College of Staten Island

Graduate Catalog 2017-2018

Academic Policies and Procedures


Upon acceptance to the College of Staten Island, graduate students are assigned an academic advisor. Before registration, each semester students must meet with their advisors to plan their programs.


Students must register each semester. Registration and appointment materials are sent by the Office of the Registrar prior to registration to all current, readmitted, and newly admitted students. An open registration period is scheduled at the beginning of each semester for students who miss their registration appointments or who are returning to CSI too late for an appointment to be scheduled.

Students scheduled for registration using their CUNYfirst self-service account may register and perform program changes following the procedures accompanying the registration e-mail notification. Instructions for using CUNYfirst are also available online.

A detailed registration schedule and class listings are available online each semester on the Registrar's website. Registration is not complete until all financial obligations have been satisfied. The Registrar’s Office is in Building 2A, Room 110.

Full-Time Classification

Graduate students are classified as full-time if they are taking nine or more credits.

Attendance Policies

Students are expected to attend all sessions. A student who is absent in excess of 15 percent of the class hours in one semester is assigned a grade of WU (withdrew unofficially), subject to the discretion of the instructor.

Graduate Program Policies

The following academic policies apply to all of the graduate degree programs in the College. Please refer to the program description for any specific policies.

  1. Transfer Credits. Graduate courses taken within the last five years at an accredited college or university may be accepted at the discretion of the coordinator of the graduate program. A maximum of 12 graduate credits in graduate courses, with a minimum grade of 3.0 (B) in each course, may be applied toward a graduate degree from the College of Staten Island. For specific requirements, please see the program description.
  2. Undergraduate Courses. Graduate students may not enroll in undergraduate courses for graduate credit. Graduate students may, however, enroll in undergraduate courses in order to remedy deficiencies in their preparation for graduate study. Such courses will not be credited toward the requirements of the graduate degree. Non-matriculated students who are completing undergraduate coursework to qualify for matriculated status must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 in order to be considered for matriculation. (See also specific requirements for remedying deficiencies in the description of the degree program.)
  3. Credits as a Non-Matriculated Student. Not more than 12 credits of graduate courses may be taken as a non-matriculated student, unless the student already holds another master’s degree.
  4. Independent Study. Graduate students may take a maximum of two independent study courses. Approval of the graduate program coordinator and the dean of the division is required.
  5. Five-Year Time Limit. All credits for a graduate degree must be completed within five years. Extensions may be granted only with the written permission of the program coordinator.
  6. Grade Point Average for Retention. Students must have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (B) to be retained in a graduate program. Students whose GPA falls below 3.0 are on probationary status. While they are on probationary status, their registration forms must be signed by the coordinator of their program. Students may raise their GPA only through enrollment in graduate courses approved by their program coordinator.

    Students on academic probation will not be dismissed but will be automatically continued on probation as long as they achieve a grade point average of 3.5 or better each year until they have reached the required minimum grade point average. Students who fail to achieve the minimum 3.5 grade point average for any year while on probation will be dismissed.

  7. Grade Point Average for Graduation. Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 (B) in graduate-level courses in their program to graduate.
  8. Grade Appeals. Students wishing to appeal a grade other than WU (withdrew unofficially) or FIN (F from incomplete) must do so within 60 school days following the end of the semester*. Appeals must be submitted in writing to the chairperson of the department in which the course was offered. Upon receipt of the appeal, the chairperson shall direct the student to discuss the issue with the instructor who assigned the grade. If the issue remains unresolved, the student may request a review by the Department Committee on Grade Appeals, composed of three faculty members. The committee shall review all information presented by the student and the instructor and render a decision within 30 days after the student requested the grade review. If the committee upholds the appeal by a vote of 3-0, the chairperson shall change the grade to reflect the decision of the committee. If the committee does not uphold the student, there is no further appeal within the College.

    In all deliberations on grade appeals, the burden shall be on the student to prove that a violation of the College’s regulations occurred or that the instructor’s own stated criteria for grading, which shall have been enunciated at the beginning of the semester, have not been followed. Students needing advice on the procedure may consult a counselor.

    Students wishing to appeal a WU or a FIN grade must file a written petition supported by documentation to the Graduate Studies Committee.

    *Summer and winter session months are not included in the 60 day appeal deadline.

