Satisfactory Progress Requirements
Performance of graduate students is generally expected to surpass the minimum requirements. The objective of any serious student should be obtaining an education and not simply earning a degree. To receive a graduate degree, students must have at least a 3.0 average on all course work applicable to the degree program and on all course work taken while registered as a graduate student, whether the course carried graduate credit or not. Research grades (courses ISE 6940, 6949, 6950) and CR (credit) grades are not considered in determining whether this minimum level of performance has been achieved.
Students whose cumulative average is below 3.0 (all grades since entry into the graduate program, whether in courses for graduate credit or not) will be placed on academic probation for one semester. Students whose cumulative average is below 2.0 may be dropped from the graduate program without having a probationary period. Students on probation whose cumulative average is below 3.0 after the probationary semester will be dropped from the graduate program. For these purposes, a summer term is counted the same as a regular semester.
The ISE Department also considers 2 grades of D or F to be sufficient for dismissal. This applies to prerequisite courses as well as to those taken for graduate credit. A course grade below C does not provide any graduate credit but is included in the GPA. If a course is repeated to get a better grade, both grades count when computing the GPA.