REG 02.25.12 - Post-Baccalaureate Studies (PBS) Classification

Authority: Dean of the Graduate School

History: First Issued: May 5, 2004. Last Revised: February 13, 2008.

Additional References: 
Graduate Administrative Handbook 2.3(L)
Division of Continuing Education

Contact Info: Dean of the Graduate School (919-515-7956)


1. Introduction

Those who wish to undertake academic work beyond the Bachelor's degree, but are not currently admitted to a graduate degree program, may enroll under the Post-Baccalaureate Studies (PBS) classification. This classification is open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and international students who are sponsored by an agency of the U.S. government or are married to an NC State student.

2. Rules for Participation in Post-Baccalaureate Studies

The following are university minimum requirements.

2.1. All applicants must have a Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher education.

2.2. All classes taken for credit by PBS students will be graded in the usual manner that applies for the particular course (A+ through F or S/U). All courses taken at NC State will appear on the student's transcript.

2.3. Registration is limited to a maximum of two courses per semester. Individuals who are employed full-time should limit their PBS registrations to one course per semester.

2.4. A graduate course that was completed while the student was enrolled in PBS status at NC State University may be considered for transfer to a doctoral program provided that it is a 500- or 700-level course and that the grade is "B" (3.00 on a 4.00 scale) or better. All PBS credits that are used to satisfy requirements of a specific doctoral degree must be earned before the student is admitted to that degree program. These courses must be evaluated and recommended by the student's advisory committee on the basis of appropriateness and currency of the course material. In such cases, the student's degree clock starts with the first of these courses approved for inclusion in a plan of work (POW). Final approval is given by the DGP upon submission of the POW to the Graduate School. A maximum of 12 credit hours taken while in PBS status may be transferred into a doctoral degree program.

2.5. The grade point average (GPA) of a graduate student who has credits in the PBS category will be based on all courses taken at the 400-800 level. However, no course taken six (6) years prior to graduation from a program can be used to meet the requirements for a later graduate degree at NC State.

2.6. If a student's graduate degree program is terminated, he/she cannot use courses taken in PBS status after termination for credit toward the same graduate degree program.

2.7. The student's advisory committee must approve all course work accepted for degree credit. Requests for degree credit for courses completed in the PBS classification are considered after admission to a graduate degree program when the student's Plan of Graduate Work is filed with the Graduate School.

2.8. The PBS classification carries with it no implication that the student will be admitted to the Graduate School in any degree classification or that courses taken will be accepted for degree credit.

2.9. PBS students are required to familiarize themselves with Graduate School and departmental policies and to seek further advice or clarification as needed.

3. Teaching certificate renewal through PBS

Public school personnel who are interested in "certification credit" may enroll in the PBS program without forwarding transcripts of previous work to the Graduate School. However, these students must be admitted in the Graduate-Unclassified status (see Criteria for Graduate-Unclassified Admission) before they complete their certification. The College of Education determines the applicant's qualifications for enrollment.