Graduate School Academic Standards

The general academic standards and degree requirements of The Graduate School described here apply to all students enrolled in a degree or certificate program.

Some programs have additional requirements that are more detailed or tailored to the needs of the specific program. Students should acquaint themselves with all of the standards and requirements for their program, as specified in both this catalog and the relevant graduate program handbooks.

The advisory committee continually evaluates the student’s performance. Any graduate student whose scholastic record does not meet the minimum requirements of the program and/or The Graduate School may be subject to dismissal.

Maintenance of good academic standing in The Graduate School requires a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher at all times while enrolled in a graduate program. Whenever a student’s cumulative average falls below 3.0, the student’s performance is to be reviewed by the student’s advisory committee to determine whether or not the student shall be permitted to continue graduate study. Conferral of a degree or certificate requires that the student have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 for all courses listed on the final plan of study or advisement report.

The following grades are considered to be below the standard expected for graduate work:

  • All “C” Grades, if directly within the student’s field of study. A “C” grade (including a “C+” or “C-”) may be considered acceptable if it is in a course in a supporting area that may be of benefit to the student and where the normal higher grade standard might discourage the inclusion of that coursework in the student’s program. Such work shall be identified in the plan of study.
  • All “D” Grades. A course in which a student received a “D” grade may not be included (or remain) on the student’s plan of study, and the student’s eligibility to continue in the degree program is reviewed by the student’s advisory committee.
  • Letters “F” and “U”: These grades necessitate a recommendation by the advisory committee to The Graduate School as to whether or not the student shall be permitted to continue graduate study.