The Graduate School - Policies and Procedures
Grades, Course Loads, and Special Courses
Individual Problem Course (570)
Special Topics Course (580)
Professional Development (588)
Graduate Consultation Course (589)
Undergraduate Courses (4XX)
Grade Point Average ( GPA) standards: A student must maintain a minimum 3.0 semester GPA, a minimum 3.0 GPA in the entire Program of Study and a cumulative 3.0 GPA overall. Any student whose cumulative or Program of Study grade point average is less than 3.0 at the end of any semester may be placed on probation or suspended from their degree program. (Refer to the section on Academic Probation and Suspension.)
Courses in which the student receives any grade lower than a "C-" and is not offered for either of the two subsequent semesters may be substituted by another course to fulfill the degree requirement. The original course will remain on the program of study but will be noted by The Graduate School as a substituted course.
The original course must be retaken if offered in either of the following two semesters, regardless of intended semester of graduation. A memo from the department head will be sufficient to clarify the intent of the additional course work.
Incomplete Grades: Unless a specified earlier time is given by the instructor, an “I” grade shall be made up no later than the end of the following semester (excluding summer session). The instructor may extend the time given to fulfill an “I” grade; however an “I” grade may not be extended beyond one calendar year. An “I”grade not made up in the prescribed length of time or within one calendar year lapses to a failure (F).
Course removal: A course listed on the Program of Study may not be removed once a grade has been posted.
Pass/Fail grades: In all pass/fail grading, passing work receives a "P" grade on a student's transcript but does not count in the grade point average. However, the course credit may count toward the number of credits required for degree completion.
Please Note: Failing work will receive an “F” grad and will count in the grade point average.
1. Nine (9) semester credits are considered a full-time graduate load.
2. International students are generally required to take a minimum of nine (9) credits per semester. International Students must contact the Office of International Programs for current policies.
3. To be considered a full-time student during the summer semester a student must be registered for at least nine (9) credits for any one or a combination of summer sessions.
Individual Problems (592) courses may be included in the Program of Study. The allowable number of 592 credit hours is limited as follows:
• Master’s (thesis) four (4) credits total.
• Master’s (non-thesis) six (6) credits total.
• Doctoral, no more than six (6) credits total.
Students who register for a 592 without an approved “Request for Individual Problems” form may be dropped from course.
Special Topics (580) courses may be included in a master's or doctoral Program of Study. The total number of Special Topics courses that may be taken during a graduate student's tenure varies by degree program.
Professional Development (588) courses are not applicable to degree programs and may not be used toward graduate degree requirements. Graduate programs approved prior to September 1, 2000 may use a maximum of three credits of Professional Development .
This course is permitted only for master's degree students who have completed all of their coursework and the thesis or the professional paper, but who need additional faculty or staff time. This course may not be used for degree credit requirements.
The following 4XX courses will NOT be approved for use on a graduate Program of Study:
494 (Undergraduate seminars),
492 (Undergraduate Independent Study)
498 (Undergraduate Internship)
490 (Undergraduate Research/Creative Activity Instruction)