Academic Progress Requirements

GPA Requirements

Students must obtain a 3.00 GPA, both overall and for courses on the Plan of Study. All courses on the approved plan, including supporting courses must be completed with a grade of "C-" or better (see Graduate Degree and Certificate Requirements section below).

Probation due to Unsatisfactory Grades

Students whose cumulative GPA falls below a "B" (3.00 GPA) will be placed on probation by the Graduate School. Enrollment for one semester of probation normally is permitted to remedy an unsatisfactory GPA. If the student does not achieve a 3.0 GPA within one semester after being placed on probation, the Graduate School will consult with the department about dismissal of the student from Graduate School. For more information on probation and possible appeal options please check the Graduate Catalog.

Satisfactory Progress toward a Graduate Degree

All graduate students are required to have an Annual Review of Progress at least once a year by their Advisory Committees. Students who do not yet have a Plan of Study and an Advisory Committee will be reviewed by the Graduate Program Chair or Graduate Program Coordinator. If a student fails to make satisfactory progress toward degree requirements (coursework, grades, research, projects, examinations, and other requirements), permission may be denied to continue in the degree program. This decision may be reached by the student's Advisory Committee, the Graduate Program Chair, or the Department Head, and will be communicated to the Graduate School. The Graduate School will dismiss the student for unsatisfactory progress following the recommendation by the department. A departmental recommendation for dismission will typically include

  • documentation of at least one review indicating unsatisfactory progress,
  • communication to the student about what was needed to reestablish satisfactory progress, and
  • evidence that the student's progress continued to be unsatisfactory (second review).