  9. Academic Dismissal. Students whose academic performance falls below the minimum requirements may be dismissed from the College upon review by the Graduate Studies Committee.
  10. Graduation. Students who believe they will have fulfilled the degree requirements must file for graduation by the date specified in the College calendar. There is no fee for this application. Application for graduation may be submitted online at or in person at Enrollment Services, North Administration Building (2A), Room 106.

Grading Symbols and GPA Equivalents

The following grading symbols are used:



Quality Points per Credit























Failing/unsuccessful completion of course



Incomplete (temporary grade)



Failure (changed from Incomplete)






Withdrew with no penalty



Administrative Withdrawal



Non-Attendance, Unofficial Withdrawal



Non-Attendance, Unofficial Withdrawal (Fall 2008-Summer 2009) (counts as a failure)






Year or Longer Course of Study (for thesis courses)



No grade submitted by instructor



Grade Pending (for thesis courses)


A brief explanation of the grades receiving no quality points follows:


Graduate courses in which a student has received an F grade may be repeated; however, the grade of F will continue to be calculated in determining the GPA. Students should refer to the requirements of the program for any specific policy regarding F grades.


The grade INC is a temporary grade assigned when, in the instructor’s judgment, course requirements are not completed for valid reasons. Recipients of INC are required to complete all assignments before the end of classes during the succeeding semester. Students should not register a second time for a course in which an INC is given. Rather, arrangements should be made with the instructor to complete the remaining work. If a student registers again for a course in which an INC was awarded, the INC will become a FIN and the course will appear a second time on the student’s transcript with the grade earned.


If a grade of INC is not changed before the last day of classes of the succeeding semester, it will automatically be changed to a grade of FIN. If the required work is not completed for continuing valid reasons, the course instructor may grant an extension. Such extensions shall not exceed a period of more than two years beyond the original due date of the uncompleted work.


Course requirements have been satisfied. This grade is used only for specially designated courses and for courses taken at another college for which a student receives advanced standing.


Students may withdraw without academic penalty from any course up to the end of the ninth week of the semester (see College calendar for deadline to withdraw); a grade of W will be assigned. After that date, students may petition the instructor and the chairperson for permission to withdraw until the last day of classes. Consult the Office of the Registrar for the procedures to be followed when withdrawing from a course. If these procedures are not followed, students may receive a penalty grade of WU. In cases of illness, students may apply to the Health Center for a medical withdrawal. Under no circumstances will a W be assigned after the last day of classes without positive action by the Graduate Studies Committee or its designee.


Students not in compliance with the New York State immunization requirement receive the grade of WA. This grade carries no academic penalty.


An unofficial withdrawal due to non-attendance in a course. No credit is received for a course in which this grade is assigned; it is equivalent to a grade of F.


Never Attended. This grade carries no academic penalty. Effective Fall 2009.


An unofficial withdrawal results in a grade of WU. No credit is received for a course in which this grade is assigned; it is equivalent to a grade of F.


An administrative grade.


The pending grade is used in the first semester of a two-semester course.


An administrative grade assigned when no grade has been submitted by the instructor.

Graduate Studies Committee

The Graduate Studies Committee reviews student records and considers student appeals related to admission, readmission, and graduation. Students can petition the Committee through a counselor in the Division of Student and Enrollment Services.

The “Grandfather” Clause

Requirements in this Catalog were approved effective September 1, 2005. The “Grandfather” clause is designed for students who matriculated in a program, major, or curriculum prior to that date. This provides that students may meet degree requirements in effect the year of their matriculation in a particular program, curriculum, or major provided the student has not had an interruption in matriculation exceeding four consecutive fall and spring semesters.

Students changing major or curriculum are subject to the requirements in effect the year of the change.


Students may access their transcript records and review semester grades by logging on to their CUNYfirst self-service account through the CUNYfirst website ( Email notification is sent to students each semester when grades are available in their CUNYfirst self-service account.

Students may request copies of their transcripts online at (see Fee Schedule). To be official, transcripts must be signed and sealed by the Registrar.

Library Submission of the Master’s Thesis

A finished master’s thesis is a scholarly work that is the product of extensive research and related preparation. The Library will make theses publicly available to students, faculty, and outside researchers. For purposes of preservation, and to prepare them for bindery, theses must adhere to uniform standards of format and construction. The guidelines for submission to the CSI Library are in Appendix xi.

