Academic Processes & Forms
- Academic Progress
- Request Graduate Exemption/Transfer Coursework
- Graduate Certificate Application
- Repeat to Replace Application
- Change your MBA major
- Change your MBA Concentration
- Petition to Be a Transient Student at Another Institution
- Apply for Readmission after Scholastic Suspension
- Petition a College Regulation
- Departmental/Program-Specific Forms
- Graduation Clearance
How to Register for Classes: Please view this video to assist with the class registration process.
Registration Time Ticket: Your time ticket lets you know how early you can register for courses. About one week before registration begins, you can find your registration time ticket in PAWS. Cohort students will be registered for their courses by our registration team.
Registration Error Messages: When registering for classes, you may encounter a registration error message. Learn what the messages mean and contact your academic adviser for assistance.
Removing Registration Holds: Holds will prevent registration. Please review this document on how to remove certain holds.
How to Cross-Register: Cross-registration enables Georgia State students to take courses at any of the 20 member institutions of the Atlanta Regional Consortium for Higher Education and receive credit while paying tuition costs to the home institution.
The following Robinson master’s courses are excluded from cross-registration:
- MBA 8000 – Managing in the Global Economy
- MBA 8015 – Strategic Business Communication
- All field study/directed reading courses
- All Executive MBA and Professional MBA courses
How to View Your Academic Evaluation: Monitor your degree progression via DegreeWorks. Please use this document for instructions on how to access your academic evaluation. You may also view the online tutorial.
Course Requirements: Course requirements are tied to the catalog edition under which you started or reentered your program. Review your academic evaluation using these instructions and your respective catalog to make sure you clearly understand your program requirements.
Non Course Requirements: These requirements are important to track. Be sure to satisfy them as early as possible to avoid being held up for graduation clearance. You can view your non-course requirements from the academic evaluation.
Course Grades Up to the Midpoint: It is important to know how well you are doing up to the midpoint of the semester. Find out from your instructor what your class grade is at that point. Review the class syllabus to see how many more deliverables are required for the class. You should have an idea of how realistic it is to improve your grade with the remaining deliverables.
Academic Standing: Each student admitted to a master’s program or status of the college must maintain a grade-point average (GPA) in the program equal or greater than 3.00 in all attempts at all courses numbered 6000 and higher. Please see section 7080.32 Scholastic Discipline: Master’s Programs and Status in the online graduate catalog for more information regarding the different levels of academic standing.
Options for Students Having Difficulty in a Course: If your performance could cause a drop in your grade point average (GPA), you may want to discuss the possibilities of requesting an “I” (incomplete) or “W” (withdrawal) from your course instructor. Your academic adviser can guide you through the process. Use the GPA calculator to run scenarios for GPA purposes.
Course Substitution Options: It may be necessary to request course substitutions at times from your program coordinator if the last few courses you need to graduate are not offered. If this is the case, make sure that the substitution has been communicated clearly to your academic adviser early in the semester of graduation (your program coordinator should email your adviser his/her approval). This saves you the stress of being worried about graduation clearance in your final semester.
RCB Elective Prefixes: The following is a list of course subjects offered within the Robinson College of Business and their corresponding course prefixes. Within these subjects are graduate-level courses that can be delepgated as non-MBA RCB electives and/or electives offered outside of a specific graduate-level program. Please check your catalog and be aware of course prerequisites or departmental restrictions.
Actuarial Science (AS)
Computer Information Systems (CIS)
Health Administration (HA)
Hospitality Administration (HADM)
International Business (IB)
Masters of Business Administration (MBA) *does not count as an elective within the MBA program
Quantitative Risk Analysis and Management (QRAM)
Commercial Real Estate (CRE)
Risk Management and Insurance (RMI)
Transfer of credit in master’s programs of this college is defined as receiving graduate degree credit for a course completed at another institution, thereby reducing the number of graduate courses to be taken at Georgia State University. Transfer of credit is distinguished from exemption from MBA-prefixed courses. You can find more information in section 7080.40 Transfer of Credits of the graduate catalog. View the instructions and the request for the request form.
Graduate-level students who have retaken courses and earned a higher grade may request to have the first grade excluded from their institutional GPA. If the request is approved, the Office of the Registrar will make appropriate notations next to the original course on the student’s official transcript. Grades for all attempts at the course will appear on the student’s official transcript regardless of whether or not the grade has been excluded from the student’s GPA. A copy of the request and approval will become part of the student’s permanent record file.
An MBA student who wishes to change majors within the MBA program may begin the process by filling out the change of major form and consulting the graduate catalog to determine requirements for the new concentration.
