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Good Academic Standing Policy

The Bower School of Population Health defines a student in good academic standing as one who is making acceptable progress toward a graduate degree and who is eligible to register for and pursue academic coursework at UMMC for the current semester. All graduate students are expected to remain in good academic standing throughout the entire course of their study.

The minimum requirements for good academic standing established by the SoPH are as follows:

  • A PhD student must maintain a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher based on a four point grade scale.
  • A MS student must maintain a grade point average (GPA) of 2.8 or higher based on a four point grade scaled.

Under such a scale a grade of A is assessed 4 point, a B 3 points, a C 2 points, and an F 0 points. A grade of C or below is not acceptable for graduate credit but will be included in the calculation of the student’s GPA. Per the Grade Forgiveness Policy, SoPH graduate students who earn a grade of C or below in a course may retake the course once, and the grade earned in the repeated course will be used in calculating the student’s overall UMMC GPA. Although the original grade will not be calculated into the student’s GPA, it will remain on the transcript. Students may only remediate two courses in which they earn a C or below over the course of the degree program. Per the Academic Probation Policy, students may be allowed 3 continuous semesters to raise their GPA to an acceptable level. Failure to do so will result in administrative withdrawal from the academic degree program.

Individual programs may have specific academic requirements in addition to those stated here. Academic requirements other than those imposed by the SoPH.