SPPA Graduate Advising
Frequently Asked Questions
Click questions to jump to answers and discussion below.
Answers and Discussion
How do I transfer credits for courses I took at another university?
You only need to transfer credits for graduate level coursework. If you took a course to make up an undergraduate deficiency (e.g., Speech Science) or to meet a Wisconsin DPI requirement (e.g., Exceptional Child), that course will not count toward your M.S. degree and therefore does not need to be transferred. However, you should request an official transcript showing that course to be sent to the department office. To transfer credit for a graduate level course, you need to complete the form available at http://www.grad.mu.edu/forms/documents/MastersDegreeTransferofCreditRequest.pdf and bring it to the SPLA Graduate Program Director.
How many credits do I need to graduate?
You need 46 graduate credits to earn the M.S. degree from Marquette. All 200-level courses and some 100-level courses (these are listed on your plan of study) earn you graduate credit. You may transfer in up to 12 graduate credits from another university.
Do classes continue throughout the whole summer, or are they just during one of the summer sessions at Marquette?
Summer classes are offered in two modules. The first module runs from roughly mid-May to the end of June; the second module runs from July to mid-August. For the exact dates, check the academic calendar (http://www.marquette.edu/provost/calendar2005/). Depending, then, on which classes you take, you may be enrolled during Module 1, Module 2, or both. Summer clinic runs through both modules, so if you are involved with that, you must be on campus from mid-May to mid-August.
I noticed in my graduate plan of study that SPPA 255 has been moved to the Spring semester and is called "Grand Rounds". What does that mean?
SPPA 255 used to be "Audiology Practicum" and now is "Grand Rounds". The change was made because of a change in the new (2005) ASHA standards, which no longer call for a specific number of audiology practicum hours. Because of this, we replaced the off-campus audiology practicum experience (which was very difficult to schedule) with a Grand Rounds experience, which consists of weekly staffings, chaired in successive weeks by each member of the faculty, to discuss a sample case in the faculty member's area of expertise. Our hope is that the Grand Rounds experience will help you to integrate information across disorder categories and between academic instruction and clinical practicum experience. For now, our plan is to offer Grand Rounds only in the Spring term.