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Register Courses Requiring Approvals

There are many situations in which you may need approval before you can register. Use this list to find details about how to gain approval to register under these circumstances.

CONCURRENT ENROLLMENT

If you want to enroll in courses at another institution while enrolled at DU, you must petition the Academic Exceptions Committee.

We don't accept transfer credit for courses carried concurrently without prior permission. The total study load allowed may not exceed 19 quarter hours. Courses taken concurrently must not be available at the University of Denver.

CONTINUOUS ENROLLMENT

If you're a graduate student who only needs to complete your thesis, dissertation or required internship, you must apply for continuous enrollment to maintain your status as an active student.

You must apply for continuous enrollment each academic year you conduct independent research and other academic work toward completing your degree. You also must register for continuous enrollment each quarter.

How to register
To be eligible for continuous enrollment, complete the Continuous Enrollment Approval Form (PDF). Submit the form to your academic adviser and the dean of your school, college, division or institute. Refer to the form to see which, if any, other signatures are required for your program.

Once you're approved, you'll be able to register online for continuous enrollment for the remainder of the academic year. If you plan to graduate in summer, you must get approved for continuous enrollment during summer session, too.

You'll be bound by regular registration procedures , including our late-registration fee policy .

Course numbers and subject codes
Full-time, active enrollment for students working on theses, dissertations or required internships:

  • CENR 4600—master's-level continuous enrollment
  • CENR 5600—doctoral-level continuous enrollment

For non-enrolled, active students working on theses or dissertations:

  • CENR 4700—master's-level continuous enrollment
  • CENR 5700—doctoral-level continuous enrollment

Failure to enroll
If you fail to enroll for continuous enrollment for two consecutive quarters, you must apply for readmission. We'll charge you continuous enrollment tuition and technology fees for those two quarters. Until you're officially readmitted, you won't be eligible for continuous enrollment.

DIRECTED STUDY

Directed study allows you to substitute out-of-class study for a University of Denver class under extenuating circumstances.

Students often apply for directed study when a course they need to graduate isn't offered during an upcoming term.

To apply for directed study, undergraduate students must complete the application for independent study/independent research/directed study (PDF) (also available at the Office of the Registrar, on the ground level of University Hall). Graduate students can get the form from the Office of Graduate Studies.

The form isn't complete until it has all required signatures, as noted on the form. Once complete, return it to the Office of the Registrar (undergraduates) or the Office of Graduate Studies (graduates).

Policies

  • You must get pre-approval for directed study from the instructor and department that offers the course.
  • Your directed study title must match the title of the course that you're substituting.
  • All directed study course numbers end in "992."
    • When a 1, 2 or 3 precedes the course number, the course will be undergraduate-level directed study.
    • The number 4 designates the course as graduate-level, and the number 5 denotes a doctoral-level directed study course.
  • The course content for directed study will be the same as that for the course it's substituting.
    • If the original course issues A–F grading, you can't receive a pass/fail grade (or vice versa).
    • You'll receive the same number of credits.
    • You'll be studying under the same department.
INDEPENDENT RESEARCH

Register for independent research if you're conducting research for your thesis or dissertation to complete your degree.

Registration
To register for independent research, download the Independent Research Form (PDF). You must get the form signed by the required faculty members, as noted on the form.

When you have all the signatures, return it to the Office of the Registrar or the department in which you study. You'll work with the registrar to register for independent research (course numbers generally ending in "995").

Once you've registered for independent research, you must complete your research project within that quarter. Your project will appear on your transcript with the research topic as the course title.

Oversight
During your independent research project, your instructor will:

  • Approve the course of research.
  • Submit grades.
    • Once you've completed or ended the project, your instructor may use the A-F or pass/fail grading system.
  • Approve the credentials of other faculty involved in your project.
  • Assume responsibility for any problems that arise.
INDEPENDENT STUDY

Independent study allows you to learn outside a formal course. It's a great opportunity for anyone interested in more intensive study and inquiry.

Eligibility
If you're a non-business undergraduate student, you're eligible to take independent study if:

  • You have a grade point average of at least 2.0.
  • You were enrolled as a full-time student during the last quarter of classes.
  • You agree to take at least 1-quarter hour of credit as independent study.

Graduate, non-business majors can take independent study if:

  • You have a 3.0 grade point average or better.
  • You get pre-approval from your adviser and instructor.
  • You've met all other independent study requirements, as determined by an adviser within the college, school, department, program or institute in which you study.

Business majors can take independent study if:

  • You're a junior. (If you transferred credits to the University, you must have completed at least 45 course credits here.)
  • You were enrolled as a full-time student during the last quarter of classes.
  • You have at least a 2.4 grade point average.

