Office of the Registrar

Course Repeat Policy


Approved through University Governance March 2016:

Course Repeat Policy

The university has established the following policy for undergraduate students regarding the repeating of courses.

 
Exceptions:

 

Please Be Aware That:

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the Course Repeat Policy

 

Q:     I've withdrawn from a course. If I retake this course will it count as one of the four times I am allowed to repeat courses?

A:     No

Q:     I've taken Spanish 101 and 102. Can I repeat Spanish 101 for a better grade?

A:     No. Courses that are part of a true sequence cannot be repeated out of sequence. This includes math and foreign language courses.  See the Course Sequence Policy for further information.

Q:     I've already repeated four courses in my career at UMass Boston. I have to repeat another course to get accepted into a particular major. What can I do?

A:     Exceptions to the course repetition policy can only be granted by the Office of Undergraduate Studies. Please complete the Repeat Waiver Request Form and follow the instructions.

Q:     What if I need to repeat a class for my major and I have already repeated four classes?

A:     Exceptions to the course repetition policy can only be granted by the Office of Undergraduate Studies. Please complete the Repeat Waiver Request Form and follow the instructions.

Q:     What happens if I repeat more than four courses?

A:     If you repeat more than four courses without permission, those illegal repeat courses will not appear on your transcript, nor will you receive credit for them toward graduation. You are still financially obligated to pay for any such courses.

Q:     Does a course I take at the university for which I have equivalent transfer credit constitute a repeat?

A:     No.  Because the course you are repeating was transferred from another institution, taking the course does not qualify as one of the four official repeats.  The consequence of taking the course, however, is that you will lose your transfer credit.

Q:     How are cross-listed courses evaluated in the repeat process?

A:     Cross-listed courses are equivalent courses.

Q:     Who can I speak with about repeating a class?

A:     You should always check with your advisor and the registrar’s office before repeating a course.