Download the complete ASU Graduate Policies and Procedures PDF (revised 6-19-2013)
Please take time to familiarize yourself with the ASU Graduate Policies and Procedures document. Below are a few key polices.
1. Continuous Enrollment – Once admitted to a graduate degree program or graduate certificate program, students must be registered for a minimum of one credit hour during all phases of their graduate education, including the term in which they graduate. Summer is required if that is the term of graduation.
To maintain continuous enrollment the credit hour(s) must:
Appear on the student’s Plan of Study, OR
Be research (592, 792), thesis (599), dissertation (799), or continuing registration (595, 795), OR
Be a graduate-level course.
2. Policy for Maintaining Satisfactory Progress
A student who has been admitted to a graduate degree program in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, with either regular or provisional admission status, must maintain a 3.00, with the exception of CSE Ph.D which requires 3.25, or higher GPA in all of the following:
- all work taken for graduate credit (courses numbered 500 or higher)
- course work in the student’s approved plan of study
- all course work taken at ASU (cumulative GPA) post-baccalaureate
A student will be placed on academic probation if one or more of the student’s GPAs listed above falls below the requirement. Students will be notified by mail when placed on academic probation.
A student will earn academic good standing by obtaining the required GPAs listed above by the time the next nine hours are completed. Course work such as research and dissertation registration that are for “Z” (in progress) or “Y” (satisfactory) grade cannot be included in these nine hours. Students have a maximum of two semester to complete nine hours and raise their GPA.
A student may be recommended for dismissal from a graduate program if the student fails to increase all of the GPAs listed above by the time he or she completes at least nine credit hours as defined in the previous paragraph.
A student may appeal actions concerning dismissal by petitioning the program in which they are enrolled.
Student will also be placed on academic probation for failure to complete deficiency courses within one year of admission and/or earning less then a 3.0 GPA in assigned deficiency courses. Assigned deficiency courses are listed in the ASU Admission Letter.
Academic units in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering can expand this policy statement to include additional policy governing the satisfactory academic progress of the students in their graduate programs. Please see individual program handbooks for additional polices unique to each program.
3. Repeating ASU Courses – Graduate students (degree or non-degree) may retake any course at ASU; however, all grades are part of the student’s permanent academic record and remain on the student transcript as well as in all GPA calculations.
4. Degree Maximum Time Limit – All work toward a master’s degree must be completed within six consecutive years. Doctoral students must complete all program requirements within a ten-year period.