Graduate Student Handbook

Academic Standing Requirements

To remain in good academic standing, graduate students are required to maintain a minimum GPA throughout the graduate program and make satisfactory progress toward their declared program. 

Master's students are required to maintain a minimum GPA of 2.7 at the end of every semester, and must be completing the appropriate courses in accordance with their degree program, as agreed upon with his/her assigned Faculty Adviser.

Ph.D. students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 at the end of every semester. In addition, they must be making satisfactory progress toward the degree, including taking courses as approved by the assigned Faculty Adviser, and satisfactorily passing/completing requirements such as the Qualifying Exams and the Dissertation proposal.

Students not making satisfactory academic progress may receive a warning or be placed on probation.  In the absence of improvement in the subsequent semester, students on warning or probation may be dropped from their program.

There is a minimum cum GPA of 3.0 to increase registration max above 4 CUs for master's students.

Grading Scale
The grading scale is as follows:

A+ A A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D F
4.0 4.0 3.7 3.3 3.0 2.7 2.3 2.0 1.7 1.3 1.0 0.0

The Pass/Fail option is NOT permitted for graduate students. The mark of "S" is used to indicate Satisfactory performance and the mark of "U" is used to indicate Unsatisfactory performance in a course taken as master's thesis research (597) or dissertation research (999).   The exception to the 597 grading applies only to Computer and Information Science students.

No course may be retaken/re-registered to improve a grade of "C" unless the content is different. (Students may, with instructor's permission, do additional work to improve this grade, however). Graduation may not be postponed for grade improvement if all other graduation criteria are met.

If a grade of "D" or "F" is received in a core or required course, which prevents graduation, the student has three options (Effective FA02 class):

  1. At the discretion of the instructor, the student can work with the instructor to improve the grade to "C" or higher with additional course work.
  2. At the discretion of the instructor, the student can retake the course by attending the course again (in a subsequent term) without registering or paying additional tuition, and will receive a grade change if earned.
  3. If instructor does not agree to either (1) or (2), the student's only option is to register and pay tuition for the course again. Upon successful completion of the retake with the same instructor, the original registration will be changed to "withdraw" with the instructor's permission . [Thus the original course and grade will not be counted toward graduation or GPA; i.e., SEAS will not allow the course to be counted twice toward the degree.]

Incompletes, NR (No Report), and Failures
The mark of "I" is used to designate an Incomplete, "NR" for No Report (no grade submitted), and "GR" (student was not present in class though enrolled). These marks will remain as permanent grades until a Change of Grade is submitted by the instructor of the course for the completion of the requirements.

Master's students will be permitted to graduate with a failure, "F" grade but must attain all course requirements. An "F" grade will not count towards the course requirements (Effective FA98 class). No grade lower than a "C-" will be counted in courses designated as "core" courses or those courses must be retaken.