Policies

  • Independent study can't replace University of Denver courses. If you'd like to substitute outside study for a class, visit our directed study page.
  • You can take a maximum of 5-quarter hours of independent study credit per quarter.
  • Unless you're a student in our Honors Program, you can apply a maximum of 10-quarter hours to your degree requirements.
  • You must complete your independent study project within the same quarter you started it.
  • Because we assign upper-level credit to any independent study credit you earn, your project must meet upper-division standards of study.

Undergraduate registration
You can't register online for independent study.

Instead, undergraduate students must complete an Independent Study Form (PDF) (also available in the Office of the Registrar, on the garden level of University Hall).
You must get a signature from our office as well as any others listed on the form.

To register, return your completed form to the registration desk in University Hall.

Graduate registration
Graduate students must visit the Office of Graduate Studies to get the graduate-level independent study form. You'll register for course number 4991 if you're earning a master's degree, and course number 5991 if you're earning your doctorate.

Return your completed form to the Office of Graduate Studies to finish registering.

Register for independent research if you're conducting research for your thesis or dissertation to complete your degree.

Registration
To register for independent research, download the Independent Research Form (PDF). You must get the form signed by the required faculty members, as noted on the form.

When you have all the signatures, return it to the Office of the Registrar or the department in which you study. You'll work with the registrar to register for independent research (course numbers generally ending in "995").

Once you've registered for independent research, you must complete your research project within that quarter. Your project will appear on your transcript with the research topic as the course title.

Oversight
During your independent research project, your instructor will:

  • Approve the course of research.
  • Submit grades.
    • Once you've completed or ended the project, your instructor may use the A-F or pass/fail grading system.
  • Approve the credentials of other faculty involved in your project.
  • Assumes responsibility for any problems that arise.
INTERNSHIP CREDIT

If you're an undergraduate student who's completed at least 90-credit hours, you can register to earn up to 10-quarter hours of internship or cooperative education credit.

To get approval to use an internship for course credit (non-business students):

  1. Contact the department through which you hope to earn credit (except for students in the Daniels College of Business) to learn what requirements it enforces for internships.
  2. Contact the internship's faculty adviser and/or director of internships and cooperative education to get approval. The approver(s) can provide you permission to register and begin working online or by submitting an add/drop form to our office.

Check in regularly with your faculty adviser and your cooperative education instructor to complete assignments.

Students in the Daniels College of Business:

  1. Pick up an internship form in the Office of Undergraduate Programs (inside Margery Reed Hall).
  2. Get signatures for approval to use the internship for credit from a supervising faculty member, department chair and the Office of Undergraduate Programs.
  3. Return the form to the Office of the Registrar.

While you can't register for internships online, you can register for your cooperative education course in our office, when you submit your approval form.

Check with the department offering your major to see how many internship credits you can apply toward your degree.

NO-CREDIT COURSE APPROVAL

With instructor approval, you may be able to take classes for no credit.

While we charge you regular tuition for no-credit classes, you won't earn any academic credit or progress toward your degree, and your performance in the course won't affect your grade point average. We'll note the course on your academic record with a grade of "NC."

Changing courses to or from no-credit status
If you want to change a no-credit course to one that earns you credit, you must do so within the first five days of the quarter.

You can't change a credit-earning course to a no-credit course after the end of the sixth week of the quarter.

ROTC CREDIT

Upon approval, you can earn a maximum of 18-credit hours of elective credit from the Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC).

The University of Denver partners with the University of Colorado at Boulder to offer an ROTC program. While you'll register for ROTC credit through DU, classes are usually held on the CU Boulder campus.

The classes also run on the CU semester calendar rather than the University's quarter system.

For more information on how to take ROTC credit, contact:

Army ROTC Enrollment Officer
University of Colorado at Boulder
Department of Military Service, 370 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309
Phone: 303-492-3549

For more ROTC program information, click here.

UNDERGRADUATES REGISTERING FOR GRADUATE COURSES

If you're a non-business-degree-seeking undergraduate student who wants to take a graduate-level course, you can request permission via a form from the Office of Graduate Studies.

You must get approval before registering for the class.

Graduate credit toward your undergraduate or graduate degree
If you're within 10-quarter hours of earning your undergraduate degree, you can complete our Request to Take a Graduate-Level Course Form (PDF) so you can use the credits you earn toward your bachelor's degree.

You can also use this form to request that the credits you earn be used toward a future graduate degree.

Refer to the form to see which faculty members and advisers must sign off on your request. Once you've received all signatures, submit the form to the Office of the Registrar.

Undergraduate business students
Unless you're enrolled in a Daniels College of Business undergraduate/graduate dual-degree program, you can't take graduate-level business courses.

 

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