Satisfactory Progress and Good Standing

In order to be considered in good standing and maintain satisfactory academic progress, graduate students are responsible for being aware of and in compliance 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 3 graduate credits each term (except Summer), unless on-leave status has been approved. Read the full policy on the Enrollment and Residency page.
  • Course load: Full-time enrollment is at least 9 graduate credits; or 3 credits of 603 Dissertation for advanced doctoral students; half-time is at least 5 graduate credits.  Graduate Employees (GE) are required to enroll in a minimum of 9 graduate credits. International students should consult with both the Graduate School and the Office of International Affairs for requirements.  More information is available on the Enrollment and Residency page.
  • Grades: Graduate students must maintain at least a 3.00 grade point average (GPA). The accumulation of more than 5 credits of N or F grades, regardless of GPA, is considered unsatisfactory.  Details are available on the Grades and Incompletes page. 
  • Time Limit: Master's, doctoral, and certificate students have 7 years to complete their degrees/certificates.  See the Doctoral Policies page or the Master's Policies page for more information.
There is an additional set of satisfactory academic progress standards for financial aid recipients.  The standards can be found online at:


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