, the only acceptable reason for changing a final course grade is to correct a calculation error made by the instructor when computing the student’s final grade for a course. There is a separate appeal process for those occasions when a student feels he/she has been unfairly evaluated in the grade assessment (see Contesting Process).

Contesting Process

When a student contests a grade received as part of coursework, the following steps are to be taken:

  1. The student should first seek an acceptable resolution through a discussion with the instructor of the course. This must be initiated no later than 30 days after the start of the semester following the one in which the disputed grade was assigned. Ordinarily the student should have a response from the faculty member within 30 days of the receipt of the appeal.
  2. If a satisfactory resolution is not reached, or if the student does not have a response from the faculty member within 30 days, the student should then discuss the matter with their Program Director. This must be initiated no later than 60 days after the start of the semester following the one in which the disputed grade was assigned.
  3. If a satisfactory resolution still is not reached, the student must provide a written appeal and all relevant material to the Assistant/Associate Dean no later than the 75th day after the start of the semester following the one in which the disputed grade was assigned. The Assistant/Associate Dean will then prepare the packet of information to be referred to a faculty review committee appointed by the Opus College of Business Assistant/Associate Dean. This written grade appeal must be referred to the faculty committee no later than 90 days after the start of the semester following the one in which the disputed grade was assigned. The faculty review committee will render its decision within a reasonable time period. That committee’s decision (to raise, lower, or sustain the grade) shall be final.

Repetition of Courses to Improve Grades

A graduate course for which a student has received a grade of C or better may not be repeated to improve the grade for the course. The dean of the college may be petitioned for an exception to this policy. If the course repeat is approved by the dean, it is noted in the student records. Academic credit will be given only once for the course with the higher grade earned included in the GPA calculation. All course registrations and grades will appear on the student transcript.

Retention of Student Work Supporting Grades

Student work which is retained by the instructor, and which supports the grade book, or analogous record, should be retained for one semester after the final grade is entered. A mark of Incomplete ‘I’ is not considered a final grade.

Graduate Program Admission: Undergraduate Degree Requirement

Admission as a degree-seeking student to an Opus College of Business graduate program a requires the applicant to hold a baccalaureate degree from a United States institution accredited by the Higher Learning Commission's regional accrediting organizations.

Applicants holding degrees from institutions outside the United States must comply with policies on international admissions and obtain a credential evaluation. For more information, please review specific program policies.


Each program has a degree plan outlining specific courses and credits required for graduation. For more information, please review specific program requirements with your program advisor.

Any student who has completed the courses on his or her degree plan and expects to graduate must complete the online graduation application before the communicated deadline during their final term. The University of St. Thomas assumes no obligation to include a student’s name in the commencement program if the candidate fails to comply with this procedure.

Inclement Weather Policy

The decision to close the university will be made by 6 a.m. if at all possible. The university has designated WCCO Radio (AM 830) as the official closing notification station. WCCO is a clear channel station and as such can be received by all radio listeners in the Twin Cities metro area. Several television stations are also notified of the closing information. Please do not call Campus Security to find out if classes are cancelled.

When the university is officially closed, all classes are cancelled and all administrative offices are closed for the day. On occasion, the inclement weather subsides as the day progresses. On these occasions, evening classes and activities may continue as scheduled if announced on WCCO Radio. The decision will be made no later than 3 p.m. You may also call (651) 962-SNOW.

Independent Study

Independent study is an individualized course of study for academic credit in an area not available in current course offerings. For programs that allow independent study, the student requests a faculty member to provide direction and oversight of the study, and together they design the course of study and submit a proposal for approval by the appropriate department chair, program director, and/or dean. (See also: Directed Study.)

Integrity of Admissions Information

When a graduate student is found to have submitted falsified academic or other information for his or her admission to an OCB graduate program, the administrative official responsible will prepare a report for the program director. The director will present the case to the dean to determine whether the violation merits suspension from the university. The student has the right to appeal the decision of the dean to the University Grievance Committee. The decision of this committee may be further appealed to the executive vice president and chief academic officer of the university. The decision of the executive vice president is final.

Make-up Exams

Attendance at all examinations is required; however, if, due to an emergency or unavoidable conflict, a student must miss class on an exam day/night, the student should communicate in advance with the instructor the reasons that necessitate rescheduling the exam. A makeup exam may then be offered at the discretion of the instructor.

Non-degree Student Status

Programs that allow individual course enrollment of students who do not seek to complete a degree or certificate from OCB should assign those students special status codes that identify them as non-degree-seeking (NDO) students. For more information, please review specific program policies.

Program Dismissal – Due to Conduct

A student may be suspended or expelled from their program for improper conduct, including offensive behavior, harassment, contributing to a hostile learning environment, or unprofessional behavior. No student expelled from OCB for improper conduct will be eligible for readmission.

Records Privacy Policy (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, prohibits postsecondary educational institutions from disclosing the education records of students to most third parties without the students' written consent. For more information, review UST’s student record policies and procedures.

