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Progression and Academic Standing

Students enrolled in a degree program must maintain a minimum graduate program grade point average of 3.0 for the master’s. Students must be in Good Academic Standing to be eligible for graduation.

Courses earned with grades of "C" or lower may not be used toward a graduate degree, but will be calculated in the overall grade point average.

Graduate students are expected to maintain Good Academic Standing as they progress toward completing their programs. Students will be evaluated each term on the basis of the program GPA. The academic standing of graduate students is classified as follows:

  1. Good Academic Standing
  2. Academic Probation
  3. Academic Suspension

Good Academic Standing

Good Academic Standing is defined for graduate students as a program GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Academic Probation

A student whose program grade point average falls below 3.0 after the completion of at least nine (9) hours of graduate work in his or her program begins the next term on academic probation. A student must earn a term GPA of 3.0 or higher each term while on Academic Probation.

One of three possible actions will be implemented for a student on Academic Probation at the end of each term of enrollment:

  1. A student who earns a term GPA of 3.0 or higher and raises his or her program GPA to 3.0 or higher will return to Good Academic Standing.
  2. A student whose term GPA is 3.0 or higher, but whose program GPA remains below 3.0, will remain on Academic Probation.
  3. A student who earns a term GPA below 3.0 while on Academic Probation, regardless of the program GPA, will be on Academic Suspension for one term.

Removal from Probation

Occurs when, at the end of a probationary term a student's graduate program grade point average equals or exceeds 3.0.

Academic Suspension

Occurs when a student on academic probation earns a term GPA below 3.0 regardless of the program GPA.

The length of Academic Suspension will be a minimum of one term. One term is defined as the Fall, Spring, or Summer term. The Summer term includes all sessions; thus, a student on Suspension is required to sit out all sessions that comprise the Summer term. The student must apply to be reinstated by the program and University.