Academic Progress and Program
Completion Requirements

Academic Progress

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.

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 session, 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, special reports or research, and all examinations. Individual instructors will define grading criteria in relation to points earned.

Degree Completion

The time limit for completing the master’s program is 5 years from the first graduate course taken.

Students in their final session 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 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.

Program Withdrawal

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

Should a withdrawn student decide at a future point to continue in his/her program, it may be necessary for the student to re-apply for admission.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

Course Sequencing Guidelines

The Master of Science in Project and Program Management degree requires: RPJM101 Foundations of Project Management must be taken as the first course, preferably alone. RPJM103 Advanced Scheduling and Control must be taken no later than two sessions after RPJM101. The recommended sequence of required courses: RPJM101 Foundations of Project Management RCOM102 Professional Communications RPJM103 [...]

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Following Acceptance

Following admission to the Master of Science in Project and Program Management, students are expected to: Complete the Student Distance Learning (DL) Orientation course (self-paced course requiring approximately 3 to 6 hours of work), available following participation in a Program Orientation session. Regularly communicate with their assigned academic advisor to finalize financing plans, register for [...]

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Support Network

Your success is the goal of every member of Brandeis University’s team. We have developed a multi-tiered support network that ensures a rich and rewarding experience: Instructors The personalized attention from your instructors will engage and challenge you. They are also available to provide support and coaching at a personal level that is difficult to [...]

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Technical Requirements

To participate in Brandeis University’s online Master of Science in Project and Program Management, your PC or Macintosh computer will require the following: Minimum requirements for PC users Minimum requirements for Macintosh users Operating System Windows 98/2000/NT/XP Macintosh OS 9 or higher RAM 128MB recommended 128MB recommended Free Disk Space 50MB (100MB recommended) 50MB (100MB [...]

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