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Graduate Transfer Credit – All But Dissertation (ABD)

Definition: Transfer credit in cases of "All But Dissertation"

The student may have completed partial or all of their doctoral course work, including their comprehensive or candidacy exam at another university and is requesting transfer to an AU doctoral program in order to complete the AU program requirements and graduate.

Guideline

Students applying for admission to an AU doctoral program may be eligible to receive credit for completed doctoral program requirements from another recognized university to be used for credit toward the AU degree program. The academic unit will determine the maximum number of credits that can be transferred. A completed comprehensive exam or candidacy examination cannot normally be transferred for credit.

This guideline is to be used in conjunction with the AU Graduate Transfer Credit Policy #136 http://www.athabascau.ca/secretariat/policy/registry/gradtransfer.htm

Procedures for "All But Dissertation"(ABD)

  1. The student interested in transferring to an AU doctoral program, should discuss with the graduate program director for the desired program the feasibility of their request and the AU eligibility requirements. Any discussion does not guarantee admission.
  2. The student submits required documentation for transfer to the AU doctoral program to the graduate program director for the desired program. Each program will have specific documentation they require from the applicant and will have their own assessment procedures for review of the application.
  3. The academic unit will determine the maximum number of courses that can be transferred. A completed comprehensive exam or candidacy examination cannot normally be transferred for credit.
  4. Upon adjudication by the specific adjudication committee (or graduate program director), a recommendation is made to the graduate program director. The graduate program director then submits the following documentation with their recommendation to FGS for final approval:
    • the official transcript indicating minimum grades of B- ;
    • that they were in good standing in the previous program;
    • that none of the courses have been used toward another degree;
    • an AU faculty member has agreed to supervise the student and provides a memo indicating this;
    • a letter from the student making a case for why they should have their courses credited, why the learning outcomes of the AU program fit their goals and research program, and a timeline for completion of all doctoral requirements;
    • a letter of recommendation from the graduate director regarding the student;
    • that the student has agreed to complete the AU proposal course, the candidacy examination, and the dissertation and any other requirements the AU supervisor deems appropriate to their dissertation.
  5. Upon review of the material, FGS will inform the graduate program director of the review outcome.
  6. The Graduate Director will inform the prospective student, the supervisor and the Registrar's office. The Registrar will need to know the courses and the number of credits being transferred.

Approved at FGS Council, February 10, 2013.

Updated October 29 2014 by Student & Academic Services

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