Special Course Types

Courses Taken for Audit

Students do not receive credit for audited courses. Faculty may establish standards of class participation and/or attendance for auditing students. When a student fails to meet those standards for auditing a course, the instructor will assign the grade of ZO (administrative withdrawal from audit).

Capstone Experience

One capstone experience is required both from undergraduate and graduate students as part of their major. The capstone must be a practicum in nature. The Academic Dean of the academic unit will determine the nature and scope of the capstone experience and specific requirements will be included in the Program of Study. The structure, content and grading of the capstone examination, as well as any policy on retaking the examination, will be determined by the academic unit.

Master’s Thesis

Graduate students may select a Research Track by the end of their first year of study. Such students will write a master’s thesis. Students who are writing a thesis are expected to demonstrate their capacity to do original, independent research. Master Thesis equates to 18 semester credit hours.

A thesis advisory committee shall consist of at least two members of the ADA University faculty. In consultation with the Thesis Chair, the student must solicit faculty for the committee and must submit their names for approval by the Associate Dean or designee.

A thesis must be submitted to the University Library in electronic format after final approval by the Examining Committee. The submission of the thesis to the University in fulfillment of degree requirements grants the University the one-time, non-exclusive right to publish the document on the ADA University public domain. Distribution is subject to a release date stipulated by the student and approved by the University. As the owners of the copyright of the thesis, students have the exclusive right to reproduce, distribute, make derivative works based on, and publicly perform and display their work, and to authorize others to exercise some or all those rights.

Internships and Career Development Skills for Undergraduate and Graduate Students

Qualified, degree-seeking students in all full-time programs must enroll in credit-bearing Internships with career development course built in them, which are part of the student’s studies at ADA University.

Undergraduate students enroll in Career Development Strategies and Skills course during their third year of study. To enroll in Internships, undergraduate students must have completed 120 earned credits, while graduate students must have completed at least 36 credits at the University.

Credit hours assigned for Career Development Strategies and Skills course is set at 6 ECTS.  Internship is a required part of the course.

A minimum of 120 hours over 4-6 weeks are required for each internship. Students, with the permission of their instructors, may vary their scheduled hours if they meet the total minimum requirement by the end of the term. Students who elect to work more than the minimum may do so, without any impact on the credit hours.

Internships can be paid or unpaid consisting of work assignments with a significant academic component under the guidance of an ADA University instructor. Instructor and teaching unit approvals are required for internships. An important component of any internship is the availability of an internship placement opportunity that will provide sufficient substantive work to merit academic credit.

To receive academic credit, the work for the internship must be more substantive than administrative, with non-administrative work comprising in general at least sixty percent (60%) of the work performed. The instructor must provide the student an academic syllabus with clear learning outcomes for the internship, communicate regularly with the student, and require academic assignments designed to provide an academic foundation and support for the internship. The instructor is responsible for the assessment of the student’s performance, which must include an assessment by the workplace supervisor. The workplace supervisor’s assessment can count for
no more than half the final course grade. The academic component of the course must be valued as at least half of the final grade.

Internship and Career Development Strategies and Skills course are graded as Pass/Fail.

Substituting Courses

The Associate Deans of academic units may approve course substitutions in a student's Program of Study based on student's previous academic records and experiences. Substituted courses should have similar content to those specified in the degree requirements. In some instances, more advanced content could be substituted. Substitutions do not reduce the number of credits required for the degree and must be recorded on the student's Program of Study.