Office of the Registrar

Course Repeat Policy

Announcements

Effective Summer,1988, the Faculty Council and the Chancellor approved a Course Repetition Policy.

The policy is as follows:

  • you may repeat any course regardless of the grade you earned in the course with the exception of courses taught in sequential order (see below)
  • you may not repeat a course if it is the pre-requisite for a more advanced course you have already taken and passed. No exceptions to this rule.
  • you may repeat a course only once.
  • you may choose to exercise the option of repeating courses only four times in your undergraduate career.
  • if you choose to repeat a course, both grades for the course will be posted on your transcript but only the second grade will be counted toward your grade point average and you will only receive graduation credit for the second course

  • the course repeated must be identical to the first course taken ( same department, course number and title)
  • Exceptions to repeat policy procedures below.

Please Be Aware that:

  • Certain courses (such as Special Topics and Independent Study courses, among others) are allowed to be repeated for credit but that a poor grade in such a course cannot be replaced by a grade from a later retake of the course. Instead, each grade will count toward the student’s cumulative average, and each time the student passes such a course s/he will earn credits.

  • Certain colleges and/or majors may have additional limitations on which or how many courses may be retaken. Students are advised to check with their major departments before retaking any course.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

A: No. Courses that are offered in sequence cannot be repeated out of sequence. This includes math and foreign language courses.

Q: I've withdrawn from a course.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 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 instructions.

Q: What if I need to repeat a class for my major and I have already repeated 4 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 instructions.

Q: What happens if I repeat a fifth course?

A: If you take a class that would be your fifth repeated course without permission that course will not appear on your transcript. Nor will you receive credit for it toward your graduation. You are still financially obligated to pay for the class.

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.