Academic Policies

  • The Parsons Catalog sets forth academic policies and procedures relating to academic integrity and honesty, transfer credits, academic regulations and procedures, grades and grading, grade appeal policy, grades of incomplete, academic standing and progress, attendance, and program requirements. You are responsible for knowing and understanding the policies and procedures published in the catalog.

  • Off-Campus Study

    Students may take summer courses for transfer credit at another institution provided they

    1. Are in good academic standing
    2. Have not already transferred the maximum number of credits allowed
    3. Have completed all required first-year courses
    4. Have obtained pre-approval from a Parsons advisor to transfer the credit

    Bring the summer course catalog from the other institution to your advisor and complete the Permission to Take Courses at Another Institution form (PDF).

    Note: Because each Parsons program has a carefully structured, sequential curriculum, approval is rarely given to take core program courses at another institution.

    Declaring or Changing your Major

    If you are a student entering First Year in 2015–2016, please follow the process outlined below:

    1. Attend regular program information events and/or meet with program leadership and your advisor to discuss the process of declaring or changing your major.
    2. For priority consideration, submit your declaration request no later than March 1 for the following fall term.
    3. The request consists of the application form, a brief statement (maximum of 250 words) that includes a link to your Learning Portfolio, and an unofficial transcript.
    4. You will be notified about the status of your request by April 1. Students for whom the change is not approved will be placed on a waitlist when possible.
    5. Requests will be reviewed on a rolling basis after the deadline, though you are strongly encouraged to apply by the deadline for the greatest possibility of accommodation.

    While every attempt is made to accommodate timely declarations, certain faculty, space, and safety considerations may limit the size of some programs. For those programs, a competitive review will be undertaken.

    Students who entered prior to 2015–2016: Please consult with your academic advisor about options for changing your major.

      Change of Campus

      If you wish to complete your degree at a campus other than the one at which you're currently studying, such as Parsons Paris, you must complete the appropriate campus change application below. You must be majoring in a discipline offered by the campus to which you wish to transfer, and you must be in good academic standing (2.0 GPA or higher for undergraduate students, 3.0 or higher for graduate students). Change of campus requests are approved on a case-by-case basis, provided space is available. Students wishing to study at another campus for one or two semesters should refer to the Study Abroad Policies.

      Undergraduate Students
      Undergraduate Campus Change Policy and Procedures (PDF)
      Undergraduate Campus Change Application

      Graduate Students
      Graduate Campus Change Policy and Procedures (PDF)
      Graduate Campus Change Application

      Catalog Archive

      Your degree requirements for graduation are based on your catalog year. Your catalog year is determined on the basis of the year you entered Parsons as well as the degree program you entered as an incoming student:

      • BFA, BBA, and BS students who entered Parsons as freshmen should refer to the catalog that corresponds with their academic year of entry.
      • BFA, BBA, and BS students who entered as sophomore transfers should refer to the catalog one academic year before their academic year of entry.
      • BFA, BBA, and BS students who entered as junior transfer students should refer to the catalog two academic years before their academic year of entry.
      • AAS students, regardless of transfer credit, and all MFA, MA, and MS students should refer to the catalog that corresponds with their academic year of entry.

      Current Parsons students can also find the degree requirements corresponding to their catalog years in DegreeWorks.