Retention and Satisfactory Progress

M.A. Program


In addition to all requirements of the Graduate School, graduate students in the College of Media & Communication must meet the following requirements in order to qualify for assistantships, financial aid and/or graduation.

For all graduate students any course in which he or she receives a grade of “C” or lower will not be counted toward required coursework.

A more complete detailed description of academic requirements are included in the Appendices.

Any M.A. student who does not maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (“B”) or higher, who has completed more than 1.25 times the minimum number of hours required for his or her program or who has been enrolled in his or her M.A. program for more than six years (or four years after completion of all coursework) is not making reasonable progress. Students who are not making reasonable progress will not be qualified for any financial aid, including assistantships, and may be required to pay out-of-state tuition. Most master’s students are not making reasonable progress when they exceed 45 credit hours of enrollment.

Ph.D. Program


In addition to all requirements of the Graduate School, graduate students in the College of Media & Communication must meet the following requirements in order to qualify for assistantships, financial aid and/or graduation.

For all graduate students any course in which he or she receives a grade of “C” or lower will not be counted toward required coursework.

Satisfactory Academic Progress

Any Ph.D. student who does not maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 (on a 4 point scale) or higher, or who has completed more than 1.25 times the minimum number of hours required for his or her program is not making reasonable progress. Students who are not making reasonable progress will not be qualified for any financial aid, including assistantships. Further, Ph.D. students may not exceed 99 total hours of graduate enrollment.