Academic Progress

Your progress through the graduate program is evaluated primarily by the quality of your scholarly work (coursework and research activities) and meeting program milestones in a timely way. Students who are making satisfactory progress receive priority for departmental funding.

Satisfactory progress includes:

  1. Maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher (grades below 2.7 may not be counted toward a graduate degree. See Grading System for Graduate Students)
  2. Registering for a minimum of 10 credits per quarter
  3. Completing MA course requirements within the first three years of the program
  4. Completing the remaining Ph.D. requirements within three years of advancement to the PhD program (post-MA)

The Recommended Timeline is a planning tool for completing coursework and milestones for the MA and Ph.D. degrees.

Unsatisfactory progress includes:

  • Completing less than 15 “qualifying credits" in the first year of the program.
    • Credits in courses at the 500 (or approved 400-level)
    • Credits in courses with a numerical grade of at least 3.0 or a "Credit" or "Satisfactory" in a non-graded course
  • Not completing the required coursework and the MA degree by the fourth year of the program.
  • After advancement to the Ph.D. program: falling more than two quarters behind the expected timeline for satisfactory progress and receiving a passing grade on a subject area examination 

Unsatisfactory progress may result in a range of remedial actions which are explained on the Low Scholarship Page