Section 5.1: Good Academic Standing

Good academic standing indicates that the student is meeting University and program requirements and is making satisfactory progress towards his or her degree.  The definition of satisfactory performance and progress toward completion of the degree may differ among degree programs; therefore, it is imperative that each graduate program have these requirements in writing and distribute them to students.  The academic performance and progress of each student should be reviewed at least annually.  Students who fail to meet requirements should be provided with a written explanation of performance expectations and a timetable for correction of deficiencies.


Graduate students are expected to maintain a minimum 3.000 grade point average (GPA), with the exception of students seeking the Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree, who are expected to maintain a minimum 2.400 GPA.  A graduate student who receives more than 8 credit hours of grades lower than B (3.000) is subject to dismissal.  A graduate student who receives more than 4 credit hours of grades lower than C (2.000) is also subject to dismissal.  Some programs impose higher standards.

Undergraduate course credits are not counted toward completion of any advanced degree.   A change by a graduate student from one department/school or program to another does not eliminate the grades received under the first enrollment from the student’s GPA.


All graduate students are expected to meet University and program requirements, and to make systematic progress toward completion of their degree. This progress includes satisfying the conditions listed below, and achieving the requirements set by the individual degree program.  If a student fails to satisfy the requirements of his or her degree program and/or the conditions outlined below, the student may be dismissed from the program.

  1. Maintain status as a degree-seeking student by registering for at least 1 graduate credit that contributes to degree requirements (as determined by the graduate program) each year or by taking an approved leave of absence.  Courses taken for audit and course withdrawals will not be counted as fulfilling the minimum enrollment requirements.  Meeting this minimum enrollment requirement does not guarantee the student will meet the minimum requirements of other programs, offices or agencies.
  2. For doctoral students, comply with the time limits for passing candidacy (five years from first enrollment) and for passing the final oral examination (five years from candidacy). Individual degree programs may have shorter time limits.
  3. Satisfy the maximum time limit for graduation (six years from first enrollment for master’s students, 10 years from first enrollment for doctoral students entering with a bachelor’s degree, nine years from first enrollment for doctoral students entering with a master’s degree).  Individual degree programs may have shorter time limits.

In addition to the performance and progress made upon the conditions listed above, individual degree programs will review student performance in the fulfillment of the degree program’s requirements.  Consideration may include, but is not limited to, such factors as performance during informal coursework and seminars, research capability and performance, professional standards of conduct and the number of grades of AU (Audit), IN (Incomplete), IP (In Progress) and W (Withdrawal) on a student’s record.