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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.

Master of Liberal Studies Program Academic Probation, Dismissal and Reapplication

Satisfactory Academic Progress

  • You must maintain satisfactory academic progress to remain in the Master of Liberal Studies Program.
  • Only courses for which you receive a letter grade of C (2.0) or better count toward degree requirements; and a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 is required for graduation.
  • If your cumulative graduate GPA falls below 3.0, or if you do not complete 66.66% of cumulative graduate credits attempted, you will be placed on academic probation. You will then have one semester to improve your academic performance, such that your cumulative GPA returns to 3.0, and/or your cumulative completion rate exceeds 66.66%. You will be dismissed from the Master of Liberal Studies Program if after the probationary semester your academic performance has not improved to these levels.
  • If you have been dismissed from the Master of Liberal Studies Program for unsatisfactory academic progress, you may reapply after one calendar year has passed.  Readmission decisions are made by the MA of Liberal Studies Admissions Committee and are not automatic.
  • Only courses in which you receive a letter grade (A-F) are applied to your degree, except and only in the case of graduate internships, which may be graded S-NC.

Appeal of Unsatisfactory Academic Progress Removals from the Program

If you are dismissed from the Master of Liberal Studies Program for unsatisfactory academic progress, you may appeal the dismissal to the College of Arts and Sciences Dean.  The appeal must be in writing, and it must provide specific grounds for the appeal.  The appeal is due to the Dean within 30 days of the date of the letter notifying you of the decision to remove you from the program; appeals received after 30 days will not be considered.

Reactivating into the Master of Liberal Studies Program

If you are a student in good academic standing who has not registered for courses for three or more calendar years, you must reapply to the Master of Liberal Studies Program. If readmitted, you would be required to satisfy the degree requirements in force at the time of readmission, even if those requirements differ from those in force at the time of original admission to the Master of Liberal Studies Program.

Sequence of Master of Liberal Studies Program

Master of Liberal Studies Program students are expected to complete MLS 600 at the beginning of their Master of Liberal Studies programs, but may register for MLS 600 and one MLS 620 concurrently. A student who has successfully completed two MLS 620's without successfully completing MLS 600 shall be suspended from further MLS program-applicable registrations until MLS 600 is successfully completed.



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