Academic Progression

Academic Standing

Graduate students are expected to maintain Good Academic Standing throughout their matriculation in their graduate program. Good Academic Standing at Clayton State University is defined as a minimum institutional graduate GPA of 3.0.

Academic Probation

Graduate students whose institutional GPA falls below the minimum acceptable GPA of 3.0 are placed on Academic Probation. Students on Academic Probation are restricted to taking six (6) credit hours or less for a minimum of one semester and until the institutional GPA is raised to a minimum of 3.0. Students on Probation must contact their Graduate Program Director to receive information and assistance on their continuation in graduate study. In addition, students on probation, especially those on probation for the first time, may be required to develop a remediation plan for continuing in graduate school. International students who fall below an institutional GPA of 3.0 risk losing their F-1 or J-1 active immigration status.

Students who are on Academic Probation who earn a term GPA of 3.0 or higher and raises his or her institutional GPA to a 3.0 or higher will return to Good Academic Standing.

Students who are on Academic Probation whose term GPA is 3.0 or higher, but whose institutional GPA remains below 3.0, will remain on Academic Probation.

Students who are on Academic Probation who earn a term and institutional GPA below 3.0 will be excluded for one term (see Academic Suspension below).

Academic Suspension

Graduate students who are on Academic Probation and earn a term and institutional GPA that is below 3.0 are placed on Academic Suspension. Academic Suspension bars students from enrolling for one semester. Students who are suspended are required to develop a concrete plan for academic success in consultation with their Graduate Program Director/Coordinator. Reinstatement is not automatic.

To be reinstated a student must submit (1) an Application for Graduate Re-Entry to Graduate Enrollment Services; and, (2) a remediation plan for future academic success to the Graduate Program Director/Coordinator of the program in which the student is seeking readmission. All information should be submitted by the admission deadline for the semester in which the student seeks to resume coursework.

Students who are reinstated will be on Academic Probation, will be restricted to six (6) credit hours, and must continue to maintain a minimum term GPA of 3.0 until they achieve Good Academic Standing. For those reinstated, in consultation with their Graduate Program Director/Coordinator, the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies may impose additional restrictions such as, students may be required to enroll in specific courses, and/or participate in structured academic support programs.

Academic Dismissal

Graduate students will be dismissed from graduate study when their institutional is below 3.0 for two consecutive terms of enrollment. Students will also be dismissed from graduate study if their term GPA is below 3.0 following reinstatement from Academic Suspension.

Program Specific Progression and Dismissal Policies

Individual graduate programs may have additional academic progression and dismissal policies. Check the graduate program handbook for your program at: https://www.clayton.edu/graduate/graduate-studies/current-students/academic-policies