A MBA student who wishes to change concentrations within the MBA program may begin the process by notifying the Office of Graduate Recruiting and Student Services via the online concentration change form no later than the first week of their graduation term, and consulting the graduate catalog to determine requirements for the new concentration. Written notification of the decision will be provided.
Students who have met the residency requirement for their program and who wish to take graduate courses at another institution to complete the coursework for their Georgia State degree should complete the petition form before enrolling at the other institution. Advance approval will ensure that the transfer credit can be granted if a grade of B or higher is earned in the course(s) and the coursework is completed within the time limit allowed for the program. Such students should plan to graduate at least one semester after the quarter/semester in which the last course to be transferred has been taken. This will allow adequate time for the necessary transcript to be received and for the transfer credit to be processed.
After a suspension of at least one semester and if the time limit for completing the program has not expired, the student may apply for readmission. The student has the right to petition to be immediately readmitted into the program and not serve the suspended semester. Application for readmission must be made to the Office of Graduate Recruiting and Student Services not later than six weeks prior to the first day of registration for the semester in which reinstatement is sought. Readmission into the program, whether requesting immediate re-entry or not taking classes for a minimum of one semester, is not guaranteed. If you need assistance with this application and/or have any questions, then please contact your academic adviser.
A student may request a waiver of specific requirements of the college or substitution of courses in a business degree program by completing the petition form and providing documentation/justification. Refer to the list below for the various categories of petitions that fall under the college’s authority. You should submit a university-level petition if your request falls under the university’s authority.
Petitions should be submitted four weeks prior to the event to which the petition relates. Students will receive a written response normally within 15 business days from the date the petition is received. No guarantee can be made that decisions on petitions will be made before registration if they are submitted close to the beginning of a registration period.
Petition Situations That Fall under the College’s Authority:
• College registration restrictions: GPA/hours, prerequisites
• Course substitutions (other than core curriculum) - If the petition relates to a Georgia State University course not taught by the Robinson College of Business or to a course from another institution, upload a course syllabus with the petition. If a course syllabus is needed for a Robinson course, you will be notified.
• Appeal decision for readmission after suspension or exclusion
• Hours shortages
• GPA for graduation - The deadline for submission is 5 business days following grades being posted for the semester.
• Transfer credit - If the petition relates to a Georgia State University course not taught by the Robinson College of Business or to a course from another institution, upload a course syllabus with the petition. If a course syllabus is needed for a Robinson course, you will be notified.
• Residency requirements
• Extension of time limit for completing degree
• Teacher education issues
• Academic standing
• Transient coursework
• Policy on comprehensive exams, proficiencies, recitals, portfolios and similar evaluations
• Changing catalog editions
Before deciding to file a petition, please keep in mind that the university catalog and the Robinson graduate bulletin state that it is the responsibility of each student to keep apprised of current requirements for his/her particular program.
Given this philosophy of students’ responsibility, it follows that a regulation will not be waived or an exception granted solely because a student pleads ignorance of the regulation or asserts that he/she was not personally informed of a specific requirement by an adviser or other university authority.
The university and the college also expect students to seek clarification about any information they receive orally or in writing that appears to be in conflict with stated degree requirements and academic regulations before acting on this information.
If you would like assistance in the preparation of your petition, you may schedule an appointment with your academic adviser.
Maurice R. Greenberg School of Risk Science
Master of Science in Finance
Master of Professional Accountancy/Master of Taxation
Grade Requirements for Graduation: To graduate with a master’s degree or graduate certificate from the Robinson College of Business, students must have a cumulative GPA equal to or greater than 3.00 in all attempts at all courses numbered 6000 and above taken at Georgia State University. In addition, students must have a cumulative GPA equal to or greater than 3.00 in all courses applicable toward the program from which graduation is planned. For more information, please see section 7080.34 Grade Requirements for Graduation in the graduate catalog.
Coursework: Check your DegreeWorks audit to ensure that you are on track to graduate, as it is the definitive record for graduation clearance. All course blocks should be satisfied. This also includes any transfer credit from another institution, as well as any approved course substitutions. If you notice any discrepancies, please contact your academic adviser.
Panthers on the Move – Employment Outcomes Survey: Completion of this employment outcomes survey prior to graduation is a requirement for the degree. The valuable data obtained from the survey is used to support our continuous improvement efforts in program development, rankings, recruitment, career advancement, and maintenance of accreditation.
Apply for Graduation: Apply for graduation through your PAWS account. Instructions and information, including deadlines, can be found on the Office of the Registrar website. You must apply for graduation TWO SEMESTERS in advance.
Students who know they will not graduate the semester for which they have applied, but will graduate a subsequent semester must complete the Change of Graduation Date form.
Are you an existing graduate student looking for information on classes, campus resources, or anything else that will set you up for a successful semester? We know you sometimes need help fast, but don’t know who to ask.