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Retaking Courses


Graduate students may retake courses under certain circumstances. It is important for students to understand that “retaking a course” and “repeating a course” mean very different things at Ramapo College. These differences are explained in the procedure.


At Ramapo College, “retaking” a course is different from “repeating” a course. Each action is described fully below.


Graduate students may, without any additional requirements, retake once a course they already took regardless of whether they passed or failed it. If the course was previously passed, the student must submit a Request to Retake a Course Form in the Office of the Registrar before registering for the course

Any student who would like to retake a course more than once may do so only with the permission of the Academic Dean of the School that offers the course. (Note: If a student retakes a course, the course credits may only be counted once toward fulfilling degree requirements. Therefore, the credits issued for the course when it was originally taken must be subtracted from the “earned credit” column on the transcript and degree evaluation, and only the credits issued when the course is retaken will count as “earned credit.”)

The decision to retake a course is left to student discretion except when a student has earned a grade lower than what is established by the program for a prerequisite course, if applicable, or an ‘F’ in a program-required course. When this occurs, the failed course must be retaken in order to successfully complete all degree requirements.

Retaking a course will affect the student’s transcript and grade point average (GPA) in the following ways:

  1. When a student retakes a course, all courses and all grades earned appear on the transcript.
  2. When a student retakes a course, all grades earned are included in the calculation of the student’s cumulative GPA, but only the best grade earned is included in the calculation of the student’s major GP


Repeat course grades are not an option in graduate programs.


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