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FACULTY/STAFF > DEPARTMENTS & OFFICES > ACADEMIC AFFAIRS > ACADEMIC POLICIES > UNDERGRADUATE CHANGE OF MAJOR/PROGRAM POLICY
Undergraduate Change of Major/Program Policy

Students are eligible to change their major/program if they are in good academic standing. Some programs may have specific admission criteria. Current programs with specific criteria are Accounting, Education, Engineering, Finance, and Nursing.

Change of Major Form - print for restricted majors only. For all of other majors, please submit an online change of major application via sentry.

Criteria to enter the Education major:

All RMU education majors must apply for formal admission to candidate status in an education program following the completion of 48 credits of college-level work. There are specific grade point average, course specifications, and other requirements that must be met at that time. Admission to an RMU education major as a freshman or transfer student is not a guarantee of formal admission to candidate status in an education program. Students must continue to meet all requirements in order to continue in any education program at Robert Morris University.

To receive full acceptance to the Robert Morris University as an Education major, a transfer student (from another major, or from another university) must meet one of the following sets of academic criteria:
  1. Have 30 or more credits, and have a minimum of 3.0 cumulative college gpa, have attempted the PAPA Basic Skills Exam, and submitted three acceptable criminal record/child abuse clearances

  2. Have 30 or more credits, and have a minimum of 3.0 cumulative college gpa, have passed the PAPA Basic Skills Exam, and submitted three acceptable criminal record/child abuse clearances
Criteria to enter the Engineering major:

To receive full (unconditional) admission to Robert Morris' School of Engineering, a new freshman student must satisfy one of the following academic criteria:
  1. A minimum SAT score of 600 (26 ACT) in the Mathematics section and a high school GPA minimum of 3.40 on a 4.00 scale.
  2. A minimum SAT score of 640 (28 ACT) in the Mathematics section and a high school GPA minimum of 3.20 on a 4.00 scale.
  3. A minimum SAT score of 680 (30 ACT) in the Mathematics section and a high school GPA minimum of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.
  1. To receive conditional acceptance to the Robert Morris' School of Engineering, a new freshman must meet one of the following academic criteria:

    1. A minimum SAT score of 550 (23 ACT) in the Mathematics section, and a high school GPA minimum of 3.40 on a 4.00 scale.
    2. A minimum SAT score of 600 (26 ACT) in the Mathematics section, and a high school GPA minimum of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.

  2. To receive full (unconditional) acceptance to Robert Morris' School of Engineering, a new transfer student must meet one of the following criteria:

    1. Meet unconditional new freshman academic criteria.
    2. A 3.0 or higher grade in an approved University level calculus or physics class, and a combined University GPA minimum of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.
    3. Holder of an ABET accredited degree (2-year or 4-year) in engineering or engineering technology, with a combined University GPA minimum of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.

  3. To receive conditional acceptance to Robert Morris' School of Engineering, a new transfer student must meet one of the following criteria:

    1. Meet conditional new freshman academic criteria with an overall combined university GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.
    2. Achieve a 3.0 or higher GPA in an approved university level algebra and/or trigonometry class, with an overall combined university GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.

  4. To receive admission to Robert Morris' School of Engineering as a continuing student desiring to change majors, a student must meet the following academic criteria:

    1. Meet unconditional new freshman academic criteria as well as have a cumulative grade point average of 2.8 or above as a Robert Morris student.

  5. Dual Major

    1. Double major – Min. 3.5 GPA and must have completed CALC I & II plus PHYS I & CHEM I
Conditional Acceptance for Change of Major
  1. Meet conditional new freshman academic criteria as well as have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above as a Robert Morris University student.
Attaining Unconditional Status After Being Conditionally Accepted

To attain unconditional status, the student must complete 30 credits (after being conditionally accepted) of the appropriate RMU curriculum with a GPA (calculated for the 30 hours) of a 2.7 or higher.

Criteria to enter the Accounting or Finance majors:
  1. Must have earned a "C" grade or better in each math, accounting, or finance course attempted at Robert Morris University. Must have completed at least 9 credits of any combination of math/accounting/finance.
  2. Must have earned a "C" grade or better in CO120 and/or CO121, if applicable.
  3. Must have earned at least a 2.20 CQPA at the time the major change is requested.
  4. Must have completed at least 15 credits of course work at Robert Morris.
Criteria to enter the Nursing major:


For a 
student who is considered as an Undecided major:

If the student applied for the nursing major prior to starting at RMU, but was not approved to be a nursing major, the student can take the courses in the first two terms of the nursing program with a designation of an “undecided” major. 

 The successful candidate for the change to the nursing major will demonstrate evidence of academic strength by meeting the following criteria:

1.       Satisfactory completion of a chemistry course with a lab (high school or college) must be documented with an academic transcript. 

2.       GPA of 3.0 or higher at the end of two terms

3.       Grades of “B” or better in math and science courses

4.       Successful completion of NURS 2010 Introduction to Professional Nursing on the first attempt with an overall cumulative examination score of 80% or greater.

 

It is the responsibility of the student to request a review of his/her academic record after having followed the nursing curriculum for the first two terms when final course grades have been posted.

All internal transfer applicants will be reviewed on an individual basis within the Department of Nursing.

 

For a student who is changing from another academic major:

Current RMU students who have declared another major, but are considering a change of major to nursing, should contact the nursing advisor.  

The successful candidate who is changing to the nursing major will demonstrate evidence of academic strength by meeting the following criteria:

1.       Satisfactory completion of a chemistry course with a lab (high school or college) must be documented with an academic transcript. 

2.       If the candidate has less than 30 earned college credits at the time of application, then official transcripts for high school and SAT/ACT scores (SAT 1080 / ACT 22) are submitted for review.

3.       Candidates  who have completed 30 or more college credits will be evaluated on their academic performance

4.       GPA of 3.0 or higher

5.       Grades of “B” or better in math and science courses.

6.       Successful completion of NURS 2010 Introduction to Professional Nursing course on the first attempt with an overall cumulative examination score of 80% or greater (if applicable).


Nursing courses with a clinical component taken at another school are not accepted for transfer credit.

All internal transfer applicants will be reviewed on an individual basis within the Department of Nursing.


Undergraduate Change of Major/Program Procedure