In addition to maintaining a minimum 3.00 grade-point average, students enrolled in a graduate degree program are required to demonstrate satisfactory academic progress toward degree completion. Students may change major professors with departmental approval, but are required to have a major professor or faculty advisor to maintain satisfactory academic progress. The major professor typically serves as the chair of the student's graduate committee. Failure to meet satisfactory academic progress requirements is grounds for disqualification by the Dean of the Graduate College. Each department has its own criteria for evaluation of a student's academic progress. The Graduate College will apply the appropriate department's criteria if the department requests a student's disqualification for failure to meet satisfactory academic progress guidelines. Departmental policies on satisfactory academic progress are available from departments and should be available online.
Guidelines for Departments
- Specific (core) courses that
- Must be completed by a certain time and/or
- Must be completed with a certain GPA
- Internships/clinical experiences/practica that have evaluation beyond the grade or that must be completed by a certain time
- Annual evaluation that goes beyond GPA, such as judgment by advisor (and/or others) as to research potential and/or specific skills (e.g., clinical, writing, laboratory)
- Must have completed various milestones by certain times (e.g., approved prospectus, successful passing of qualifying exams, comprehensive exams, constitution of thesis or dissertation committee, capstone courses, clinical or internship requirements)
- More stringent time to degree than Graduate College’s policy
- Specific grade requirements such as
- Minimum GPA in major requires a higher than 3.0 GPA or
- No courses below a B in major, or specific courses
- Minimum cumulative GPA above the Grad College requirement
- Rules for comprehensive exams (master’s and orals), such as
- When they must be taken
- Repeatable? Under what circumstances?
- Relation between written and oral, e.g.,
- How much time between
- What constitutes a PASS for written
- Whether or not writtens may be re-taken - if so, just failed questions or whole exam
- Who grades exams and how. Criteria for PASS
- Any special program requirements (such as a grad rep, specified length, etc.)
Special Information about Non-degree seeking students and satisfactory academic progress:
Non-degree seeking students are subject to a requirement of satisfactory academic progress: Non-degree seeking students must demonstrate satisfactory academic progress each semester by maintaining at least a 3.0 GPA as calculated over the preceding 2 semesters of enrollment as a non-degree seeking student. Students who do not meet this requirement will no longer be eligible for enrollment.