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Satisfactory Progress - Academic Expectations

Academic Progress Expectations

Continuation in the Graduate School is at the discretion of a student’s program, the Graduate School, and a student’s advisor. The Graduate School sets minimum standards that all graduate students in the university must meet. Many departments and programs have additional requirements that exceed these Graduate School minimum requirements. The definition of satisfactory progress varies by program. The Graduate Guide includes the Graduate School’s minimum degree requirements and each program’s minimum criteria for satisfactory progress.

All Students

All AOS graduate students are expected to participate in the intellectual life of the department including attending weekly seminars, annual events, and other activities. All students should meet with the program manager and/or faculty director regularly to prepare and fill out a progress report toward the end of each semester.

The Graduate School requires that students maintain a minimum graduate GPA of 3.0 in all graduate-level work (300 or above, excluding research, audit, credit/no credit, and pass/fail courses) taken as a graduate student unless probationary admission conditions require higher grades. The Graduate School also considers Incomplete (I) grades to be unsatisfactory if they are not removed during the subsequent semester of enrollment; however, the instructor may impose an earlier deadline.

A student’s failure to comply with expectations for satisfactory progress may result in disciplinary action or dismissal. A student may be placed on probation or suspended from the Graduate School for low grades or for failing to resolve incompletes in a timely fashion. In special cases the Graduate School permits students who do not meet these minimum standards to continue on probation upon recommendation and support of their advisor.