Regulations for All Students


Students must register via the myNortheastern portal. Procedures to do so are available on the myNortheastern website. Students must register within the dates and times listed on the Registrar's Academic Calendar. Web registration is available during the first and second weeks of the semester for adding and dropping courses. Students who fail to register within this time frame will not earn credit or a grade for the course(s) in question.

Students are encouraged to obtain adviser approval of course selections each semester. This approval is required for all assistantship recipients and by some departments for all students. Students should check with individual departments for specific guidelines.

Transfer Credit

For general regulations concerning transfer credit in Northeastern's graduate degree programs, please visit Regulations Applying to All Degree Programs.

A student may petition to transfer up to 9 semester hours of his or her program using credits from another institution, provided that the credits transferred consist of a grade of B within seven years of the date the request is made to the CSSH Graduate Office and been completed within the seven years prior to the awarding of the student’s degree at Northeastern. Grades are not transferred. Some departments accept fewer than nine transfer credits. Please refer to the appropriate department for specific information. Students should petition through their departments to the CSSH Graduate Office by completing the Transfer Credit Form found at the Office of the University Registrar. An official transcript must be attached to the petition. Transfer credit is not allowed for those enrolled in graduate certificate programs.


Only those students who are registered in degree programs are eligible for awards. Award recipients will receive an official award letter from the CSSH Graduate Office. Please pay attention to this letter as it is an official contract that should be read carefully. In order to maintain awards, students must be making satisfactory progress toward their degrees. Please refer to the Satisfactory Academic Progress section below for more information. Near the end of each funded term, student performance will be evaluated by their assignment supervisor and that evaluation will be filed with the CSSH Graduate Office.

Students receiving a Stipended Graduate Assistantship (SGA) must be in full-time status and be registered for a minimum of 6 semester hours. Students on an SGA are paid on the 15th and the last day of each month. If either of these days falls on a weekend day, the payday is the Friday prior. The health plan fee (NUSHP) is covered by the SGA award whereas the University Health and Counseling Services fee is not. Students on an SGA must be available to come to campus during normal business hours and are expected to spend 20 hours per week supporting their assignment. Unsatisfactory progress in either your graduate program or your performance in assistantship-related duties or any deviation from the above may result in the early termination of your assistantship.

College of Social Sciences and Humanities Dean’s Scholarship and Excellence Fellowship recipients must be in full-time status and be registered for a minimum of 8 semester hours.

Withdrawal from Courses

To withdraw from a course, a student must drop the course via their myNortheastern portal account within the deadlines as established by the Office of the University Registrar. Consult the Academic Catalog for more information.

Satisfactory Academic Progress 

Satisfactory academic progress means satisfying requirements in the graduate program's general regulations and in the regulations specified by each department.

The college sets minimum standards for all students to fulfill. Departments and programs may have additional requirements that exceed those of the college. These requirements can be found in the Academic Catalog and department guides. Graduate students must be making satisfactory progress, including maintaining the graduation requirement of a grade-point average (GPA) of 3.000 (3.500 for doctoral programs) in their coursework and the timely completion of coursework and comprehensive/qualifying examinations.

Receipt of financial support administered by the college is contingent on satisfactory academic progress toward the degree and on meeting department-specific guidelines. The college requires that all students receiving awards will generally have two semesters to reach a 3.000 GPA. Students whose cumulative GPA is below 3.000 (3.500 for doctoral programs) will be reviewed by their departments and by the CSSH Graduate Office and may have their funding terminated on recommendation of their department or by decision of the college in consultation with their department. In addition, continued funding for SGAs is contingent on satisfactorily carrying out duties as assigned.

Students enrolled in a program offering a cooperative (co-op) education or internship option must be approved to participate. A minimum GPA of 3.000 is required at the time the co-op job or internship begins.

Leave of Absence

Full-time students who will not be involved in any academic endeavor for a period of time are required to petition via the Request for Leave of Absence Form on the myNortheastern portal. The CSSH Graduate Office will not accept retroactive leave requests. Please note that if a student is requesting a leave for medical reasons, a Medical Leave of Absence Form must be completed. Students should contact University Health and Counseling Services.

Leaves of absence generally are not approved for more than one calendar year at a time. Further, a leave of absence is generally not appropriate for an international student on a student visa, unless the student is leaving the United States. Please consult with an international student adviser at the Office of Global Services. Leaves of absence are not appropriate for master’s or doctoral students who are working on a thesis or dissertation but are away from the Northeastern campus. Except in the case of medical leaves, being on an approved leave of absence does not extend the amount of time allowed for degree completion or the makeup of incomplete grades.

Time Limitations

For the master’s degree, course credits earned in the program of graduate study or accepted by transfer are valid for a maximum of seven years.

If students wish to apply for an extension of the time limit, they must submit a petition to their department of study. The petition must include a detailed plan for the completion of all remaining degree requirements. In the case of master’s time-limit extension requests for coursework, the department must certify that the content of each of the courses has not changed since the time the student completed the course. If deemed appropriate, the department will recommend the approval of an extension to the college. The associate dean has final approval of time-limit extensions.

Application for the Diploma

Application for the diploma is made by applying to graduate via the myNortheastern portal. Even though all other degree requirements may have been met, the application to graduate must be completed in order to assure that the degree will be conferred on the appropriate graduation date. It is the responsibility of the student to make sure that degree requirements have been met. Once degree requirements have been met, the student will be cleared for commencement. Please note that there are no honors distinctions awarded at the graduate level.

Changes in Requirements

The continuing development of the college may result in regular revision of curricula. When curriculum changes are made, students are allowed to complete the degree requirements of the program when they matriculated. If a student wishes to complete the degree requirements of the new curriculum, the student may request this in writing to the CSSH Graduate Office via