May 25, 2024  
2023-2024 Catalog 
    
2023-2024 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Graduate Studies


 

ADDENDUM

Section: Graduate Notice, Disqualification, and Reinstatement was revised on May 8, 2023, after the original catalog publication date. {Previously “Graduate Probation, Disqualification, and Reinstatement”}

Section: Drop and Withdrawal policy information was revised on August 16, 2023, after the original catalog publication date.

Section: Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement: Graduate Level (GWARGL) was revised on August 30, 2023, after the original catalog publication date.


Office of Research and Graduate Studies

Administrative Building 5102
(760) 750 4066
www.csusm.edu/gsr/

General Information

Graduate education is advanced study that goes substantially beyond the baccalaureate level in terms of specific content and academic rigor. Graduate study involves both greater independence and closer intellectual interaction with faculty mentors as the student develops focused knowledge and expertise in a subject area. The graduate student is expected to master advanced coursework as well as engage in independent study and research, scholarship, or creative activity.

sunset overlooking CSUSM labyrinth

The faculty who teach in graduate programs at Cal State San Marcos possess the appropriate terminal degree and experience needed to provide the advanced mentoring involved in graduate research, scholarship, and creative activity. In addition to the core graduate curriculum in each program, students are required to complete an appropriate culminating experience (thesis, project, or comprehensive examination).

A master’s degree from Cal State San Marcos prepares students for academic careers in higher education, including continued study at the doctoral level; or for advanced positions in business, industry, and the public sector.

Admission Requirements for Graduate and Post-Baccalaureate Students

Admission to the University

Graduate and post-baccalaureate applicants may apply for a degree objective, a credential or certificate objective, or where approved may have no program objective. Depending on the objective, the CSU will consider an application for admission as follows:

General Requirements — The minimum requirements for admission to graduate and post-baccalaureate studies at a CSU are in accordance with university regulations as well as Title 5, Chapter 1, Subchapter 3 of the California Code of Regulations.

Specifically, a student shall at the time of enrollment:
(1) have completed a four-year college course of study and hold an acceptable baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by a regional accrediting association, or shall have completed equivalent academic preparation as determined by appropriate university authorities;
(2) be in good academic standing at the last college or university attended;
(3) have earned a grade point average of at least 2.5 on the last degree completed by the candidate or have attained a grade point average of at least 2.5 (A=4.0) in the last 60 semester (90 quarter) units attempted; and
(4) satisfactorily meet the professional, personal, scholastic, and other standards for graduate study, including qualifying examinations, as appropriate university authorities may prescribe. In unusual circumstances, a university may make exceptions to these criteria.

Admission to the Department or Program

The applications of students meeting University requirements for admission and desiring admission to a master’s program must also be reviewed in the appropriate department, to determine whether the student meets requirements for admission to its particular program. All programs may require a separate application in addition to the University application. Students who meet both departmental/program and university requirements for a master’s program will be admitted as either Graduate Conditionally Classified or Graduate Classified. Students seeking a teaching credential who meet both college and university requirements will be admitted as Classified Post-baccalaureate.

Students who meet the minimum requirements for graduate and post-baccalaureate studies may be considered for admission in one of the four following categories:

  • Graduate Classified – To pursue a graduate degree, applicants are required to fulfill all of the professional, personal, scholastic, and other standards, including qualifying examinations, prescribed by the university; or
  • Graduate Conditionally Classified – Applicants may be admitted to a graduate degree program in this category if, in the opinion of appropriate campus authority, deficiencies may be remedied by additional preparation; or
  • Post-Baccalaureate Classified (e.g. admission to an education credential program) – Persons wishing to enroll in a credential or certificate program will be required to satisfy additional professional, personal, scholastic, and other standards, including qualifying examinations, prescribed by the university; or
  • Post-Baccalaureate Unclassified – To enroll in undergraduate courses as preparation for advanced degree programs or to enroll in graduate courses for professional or personal growth, applicants must be admitted as post-baccalaureate unclassified students. By meeting the general requirements, applicants are eligible for admission as post-baccalaureate unclassified students. Admission in this status does not constitute admission to, or assurance of consideration for admission to, any graduate degree or credential program. (Most CSUs do not offer admission to unclassified post-baccalaureate students).

