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Grades, Repeats, and Grade Point Average

  • The Academic Policies section of Chapter 1 in the Graduate Catalog describes the grading system, repeat policy, and retention policy for graduate students.

  • In general, graduate students must maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA for master's degree, certificate programs, and doctoral programs and 3.25 GPA for specialist programs. If your program requires a higher GPA requirement, the information will be listed in the program description in Chapter 2 of the Graduate Catalog. The names of students whose cumulative GPA falls below the required minimum at the end of each term will be forwarded to the Graduate Program Director for advisement and a recommendation for retention or dismissal may be required.

  • Grades in all graduate-level courses factor into the cumulative graduate GPA.

  • Graduate students on scholastic warning do not have any warning or probation designation on their transcript.

  • Once dropped from a graduate program, students are ordinarily not admissible to another graduate program.

  • Courses may be repeatable for credit if designated as such in Chapter 3 of the Graduate Catalog. Also, refer to the Course Registration/Enrollment section for additional information.

  • Incomplete grades may be assigned for standard classes. Deferred grades may be assigned and changed to S or U for Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading modes or letter grades (A, B, etc) for Final Project grading modes.

  • Incomplete grades in graduate-level courses must be resolved before a graduate degree can be awarded.

  • Incomplete grades lapse to an F after one year unless the instructor specifies a shorter or extended time period by notifying the Registrar's Office (no specific form).