Academic Integrity, Plagiarism, and Cheating

Integrity is fundamental to the academic enterprise. It is violated by such acts as borrowing or purchasing assignments (including, but not limited to term papers, essays, and reports) and other written assignments, using concealed notes or crib sheets during examinations, copying the work of others and submitting it as one’s own, and misappropriating the knowledge of others. The sources from which one derives one’s ideas, statements, terms, and data, including Internet sources, must be fully and specifically acknowledged in the appropriate form; failure to do so, intentionally or unintentionally, constitutes plagiarism.

Violations of academic integrity may result in a lower grade or failure in a course and in disciplinary actions with penalties such as suspension or dismissal from the College. More information on the CUNY policy on Academic Integrity can be found in Appendix ii.

Academic Freedom

The City University of New York subscribes to the American Association of University Professors 1940 Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom, and the College of Staten Island respects academic freedom for faculty and students as well as freedom in their personal lives for all individuals in the campus community.

Computer User Responsibilities

The computer resources of The City University of New York and the College of Staten Island must be used in a manner that is consistent with the University's educational purposes and environment. All users of computer resources are expected to act in a spirit of mutual respect and cooperation, and to adhere to the regulations for their use set forth in this document. As a user of CUNY computer resources:

  • You are required to have a valid authorized account to use computer resources that require one and may use only those computer resources that are specifically authorized. You may use your account only in accordance with its authorized purposes and may not use an unauthorized account for any purpose.
  • You are responsible for the safeguarding of your computer account. For a mainframe computer account, you should change your password frequently and should not disclose it to anyone. You should take all necessary precautions in protecting the account, no matter what type of computer resource is being used.
  • You may not circumvent system protection facilities.
  • You may not knowingly use any system to produce system failure or degraded performance.
  • You may not engage in unauthorized duplication, alteration or destruction of data, programs or software. You may not transmit or disclose data, programs or software belonging to others and may not copy material protected by copyright.
  • You may not engage in abusive or improper use of computer hardware. This includes, but is not limited to, tampering with equipment, unauthorized attempts at repairing equipment and unauthorized removal of equipment components.
  • You may not use computer resources for private purposes, including, but not limited to, the use of computer resources for profit-making or illegal purposes.
  • You may not use computer resources to engage in abuse of computer personnel or other uses. Such abuse includes the sending of abusive or obscene messages within CUNY or beyond via network facilities.
  • The use of college computer resources may be subject to college regulations, and you are expected to be familiar with those regulations.
  • These regulations and college regulations are subject to revision. You are expected to be familiar with any revisions in the regulations.

The University reserves the right to monitor, under appropriate conditions, all data contained in the system to protect the integrity of the system and to ensure compliance with regulations.

Any user who is found to be in violation of these rules is subject to the following:

  • Suspension and/or termination of computer privileges;
  • Disciplinary action by appropriate college and/or University officials;
  • Referral to law enforcement authorities for criminal prosecution;
  • Other legal action, including action to recover civil damages and penalties.

"Computer Resources" is an inclusive term referring to any and all computing/information technology: hardware, software, and access. Hardware includes, but is not limited to, terminals, personal computers, workstations, printers, wires, monitors, cabling, peripheral devices. Software includes, but is not limited to, mainframe shared software, networked software, and stand-alone software residing on personal computers. Access includes, but is not limited to, accounts on timesharing systems as well as access to stand-alone personal computing systems and other relevant technology.

I.D. Cards

Each student will be provided with a photo identification card. Each semester the I.D. cards are validated upon completion of registration. Validated I.D. cards must be carried by a student on campus at all times. Duplicate I.D. cards are available at a cost of $5.

Admission of Sex Offenders

The College reserves the right to deny admission to any student if, in its judgment, the presence of that student on campus poses an undue risk to the safety or security of the College community. That judgment will be based on an individualized determination taking into account any information the College has about a student's criminal record and the particular circumstances of the College, including the presence of a child care center, a public school or public school students on the campus.

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Graduate Catalog 2017-2018

Message from the President

About the College



Tuition and Fees

Financial Aid

Academic Policies and Procedures

Academic Services/Student Services

Graduate Degrees and Certificate Programs

CUNY Doctoral Degree Programs

Graduate Programs, Disciplines, and Course Offerings

Master of Science in Accounting (MS)

Autism Spectrum Disorders Advanced Certificate

Advanced Certificate in Business Analytics of Large-Scale Data

Master of Biology (MS)

Master of Science in Business Management (MS)

Master of Arts in Cinema and Media Studies (MA)

Master of Science in Computer Science (MS)

Computer Science Admission Requirements

Computer Science Degree Requirements

Computer Science Courses

Graduate Programs in Education

Master of Science in Childhood Education (MSEd)

Master of Science in Adolescence Education (MSEd)

Master of Science in Special Education (MSEd)

Master of Science in Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) (MSEd)

Post Master's Advanced Certificate for Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Post-Master’s Advanced Certificate for Leadership in Education

Advanced Certificate for Bilingual Extension Certification

Graduate Education Courses

Master of Arts in English (MA)

Master of Engineering in Electrical Engineering (ME)

Master of Science in Environmental Science (MS)

Master of Arts in History (MA)

Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MA)

Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MA)

Master of Science in Neuroscience and Developmental Disabilities (MS)

Graduate Programs in Nursing

Master of Science in Adult - Gerontological Nursing (MS)

Advanced Certificate Programs

Nursing Courses

Clinical Doctorate Programs in Nursing

Doctorate of Nursing Practice, Adult-Gerontological Health Nursing (DNP)

Doctorate of Nursing Practice Admission Requirements

Clinical Nursing Doctorate Degree Requirements

Advanced Certificate in Cultural Competence: 9 credits

Doctoral Nursing Courses

BIO 670 Pathophysiological Concepts in Health and Illness

NRS 682 Advanced Pharmacology

NRS 700 Transcultural Concepts and Issues in Health Care

NRS 701 Theoretical Foundations for Advanced Practice Nursing

NRS 702 Advanced Health Assessment & Diagnostic Reasoning

NRS 703 Teaching and Learning for Cultural Competence Development

NRS 704 Cultural Competence in Health Care Project

NRS 705 Health Organizations, Policy, Financing, and Ethics

NRS 706 Applied Statistical Thinking and Methods in Health Research

NRS 711 Health Care Program Development

NRS 712 Nurse as Educator

NRS 720 Advanced Practice Nursing with Adults in Community Settings

NRS 721 Role Practicum: Adults in Community Settings

NRS 722 Advanced Practice Nursing with Adults in Acute Care Settings

NRS 723 Role Practicum: Adults in Acute Care Settings

NRS 724 Case Management for Advanced Practice Nursing

NRS 725 Primary Health Care Adult-Gerontology I

NRS 726 Primary Health Care Adult- Gerontology II

NRS 727 Role Practicum: Primary Health Care I

NRS 728 Role Practicum: Primary Health Care II

NRS 730 Evidence-Based Nursing for Advanced Practice

NRS 750 Curriculum in Nursing

NRS 754 Evaluation in Nursing Education

NRS 755 Application of Leadership Models in Professional Practice

NRS 756 Technological Integrations

NRS 757 Professional Nursing Bioethics

NRS 758 Teaching and Learning in Nursing Education

NRS 759 Clinical Finance & Management

NRS 760 Practicum in Nursing Education

NRS 761 Advanced Therapeutics

NRS 762 Integrative Practice Proposal (Capstone I)

NRS 763 Integrative Practice Application (Capstone II)

NRS 799 Thesis Option

Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT)

Program Overview

Accreditation Status

Program Goals

Graduation, Employment, Licensure Pass Rates

Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) Admission, Application, Progression and Retention Requirements

Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) Degree Requirements

Clinical Affiliations

Program FAQS

Physical Therapy Courses

PHT 70100 Clinical Anatomy

PHT 70200 Medical Terminology

PHT 70300 Foundations of Patient Care

PHT 70400 Introduction to Physical Therapy Practice & Ethics

PHT 70500 Upper Extremity Kinesiology & Assessment

PHT 70600 Psychosocial Aspects of Clinical Practice

PHT 71000 Research Design

PHT 72000 Human Physiology and Exercise Physiology

PHT 73000 Structure and Function of the Nervous System

PHT 74000 PT Interventions and Preventions

PHT 75000 Physical Modalities - Clinical Decision Making and Application

PHT 76000 Lower Extremity Kinesiology & Assessment

PHT 77000 Directed Research I

PHT 78000 Clinical Medicine for PT

PHT 79500 Integumentary System: Assessment & Intervention

PHT 80000 Introduction to Musculoskeletal Examination

PHT 80100 Pulmonary Evaluation and Interventions

PHT 80200 Clinical Education: Education Theories

PHT 80300 Differential Diagnosis & Intervention in Clinical Orthopedics

PHT 80400 Introduction to Neurological PT

PHT 80500 Musculoskeletal Examination I

PHT 80600 Clinical Affiliation I

PHT 80700 Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation

PHT 80800 Differential Diagnosis in Neurological Evaluation

PHT 80900 Directed Research II

PHT 81000 Neurological Interventions I

PHT 81100 Cardiac Rehabilitation

PHT 82000 Clinical Orthopedics II/Radiology and Imaging

PHT 83000 Orthotics & Prosthetics

PHT 84000 Differential Diagnosis & Intervention in Clinical Neurology

PHT 85000 Musculoskeletal Examination II

PHT 86000 Directed Research III

PHT 87000 Health Promotion through the Life Span

PHT 87200 Topics in PT

PHT 88000 Neurological Interventions II

PHT 88100 Seminar on Organization and Management

PHT 88200 Pediatric Development and Assessment

PHT 88300 Pharmacology and Systems Review

PHT 88400 Musculoskeletal Examination III

PHT 88500 Electroneuromyography & Motion Analysis

PHT 88600 Clinical Affiliation II

PHT 88700 Clinical Decision Making

PHT 88800 Directed Research IV

PHT 88950 Clinical Affiliation III

PHT 89000 Clinical Affiliation IV

PHT 90000 Directed Research V

Public History Advanced Certificate

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Master of Social Work (MSW) Mission and Goals

Master of Social Work (MSW) Admission Requirements

Master of Social Work (MSW) Dismissal, Probation, Continuation and Graduation

Master of Social Work (MSW) Degree Requirements

Social Work Courses

SWK 600 MSW Research I

SWK 601 Readiness for Field

SWK 602 MSW Research II

SWK 605 Ethics and Diversity

SWK 611 MSW HSBE I: The Sociocultural Construction of the Human Experience

SWK 612 MSW HSBE II: The Culture and Development Across the Life Course

SWK 630 Topics in Intimate Partner Violence

SWK 651 MSW Social Work Practice I: Introduction to Integrative Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families

SWK 654 MSW Integrative Seminar I

SWK 655 MSW Internship I

SWK 660 MSW Social Work Practice II: Social Work Practice with Groups

SWK 665 MSW Social Work Practice III: Social Work Practice with Communities & Organizations

SWK 670 MSW Social Welfare Policy

SWK 674 MSW Integrative Seminar II

SWK 675 MSW Internship II

SWK 680 Immigration and Social Work Practice

SWK 682 Social Work and Child Welfare

SWK 684 Drugs and Alcohol

SWK 686 Human Sexuality and the Helping Professions

SWK 700 Bridge to Concentration Year for Advanced Standing Students

SWK 702 The Range of the Human Condition in Social Work Practice

SWK 704 Assessment and Formulation in Social Work Practice with People with Disabilities

SWK 706 Modalities of Practice with People with Disabilities

SWK 710 Social Work Macro Practice In Organizations

SWK 712 Social Work Macro Practice: Program Planning and Evaluation

SWK 714 Social Work Macro Practice: Community Organizing and Development

SWK 732 Introduction to Disability Studies for Social Work

SWK 740 Social Work and Disability Studies Policy Practice

SWK 754 MSW Field Internship III

SWK 755 MSW Field Internship IV

SWK 762 Integrative Social Work Practice with People with Disabilities

SWK 764 MSW Integrative Seminar III

Graduate Courses in Selected Disciplines and Independent Study

Graduate Courses in Selected Disciplines

American Studies Courses

Art Courses

Biology Courses

Computer Science Courses

Dramatic Arts Courses

Environmental Science Courses

Geography Courses

History Courses

Mathematics Courses

Political Science Courses

Science Courses


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