Graduate students are required to maintain a grade-point average of at least 3.0, and cannot be approved for the comprehensive examination or graduation unless this average has been maintained. Students whose GPA falls below 3.0 are notified by letter that they are on academic probation, and are given one additional semester to bring their GPA up to a 3.0; if they fail to do so, they are dismissed from the university. Students who succeed in raising their GPA above 3.0 for one or more semesters after being on academic probation, but who in a later semester fall below a 3.0 GPA for a second time, will be dismissed from the university.
Students are not required to repeat courses in which the grade of F has been received unless the courses are specifically required by their graduate program. The grade of F, however, is computed in the cumulative GPA, and jeopardizes a student’s academic standing.