Pepperdine University Policy on Cross-Registration
Pepperdine University Policy on Cross-Registration
(Revised November 2009)
I. Cross-Registration Policy Statement (for inclusion in all school catalogs)
Students who are not admitted to an established Pepperdine joint-degree program may
still enroll for a limited number of courses in the University's other four schools.
Permission must be given by both the appropriate associate dean or designated
administrator of the other school and the instructor of the course. Students should also
have the permission of their academic advisor to ensure that the course taken will apply
to their degree program. Students must complete the Cross-Registration Enrollment
Form and may enroll only if space is available in the course.
II. Internal University Procedures Regarding Cross-Registration
1. Tuition for cross-registered courses will be charged under the following
a. Courses Taken in a Joint Degree Program
Students admitted to University-established joint degree programs (e.g.,
JD/MBA, JD/MPP, MBA/MDR, JD/MDiv) that are designed to yield degrees
from more than one of Pepperdine's schools will be charged the tuition flat
rate of the school in which the student is carrying the greater number of units
in that particular term. For example: A student enrolled in 12 units in the
School of Law (SOL) and 4 units in the School of Public Policy (SPP), and
where the units count toward the corresponding degrees (12 toward the JD and
4 toward the MPP), would be charged the normal flat rate tuition of the
School of Law. In cases where the number of units is equal between the two
schools, the lower tuition rate will be charged.
Students admitted to University-established joint degree programs that are
designed to yield more than one degree from within only one school (e.g.,
JD/MDR, both granted by the School of Law) will be charged according to
that school's tuition rate structure. At the School of Law, for instance,
students enrolled in the JD/MDR program are required to earn 88 units for
their JD degree and 32 units for the MDR degree. As part of the joint degree
program, JD/MDR students are permitted to count 14 LAW units toward
fulfilling their MDR requirements, leaving 18 additional MDR units to be
earned to complete their MDR requirements. Accordingly, JD/MDR students
will be charged according to the normal rules for the 88 LAW units, but will be
charged on a per unit basis for the additional 18 units needed for the MDR
degree. For example, a JD/MDR student enrolled in 12 LAW units and 4 MDR
units will be charged a flat rate for the LAW units and charged additionally for
the 4 units of MDR tuition.
b. Courses Taken to Fulfill Degree Requirements
If students receive approval to enroll in another school to complete the
primary school's degree requirements, the University will charge tuition based
on the primary school of enrollment. For example: A student who enrolls in
14 units at SOL, and 4 units in SPP, where the SPP course would fulfill the
SOL degree requirements, would be charged the SOL flat rate (10-18 units).
c. Courses Taken as Requirements for Two Separate Degrees
When students pursue non-joint degrees and, upon completion, receive 2 or
more separate degrees, they receive no unit reduction benefit. Tuition will
reflect standard charges for each school attended.
d. Non-Degree Units Taken as Electives
Non-degree units will be charged at the standard rate for the school offering
those courses. For example: A SOL student enrolled in 14 law units and 4
Seaver units that do not apply to his law degree will be charged the flat rate
for the law courses (10-18 units) plus the 4 units at the per unit rate at Seaver.
2. This policy assumes that flat-rate tuition is set at a maximum of 18 units for all
schools offering the flat rate.
B. Approval Process
1. The student begins the registration process by seeking permission from the
primary school of enrollment to take classes outside of the established schedule of
classes being offered by that school. It is incumbent upon the person granting
permission to ensure that the course(s) requested will properly fulfill the academic
requirements for the student's current degree.
2. Each school has the sole responsibility for registration for its own classes. Deans
or other administrators cannot enroll students in classes that are not directly under
3. A designated administrator or associate dean for each school will grant students
permission to cross-register. The designated representative at the "sending" school
will be in contact with the designated administrator at the "receiving" school to set up
the proper approvals. At no time during the requesting process should the "sending"
school contact the "receiving" school's professor directly.
4. For proper record keeping, a matriculation record for each student taking a class
that does not count towards the primary degree must be created at every Pepperdine
school where the student is enrolled for class(es). For the "secondary" school(s) of
enrollment, the matriculation record for the student will be listed as "non-degree."
The Cross-Registration Enrollment Form will serve as the main document for the
"non-degree" matriculation record to be created; it will serve as the substitute for any
other existing non-degree applications at Pepperdine when used for cross-registration
purposes. Students taking a class that does apply to the primary degree need not
register as non-degree students in the secondary school. The designated secondary
school official will register those students under the primary degree plan (to which
the class applies).
5. When the student is only being charged tuition at the rate of his primary school of
enrollment but is taking a course/s at another school to fulfill a degree requirement,
the tuition will be prorated based on the number of units the student is taking. The
actual transfer of tuition dollars would be handled by the school whose tuition
appears on the student account. This will take place once per semester, after the 0%
refund period is in effect.
C. Enrollment Restrictions and Headcount
1. Each school's associate dean or designated administrator has the right to limit the
number of cross-registering students in any given class.
2. The associate dean or designated administrator of each school has the right to
control the total number of units of "secondary enrollment" to or from that school.
3. Cross-registered courses will be considered transferred courses, and will count
toward the total number of units a student may transfer in from other schools.
4. For purposes of enrollment statistics, students are counted based on their primary
enrollment in a given school. Joint degree students are counted with the school
determined to be "primary" in any given term, based on the number of units. Students
should never be double-counted.
1. Since the School of Law does not use a letter grade system, the following scale
will be used by the Registrar to translate between numeric and letter grades where
III. Policy Approval
This policy was originally approved by the Education Council on October 20, 2004,
based on a recommendation from the University Registrar, and revised on June 15,
2005 and August 21, 2006. All amendments to this policy require Education Council