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Admissions Appeal and Retention

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Admissions Appeal Procedure

A written request for review must be submitted that describes any extenuating circumstances that would explain the non-qualifying GPA. In addition the candidate may also include letters of recommendation that speak to the candidate's abilities and commitment to graduate level work.

The candidate may also include any other materials he/she feels would be beneficial for admissions consideration. After reviewing the materials submitted by the candidate the department may request an interview.

Student Retention Policy
  • The student must maintain at least a 3.0 average in all graduate course work.
  • Two Cs are allowed in graduate level courses. This includes graduate level prerequisites.
  • A student who falls below a 3.0 GPA in graduate work will be considered on probation. The student must remove the probationary status within 9 credit hours of course work. Probationary status is removed by improving the GPA to 3.0 or above. If the probationary status is not removed, the student is dismissed from the program.
  • A student dismissed for academic reasons may reapply for admissions after one calendar year and should follow the Admissions Appeal Procedure.
  • A course may be retaken only once in order to improve a grade and a maximum of three classes may be repeated for grade improvement purposes.
  • There is no residency requirement.
  • A student must complete the degree within a 5-year period.