(These and other CSU admissions requirements are subject to change as policies are revised and laws are amended. The CSU website and the CSU admissions portal portal are good sources for the most up-to-date information.)

Graduate and Post-Baccalaureate English Language Requirement 

All graduate and post-baccalaureate applicants, regardless of citizenship, whose native language is not English and whose preparatory education was principally in a language other than English must demonstrate competence in English. Those who do not possess a bachelor’s degree from a post-secondary institution where English is the principal language of instruction must receive a minimum score of 80 on the internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based TOEFL, or an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) minimum score of 6.0.

Individual degree programs may require a higher score.

Graduate and Post-Baccalaureate Application Procedures

All graduate and post-baccalaureate applicants (i.e., Ed.D., joint Ph.D. applicants, master’s degree applicants, those seeking educational credentials or certificates, and where permitted, holders of baccalaureate degrees interested in taking courses for personal or professional growth) must file a complete graduate application as described in the graduate and post-baccalaureate admission materials on the Cal State Apply website. Applicants seeking a second bachelor’s degree should submit the undergraduate application for admission.

Applicants who completed undergraduate degree requirements and graduated the preceding term are also required to complete and submit an application and the $70 nonrefundable application fee. To be assured of initial consideration by more than one CSU, it is necessary to submit separate applications (including fees) to each. All CSU applications must be submitted online on the Cal State Apply website. An acknowledgement will be sent to the applicant when the online application has been submitted.

Graduate and post baccalaureate applicants are encouraged to submit applications to the University during the initial filing periods (October for Fall semester admission and August for Spring semester admission). Graduate applicants to masters and credential programs must apply to both the University and the program intended. Individual masters and credential programs may have specific deadlines for program applications; check the relevant departmental catalog section for program deadlines. Official transcripts from each college or university attended must be filed with both the Office of Admissions and the program office.

International Students

All applicants who wish to enter the United States on a student visa or who are in the U.S. on a non-immigrant, student visa must file a completed “International Student Application” accompanied by a financial affidavit with the Office of Admissions. This form is available at https://www2.calstate.edu/apply/international. In addition, a department application form must be submitted directly to the graduate program. Official transcripts (with certified English translations) must be submitted both to the department and the Office of Admissions. For more information, see the International Student Admission Requirements  in the Admission and Application section.

Special Regulations and Requirements for Graduate Students

Repeat of Graduate Courses and GPA Adjustment Policy

When students repeat a course for the sake of improving upon an earlier, unsatisfactory performance, they may, under certain circumstances, request to have the earlier grade ignored in the computation of their grade point average (GPA). The following policies outline the circumstances under which graduate students may request adjustment of the GPA.

The policies apply to:

1. Graduate students repeating courses for credit toward their
program; and
2. Post‐baccalaureate students repeating courses for credit toward a
teaching credential or a post‐baccalaureate certificate of
advanced study; and
3. Students whose program consists of at least 50% of courses at the 500-level or above.

DEFINITIONS
GPA Adjustment: The repetition of a course for either Grade Forgiveness or Grade Averaging.

Grade Forgiveness: The repetition of a course for the sake of improving upon an earlier unsatisfactory performance in which the new grade replaces the old grade in the calculation of the student’s grade point average (GPA).

Grade Averaging: The repetition of a course for the sake of improving upon an earlier unsatisfactory performance in which the new grade does not replace the old grade(s) in the calculation of the student’s GPA, and instead all grades are used in the GPA calculation. Courses are repeated for Grade Averaging after the limit of repetitions for Grade Forgiveness has been exhausted.

