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Accelerated Study

Maximum Number of Units
Students with a superior academic record and a compelling, demonstrated need may petition the school dean for an accelerated study allowing them to be  enrolled in more than 7.5 quarter units in the same term. The granting of an accelerated study is wholly at the dean's discretion. With the exception of certain approved programs, applications for acceleration must be approved a month in advance. To be eligible, students must have:

1) Completed 13.5 quarter units at National University prior to the request
2) Maintained a 3.5 grade point average for undergraduates or a 3.7 for graduates
3) Completed all prior coursework with no outstanding grades of "Incomplete"
4) Maintained a current account balance, i.e., the balance should not exceed the current month's tuition. Note: This requirement can be waived if the student has an approved financial aid packet in the Financial Aid Office or an approved company-reimbursement plan on file in the Student Accounts Office
5) Demonstrated a compelling, exceptional need

Students who believe that they meet the above requirements should submit their e-form well in advance of the anticipated course start date since processing time is six (6) to eight (8) weeks.

Approval to take more than 18 units in a quarter requires advance approval from the Committee on the Application of Standards. Students are not approved to accelerate their studies every month or to take more than two classes in one month.

If students meet all of the above conditions, they should take the following steps:

1) Fill out an Accelerated Study Request, available as an e-form on the student portal, or see an admissions advisor for assistance
2) The e-form must include justification of the special circumstances that necessitate an accelerated study

Additional Considerations
1) With regard to summer intensive programs, students who wish to accelerate may take either a summer intensive course with an evening course or two summer intensive courses in the same month, provided that they meet the above criteria.

2) Students in the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology who have a GPA of 3.0 may take a regular evening course simultaneously with PSY 631B, Practicum for MFT Trainees


National University is a member of the National University System.