Graduate Courses Taken by Undergraduate Students

An undergraduate student may enroll in a graduate course only if all of the following conditions are met:

  • The student is a senior with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • The department chair of the student’s major approves.
  • The appropriate graduate department chair or graduate program director approves.
  • There is space available in the course and the student has met all of the prerequisites.
  • The request is submitted with the following form: Graduate/Professional Courses Taken by UG Students.

Graduate courses taken by undergraduate students may apply toward an APU graduate degree only if the grade received in the course is 3.0 or higher and if the student is accepted into the appropriate graduate program following APU graduate admissions procedures. No more than 9 graduate units earned as an undergraduate student may be counted toward an APU graduate degree. Some departments may allow fewer units to be counted. A student who will be applying to an APU graduate program should obtain information from the appropriate department before taking graduate courses.

The Graduate Courses Taken by Undergraduate Students policy does not apply to the Integrated Bachelor’s/Credential Program, which allows undergraduate students to complete 32-34 units of 500-level credential courses and apply those units to the 120+ units required for the bachelor’s degree. For more information on how courses may be applied toward a graduate degree, refer to the Graduate Courses Taken by Undergraduate Students policy in the Graduate Academic Policies and Procedures section of the catalog. Students in the Integrated Bachelor’s/Credential Program need to apply separately to the appropriate graduate program in the School of Education.