Religious Holidays

Consistent with our commitment of creating an academic community that is respectful of and welcoming to persons of differing backgrounds, we believe that every reasonable effort should be made to allow members of the university community to observe their religious holidays without jeopardizing the fulfillment of their academic obligations.

In particular, we believe that:

  • Faculty should provide course syllabi at the beginning of each term that specifies dates of exams and due dates of assignments. Every effort should be made to avoid scheduling exams on religious holidays. It is the responsibility of students to review these syllabi as soon as they are distributed and to consult the faculty member promptly regarding any possible conflicts. Upon the timely request of students, faculty members should, whenever possible, reschedule exams and assignment deadlines that fall on religious holidays.
  • Students should not be penalized for class absences because of religious holidays and, therefore, should notify the faculty member of conflicts due to religious holidays well in advance of any anticipated absence. If asked, the student should provide accurate information about the obligations entailed in the observance of that particular holiday.
  • Faculty should be permitted to reschedule class meetings that conflict with their observance of a religious holiday, assuring that appropriate advance notice is provided.

Semester Credit Definition

For more information, please review specific program policies and calendars.

Sexual Harassment Policies

The University of St. Thomas is committed to maintaining the high standards of respect and civility that are both implicit and explicit in its conviction statement. This commitment extends to creating and maintaining a working and learning environment that is free of sexual harassment and that promotes personal dignity and equitable treatment of all members of the University community. For more information, review the university's sexual harassment policy and guidelines.

Sexual Violence Policy

The University of St. Thomas is committed to maintaining high standards of respect and civility that are both implicit and explicit in its convictions statement. This commitment extends to creating and maintaining a learning environment that is free of sexual violence and that promotes personal dignity and fair treatment of all members of the University community. For more information, review the university's sexual violence policy and resolution process.

Student Classification

Students holding a baccalaureate degree and admitted to a certificate or degree program for the purpose of taking courses to meet the requirements of a degree beyond the baccalaureate are called "graduate students."

Student Records Storage and Retention

The storage, retention and disposal of student records are governed by university policy established by the University Archives Committee. For more information, review the university’s records management program.



Professors may distribute course syllabi before the first class, or give them to students at the first class meeting. Syllabi may also become available in Blackboard for individual courses once you have registered.


Each instructor will submit a syllabus for each class taught to the dean or designee (department chair) prior to the first session of each class. The syllabus will be retained for at least five years from the last day of the class. If a syllabus is revised in a significant way during the course of a semester, the revised syllabus must also be submitted to the dean or designee and retained as indicated above.

Transfer Course Criteria

Transfer of courses and credits from other institutions will only be approved, on a case-by-case basis, when a student who is in an Opus College of Business graduate program relocates. Transfer courses are allowed only with prior approval from the Opus College of Business. Overall degree requirements will be changed; overall program credits required will be reduced and/or the corresponding OCB course will be waived. The course will not be officially transferred in or appear on your UST transcript. Please check with individual programs for more specific policies.

Minimum requirements for transfer courses to be considered for course/credit waiver:

  • Courses must be taken at an AACSB-accredited institution.
  • The course must be graduate-level, and equal to three semester credits or greater.
  • Students must submit a course syllabus to your program advisor for review/approval by the appropriate UST OCB department chair prior to taking the class.
  • After completing the course, submit an official transcript to your program advisor
  • A grade of ‘B’ (3.0) or higher must have been received.
  • A maximum of four courses (12.0 credits) may be waived.

Graduate-level business courses taken prior to admission to an OCB graduate program may also be considered for course/credit waiver. Courses must not have been used to complete another degree and must have been taken within the past five years.

Undergraduate Students Enrolling for Graduate Courses

Undergraduate students are not allowed to enroll in graduate courses.

Waitlist Policy

Students are able to waitlist through MURPHY Online for courses. The waitlist is established on a first-come, first-served basis. Students will be notified via their UST email address by the Opus College of Business Registration Coordinator when a space becomes available. This process continues through the first two weeks of the semester.

  • Students may not attend the first night of class unless registered for the course.
  • Students may not request special permission from course instructors for registration priority for a specific course.

These policies are intended to protect the integrity of the registration and waitlist processes.

Withdrawal Due to Military Activation

University of St. Thomas students who are called to active duty in the armed services will be granted a 100% tuition adjustment for the semester in which they were deployed regardless of the date they were activated. To receive this tuition adjustment the student must present a copy of the deployment orders to the dean or designee. If a student is called to duty after the last day to drop without a "W," the student will receive Ws on the transcript.

Withdrawal from Program

To withdraw from a program, the student must notify their graduate program office of their intent to withdraw in writing. The date of notification will be entered into the student's records as the withdrawal date. The date of the notification has tuition refund, grading and financial aid implications, depending on which point of the term the course withdrawal occurs. Please check with individual programs and Financial Aid for more specific policies.

Additional Graduate Program Policies

More specific policies unique to each OCB graduate degree program and their students can be found below: