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Glossary of Academic Terms

Blackboard: An online software platform for a professor to post course materials such as a syllabus, special readings and announcements.

Co-requisites: A course that must be taken either before or at the same time as another course.

Course Request Number (CRN): A five-digit code attached to each course used when registering.  The CRN be found in the Course Schedule on the Registrar's Website

Course Waivers: When a student is not required to complete a required course due to previous academic work. In some programs, no replacement is needed and in others a substitution is required.

Credit Hours: Bentley University follows federal regulations and New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) guidelines in the definition of credit hours. At Bentley, one credit hour "reasonably approximates not less than: One (1) hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two (2) hours of out of class student work each week for approximately fifteen weeks for one semester, or the equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time."

Credit Limits: The maximum number of credits a student may take based on their full or part-time status. Full-time students may take up to 12 credits and part-time students may take up to 9 credits per semester.

Global Business Experience (GBE): A faculty-led study abroad program that spans a 7 to 10 day period.

GSAS: The Graduate Student and Academic Services Office, where you can find your academic advisor.

Intensive Courses: A course that meets for five weekdays or five consecutive Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Most require a pre-session three weeks prior to the first class and many require a paper due four to six weeks after the final class.

MyBentley: An online portal for students to register for classes, access their schedule and grades, pay their bills, and receive announcements.

Pre-Program and Program Foundation Courses: Courses you must take prior to taking required and elective courses in your program. The Masters in Accounting, Masters in Finance, Masters in Marketing Analytics and Emerging Leaders MBA all have pre-program and program foundation courses. These courses include PPF501, PPF502, PF503, PF504, PF505, PF506, PF507 and PF508.

Pre-requisites: A course that must be completed prior to taking another course.

Program Guide: A list of the required and elective courses for each of our Masters Degree Programs and Graduate Certificate Programs.

Student Evaluations of Teaching (SETs): A required evaluation form assessing the course and the professor that must be completed by all students at the end of the semester for each of their courses.

Syllabus: An outline of what is required for each course including grading parameters, readings, assignments, and deadlines.

Waitlist: A list students who want a seat in a closed course. The waitlist is monitored and evaluated by GSAS. Waitlist notifications are sent via email if and when seats become available.