The Bachelor of Professional Studies in Human Services
Advanced Standing for Bachelor of Professional Studies Students
In January 2014, MCNY published a collection of writings from recent Advanced Standing students. Read Echoes from the Field.
Bachelor of Professional Studies students enrolled in the Audrey Cohen School for Human Services and Education with extensive professional experience and previous education may, after completing the first two Purposes or semesters, apply for the Advanced Standing Option. In this rigorous process, students must document that they are able to relate the required bodies of knowledge to their workplace experience in accordance with the College’s requirements. The Advanced Standing Option enables the validation of prior college credits and work experience and may lead to exemption from one to three Purpose areas. Interested students should consult the Advanced Standing Handbook available from the Admissions Office and the Advanced Standing description in the Program-Specific section of this Handbook. A student cannot combine transfer credits within a Purpose with admission into the Advanced Standing Option.
The Advanced Standing Option
The Advanced Standing Option at The Audrey Cohen School for Human Services and Education is designed to recognize and document the extensive professional experience and previous education of the truly exceptional student. The College’s system of education is used as the framework for this documentation and assessment. The candidate for the Advanced Standing Option is that unusual individual with a broad, documented, professional background correlating to one or more Purposes in the undergraduate Human Services curriculum. The student accepted into the option will be required to validate his or her knowledge and practice for a particular Purpose or Purposes using the College’s System of Education. Criteria for acceptance are very stringent.
Students who enter the College under one of its articulation agreements from two year accredited institutions of higher education, where up to 64 credits have been earned around a specific human service configuration and have been accepted by MCNY, or receive 64 transfer credits because their previous educational experience conforms to the articulation agreements, are not eligible to participate in the Advanced Standing Option.
Criteria for determining eligibility for the Advanced Standing Option at The Audrey Cohen School for Human Services and Education include the following:
Validations through the Advanced Standing Option
A student seeking to validate and gain exemption from 1 Purpose through the Advanced Standing Option must have:
A student seeking to validate and gain exemption from a maximum of 2 Purposes through the Advanced Standing Option must have:
A student seeking to validate and gain exemption from a maximum of 3 Purposes must have:
Process for Application and Acceptance into the Advanced Standing Option
Application for Advanced Standing can be made in any semester after the student has completed the first two Purposes in the Human Services curriculum.
In order to be approved for the Advanced Standing Option in the forthcoming semester at the College, an applicant must do the following during the current semester:
Send the following via email to the Coordinator of the Program AdvancedStanding@metropolitan.edu:
Given the above process and timetable, the student who is approved to enter the Advanced Standing Option will be able to register prior to the start of the next semester and incur no penalties for late registration.
Grading Policies for the Advanced Standing Option
A student enrolled in the Advanced Standing Option at the College will receive an overall grade for each Purpose validated in the option. A grade of “C” is the lowest acceptable grade for any Purpose validated in this option.
Tuition for Advanced Standing
For the current tuition rate for the Advanced Standing Option, please refer to the Fees and Expenses insert in the Catalog or contact the Bursar’s Office. Tuition is subject to change. Students who do not complete their Advanced Standing Option documentation in the initial semester will be charged a maintenance fee of $100 in each of the 1 or 2 additional semesters needed to complete the requirements.
Deadline for Completion of Advanced Standing
A student will generally have one year in which to successfully document exemption from one or more specified Purposes. At the end of that period, if successful completion has not been achieved, the student must enroll in the normal course-work load, paying the normal tuition rate. Academic Progress and Advanced Standing Depending on eligibility, a student may seek exemption from one, two or three Purposes through the Advanced Standing Option. At this time, the total credits represented by the Purpose(s) that the student is seeking to document through Advanced Standing – either 16, 32 or 48 credits – as the student enters the designated credited program, are calculated as part of the “credits attempted” and the grade point average for that term. Therefore, if a student fails to complete the documentation process for the Advanced Standing in that semester, eligibility for continued financial aid may be affected. Please see the Registrar for changes and or updates on this policy.
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