Satisfactory Academic Progress

Satisfactory Academic Progress

All students are required to maintain satisfactory academic progress. Generally, this is interpreted to mean the student is taking courses that serve to complete degree requirements and is maintaining at least a 3.0 GPA. A 3.0 GPA is the minimum required for graduation. The MU Graduate School has a further discussion of satisfactory progress.

Full-time graduate students are considered to be making satisfactory progress if they are enrolled in at least nine semester credits of graded course work applicable to the student‘s degree program and satisfactorily complete 18 semester hours of graded course work in each 12-month period of enrollment.

Three-quarter time graduate students are considered to be making satisfactory progress if they are enrolled in at least six semester hours of graded course work each term and complete 12 semester hours of graded course work applicable to the student‘s degree in each 12-month period of enrollment.

Half-time graduate students are considered to be making satisfactory progress if they are enrolled in at least four semester hours of graded course work applicable to the student‘s degree program and satisfactorily complete eight semester hours of graded course work in each 12-month period of enrollment.

Periodic reviews are conducted to evaluate the progress of the student body. Students who are not considered to be making satisfactory academic progress are counseled about the consequences of lack of progress. The penalty can include dismissal from the program. Students who are on probation or otherwise not making satisfactory academic progress will not be allowed to begin their professional project or thesis.

Online master’s students are considered to be making satisfactory academic progress through completing a minimum of nine credit hours (three courses) in a 12-month period. Only the associate dean can grant exceptions to this policy.