Grade Policy

Students must maintain a B average throughout the program. Students must earn a grade of B or better in all required courses that will be used to fulfill graduation/program requirements.   Note: A grade of B- or below in a course that is not being used to fulfill graduation/program requirements does not have to be retaken. 

Graduate students must meet all of the following criteria to maintain satisfactory progress:

  • Maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA.
  • Earn grades of B or better in all courses that will be used toward graduation/program requirements.
  • If a student earns a B- or below, the course must be retaken or supplemented with another appropriate course.
  • Enroll in at least 12 units each quarter.
  • Advance to candidacy and complete the degree within limitations established by UCI’s Graduate Council.
  • Satisfactory progress towards the degree as determined by the student’s faculty advisor, committee, or academic unit.

Note: The professional judgment of the faculty, upon review of all graduate work undertaken by the student, is paramount, and the faculty of a particular academic unit may establish more restrictive criteria for satisfactory academic progress. Graduate students must maintain satisfactory academic progress to be eligible for any academic appointment/employment, fellowship support, or other awards.


Academic Probation

Graduate students are expected to maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA and earn Bs or higher in each course.  Failure to meet this standard will result in academic probation. Continual lack of satisfactory performance may result in a recommendation to the Graduate Dean that the student be disqualified from the program and University.

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