Section VI: Academic Standards

Basic Graduate School policies are stated in the Graduate School Handbook.

Students must maintain a graduate cumulative grade average of 3.0 or better in all graduate level courses and must maintain reasonable progress toward the degree.  Students who fail to maintain a 3.0 GPA or to maintain reasonable progress toward the degree may be placed on probation by the Graduate School, may be denied further enrollment in the program, and may lose any associateship held.

The GSC and/or Program Director will contact students whose GPA falls below 3.0, and their advisors.  The GSC and/or Program Director may deny further enrollment or may stipulate requirements regarding actions and/or specific courses to be taken, and time limitations for raising the GPA to at least 3.0.  Students may be permitted to continue enrollment if reasonable progress in restoring the GPA to good standing is made.  The GSC defines “Reasonable Progress” as steady improvement of the graduate GPA in the course or set of courses approved for the student.

Dismissal from University (Graduate School Handbook Section V.7):  "A student who is on probation and who does not raise the graduate CPHR to 3.0 or better at the end of the next semester or summer session of enrollment in the Graduate School may be dismissed from the University at the discretion of the Graduate School following consultation with the student’s Graduate Studies Committee Chairperson.  At the end of two consecutive semesters or sessions (including May session, if enrolled) on probation, the student is automatically dismissed from the university unless good standing is achieved.  If there are extenuating circumstances, the Graduate Studies Committee may petition the Graduate School for an exception to this policy."

The GSC may terminate or deny renewal of a Graduate Associateship to students on probation, with reevaluation for reinstatement upon attaining a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Failure to obtain an overall GPA of 3.0 by the end of year two will result in ineligibility to take any part of the Candidacy Examination.

The GSC also may deny further enrollment to students who, while maintaining a GPA of 3.0 or higher, fail to:

  • take the Candidacy Examination by the end of year two of enrollment, or by the end of the sixth semester of enrollment, whichever is later
  • complete doctoral requirements within four years following the Candidacy Examination.


Rev:  October 2013