Required GPA

Master’s degree students must meet the following grade point average requirements:

  • For university admission, a 2.5.
  • For graduation, a 3.0 minimum on all coursework listed on his or her approved degree program. Note: No courses with grades below “C” may be listed on the student’s “Petition of Advancement to Candidacy.”
  • For graduation with distinction, a 3.9 on all coursework listed on the Petition of Advancement to Candidacy.

For details, see the General Catalog .

Administrative Academic Probation (AAP)

Students enrolled in master’s degree programs may be placed on AAP for the following reasons:

  • failure to maintain the minimum GPA of 3.0 required by Title 5, California State Education Code;
  • withdrawal from a substantial portion of a program in two successive terms or in any three terms;
  • repeated failure to make progress toward the graduate degree; or
  • failure to comply with an academic requirement or regulation that is routine for all students or for a defined group of students.

Upon the report of any of the above, permanent note of probation will be placed on the student’s transcript. (see the Graduate Coordinator Handbook, section J). The department will be asked to monitor the student’s progress in meeting the requisite goals for continuing toward achievement of the degree.

Disqualification

Students enrolled in master's programs are required to maintain a minimum 3.0 post baccalaureate cumulative grade point average (GPA) prior to advancement to candidacy.  Once students have advanced to candidacy, they must maintain a minimum 3.0 program GPA, which includes only coursework listed on the Petition for Advancement to Candidacy.

Students who do not meet the above criteria will be placed on Administrative Academic Probation (AAP).  Effective Fall 2007, students who are on AAP will be disqualified if they do not raise their respective GPA to 3.0 by the completion of the second regular semester following the semester that their GPA fell below the 3.0 minimum. In addition, students will be disqualified if their semester GPA falls below 3.0 in any two terms.