Academic Progress and Graduation

University Policy

GMS Policy

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

In accordance with the Federal Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy 34 CFR 668.34, students enrolled in GMS are expected to adhere to the SAP policy and guidelines from matriculation through graduation. All degree candidates’ academic records will be reviewed at the end of each semester by the programs in which they are enrolled to ensure that they achieve SAP. A student who fails to achieve SAP may be subject to academic action, including academic probation and/or dismissal. Further, students who fail to maintain SAP may not be eligible for federal financial aid.

The following criteria will be used to determine SAP at the GMS level. However, individual degree programs may have additional and/or varied academic standards that must also be met to remain in compliance.

GPA Requirement

  • The minimum cumulative GPA requirement for graduation is 2.70.
  • Current students who have a GPA of 2.69 or below and/or have not met program-specific academic standards will require a specific learning plan and will be put on Academic Probation for the duration of one (1) semester. Learning plans must be developed in consultation with a student’s faculty advisor and/or program director, and should be monitored closely as the semester progresses. Students have the one (1) semester of academic probation to improve their GPA to meet the minimum GPA requirement and/or the academic standards set by the program. Failure to do so may result in loss of eligibility for federal loans and/or dismissal from the program.

Pace of Academic Completion

In order to complete the degree requirements within the recommended timeline for program completion, students must complete a minimum of 67% of all courses attempted per semester.

Maximum Time of Completion

MA and MS candidates have a maximum of five (5) academic years from matriculation to complete their degree unless otherwise specified in program requirements. Doctoral candidates have a maximum of seven (7) academic years from matriculation to complete their degree. A student requiring additional time beyond the maximum time of completion must submit a petition to the Associate Provost for GMS with a support letter from his/her graduate program director or chairman at least six (6) months prior to the deadline. An extension will only be allowed in extenuating circumstances.

Certified Full-Time Form

Students who submit the Certified Full-Time Form must include study and/or research goals for the semester, including number of research hours per week. Failure to achieve the stated goals may result in denial of certified full-time status in subsequent semesters.

Residency Requirement

Students must be registered in the semester in which the degree requirements are completed and in the preceding semester. Students should check with the GMS registrar for specific registration guidelines.