2016-17 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs

Cumulative Grade Point Average and Course Failures

In order to be retained in the Graduate School, an admitted graduate student must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 in all 500 level coursework that applies toward the degree. The academic standing of all graduate students will be reviewed at the end of each term.

A student who has attempted fewer than 12 credits and has a cumulative GPA below 3.00 will be placed on academic probation until either: a.) 12 graduate credits have been attempted or b.) the GPA is raised to 3.00, whichever comes first.  The student will be dismissed from the Graduate School if 12 credits have been attempted, and the GPA is not 3.00 or higher.

A student who has attempted 12 or more credits, and has a cumulative GPA below 3.00 will be placed on academic probation through the end of the next enrolled semester. If at the end of the next enrolled semester, the GPA is not 3.00 or above, the student will be dismissed from the Graduate School.

A student with a failing grade (F) in a graduate class within his/her program of study will be placed on academic probation until the failed class is repeated and/or a new grade is assigned as long as the student maintains the required 3.00 GPA. The course must be repeated the next semester it is offered. Exceptions to this schedule must be approved by the Program Director and the Graduate School Assistant Dean. If a failed grade is not changed by the end of two calendar years from the date the grade is assigned, the student will be dismissed from the Graduate School.

A student with a failing grade (F) in a graduate class within his/her program of study and a GPA of less than 3.00 will be placed on academic probation through the end of the next enrolled semester. If the GPA is not 3.00 or higher by the end of the next enrolled semester, the student will be dismissed. 

At no time will a graduate student be allowed to carry more than two failed courses on his/her transcript. A student with more than two failed courses on his/her transcript will be dismissed from the Graduate School immediately.

See specific academic programs for additional or more stringent retention requirements.

Academic Probation will be recorded on a student’s unofficial transcript only.

Repeating Courses

No courses with a grade less than a “C” may count toward a graduate degree requirement. If a student receives a grade of “C”, that course may be repeated. Both enrollments will be recorded on the student’s official transcript with the second final grade used in calculating the grade point average. Graduate courses may only be repeated once.

Time Requirement

The maximum limit for completion of a graduate degree program is seven (7) years. This is calculated from the date the student first enrolls in course work that is required for the graduate degree. Should any of the course work (resident or transfer) exceed the time limit, the classes must be re-validated or repeated in order to be counted toward the degree.

Extensions beyond the seven-year limit may be granted in extreme instances. The reason for the extension must be presented in writing to the Graduate School. The student’s Graduate Committee, Department Chairperson, and Graduate School Assistant Dean must approve the extension.