Standards for Maintaining Satisfactory Progress

Program Specific Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy

Master of Science in Epidemiology students maintain satisfactory progress by:

  • Making progress toward core and track courses - successfully completing required core courses within 2 attempts of taking the courses. Grades that are not considered a successful completion include: incomplete, missing grades, withdraws, and failing grades (F or below minimum).

  • Successfully completing at least 50% of course credits attempted each semester.

  • Resolving incomplete grades within the guidelines established by ISMMS.

  • Attaining an overall grade point average of 3.0 is needed at the time of graduation to be eligible to earn the degree. Students who earn a GPA below 3.0 should raise their GPA within 3 consecutive terms to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress.

  • Making progress toward degree requirements as outlined in the Culminating Experience Guide.

  • Demonstrating the ability to grow in professional skills.

  • Completing the degree program within the maximum time to earn degree prescribed for the degree, as outlined in the Graduate Program in Public Health Student Handbook

Students who do not meet the criteria for Good Standing may be placed on probation by the Program Director, Dean of the Graduate School, or their appointed representatives: including the Academic Advisory Committee and the Academic Program Office. Once a student is placed on academic probation, academic progress must be made within two terms. Dismissal is the likely consequence if performance continues to be unsatisfactory. Students on probation are considered enrolled.

Students are required to maintain a 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA). Students who fall below a GPA of 3.0 will be placed on academic probation. Anytime a student’s GPA falls below 3.0, the Academic Program Office and the Academic Advisory Committee will be consulted and a plan for remediation developed. The student will meet with a member of the Academic Advisory Committee, develop an individual plan of remediation, and sign a statement of understanding that they are on academic probation.

The Academic Advisory Committee meets at the end of each term and reviews the progress of each student on probation. If the GPA has not improved in the subsequent term, the student will continue to meet the Academic Advisory Committee member revising the remediation plan, as needed. If the student’s GPA has not reached 3.0 within two terms having been placed on probation, the student may be dismissed from the program.

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