Repeated Courses

The policy of Montclair State University does not allow undergraduate students to repeat, more than twice, a course in which a grade of "F" was earned.  The Dean of each College and School will have the discretion to make exceptions to this policy in special cases and extenuating circumstances. Graduate students who receive a grade of "F" are not permitted to repeat the course.  The Dean of The Graduate School will have the discretion to make exceptions to this policy in special cases and extenuating circumstances. This policy became effective as of September 1, 1997, and applies to all students regardless of their date of entry to MSU.

Courses in which the student received grades of "C-" or higher cannot be repeated for credit. If a course in which the student previously earned a grade of C- or higher at MSU is repeated at MSU (other than on an official Audit basis--see section on Auditing Courses) the second grade will be posted as NC (No Credit).  It is the student's responsibility to ensure that his/her registration does not include ineligible courses.

To repeat a course, a student must register and make payment for that course.  Courses must be repeated prior to graduation. There is no special approval required to repeat a course in which a grade of "D-," "D" or "D+" was received.  Where a course is no longer offered, the Dean of the College or School, in consultation with the Department Chair, shall designate an appropriate replacement course.  A COURSE REPEATED AT ANOTHER INSTITUTION DOES NOT REMOVE AN "F," "D-," "D" or "D+" AT MONTCLAIR STATE.

When a course has been repeated, both the original and subsequent courses are included on the permanent record, but the credit is counted only once. The grade received in the repeated course becomes the official final grade.

Repeated Courses - Graduate Students

Students who receive a grade of "F" in a course are not permitted to repeat that course. The Graduate Program Coordinator will have the discretion to make exceptions in special cases and under extenuating circumstances. The Graduate Program Coordinator will forward the decision to The Graduate School for approval. For your convenience, a form can be found on the following link: Repeat Course form

In those cases when the course is repeated, a change will be made on the student's transcript by replacing the original "F" grade with "RF." The original "F" grade is removed from the GPA calculation and replaced with the new grade.

Please be advised that if the student completes a course previously failed without permission, a grade of NC (No Credit) will be posted.

Additional information is available at http://www.montclair.edu/graduate/current-students/policies-procedures-guidelines