Academic Standards

School of Management Policy

Undergraduate

The School of Management Undergraduate Academic Standards Committee reviews the progress of all SMG students after the fall semester. Those students currently in good academic standing who fall into one of the following categories receive a warning letter:

  • All students whose cumulative GPA is below a 2.0.
  • All students whose semester grade point index (GPI) is below a 2.0.
  • Freshmen whose semester GPI is between 2.0 and 2.2.
  • All students who complete fewer than three 4-credit academic courses without prior approval of part-time status.

All SMG students are reviewed again at the end of each academic year. Those students currently in good academic standing who fall into one of the following categories are placed on academic probation for the following academic semester:

  • All students whose cumulative GPA is below a 2.0.
  • All students who complete fewer than six 4-credit academic courses during the previous academic year without prior approval of part-time status.

Students on probation are reviewed at the end of their probationary semester.

  • Those whose cumulative GPA remains below 2.0 or who complete fewer than three 4-credit academic courses without prior approval of part-time status are placed on probation for one final semester.
  • Those who raise their cumulative GPA to 2.0 or greater are removed from probation for the following semester.

Students who have been on probation for two semesters are reviewed at the end of the academic year.

  • Those whose cumulative GPA remains below 2.0 or who complete fewer than six 4-credit academic courses during the academic year without prior approval of part-time status are permanently dismissed from the School of Management and Boston University.
  • Those who raise their cumulative GPA to 2.0 or greater are removed from probation for the following semester.

Please note that, for the purposes of satisfactory academic progress, a completed course is one in which a student receives a grade of D or higher. Coursework taken in Boston University’s Summer Term immediately following the academic year under review will be considered in determining probation and permanent dismissal.

Students who begin as freshmen in the School of Management must earn a grade of no less than B– in SMG SM 122 Management as a System. Students earning less than a B– who wish to remain in the School of Management must take SMG SM 299 Management as a System (Intensive) in the subsequent summer or fall semester and earn at least a B–. Students earning less than a B– in both SM 122 and SM 299 are required to transfer out of the School of Management after their sophomore year. Such students may only take courses counted toward the Business Administration minor during the spring of their sophomore year while they prepare to transfer.

Students who begin as freshmen in the School of Management, or enter as external transfers, must earn a grade of no less than B– in SMG SM 131 Business, Society, & Ethics and SMG FE 101 Introduction to Finance. Students earning less than a B– who wish to remain in the School of Management must retake the course(s) in the subsequent summer or fall semester and earn at least a B–. Students earning less than a B– in either SM 131 or FE 101 are required to transfer out of the School of Management after their sophomore year or, in the case of external transfers, in the year after they entered the School of Management. Such students may only take courses counted toward the Business Administration minor during the spring of their sophomore year while they prepare to transfer.

Please note that, for the purposes of this policy, taking a “W” (withdrawal) grade in SM 131 or FE 101 is considered a grade of less than B–.

Graduate

Academic Performance Review for MBA, MS•MBA, and Dual Degree Students

The Graduate Programs Office (GPO) monitors students’ academic performance at the end of modules, Fall, Spring, and Summer Semesters up until the time of graduation. An MBA, MS•MBA, or dual degree student must maintain a cumulative GSM grade point average (CGPA) of at least 2.70 (on a 4.0 scale) to be in good academic standing (i.e., to graduate). MS•MBA students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.7 in each of the MBA and MSIS degree programs to be in good academic standing. Coursework taken outside Boston University School of Management is not calculated into the student’s CGPA.

The MBA Program Development Committee (PDC) has final responsibility for decisions regarding MBA, MS•MBA, and dual degree students with poor academic standing. The PDC determines whether students with poor performance will be withdrawn or permitted to stay in the MBA or MS•MBA and dual degree program and, if so, what specific steps must be taken to regain good academic standing.

All MBA, MS•MBA, and dual degree students who are not in good academic standing (i.e., with CGPAs below 2.70) after 8 credits attempted will be referred to the PDC for review. Students will be informed of their academic position via their BU email address prior to the start of the subsequent semester or module. All students in poor academic standing must meet with their GPO advisor (in person or by telephone) within 48 hours of receipt of this communication to discuss the situation. If a Student Statement (described below) is submitted, this is due within 72 hours of the performance notification. It is the student’s responsibility to be aware of the tight window between notice and action and plan accordingly.

Based on the student’s GSM CGPA there are two categories of poor academic performance:

  1. MBA, MS•MBA, and dual degree students with a GSM CGPA less than 2.70 but equal to or greater than 2.55 after 8 credits attempted will be placed on academic probation. The PDC will take one of the following probationary actions: (1) written warning, (2) written warning with requirements, or (3) required suspension for one or two semesters. The PDC determines the terms of the probation. The student will have the opportunity to provide a written statement concerning their academic performance to inform the PDC’s probation plan (See Student Statement, below). To remain in the program, students must make progress as outlined in the probation plan.
  2. MBA, MS•MBA, and dual degree students with a GSM CGPA less than 2.55 after 8 credits attempted will be informed that they have been flagged for withdrawal from the program. All withdrawal cases come to the PDC for a final review. As input into the PDC decision regarding permanent academic withdrawal, the student has the opportunity to provide a written statement explaining their academic performance (See Student Statement, below). A PDC decision for permanent academic withdrawal is final and no appeals to the PDC beyond the Student Statement are allowed.

After all program credits are completed, all MBA, MS•MBA, and dual degree students must achieve a 2.70 or higher CGPA in each of their degrees in order to graduate. Students are not permitted to take additional credits beyond the semester in which they have completed their degree requirements in order to improve their CGPA or restart enrollment, nor can they withdraw and re-enroll.

Please be aware that your CGPA can also affect your eligibility for continuing financial aid including scholarships and loans. Students must maintain satisfactory academic progress (at least 2.70 CGPA) in order to be eligible for continued Federal Stafford Loan and private educational loan funding.

Student Statement

The Student Statement is voluntary though it is strongly encouraged as it offers the sole opportunity for student input into PDC decisions. The statement is self-reflective and provides the student’s explanation for their poor academic performance. The statement is due within 72 hours of notice of poor performance by the GPO. The statement is the student’s individual work product and must be prepared accordingly.