Academic Progress and Program
Graduate students are expected to maintain records of distinction in all courses. A grade below B- will not be counted toward a master’s degree. Students are allowed a limit of up to 12 graduate courses to complete a 10-course masters’ degree program.
If a grade below B- is received, students are not allowed to enroll in the same course more than twice.
If a grade below B- is received in a required course then the course must be retaken. If a grade below B- is also received on the second attempt, then the student’s status within the program will be reevaluated by GPS staff and instructors with possible withdrawal from the program.
If a grade below B- is received in an elective course, the student has the option of enrolling in a different elective course.
At the close of each semester, students may access grades by logging into the student database system (SAGE).
Instructors use the same criteria for all students in a course, and may consider any and all components of a student’s work in the course including written work, recitations, class participation, laboratory technique and reports, special reports or research, and all examinations. Individual instructors will define grading criteria in relation to points earned.
The time limit for completing the master’s program is 5 years from the first graduate course taken.
Students in their final semester of course work must submit an Application to Graduate Form. There is a graduation fee of $100.00 that must be submitted with the application. Information regarding graduation including the Application to Graduate form is located at http://www.brandeis.edu/gps/students/graduation/gradapplication.html. Deadlines for submitting an Application to Graduate are as follows: February 1st for May graduation, June 1st for August graduation and November 1st for February graduation.
Students who are accepted into a master’s degree program and wish to withdraw formally must declare their intentions with Graduate Professional Studies by completing a Withdrawal Notification Form available at http://www.brandeis.edu/gps/students/studentresources/forms.html.
Should a withdrawn student decide at a future point to continue in his/her program, it may be necessary for the student to re-apply for admission. In this case there is no guarantee that previously completed courses will be applicable to current program requirements. Graduate Professional Studies strongly recommends that students contact the office with any questions or concerns in this regard.
Additional Policies and Procedures
Additional policies and procedures pertaining to academic status and regulations may be found within the Student Handbook available at http://www.brandeis.edu/gps/students/studentresources/policiesprocedures/index.html
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