Graduate College

GPP: Academic progress

Academic progress

Grade point averages

GPA (Grade Point Average) Graduate students must maintain a minimum 3.00 grade point average (GPA) to maintain satisfactory academic progress and to graduate. The minimum 3.00 GPA must be maintained on all GPA’s (Plan of Study (iPOS) GPA, Overall Graduate GPA and Cumulative GPA)

  1. The iPOS GPA is calculated on all courses that appear on the student’s approved iPOS (with the exception of LAW and Transfer credits)
  2. Cumulative ASU GPA represents all courses completed at ASU during the graduate career.
  3. The Overall Graduate GPA is based on all courses numbered 500 or higher that appear on the transcript after admission to a graduate program or graduate non-degree. This includes shared coursework if in an approved accelerated bachelor’s/master’s program.

Courses with grades of “D” (1.00) and “E” (0.00) cannot appear on the iPOS but will be included when calculating the Graduate GPA. Courses with an “I” grade cannot appear on the iPOS.

Satisfactory academic progress

All graduate students are expected to make systematic progress toward completion of their degree. This progress includes satisfying the conditions listed below, and achieving the benchmarks and requirements set by the individual degree programs. Each degree program should have in place policies for satisfactory academic progress. Students are responsible for verifying additional satisfactory progress policies as required by their degree program. If a student fails to satisfy the requirements of their degree program and/or the benchmarks outlined below, the student may be dismissed from their program based on the academic unit’s recommendation to the Graduate College. The Dean of the Graduate College makes the final determination.

  1. Graduate students must maintain a minimum 3.00 grade point average (GPA) to maintain satisfactory academic progress and to graduate. The minimum 3.00 GPA must be maintained on all GPA’s (Plan of Study (iPOS) GPA, Overall Graduate GPA and Cumulative GPA). If either GPA falls below 3.00, the student must develop, with their advisor, an academic performance improvement plan that includes the conditions and timeframes for making satisfactory academic progress in their degree program..
    1. The iPOS GPA is calculated from all courses that appear on the student’s approved iPOS.
    2. Cumulative ASU GPA represents all courses completed at ASU during the graduate career.
    3. The Overall Graduate GPA is calculated from all courses numbered 500 or higher that appear on the transcript, with the exception of courses counted toward an undergraduate degree at ASU (unless shared with a master’s degree in an approved bachelor’s/master’s degree program); and courses identified as deficiencies in the original letter of admission. The student is considered to be on academic probation until the conditions specified in the academic performance improvement plan are met and both GPAs are above 3.00.
  2. Satisfy all requirements of the graduate degree program.
  3. Satisfy the maximum time limit for graduation from the student’s graduate degree program (six years for master’s, ten years for doctoral).
  4. Doctoral students must comply with the five year time limit for graduation after passing the comprehensive examinations.
  5. Successfully pass comprehensive exams, qualifying exams, foreign language exams, and the oral defense of the proposal/prospectus for the thesis or dissertation.
  6. Successfully complete the culminating experience and, if required, the oral defense of the culminating experience.

Graduate students must stay continuously enrolled in their degree program. Failing to do so without a Graduate College approved Request to Maintain Continuous Enrollment is considered to be lack of academic progress and may lead to automatic dismissal of the student from the degree program. Persistent “W” and “I” grades during multiple semesters on a plan of study or transcript may reflect lack of academic progress