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The Graduate College Handbook

for students, faculty and staff – August 2019

B. Academic Standing

Graduate students must maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) and make satisfactory progress in all other aspects of their degree programs in order to continue as students. Academic Standing reflects the student’s level of accomplishment with regard to these aspects. The Graduate College monitors cumulative and semester graduate GPA and time limits as described in Chapter 6.E., and the graduate programs monitor all other aspects of academic progress. There are three categories of Academic Standing: Good Standing, Probation and Dismissal.

  1. Minimum GPA
  2. Grade Point Average (GPA) Computation
  3. Academic Standing
  4. Minimum Program GPAs

  1. Minimum GPA:
    Campus policy requires a student to maintain a minimum cumulative graduate GPA of 2.75 and a semester GPA of 2.75 in order to continue in an advanced degree program, and to have a cumulative graduate GPA of at least 2.75 to graduate. Many departments, however, require a minimum of 3.0 or higher for the cumulative graduate GPA. For departments with higher minima, the Graduate College enforces the department’s minimum based on the calculated graduate cumulative GPA. Students enrolled in joint degree programs must meet the minimum GPA requirements of both degree programs in order to maintain satisfactory academic progress and to graduate.
    1. Minimum GPA Requirements by Program. All graduate students must meet the minimum degree GPA specified by the degree program in order to have the degree certified and to graduate. Students admitted in an earlier term may have a different requirement. See the Academic Catalog for the term of entry to determine minimum required GPA.
       
  2. Grade Point Average (GPA) Computation:
    The graduate GPA includes all hours and grades for all courses taken while enrolled as a graduate student. See chapter 3.A.2. for information about repeated courses. The GPA component of academic status is calculated at the end of each semester. At the point of calculation, graduate students must have a cumulative graduate GPA at or above their department’s minimum and must have a semester GPA of at least 2.75 to be in good standing. See chapter 3.A.1. for more information about grade points used in computations.
     
  3. Academic Standing:
    All graduate students must meet the minimum program grade point average (GPA) specified by the program in order to have the degree certified and to graduate. The Graduate College monitors minimum program cumulative and semester GPA and time limits for certain degree requirements as listed in Chapter 5 and Chapter 6.E., and failure to meet these requirements in any term can result in the student being placed on probation or dismissed from the Graduate College. Other factors that determine satisfactory academic progress are monitored by the student's program, and failure to meet these requirements can result in the program recommending to the Graduate College that the student be placed on probation or dismissed from the Graduate College.
    1. Good Standing:
      Good academic standing requires more than an acceptable cumulative and semester GPA. Graduate students must make satisfactory progress in all aspects of their program in order to continue as students and to graduate. Good standing can also be referred to as Full Graduate Standing, which is the normal status of graduate students with no holds (chapter 2.B.3.) or limited status (chapter 2.A.1) or probation status at the University.
       
    2. Probation due to GPA:
      Students placed on probation have one semester to improve their standing to Full Standing, or will be dismissed from the Graduate College. A student who has a cumulative graduate GPA below the degree program's minimum and/or a semester GPA below 2.75 at the end of any semester of enrollment will be placed on Graduate College probation. A student who has no cumulative graduate GPA recorded at the end of a fall or spring semester will be placed on academic probation. Once a student has been placed on probation, the student must raise the cumulative GPA to his/her program's minimum by the end of the next semester of enrollment and must earn a semester GPA of at least 2.75 in the next semester of enrollment, or face dismissal from the Graduate College.
       
    3. Probation due to Exceeded Time Limit:
      Students who have exceeded the time limit to complete their master’s degree or doctoral degree must successfully petition the Graduate College to continue in their academic program. Students who have exceeded their time limits will be placed on academic probation and will have up to three consecutive semesters to improve their standing to Good Standing or will be dismissed from the Graduate College. Students who are petitioning for their initial time extension in a program may be exempted from academic probation if their department requests that they be exempt due to justifiable reasons.

      Students who have been placed on probation due to having exceeded the time limit to complete Stage II of their doctoral degree will have a fall or spring semester to improve their standing to Good Standing or will be dismissed from the Graduate College.

      Once a student has been placed on probation due to an exceeded time limit, the student must complete that degree stage by the end of the probationary period or face dismissal from the Graduate College.

      In 2019-2020, students who have exceeded the time to degree limit will not be placed on academic probation. They will be notified that they will be on academic probation starting in Fall 2020 if they have not yet graduated.
       

    4. Probation Based on Program Recommendation
      Programs monitor academic progress of their students. Factors that a program may use to assess academic progress include, but are not limited to, performance in course work, satisfactory and timely completion of all milestones as determined by the program, satisfactory progress in research, overall graduate and/or program GPA, and performance on qualifying, preliminary, and other examinations. Failure to meet these requirements can result in the program recommending to the Graduate College that the student be placed on probation or dismissed by the Graduate College. The Graduate College will review the recommendation. If it is determined that the student will be placed on probation, the Graduate College will communicate the length of the probationary period and requirements for returning to Good Standing.
       
    5. Admission on Limited Status Due to Low GPA or No Comparable Bachelor’s Degree:
      Students who are admitted to the Graduate College on limited status because of no comparable bachelor’s degree or low GPA are admitted on probation (see chapter 2.A.1 for more information). If these students do not meet the minimum GPA for their program in the first fall or spring semester of graduate work, they will receive a notice of dismissal from the Graduate College (see chapter 3.B).
       
