Nicholls seniors can get an early start on earning graduate credit. During their final semester or session, seniors may petition to register as pre-program students for up to six semester hours of graduate coursework. Approval may be granted if applicants:
- have at least a 3.20 grade point average on all undergraduate work pursued,
- lack no more than nine semester hours to complete their baccalaureate degree requirements if petitioning for a semester OR lack no more than six semester hours if petitioning for a summer session,
- will carry no more than 15 semester hours during a regular semester OR 10 semester hours during a summer session (Total semester hours includes baccalaureate requirements and no more than six semester hours of graduate credit for a semester OR four for a summer session.) and
- file the appropriate petition form with their academic dean prior to registration.
Seniors earning graduate credit retain their undergraduate status and are also regarded as transient or non-degree students. Their graduate credits earned are subject to the same conditions are those stated for the graduate transient or non-degree student. Courses taken under these circumstances may not count for both undergraduate and graduate credit.