Graduate and Post-Baccalaureate Student Course Repeat Policy

Courses that May be Repeated

  1. A course may be repeated only with the permission of the graduate coordinator and when it is consistent with program policy. Students may be administratively dropped from repeated courses if they do not get the approval of their graduate coordinator. Usually, the repeated course should be the same as the initial course. However, the graduate coordinator may approve an alternative course if the original course is not offered when needed (as determined by the graduate coordinator).
  2. If a student wishes to register for the course again only to refresh knowledge and not for grade adjustment, then they may do so enrolling with an audit and, therefore, not for grade adjustment.
  3. Courses designated in the catalog as “may be repeated” can be repeated up to the maximum indicated in the course description and all grades received will be included in the calculation of the grade point average. Students may obtain permission from the program coordinator to have a subsequent attempt of such a course used for grade forgiveness instead. When such a course is repeated for grade forgiveness, the completion of the course will not result in the earning of additional units of credit.
  4. Students may be permitted by the graduate coordinator to repeat a course taken as an undergraduate. This is not considered a case of grade adjustment since the grade of the original course is not used in post-baccalaureate or graduate GPA calculations. The grade earned in the repeated course will not replace the grade in the undergraduate records. The grade obtained in such a course will affect the cumulative GPA in the same manner as a normal course taken while enrolled in the program. However, the grade obtained will not affect the program GPA unless the units earned are approved by the graduate coordinator to satisfy a requirement for the degree.
  5. Repeated courses that are not taken to satisfy requirements for the degree will affect the cumulative GPA in the manner described below (Course Grades Forgiven or Averaged). However, the grade obtained will not affect the program GPA.

Which Course Grades Are Forgiven, And Which Course Grades Are Averaged?

  1. A maximum of nine (9) semester units of repeated coursework can be used for grade forgiveness while in a given program. Other repeated coursework will be for grade averaging. A program may impose a stricter limit allowing a smaller maximum number of units for grade forgiveness.
  2. Upon completion of grades, the student system will automatically identify all repeated courses and apply grade forgiveness and grade averaging. Typically grade forgiveness will be applied to the repeated courses unless this would exceed the unit limit for grade forgiveness, in which case grade averaging will be applied instead.
  3. Students may see on their transcripts which courses have been selected for grade forgiveness and grade averaging. Students who believe that they would be better served by a different choice of courses for grade forgiveness may submit a request to the Registrar to have a repeat with forgiveness transferred from one course to a different course. These requests must be made prior to completion of the program.

Transcripts
All grades for a given course, regardless of whether it is retaken for grade forgiveness or grade averaging, will be maintained as a part of the student record and will appear on the student’s transcript, but, the student may earn credit only once for that course for their current program. Students should be aware that other institutions (e.g., medical schools, graduate programs, law schools) might use the forgiven grades in grade point computations.

Right to Impose Stricter Requirements
Graduate and post-baccalaureate programs have the right to impose stricter requirements than those described above, on the repetition of courses under their purview (as published in the individual program requirements).

Continuous Enrollment Requirement and Time-Limit to Degree

Conditionally Classified or Classified graduate students must be continuously enrolled unless an authorized Request for Graduate Student Leave of Absence has been granted by the program and filed with the Office of Registration and Records. No more than two (2) semesters can be excused through authorized leaves of absence. Students who do not maintain continuous enrollment are dropped from the graduate program and must reapply to the university and the graduate program to be considered for reinstatement.

Requirements for the master’s degree are to be finished within five (5) years following admission as a Conditionally Classified or Classified graduate student at CSUSM. Authorized leaves of absence do not extend the time limit for completion of the master’s degree.

Graduate Student Leave of Absence

Graduate degree students may take an authorized leave of absence for up to two (2) semesters leaves of absence can be authorized for conditionally classified or classified graduate students providing the student is: (1) in good academic standing (as defined by the program’s requirements), (2) has completed at least six credit hours of CSUSM coursework toward the graduate degree in the program, and (3) has filed a completed Request for Graduate Student Leave of Absence form. The completed form, including signatures of the student’s faculty advisor (where applicable) and the graduate program coordinator, must be filed with the Office of Enrollment Management Services Operation/Registrar before the end of the add/drop period of the term for which the leave has been requested. A leave of absence will not be authorized if the student has completed all requirements except the culminating experience. Unauthorized leaves and failures to return from an authorized leave of absence will result in the student being dropped from the graduate program. In such cases, the student must reapply to the university and the graduate program to be considered for reinstatement.

An authorized leave of absence preserves curriculum rights regarding catalog requirements. A student on a leave of absence may not have access to or use of university resources. Students submitting the completed thesis or final project must be regularly enrolled or enrolled for thesis or project extension credit through the Office of Extended Learning; the completed thesis or final project will not be accepted during the term of an authorized leave of absence.

Authorized leaves of absence do not extend the time limit for completion of the master’s degree.

Students with exceptional circumstances that fall outside this policy may petition the Dean of Graduate Studies for special consideration. A petition must include the recommendation of the graduate program coordinator.

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement – Graduate Level (GWARGL) 

Some master’s programs at California State University San Marcos may require that students enrolled in their program fulfill the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement: Graduate Level (GWARGL) as described in the procedure below prior to advancement to candidacy.

The writing requirement must be completed before a graduate student advances to candidacy. A student may satisfy the GWARGL in one of two ways:

  • an acceptable standardized test score, such as the Analytical Writing subtest of the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE)
  • a paper(s) that receive(s) a passing score as described below.

The College/Department/Program from which the student will receive the graduate degree determines the manner by which a student satisfies or does not satisfy the GWARGL.

The College/Department/Program from which the student will receive the graduate degree determines the passing score on standardized tests.

If a student is satisfying the graduate writing requirement through a submission of a paper(s), the student’s writing should demonstrate graduate level skills in:

  • style and format
  • mechanics
  • content and organization
  • integration and critical analysis

The paper(s) will be scored using a rubric (1 - 4) in each of four areas: “I. Style and Format,” “II. Mechanics,” “III. Content and Organization,” and “IV. Integration and Critical Analysis.” The minimum acceptable combined score from all of the four (I-IV) sections is 10 points, with no scores of “1” on any section, resulting in a minimum of a 2.5 average for all sections. A master’s program may establish a higher minimum average score for passing. Contact the Office of Graduate Studies and Research for more information about the rubric.

Each master’s program will have a remediation protocol for admitted graduate students who do not satisfy the GWARGL on their first attempt. Each master’s program will specify the maximum number of attempts that students may be allowed to satisfy the GWARGL.   

Each master’s program will file its respective GWARGL and remediation protocol with the Office of Graduate Studies and Research (OGSR). Each master’s program will provide the OGSR with annual aggregate student GWARGL performance data.

The Culminating Experience

Every Master’s degree program is required to include a culminating experience. The form of this experience differs according to degree programs, but all Master’s students must satisfactorily complete either a thesis, a project or a comprehensive examination.

A finished Master’s thesis or Master’s project is a scholarly work that is the product of extensive research and related preparation. The University will make Master’s theses and Master’s projects publicly available online in the University’s institutional repository, ScholarWorks at CSUSM. Electronic theses and projects provide increased visibility of research produced at the University. The immediate and widespread availability provides worldwide access to scholarship. Students should consult the University’s guidelines for electronic Master’s theses and Master’s projects at the University Library web site.

Graduate Student Course Load

Graduate students who are enrolled in nine (9) units or more in a fall or spring semester are classified as full-time. Graduate students who hold a University assistantship requiring one-third time services or more are considered full-time when enrolled in six (6) units during an academic term.

Graduate Learning Outcomes (GLOs)

California State University San Marcos offers innovative graduate programs that integrate the latest technologies and most recent research in each field of study to prepare graduate students for advanced positions in a variety of disciplines. Graduate students are also provided support and resources to pursue further educational goals, such as doctoral study.
Graduate students make up a distinctive and highly valued segment of the university community. Graduate programs support the goal of CSU San Marcos in educating a diverse student population for leadership roles in the twenty-first century.
Overall, graduates of the programs will have the knowledge and skills to make contributions to their discipline and to meet the needs of society. Specifically, upon completing their program, graduate students will be innovative practitioners with the ability to:

  1. Apply advanced knowledge, skills, and values appropriate to the discipline.
  2. Articulate and address critical issues in their field of study.
  3. Create, analyze, and think critically at an advanced level.
  4. Master new and various methods and technologies as appropriate to the discipline.
  5. Communicate, at an advanced level, in oral and/or written form.
  6. Recognize, at an advanced level, the importance of standards of academic and professional integrity.

Use of Undergraduate Courses in Master’s Degree Programs

Master’s students may not count any course at the 300-level or lower toward fulfillment of Master’s degree requirements, nor may courses which bear General Education credit be counted toward Master’s degree requirements.

Only with prior, case-by-case approval of the graduate program offering the degree may Master’s students, on an individual basis, count a 400-level, non-General Education course toward the Master’s degree requirements.

Under no circumstances may a Master’s student apply more than nine (9) units of 400-level coursework toward fulfillment of Master’s degree requirements.

Drop and Withdrawal Policy for Credential and Graduate Students

Please reference complete drop and withdrawal policy information in Academic Regulations and Catalog Rights

Withdrawal from Courses

Students may withdraw from no more than 18 semester-units attempted at CSUSM during each of their respective undergraduate, credential, or graduate studies. Individual graduate programs may elect to establish more restrictive limits on the total number of semester-units allowed for withdrawal. The maximum allowable units for withdrawal applies to coursework taken in matriculated status and any courses taken through Extended Learning or Open University (regardless of matriculation status).

  • Withdrawals for Specific Circumstances (see below) are excluded from the 18 semester-unit limits.
  • Withdrawals from coursework during the Spring 2020 and Fall 2021 semesters do not count toward the 18 semester-unit limits

Procedures for Dropping or Withdrawing from Courses

Students should consult with advisors, the Office of Enrollment Management Services Operations/Registrar’s Office, or the Class Schedule for current course withdrawal procedures.

Mid-Session Withdrawal
Withdrawals on or after the census date (or the end of approximately the first 25% of the course) and prior to the last 20% of instruction may be approved only for serious and compelling reasons. Permission to withdraw during this time shall be granted by petition only with the approval of the Dean (or designee) of the college of the student’s major. For students with multiple majors, “the Dean” is the Dean of the college of the student’s first major; for Undeclared students, “the Dean” is the Dean of Undergraduate Studies. Notice of student Mid-Session Withdrawals will be sent to the student’s instructor(s). For undergraduate students, the Dean (or designee) shall grant approval, so long as a complete petition is provided. Permission to withdraw during this time from graduate or credential courses shall be granted only with the approval of the appropriate graduate or credential Program Chair or Director or the Dean of Graduate Studies (or designee).  

Late Withdrawal
Withdrawals during the final 20% of instruction are seldom granted and petitions are only accepted up to one year from the end of the semester. Only in extraordinary circumstances, might a petition be considered after one year. Students are expected to formally withdraw from classes or the university prior to the end of the 12th week of instruction if work, personal, or health reasons interfere with class attendance or ability to complete work or exams.  

  1. Withdrawals from classes or the university during the final 20% of the course will be considered only for accident, serious physical or mental illness, or serious personal or family problems where the cause of withdrawal is due to circumstances clearly beyond the student’s control as determined by the academic administrator appointed by the President, and the assignment of an Incomplete grade (I) is not practicable. In addition, extenuating circumstances must be shown to have prevented withdrawal in a timelier fashion.
  2. Requests for permission to withdraw during the final 20% must be approved by the academic administrator appointed by the President. Permission to withdraw during this time from graduate or credential courses shall be granted only with the approval of the appropriate graduate or credential program coordinator (e.g., Chair or Director) and the Dean of Graduate Studies (or designee).
  3. Documentation. Withdrawals during the final 20% of instruction must be for verifiable reasons and require appropriate documentation.

 

Deadlines* Requirements and Procedures
   
Drop: Up to the day before census (approximately first 25% of course).
  • Student may use my.csusm.edu or visit Cougar Central if assistance is required.
  • No record of the course appears on student records.
  • No signature approval required.
Mid-Session Withdrawal: From census (approximately first 25% of course) and prior to last 20% of instruction
  • Student may use my.csusm.edu or visit Cougar Central if assistance is required.
  • Serious and compelling reasons
  • A grade of “W” appears on student records.
  • Undergraduate: Approval from Dean or Dean’s designee of the College of the student’s major /
    Graduate: Approval from Dean of Graduate Studies (or designee)

  • Complete Withdrawal Petition

Late and Retroactive Withdrawal: From the final 20% of instruction and up to one year after the end of the session
  • Accident or serious physical or mental illness, or serious personal or family problems. Cause of withdrawal is due to circumstances clearly beyond the student’s control.
  • Undergraduate: Academic administrator appointed by President
    Graduate: Approval from Dean of Graduate Studies
  • Documentation required
  • Complete Withdrawal Petition
  • A grade of “W” appears on student records.

* Deadlines are strictly enforced. Students wishing to petition for an exception to a deadline based on circumstances beyond their control may do so in writing on a petition form available in Cougar Central.

* The symbol “W” indicates that the student was permitted to withdraw from the course after the__(day/week) of instruction with the approval of appropriate campus officials. It carries no connotation of quality of student performance and is not used in calculating grade point average or progress points.

Withdrawals from Courses for Extenuating Circumstances

A. Withdrawal Procedures for Students Mobilized for Active Military Duty
Students called for active military duty may withdraw from courses throughout the term without restriction or penalty with the appropriate documentation.

B. Withdrawal for Medical Reasons
The University may allow a student to withdraw from classes if the following criteria are met:

A completed Withdrawal Petition, including any required medical documentation, is submitted to Cougar Central before the end of the semester, and
The student presents evidence to demonstrate that the student has or had a severe medical or debilitating psychological condition prevented the student from attending and/or doing the required work of the course(s) to the extent that it was impossible to complete the course(s).

Requests for Mid-Session Withdrawals for medical reasons must be approved by the Dean’s designee. Requests for late withdrawals for medical reasons must be approved by the academic administrator appointed by the President. Permission for both Mid-Session and Late Withdrawals for medical reasons from graduate or credential courses shall be granted only with the approval of the appropriate graduate or credential Program Chair or Director and the Dean of Graduate Studies (or designee).

A grade of “W” will be used for withdrawal from courses for the term due to medical reasons and will not be counted toward the maximum 18 units allowable for withdrawals.

C. Repeat Withdrawal for Medical Reasons
If the student has been granted a Withdrawal for Medical Reasons in the preceding term (i.e., two sequential semesters), then future (i.e., Repeat) additional Withdrawal for Medical Reasons requests must consider whether or not the student can complete appropriate educational objectives and must be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. After a Repeat Withdrawal for Medical Reasons is granted, the student may be required to obtain a clearance from an appropriate medical or psychological professional that states the student is well enough to return to classes with the full expectation that the student will be able to complete the semester and intended educational objectives.

Graduate Academic Notice, Disqualification, and Reinstatement

Academic and Administrative Notice

A student will be placed on academic notice if, during any academic term, the student fails to maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 in all units attempted subsequent to admission to the program.

A student may also be placed on administrative notice by the Dean of Graduate Studies for any of the following reasons (see Exclusion Section for exclusions): 

  1. Withdrawal from all or a substantial portion of a program of studies in two successive terms or in any three terms. (Note: A student whose withdrawal is directly associated with a chronic or recurring medical condition or its treatment is not to be subject to administrative notice for such withdrawal).
  2. Repeated failure to progress toward the stated degree objective or other program objective, including that resulting from assignment of 15 units of No Credit, when such failure appears to be due to circumstances within the control of the student.
  3. Failure to comply, after due notice, with an academic requirement or regulation, as defined by campus policy, which is routine for all students or a defined group of students (examples: failure to complete a required examination, failure to complete a required practicum, failure to comply with professional standards appropriate to the field of study, failure to complete a specified number of units as a condition for receiving student financial aid or making satisfactory progress in the academic program).

The student shall be advised of academic notice status promptly, and shall be provided with the conditions for removal from academic notice and the circumstances that would lead to disqualification, should academic notice not be removed. Notification shall occur through one of the following actions, as appropriate:

  1. Students whose GPA places them on academic notice shall be informed in writing by the department/program’s graduate coordinator, or designee, prior to the beginning of the next term (with a copy provided to the Dean of Graduate Studies). 
  2. Students shall be placed on administrative notice by the Dean of Graduate Studies, following consultation with the program/department. The student shall be informed in writing by the graduate dean (with a copy provided to the department/ program).

The Dean of Graduate Studies shall inform Registration and Records when students have been placed on or removed from administrative notice status so that student records can be updated. 

When a student is placed on academic or administrative notice, they must work with the program coordinator to develop a plan for remediation, including a timeline for completion. In the case of administrative notice, the remediation plan must be approved by the Dean of Graduate Studies, who will send a letter to the student documenting the plan. 

Without the approval of the Dean of Graduate Studies, a student cannot be advanced to candidacy if they are on either academic or administrative notice1

1 Advancement to candidacy occurs when a master’s program has approved a student to proceed toward completing the final requirements for the master’s degree, e.g., final coursework, and culminating experience (thesis, project, or comprehensive exam). 

Disqualification

A student who has been placed on academic or administrative notice may be disqualified from further attendance by the Dean of Graduate Studies (see Exclusion Section for exclusions) if: 

  1. The conditions in the remediation plan (or removal of administrative probation) are not met within the period specified; or
  2. The student becomes subject to academic notice while on administrative notice; or
  3. The student becomes subject to administrative notice for the same or similar reason for which they have been placed on administrative notice previously, although not currently in such status.

When such action is taken the student shall receive written notification including an explanation of the basis for the action.

In addition, the Dean of Graduate Studies, in consultation with the graduate program coordinator, may disqualify a student who at any time during enrollment has demonstrated behavior so contrary to the standards of the profession for which the student is preparing as to render them unfit for the profession. In such cases, disqualification will occur immediately upon notice to the student, which shall include an explanation of the basis for the action, and the campus may require the student to discontinue enrollment as of the date of the notification.

Disqualification may be either from further registration in a particular program or from further enrollment at the campus, as determined by the Dean of Graduate Studies. A student disqualified for academic deficiency may not enroll in any regular session of the campus without permission from the appropriate campus authority, and may be denied admission to other educational programs operated or sponsored by the campus. 

In the event that a student fails the thesis/project defense, the student may repeat the thesis/project defense once. Failure at the second thesis/project defense will result in disqualification from a program. The thesis/project committee will specify the time period and/or conditions of the repeated defense. 

A student may repeat a comprehensive examination once. Failure of the second comprehensive examination results in disqualification from a program. The comprehensive exam committee will specify the time period and/or conditions of the repeated examination. 

Students who are disqualified at the end of an enrollment period should be notified by the Dean of Graduate Studies before the beginning of the next consecutive regular enrollment period. Students disqualified at the beginning of a summer enrollment break should be notified at least one month before the start of the Fall term. In cases where a student ordinarily would be disqualified at the end of a term, save for the fact that it is not possible to make timely notification, the student may be advised that the disqualification is to be effective at the end of the next term. Such notification should include any conditions that, if met, would result in permission to continue in enrollment. Failure to notify students does not create the right of a student to continue enrollment. 

Reinstatement

If the student is disqualified, either academically or administratively, they may petition for reinstatement. Reinstatement must be based upon evidence that the causes of previous low achievement have been removed. Reinstatement will be approved only if the student is able to provide compelling evidence of their ability to complete the degree. If the candidate is disqualified a second time, reinstatement will normally not be considered. 

Master’s students should submit a petition requesting reinstatement to the Dean of Graduate Studies. The petition, along with a recommendation from the student’s graduate coordinator, will be forwarded to the reinstatement subcommittee of the Graduate Studies Council. The subcommittee will make recommendations to the Dean of Graduate Studies, who has final authority to approve reinstatement. The size of the reinstatement subcommittee may vary, depending on the volume of applications, but shall have one member representing each college at a minimum. The subcommittee must evaluate the probable impact of any medical condition on previous unsatisfactory performance. If the student is approved for reinstatement, the Dean of Graduate Studies will send a letter granting reinstatement that specifies the conditions and time frame for achieving good standing. Students must achieve good standing to advance to candidacy and to be eligible to graduate. 

Reinstatement for credential students is handled by a separate process in the School of Education and is not governed by this document.

Exclusions

Administrative notice, disqualification and reinstatement for students in College of Education, Health, and Human Services professionally accredited graduate and teacher credential programs are handled by a separate process inside the College and are not governed by this document. Note that this exclusion pertains only to administrative notice, disqualification and reinstatement arising under Academic and Administrative Notice section.