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Satisfactory Academic Progress Guidelines

These guidelines detail how Graduate School Policy 3.7: Academic Performance and Progress is implemented within the MSBA and MSCM Programs. These guidelines are tailored to our one-year, lock-step program structure and aim to ensure students fully understand the academic standards and the implications of not meeting these requirements.

Minimum Academic Standards and GPA Requirements

In accordance with the University of Washington policy, students are required to:

  1. Maintain a quarterly and cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher to qualify for graduation.
  2. Earn a minimum grade of 2.7 in each course that counts towards the graduate degree requirements.

Given that all courses in the MSBA and MSCM programs are required for graduation, students must achieve a grade of at least 2.7 in each course to satisfy graduation requirements.

Unsatisfactory Performance and Progress Monitoring Policy (3.7.3)

We understand that low grades can occur for various reasons, and we are dedicated to supporting our students in overcoming these challenges. As part of this commitment, we have established the following Unsatisfactory Performance and Progress Monitoring process in accordance with the recommended practices of the Graduate School:

Warn / Interim Check-in
A warning letter will be issued to students whose cumulative or quarterly GPA has dropped below 3.0 for one quarter, or those who are not meeting the program’s performance expectations.

A probation letter will be issued if a student has a cumulative or quarterly GPA less than 3.0, or if they are deficient in performance expectations for two consecutive quarters. A Probation status may be issued without a Warning.

Final Probation
After at least one quarter of probation, a recommendation of final probation may be issued if a student has a cumulative or quarterly GPA less than 3.0 and/or has not met performance expectations for three consecutive quarters.

After at least one quarter of final probation, the program may recommend a student be dropped from the program if performance expectations remain deficient. If the Graduate School approves the decision, the student will be immediately dropped from the program.

Approved Leave

Depending on a student’s individual circumstances, the option to take an approved leave of absence may be available as a proactive measure to address personal, medical, or other significant issues that impact academic performance. This leave allows students time to resolve their circumstances without the immediate pressure of continuing coursework and can be an alternative to facing academic probation or drop. Students considering an approved leave should discuss this option with their advisor to understand the implications for their academic timeline and any financial or visa-related considerations.

Course Completion and Consequences of Failing Grades

Courses are offered only once per academic year. If a student does not achieve the minimum grade of 2.7 in a course, they must retake the course or an approved equivalent during a future quarter or the following year, depending on course availability. Both the original grade and the second grade are computed in the GPA. This retake will be at the student’s own expense and may delay graduation. Students should be aware that delays in completing course requirements can affect their academic trajectory and financial planning.

Policy Acknowledgment

All students are required to review and acknowledge their understanding of these guidelines before the start of the program. This process ensures that students are informed about the academic requirements, the potential consequences of failing to meet these standards, and the support available to help them succeed. Ensuring clarity and mutual understanding of these expectations is essential for both academic planning and success throughout the program. Please note that these guidelines are subject to changes in the UW Graduate School policy. Any revisions to the university policy will supersede the provisions of these program-specific guidelines.