Standards for Maintaining Satisfactory Progress

It is crucial that students, Advisory Committees, and/or Program Directors monitor the students’ progress throughout the duration of their academic training. Continued financial support is contingent upon maintaining satisfactory progress at all times. Additionally, failure to achieve and maintain satisfactory progress, after counseling is sought from the Program, Advisory Committee and/or Dean of the Graduate School, can result in academic probation and ultimately, dismissal from the Program.

MSBDS students maintain satisfactory progress by:

  • Maintaining matriculation on a full-time basis unless permission granted by the program co-directors

  • Maintaining a minimum semester GPA of 3.0

  • Maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.0 for the core courses

  • Meeting with program leadership at least once per term

  • Actively working with a capstone advisor to develop and complete a capstone project

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