Criteria for admissions and provisional admissions are delegated to academic units and teaching units.
Minimum requirement for full admission to a master’s program: A baccalaureate degree from an accredited U.S. institution or equivalent OR 3.30 cumulative GPA in a master’s program from an accredited U.S. institution or equivalent OR 3.5 cumulative GPA on the last 12 credits in a graduate degree program still in progress.
Academic units are responsible for the verification of specific application documents.
Applicants for whom English is not a native or first language must demonstrate proof of English language proficiency for graduate program that will be conducted in English.
Graduate students who have been admitted provisionally must obtain a 3.0 GPA after the first 9 credits or they will be academically dismissed.
Admissions to combined BA/MA programs must be made when undergraduates have between 75 and 90 completed undergraduate credits.
“Reserved credits” no longer exist for combined BA/MA programs.
There are changes in number of credits shared in combined BA/MA programs. For example, 9 credits for a 30- or 33-credit master’s program, 12 credits for a 36-credit master’s programs and 15 credits for a master’s program requiring 39 or more credits.
When transferring from non-degree status or a graduate certificate program to a graduate degree program, a maximum of 12 graduate credits may be transferred. Units can set additional restrictions.
Grades and Evaluation
Graduate GPA includes courses taken at AU and other Consortium institutions.
The grading scale for graduate students is equivalent to that for undergraduate students.
SP and UP grades will now be assigned for 797 and 899 courses. SP and UP grades are not used to calculate the graduate GPA and cannot be retaken to change a grade.
Restrictions on Pass/Fail courses that can be included in a graduate Program of Study (POS).
Students on academic probation cannot be granted an incomplete.
Graduate students have one semester to finish an incomplete. A course for which an incomplete has been granted cannot be dropped.
A maximum number of 9 independent study credit hours may be included in a graduate POS.
Clarification of average weekly work hours per number of internship credits earned.
A graduate course can be repeated only once. A graduate student can repeat only two courses included in a graduate POS.
Good Academic Standing requires a GPA on 3.0, current enrollment, or eligibility for current enrollment in graduate courses.
Satisfactory Academic Progress means being in Good Academic Standing, meeting defined program milestones in a timely manner, and receiving credit in two-thirds of the courses attempted.
A graduate student (a) with a GPA under 3.0 or (b) who obtains credit for less than two-thirds of attempted courses after 9 credits, will be placed on probation. Students (a) with GPAs under 3.0 or (b) with a completion rate less than two-thirds after 9 more attempted credits will be dismissed.
Multiple options exist for students who are not making satisfactory progress.
Every graduate student must have an approved Program of Study (POS).
Graduate course numbering has been clarified to further differentiate (a) graduate from undergraduate courses and (b) core content courses from more general graduate elective courses.
Doctoral students admitted to candidacy will register for 899 courses with a special pricing arrangement. Doctoral students who have finished coursework but who are working on their comprehensive exams or dissertation proposals have other registration options.
The conditions under which graduate and undergraduate courses may be cross-registered have been clarified.
The courses that can be counted toward a graduate degree have been clarified.
Full-time status is defined as registration for 9 credits in a fall or spring semester or 4 credits in a summer semester. Half-time status is defined as registration for 5 credits in a fall or spring semester or 2 credits in a summer semester.
The designation “in-lieu” of full-time registration will be phased out in May 2013. A range of other registration options currently exist.
Certain award categories (e.g., .5 FTE TA/RA, specific fellowships) require full-time status.
Graduate students in a degree program have a continuous enrollment requirement.
Theses and dissertations are now submitted electronically via ETD.
Specific categories of graduate students are required to obtain research assurances and Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training.
There are now clear time limits to degree completion with oversight of one 1-year extension requests.
Conditions under which transfer credits will be accepted and the timeline for the transfer process has been clarified.
Master’s and doctoral degrees require a minimum of 18 semester credit hours of in-residence graduate coursework.
Capstone requirements for master’s degrees have been simplified and made more flexible with regard to implementation by graduate degree programs.
Individualized MA/MS programs no longer exist.
Clear and standardized processes and requirements are now in place for certificate programs. (e.g., credit transfer, eligibility, GPA requirements, time limits)
Determination of comprehensive exam requirements has been delegated to the individual doctoral programs.
The requirements and processes for the examination of doctoral dissertations have been clarified.
Standards and the processes for the composition of doctoral committees have been clarified.
The conditions under which changes to registration can be made have been clarified.
The conditions under which temporary leaves from the University are granted and the processes for requesting temporary leaves are clarified.