    6. Dismissal:
      A graduate student placed on probation who fails to improve their academic standing by the end of the probationary period will receive a notice of dismissal from the Graduate College. This action prohibits the student from registering and drops any courses for which the student has pre-registered. The graduate student may request reinstatement to the Graduate College through the graduate student petition process. The Graduate College will consider petitions containing strong support from the academic program they wish to pursue and strong justification based on other factors pertinent to the program's determination of satisfactory academic progress.
       
    7. Minimum Program GPAs:
      All graduate students must meet the minimum degree GPA specified by the degree program in order to have the degree certified and to graduate. Below are the current GPA requirements by program. Students admitted in an earlier term may have a different requirement. See the Academic Catalog for your term of entry.   

       
      Program or Major Minimum GPA
      Accountancy 3.0
      Advertising 2.75
      Aerospace Engineering 3.0
      Actuarial Science 3.0
      African Studies 3.25
      Agricultural and Applied Economics 3.0
      Agricultural and Biological Engineering 3.0
      Agricultural and Consumer Economics 3.0
      Agricultural Education 2.75
      Agricultural Engineering 3.0
      Agricultural Production 2.75
      Animal Biology (see Biology)  
      Animal Sciences (all programs) 3.0
      Anthropology 3.0
      Architecture (all programs) 2.75
      Art and Design (all programs) 2.75
      Art Education 2.75
      Art History 2.75
      Asian Studies 2.75
      Astronomy 3.0
      Atmospheric Sciences 3.0
      Audiology 3.0
      Biochemistry 3.0
      Bioprocessing & Bioenergy 2.75
      Bioengineering 3.0
      Bioinformatics (Animal Sciences, Bioengineering, Computer Sciences, Crop Sciences, Library and Information Science) 3.0
      Bioinformatics (Chemical and Biological Engineering) 2.75
      Biology (all programs) 3.0
      Biophysics and Computational Biology 3.0
      Business Administration 2.75
      Business Administration MBA 2.75
      Business Administration Executive MBA 2.75
      Cell and Developmental Biology (all programs) 3.0
      Chemical Engineering 2.75
      Civil and Environmental Engineering (all programs) 2.75
      Chemistry (all programs) 3.0
      Classics (all programs) 2.75
      Communication (LAS) 2.75
      Communications & Media PhD 3.0
      Community Health 3.0
      Comparative Biosciences 3.0
      Comparative Literature 3.25
      Computer Science 3.0
      Curriculum and Instruction (all programs) 3.0
      Creative Writing 3.0
      Crop Sciences 3.0
      Dance 2.75
      East Asian Languages and Cultures (all programs) 2.75
      East Asian Studies 2.75
      Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology 3.0
      Economics 3.0
      Education Policy, Organization and Leadership (all programs) 3.0
      Educational Psychology 3.0
      Electrical and Computer Engineering 3.0
      English 3.0
      English as a Second Language, Teaching of 3.0
      Entomology 3.0
      European Union Studies 2.75
      Finance 3.0
      Financial Engineering 2.75
      Food Science and Human Nutrition 3.0
      French 2.75
      General Engineering 2.75
      Geography 3.0
      Geology (all programs) 3.0
      Germanic Languages and Literatures 3.0
      Health Communication 2.75
      History (all programs) 2.75
      Human and Community Development 2.75
      Human Resources and Industrial Relations 3.0
      Industrial Engineering 3.0
      Informatics 2.75
      Information Management 2.75
      Italian 3.0
      Journalism 3.0
      Kinesiology 3.0
      Landscape Architecture 3.0
      Latin American and Caribbean Studies 3.25
      Law (all programs) 2.75
      Library and Information Science, M.S. 2.75
      Library and Information Science, C.A.S. and Ph.D. 3.25
      Linguistics 3.0
      Management 2.75
      Materials Engineering 3.0
      Materials Science and Engineering 3.0
      Mathematics (all master's programs) 3.0
      Mathematics, Ph.D. 3.25
      Mechanical Engineering 3.0
      Microbiology 3.0
      Molecular and Cellular Biology (NONE) 2.75
      Molecular and Cellular Biology 3.0
      Molecular and Integrative Physiology 2.75
      Music (all programs) 3.0
      Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences 3.0
      Neuroscience 3.0
      Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering (all programs) 2.75
      Nutritional Sciences 3.0
      Pathobiology 3.0
      Philosophy 3.25
      Physics (all programs) 2.75
      Plant Biology 3.0
      Plant Biotechnology 3.0
      Political Science 3.0
      Psychology 2.75
      Psychological Sciences 2.75
      Health Administration 3.0
      Recreation, Sport and Tourism 3.0
      Regional Planning 3.0
      Rehabilitation 3.0
      Religion 2.75
      Russian and East European Studies 3.25
      Slavic Languages and Literature 2.75
      Social Work 3.0
      Sociology 3.25
      South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies 3.25
      Spanish and Portuguese (all programs) 3.0
      Special Education 3.0
      Speech and Hearing Science (all programs) 3.0
      Speech Communication 2.75
      Statistics (Applied and Economic) 3.0
      Statistics (Analytical, MS and PhD) 2.75
      Strategic Brand Communication 2.75
      Sustainable Urban Design 2.75
      Systems and Entrepreneurial Engineering 3.25
      Taxation 3.0
      Teaching of Earth Science 3.0
      Technical Systems Management 2.75
      Technology Management 2.75
      Theatre 3.0
      Theoretical and Applied Mechanics 3.0
      Translation and Interpreting 2.75
      Urban Planning 3.0
      Veterinary Biosciences 3.0
      Veterinary Clinical Medicine 3.0