Sound academic principles require that students be required to maintain a minimum level of academic standing. The standards of academic standing measure a student's performance in three areas: cumulative grade-point average (GPA), the
number of credits earned bearing less than a B, and performance in required courses. The Academic Progression Committee shall evaluate each matriculated student's academic standing at the end of each semester. Students who fail to maintain a minimum level of academic standing may be placed on probation, or may be suspended or dismissed, in accordance with the policies of the school. Academic standing for both part-time and
full-time matriculated students will be evaluated under the criteria given below.
Matriculated students who have earned 9 credits or more are required to maintain a minimum GPA
of least 3.0 for master's degrees and certificates, and at least 3.2 overall and 3.2 in the set of required courses specified by their department
for doctoral degrees.
Number of Credits Earned Bearing Less Than a B
Matriculated students are normally expected to earn grades of B (3.0) or better in their
coursework. No more than 9 credits bearing grades less than B (or less than 3.0) may be used in meeting the requirements for a master of public health (M.P.H.) or a doctoral degree; and no more than 6
credits bearing grades less than B (or less than 3.0) for a master of science (M.S.) degree.
Performance in Required Courses
Students who fail a required course must repeat the course and receive a passing grade if they wish to remain in the school. Upon receipt of a failing grade, an immediate appointment must be made with the faculty adviser for counseling. (The grade of F is averaged into the GPA, as well as the second grade received for the course.)
For more information about probation, dismissal, or appeal, please see the Academic Standing policy.