Program Policies

PROGRESSION, RETENTION, DISMISSAL, AND READMISSION POLICIES 

  • In order to graduate, students must earn a cumulative GPA of 3.0 for all graduate course work.

  • Students receiving two grades below “C” (“D”, “F”, “WF”, or “U”) will be dismissed from the program.

  • No course in which the student has earned a grade below a “C” will count toward completion of the degree.

  • Students also will be dismissed from the program if they accumulate 4 or more academic deficiency points. A grade of “C” equals one deficiency point. A grade of “D” equals 2 deficiency points. A grade of “F” or “WF” equals 3 deficiency points.

  • If dismissed from the program, the student must wait a minimum of two semesters before applying for readmission.  Any such readmission will be probationary and the Department of English reserves the right to place additional specific conditions and contingencies on any offer of readmission. Readmission is not guaranteed and prior academic performance and conduct in the program will be considered.

  • The maximum time allowed for completion of the master’s degree is seven calendar years. No work completed more than seven years prior to degree completion will be accepted toward the degree except with special permission from the Graduate Studies Committee and the Head of the Department of English, and approval by the Dean of the Graduate School.

No more than 3 semester hours of academic work may be transferred from another institution into the program. This credit must be documented in the form of an official transcript at the time of admission. Transfer credit will be evaluated after admission by the academic department. To be eligible, credit must be no more than seven years old prior to completion of the degree.