Academic Standing, Probation, and Dismissal

Maintaining Your Academic Standing

Continuous Enrollment

Students must register for and complete at least one graduate course within four academic semesters (fall/spring) or they will be dropped from the program and must apply for readmission. Reapplication must be made in accordance with the established deadline dates and current admission requirements. Students seeking readmission must pay the $65 application fee.

Time Limit for Degree Completion

All coursework and degree requirements must be completed within the six-year period immediately preceding a student's graduation. Coursework completed more than six years prior to date of graduation cannot be used to satisfy degree requirements unless approved by the adviser, department chair and school dean through a Waiver of Six Year Time Limit form.

Probation and Dismissal

All graduate students are required to maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale). A student is automatically placed on probation if the GPA falls below 3.0.

Matriculated full-time students are given one semester, and matriculated part-time students are given 9 credit hours to achieve a 3.0 GPA, provided total credit hours do not exceed the degree program by more than 6. Failure to achieve a 3.0 GPA within the specified time results in academic dismissal. In addition, failure to maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA during each semester of academic probation results in academic dismissal.

Premajor (undeclared) students must have a 3.0 GPA by the completion of 12 or more credit hours. Failure to achieve a 3.0 GPA by the completion of 12 or more credit hours of graduate-level coursework results in academic dismissal. A student with fewer than 12 credit hours automatically is placed on academic probation should the GPA fall below 3.0. Failure to achieve a 3.0 GPA by the completion of 12 credit hours results in academic dismissal. In addition, failure to maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA during each semester of academic probation results in academic dismissal.

Nondegree students have until the completion of the next semester in which enrolled to bring his or her GPA to 3.0 after being placed on academic probation. Failure to do so renders the student ineligible for further registration.

A student who has been academically dismissed must wait one full year from the time of dismissal before applying for readmission.

A student may be readmitted to the college only once after an academic dismissal. If readmitted, the student is automatically returned to academic probation if his or her cumulative GPA is below 3.0. The student then has one full-time semester or 9 credits of part-time study to achieve a 3.0 cumulative GPA, and must maintain a minimum of 3.0 GPA during each semester of academic probation. Failure to do so results in final academic dismissal.

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