Failing Grades and Academic Progress

Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Policy

Failing Grades

When the work of a course has not been completed within the semester of registration, the grade of I is used. This automatically becomes a permanent I (unsatisfactory grade) unless the coursework is completed within a period of one year from the end of the semester in which the original grade is recorded.

Grades of a permanent I and C+ or lower are interpreted as failures. A student receiving such grades in more than two courses may be dismissed from their academic program.

Satisfactory Academic Progress

The GRS minimum standard for Satisfactory Academic Progress for students is:

  • Maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Have no more than two failing grades
  • PhD students must pass qualifying exams and other milestones on the schedule specified by the program

Time Limits

Master’s degrees must be completed within three years after the first registration for that degree.

PhD degrees must be completed within seven years after the first registration for that degree.

Petitions for extensions of time to complete degree requirements must be submitted prior to the end of the above limits. Students exceeding these time limits without an approved petition for an extension of time will not be permitted to register.

Discontinuation of Financial Aid

Students who fail to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress may have their financial aid discontinued.