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 master’s degree. Please note that courses taken prior to official acceptance are included in this policy.

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 re-evaluated by Graduate Professional Studies 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.

Degree Completion

The time limit for completing the master’s degree is five years from the first graduate course completed.

Students in their final semester of coursework must submit an Application to Graduate Form along with a graduation fee of $100. 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 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Should a withdrawn student decide at a future point to continue in their program, it may be necessary for the student to re-apply for admission. Courses taken more than five years prior to re-admission are considered outdated and are no longer applicable to a master’s degree or graduate certificate. Graduate Professional Studies strongly recommends that students contact the office with any questions or concerns.

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: RPJM 101 Foundations of Project Management must be taken as the first course. The recommended sequence of core courses: RPJM 101 Foundations of Project Management RCOM 202 Communications for Effective Leadership RPJM 103 Project Scheduling and Cost Management RMGT 110 Organizational Leadership and Decision [...]

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Following Acceptance

Following admission to the Master of Science in Project and Program Management, students are expected to: Promptly complete and return a Program Planning Form, accepting the offer of admission. Participate in a Program Orientation webinar (1 hour), generally offered monthly. Complete the Student Distance Learning (DL) Orientation course (self-paced course requiring approximately 3 to 6 [...]

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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: Faculty guidance Because you never have more than 20 students in your class, you’re able to build meaningful relationships with your instructors. Faculty are fully plugged into their classrooms, [...]

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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 7 or higher Macintosh OS X Snow Leopard or higher RAM 4GB or higher recommended 4GB or higher recommended [...]

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