Satisfactory Progress

In order to be considered in good standing and maintain satisfactory academic progress, graduate students are responsible for complying with all Graduate School and university requirements, including but not limited to, those related to enrollment and registration, grades, and time limits.

A violation of the Student Conduct Code may also affect a graduate student’s standing and can result in the student being ineligible for consideration under policies that require that the student be in good standing.

Students are also responsible for staying informed about and adhering to departmental regulations.

Students should pay particular attention to the following Graduate School policies:

Continuous Enrollment

Graduate students must register for at least three graduate credits each term (except Summer), unless on-leave status has been approved.

Continuous Enrollment Policy

Course Load

  • Full-time enrollment is at least nine graduate credits or three credits of 603 Dissertation for advanced doctoral students.

  • Half-time enrollment is at least five graduate credits.

  • Graduate employees (GE) are required to enroll in a minimum of nine graduate credits.

  • International students should consult with both the Graduate School and the Division of Global Engagement for requirements.

Credit Limits and Full-Time Course Load


Graduate students must maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average (GPA). The accumulation of more than five credits of N or F grades, regardless of GPA, is considered unsatisfactory.

Grades and Incompletes Policy

Time Limit

Master's, doctoral, and certificate students have seven years to complete their degrees/certificates.

Financial Aid Recipients

The Office of Student Financial Aid & Scholarships has additional satisfactory academic progress standards for financial aid recipients.