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Academic Progress

To remain in good standing and to be qualified for graduation, you must maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0. Grades below C do not apply to program requirements, but are calculated in the cumulative grade point average. Policies relating to academic probation, dismissal and reapplication are determined by the school or college in which you are enrolled.

Academic Appeal Procedure

The university has written procedures for appealing decisions concerning admissions, instructors' evaluations, and approval of degree plans or qualifications for graduation.

Program Requirements

Program requirements supported by published policies, which are effective at the time a student is admitted to a graduate program, cannot be appealed. Students must meet the requirements for a degree as listed in the Metropolitan State University Graduate Catalog or other official program materials in place at the time of admission to Metropolitan State. If a student is not enrolled over three consecutive years, the program requirements will be those in place when the student is readmitted to the graduate program.


Decisions supported by published policies or clearly stated expectations of instructors cannot be appealed under the policy. An instructor's evaluation is not changed during the appeals process unless there is clear and convincing proof the evaluation was arbitrary and/or capricious and was unfair to the student.  Changes in grades must be authorized by a dean or the academic affairs vice president.

Graduation Requirements

Decisions supported by published policies regarding satisfactory completion of graduation requirements or changes in requirements due to nonenrollment over three continuous years are not appealable. Designated program graduation requirements cannot be appealed beyond the level of the college dean.

Appeal Process

A student should work informally with appropriate persons, such as the instructor, appropriate department chair or dean, before filing a formal appeal. Formal appeals must be addressed in writing to the appropriate person. Supporting documents, if any, must be attached. A specific request for the desired redress (action) must be indicated.

To begin the formal appeal process, students must submit an appeal form with the required signatures within a specified time. Forms are available from the Student Affairs Office.


Once you are admitted to a graduate program, you are assigned an academic advisor. In matters where the permission of your school or college is needed, your academic advisor is the person to consult. Prior to admission, you may consult with your school or college concerning policies and requirements. The school and college listings in this catalog direct you to appropriate personnel. If you wish to change your advisor, contact your school or college for appropriate procedures.

Grading Policy

The chart below indicates the letter grades and the quality points used to calculate grade point averages for graduate students.


Grade Quality Point/Credit Hour
A Excellent 4.0
A- 3.67
B+ Good 3.33
B 3.0
B- 2.67
C+ Marginal Pass 2.33
C 2.0
F 0.0
NC No Competence 0.0
W Withdrawal
I Incomplete

If you withdraw from a course after the first week of classes, the withdrawal is recorded. Earlier withdrawals are not recorded as a W. In each term, there is a date after which you are not allowed to withdraw from a course. Consult the Class Schedule for this date.

If you are passing a course but cannot complete the requirements due to unavoidable circumstances, you may request an incomplete (I). You must request the incomplete from your instructor no later than the final week of the course. If you simply fail to hand in material or take a final examination, you will not be automatically given an incomplete. An incomplete converts to an F or no competence (N) if not completed by the end of the following semester. In granting your request for an incomplete, your instructor may stipulate a shorter completion time. If so, the conversion to F or N will occur at the end of that completion time.


You will be eligible to graduate when you have completed all of the requirements for your graduate degree or will have completed all of these requirements at the end of the current semester. There are two steps in the graduation process: you must notify the Graduation Desk of your intent to graduate; and you must also notify your school or college. Specific graduation dates and deadlines are published regularly in the Catalyst and Class Schedule. You are encouraged to participate in the commencement ceremony most closely following the completion of your degree.


The registration schedule and instructions are printed in each Class Schedule and on the Web. Once admitted, you may register by Touch-tone telephone, through the university's Web site, by mail, or in person at the Saint Paul or Minneapolis campuses.

Registration by Undergraduate Students

With permission of the college or school, advanced undergraduates may register for certain graduate courses. Policies on undergraduate registration are determined by individual schools and colleges.

Course Prerequisites

Students are responsible to both be aware of and abide by prerequisites for the courses for which they enroll.

Refund Policy

Refunds can be requested through the Registration Office. Refunds are mailed within approximately four weeks. The time limits for refunds do not include extensions given for learning opportunities. Application, graduation and transcript fees are nonrefundable. Refund rates differ depending upon whether or not you are withdrawing completely from the university, whether you are receiving financial aid, and whether or not you enrolled at Metropolitan State University for the first time. These refund policies are subject to change with change in Minnesota State Colleges and Universities and federal policies. All changes or exceptions are in the Class Schedule. Contact the Accounts Receivable Office if you have questions.

Institutional Refunds for Drops (dropping some, but not all registrations)

Courses: You will receive a full refund if you drop a course after registration, but before the seventh calendar day of the term or one class day after the first class session, whichever is later. No refunds will be awarded after that time. For classes less than three weeks long, you will receive a full refund before the first class.

Theory Seminars: You will receive a full refund up to one day after the first session. No refunds will be awarded after that time.

Faculty-designed Independent Studies: You will receive a full refund up to four weeks subsequent to registration, if no work has begun and the instructor's permission is obtained. No refunds will be awarded after that time.

Other: There are no refunds for student-designed independent studies, internships or assessments of prior learning.

Withdrawal from the University (dropping all registrations)

Official withdrawal is defined as terminating enrollment in all registered courses for an academic semester. A student must request that an official withdrawal from Metropolitan State University be processed. Dropping courses on the Web, Touch-tone telephone or in-person registration does not initiate an official withdrawal.

