Graduating Students

Review Your Degree Requirements

We are invested in your success as a student at Bank Street. If at any point during your time here you are unsure of next steps, we encourage you to contact your academic advisor so that he or she can help you evaluate your academic plan. We hope the information below will help inform your discussion with your advisor and guide you as you work to complete your degree.

  • Program Plan Review

    Your academic advisor will assist you in creating a plan for your degree completion when you begin your studies here. Please be sure to follow along with it each semester.

    Meet with Your Advisor:

    As you get close to the completion of your degree, we strongly advise you to consult with your advisor to make sure you are on track and taking the appropriate classes in the semesters they are offered. You should determine a plan for when you intend to finish and submit your Graduation Application for the semester you aim to complete your degree.

    Review your transcript:

    You have access to your unofficial transcript through your my.bankstreet portal. Please check to see if you have any outstanding incomplete grades.  

    Follow Your Course Catalog:

    When reviewing your transcript, compare your completed coursework against the program plan you established with your advisor and against the Academic Catalog  you matriculated under (the catalog for the academic year when you began your degree). Your Bank Street acceptance letter should help you as well. Please see below.

    Acceptance Letter:

    Your Bank Street acceptance letter will inform you of the exact program you are enrolled in and the number of credits you are responsible for completing, and whether you have any Liberal Arts & Sciences or Certification prerequisites required to complete your degree.  

  • Credits and Grades

    Have you completed the total number of credits required for your degree as stated in the appropriate Academic Catalog (including electives and required courses)?

    Required vs. Attempted vs. Earned Credits:

    When you receive your Degree Review Notice (typically in your final semester as a last check to ensure all requirements are in the process of being met), we account for credits. You will find a number next to each of the following:

    • Required – the number of credits required to earn your degree
    • Attempted – the number of credits you have either completed or are in progress of completing
    • Earned – the number of credits you have earned

    Grade Point Average Requirement:

    It is a policy within the Bank Street Graduate School that you maintain and graduate with a minimum GPA of 3.0.  

    Incomplete Grades:

    If you have any IN (Incomplete) grades on your transcript, you will need to complete any unfinished work with the instructor who issued this prior to graduation. Please visit our Grading Page for more information.

  • Transfer Credits and Waivers

    There are some scenarios which may make you eligible to receive transfer credits and/or class waivers. If any of the following apply to you, please see your advisor.

    • If you have taken graduate-level coursework outside of Bank Street.
    • If you completed a class here at the College that is outside of your program.
    • If you have a significant amount of life/work experience in one particular area.

    Transfer Credits

    Transfer credits are graduate credits you earned at another college; they are counted as credits toward your degree with Bank Street. Your advisor may indicate whether the course you took elsewhere is equivalent to one of the classes in your program, or whether your transferred class will represent elective credits.

    For outside credits to be eligible, the class must meet the following criteria:

    • It is a graduate-level course;
    • It was not used as part of another degree;
    • It was completed at an accredited institution; and
    • It was completed within the last eight years.

    Additionally, Bank Street has a set maximum number of credits you can transfer. If you are in an Advanced Certificate program, you can transfer in up to 3 graduate credits; if you are in any other degree program, you can transfer in up to 6 credits.

    To transfer credits to Bank Street, you must submit the following documentation to the Registrar’s Office:

    Please note that both your advisor/Program Director and your Department Chair are required signatures on the Transfer Credit Report Form. These representatives from your department may need to see additional documentation, such as course descriptions and/or course syllabi, to confirm that the credits you completed meet the requirements of our transfer credits.

    If the representatives from your department decide that your transfer class is not equivalent to any of the Bank Street courses required for your degree but your credits are still eligible to be transferred in as electives, you will still need to register for and successfully complete all of the classes listed on your program page.

    If you take a graduate course at another institution to meet your Undergraduate Liberal Arts and Sciences Prerequisites, you may be able to transfer in these credits as electives. Please see the “Requirements Outside of Degree for Certification-seeking Students” section below for more information.

    Class Waivers

    A class waiver can be used when you and your advisor believe you have already covered the content of a course required for your degree. A waiver acknowledges that you have completed a substantial amount of work and have acquired a considerable amount of knowledge that would normally be covered by one of your degree requirements. If you are eligible, you can work with your advisor and the chair of your department to fill out a Course Waiver Form and submit it to the Registrar’s Office.

    An advisor may recommend that you submit a Course Waiver Form if any of the following apply:

    • You took a course similar to ours at a different graduate-level institution.
    • You took at least 3 undergraduate courses in the subject area of our course.
    • You are changing programs at Bank Street, and took a similar course as part of your initial program plan.

    The benefit of waiving a course is to allow space in your schedule for you to enroll in other classes. A waiver does not carry any credits. If your advisor waives one of your degree requirements, you will still need to take one or more courses to meet the total credit requirement of your degree. You do not need to submit an official transcript to the Registrar’s Office to waive a course.

  • Requirements Outside of Degree for Certification-seeking Students

    If your acceptance letter stated that you are responsible for fulfilling additional requirements outside of your course requirements outlined in the Academic Catalog, please see below for the information that pertains to you.

    Liberal Arts and Sciences Prerequisites:

    New York State requires every student completing a certification-eligible master’s degree hold breadth and depth in the Liberal Arts and Sciences. Typically, this is vetted through our Admissions Office via your undergraduate transcript. These requirements must be completed within your first year of matriculation. For more information, please visit the Admissions Liberal Arts and Sciences Page.

    Verification of holding a prior certification:

    Please visit our Certification page if you are in a program that requires you to have Initial Certification in New York State.

  • Registration

    In order for your degree or certificate to be conferred, federal regulations require you to be enrolled in the semester you graduate. If you reach the end of your Bank Street coursework and you have any outstanding undergraduate prerequisites, certification, or testing requirements, you must enroll in MMNT500: Matriculation Maintenance.

  • Certification

    If you are enrolled in a certificate-eligible non-degree program and have completed your requirements, you must inform us via email at within the Add/Drop Late Registration period in your final semester. You will then be recommended for certification (provided you complete all requirements) at the end of the term. For more information, please visit our Certification Page.