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General Education Course Substitution Appeals

Montgomery College is authorized to make decisions about the substitution of course credit to satisfy General Education requirements in an associate’s degree awarded by the College. In its decision, Montgomery College is bound by Code of Maryland Academic Regulations (COMAR) and by General Education course substitution criteria and procedures approved by College faculty.

Appeals should be submitted no later than November 15 for the fall semester and April 15 for the spring semester.

Before submitting an appeal, students should:

  • Meet with a program advisornew window and/or counselornew window
  • Gather all supporting documentation from Montgomery College:
    • Graduation degree auditnew window and/or completed advising worksheetnew window
    • Copy of the college program or course catalognew window page(s) of the catalog for your anticipated graduation year
    • Unofficial transcript
    • Letter of support from the department chair of the course you would like to substitute
    • Letter of support from the department chair of the course you would like to use for the substitution
  • Gather all supporting documentation if the course was taken at another institution:
    • Unofficial transcript
    • Course description from the college catalog
    • Course syllabus (if available)

After submitting the General Education course substitution appealnew window, the department chairs may request a meeting with the student prior to approval recommendation to the General Education committee. Once the appropriate chairs have made recommendations, the General Education committee considers and sends a recommendation on the appeal to the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, who makes the final decision. The Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs will communicate a decision within fifteen business days from the date the student receives email confirmation acknowledging receipt of the complete appeal packet.

For assistance or clarification of the process or form, email the General Education committee at

General Education Course Substitution Criteria:

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Proposed General Education course substitutions must meet one of the following criteria:

  • The course was on the General Education list at the time the student completed the course, or
  • The course has been added to the General Education list since the time the student completed the course. Additionally, the chair of the academic department must provide the student with a statement certifying that the course as taught at the time the student completed it was substantially the same then and now, or
  • The course has a General Education prerequisite from within the same academic discipline.

If a course substitution does not meet one of the above criteria, the appeal may be considered on a case-by-case basis if the student receives support for the substitution by signature and comment from the chair of the academic department administering the proposed substitution certifying that the course as taught at the time the student completed it fulfilled the content and learning objectives of the pertinent foundation or distribution area (as defined in COMAR).

Students, Counselors, and Program Advisors Should be Aware of the Following:

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    Students are responsible for being informed of official policies, meeting all requirements relevant to degree completion, and selecting correct courses.
  • General Education requirements may change from catalog year to catalog year. To determine graduation requirements, the General Education committee bases a decision in part on the catalog year chosen by the student.
  • Appeals must include an accurate and complete transcript of all courses taken and grades earned. An unofficial transcript is acceptable.
  • All appeals must include a personal statement from the student explaining the circumstances surrounding the request.
  • The student personal statement and comments from the program chair are essential in helping the committee understand course content or the suitability of a substitution.
  • If the General Education course substitution appeal is denied, the decision is final and there is no further appeal process.
  • If the General Education course substitution appeal is approved, the graduation coordinator will provide the student with a revised graduation degree audit evaluation.
  • A separate DSS Course Substitution Request Form (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)  is required for disability-related General Education course substitutions for the math foundation. Students must first meet with a disability support services counselornew window to obtain eligibility criteria and the appropriate form. Email for questions or clarification.
  • The Academic Appealsnew window Committee provides decisions regarding certain College academic regulations and those appeals are separate from General Education appeals. Misdirected appeals will be returned to the student.
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