Withdrawal requests and questions are handled by the registrar. Mail to Metropolitan State University, Registrar, 700 East Seventh Street, Saint Paul, MN 55106-5000; or telephone 651-793-1227 or fax 651-793-1235. The following information is needed for withdrawal processing: full name, mailing address (where the refund, if any, will be sent), daytime telephone number, social security number and the academic term of withdrawal.

Please note that refunds for Title IV financial aid recipients are determined by federal guidelines, which supersede these guidelines. Federal regulations require Metropolitan State University to give first priority to repaying financial aid programs in the event of a refund of tuition and fees resulting from withdrawal from the university.

Student Conduct Code

Each student at Metropolitan State University has the right to an education, and it is the university's responsibility to provide an environment that promotes learning and protects the safety and well-being of the university community. Any action by a student that interferes with the education of any other student or interferes with the operations of the university in carrying out its responsibility to provide an education are considered a violation of the Student Conduct Code. Disciplinary actions are handled in an expeditious manner and reflect due process.

Proscribed Conduct: Allegations of discrimination, harassment, violence or academic dishonesty shall be adjudicated under separate procedures in accordance with Metropolitan State University's policies on those issues.

University Jurisdiction: The university reserves the right to take necessary and appropriate action to provide an environment that promotes learning and protects the safety and well-being of the university community.

University jurisdiction is asserted when violations of the Student Conduct Code occur on university premises. In addition, university jurisdiction shall extend to violations of the code committed off campus when:

  • the violation is committed while participating in a university-sanctioned or sponsored activity;
  • the violation constitutes a felony under state or federal law; or
  • the violation adversely affects the education, research or service functions of the university.

Violations: The provisions of this policy do not affect the rights of persons in authority to take any immediate and temporary actions necessary to retain the classroom or program atmosphere, and to uphold established policies, regulations and laws. Any student engaged in the following behaviors is subject to the disciplinary sanctions outlined in this policy.

Violation of Law and University Discipline: If a student is charged only with an off-campus felony violation of federal, state or local laws, but not with any other violation of the code, disciplinary action may be taken and sanctions imposed for grave misconduct which demonstrates flagrant disregard for the university community. In such cases, no sanctions may be imposed unless the student has been found guilty in a court of law or has declined to contest such charges, although not actually admitting guilt (such as, "no contest" or "nolo contendere").

University disciplinary proceedings may be instituted against a student charged with violation of a law which is also a violation of this Student Conduct Code.

Judicial Process

Charges and Informal Process: Any member of the university community may file charges against any student for violations of the Student Conduct Code. Charges should be in writing for the record, but can proceed on verbal notification to the conduct code officer. Any charge should be submitted as soon as possible after the event takes place, preferably within three working days. A formal process is also available if a mutually acceptable resolution cannot be reached during the informal process.

Complete information about the procedures and possible sanctions is included in the Student Handbook.

Timely Completion Policy

All work for learning activities must be completed according to the following schedule:

  • All Courses: You must meet deadlines set by course instructors. You must complete incompletes by the end of the next academic semester or at an earlier date, if specified by the instructor at the time the incomplete was granted.
  • Faculty Designed Independent Study Courses: You must complete all course work by the end of the semester. If you choose to register after the start of the semester for an independent study, you will have shorter amount of time to complete.
  • Student Designed Independent Study Courses: You must complete all course work within 140 days (20 weeks) from the start of the semester or the date of registration for the course, whichever is later.
  • Internships: Students must complete work within 180 days from the date of registration of the internship.
  • Other learning: You must complete work for theory seminars and assessment of prior and other institutional learning and submit evaluations within 90 days of registration.

Time Limit

You must meet all graduation requirements within the time limit specified by your school or college. If you exceed the time limit, you may petition your school or college to revalidate courses taken at Metropolitan State University prior to the date of your graduation. A course in which you received a grade below B- cannot be revalidated. Alternatively, you may petition your school or college to extend the specified time limit. Specific policies relating to the revalidation of courses or the extension of the time limit are determined by individual schools and colleges.

Transfer Policy

With the approval of your school or college, you may apply certain credits earned in other accredited graduate programs toward your Metropolitan State degree. Transfer policies are determined by individual schools or colleges.

Tuition and Fees

When you register for a class, you are reserving university (public) resources for yourself, and we assume you will attend that class. The university invests resources in your enrollment, even if you do not attend the entire course. Tuition and fees are subject to change by action of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees. Current tuition and fees are listed in the Class Schedule. For information about activity, graduation, transcript and extension fees, contact the Registrar's Office. The university accepts Visa and MasterCard, money orders, employer purchase orders, agency authorization or financial aid (award letter) for tuition and fee payment. Payment plans are available through the Accounts Receivable Office. Call the Registration Office regarding reciprocity.


You may formally withdraw from a course up through the end of the eleventh week of the semester and from a faculty-designed independent study within 11 weeks of registration. This is recorded on a transcript as a W. If you do not formally withdraw before the deadline, you will receive an appropriate grade. The deadline for course withdrawal is published in the Class Schedule. You receive an F or a no competence for any course in which you register but fail to attend. You are responsible for tuition and fees for all classes. You are not allowed to withdraw from a theory seminar after the formal drop/add period. There is no withdrawal from internships or student-designed independent studies.

To formally withdraw, students must submit a written request or call the Registration Office at 651-793-1234; you may not withdraw on the Web or by Touch-tone telephone. If you withdraw from a course prior to the end of the first week of classes, this is considered a drop and not a withdrawal and no record of the course appears on your transcript.

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