8: Curry School of Graduate Education

General Information | Categories of Graduate Degree Status and Program/Degree Requirements
Program Descriptions | Course Descriptions | Faculty

Professional Development | Master's Degrees | Doctoral Degrees

Professional Development (Non-Degree)

Professional Development is designed for those who hold at least a baccalaureate degree and wish to improve their professional skills by enrolling for course work at the University. This is not a degree program and is not intended to serve students interested in pursuing advanced degrees. Any Professional Development student who wishes to apply for a degree program must submit a Change of Status form (available in the Office of Admissions, Room 104, Ruffner Hall), Graduate Record Examination scores and complete transcript. It is also helpful to submit a current "statement of professional goals."

Professional Development students may be assigned an advisor from an appropriate department or program area. Enrollment in specific courses will, in some instances, require the approval of the instructor as well as the approval of the advisor.

Professional Development students are subject to the Graduate Academic Regulations of the Curry School of Education. Students in the Professional Development category may earn up to 12 graduate credits, or credits earned in one full-time semester on-grounds, to be applied toward a degree. Such credit must be approved by their advisor. All other University of Virginia course work which is to be applied to a degree must be earned after admission to that degree program. Students planning to change their status to any degree program are responsible for knowing the various requirements for admission to, and completion of, that degree. These policies also apply to off-grounds degree programs and students taking courses through the Division of Continuing Education. Fifth-year students must take 12 credits per semester.


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