Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy
Students must maintain a cumulative score of 70% to remain in good academic standing. Students must achieve a final minimum score of 70% to earn a master’s degree. All courses, including those in core subject areas, specializations, and program electives, taken after matriculation as a degree candidate are used to calculate students’ final score. Students may take additional electives beyond the minimum credits required for their graduate degree to raise their final score to the 70% minimum score required to graduate. Students, upon completion of the additional electives, who still do not meet the 70% minimum score are withdrawn from the master’s degree program.
Standards of Graduate Programs Satisfactory Academic Progress
All students must maintain satisfactory academic progress to maintain continuous enrollment in the master’s degree program. To maintain satisfactory academic progress students must:
- Maintain a cumulative score of at least 70% as measured
- after the midterm (MBA) or
- after the Data and Decisions exam (Executive MBA);
- Achieve a minimum passing score of 80% in SMARTCASEs;
- Complete all degree requirements within three calendar years of matriculation.
Students are responsible for maintaining satisfactory academic progress. Students encountering academic difficulty in courses or in meeting other degree requirements are expected to consult with the Smartly administrative team immediately and, if necessary, seek additional assistance.
Students who fail to maintain satisfactory academic progress are required to meet with the Smartly administrative team and may be deferred to a subsequent cohort to complete degree requirements.
A graduate student who is not on academic probation or in a deferred status is considered to be in good standing. A minimum final score of 70% is required to earn a master’s degree. All courses completed for graduate credit after matriculation as a degree candidate are used in the calculation of the final score.
Students may complete additional electives of graduate-level coursework beyond the program requirement to improve their final score and allow them to achieve the minimum score of 70%. For Executive MBA students, their top three specialization exam scores count toward their final score.
A student who is below a final score of 70% and does not have enough credits remaining in their program, including the electives referenced above, to attain the 70% minimum score is administratively withdrawn.
Students whose score falls below 70% at any point after completing the midterm (MBA) or Data and Decisions exam (Executive MBA) are placed on academic probation.
While on probation, a student must:
- Achieve at least a 70% score in each subsequent exam; and
- Be continuously enrolled or on an approved leave of absence.
Students who fail to meet the above conditions may resubmit projects one time for each project and retake SMARTCASEs as many times as desired to improve their scores. If the conditions are still not met, they will be suspended from their program.
Students who are unable to meet the conditions of probation are suspended. Students may request reinstatement from a suspension by completing and submitting the Request for Reinstatement form. The request should offer a clear explanation of changed circumstances and how the student plans to raise his/her cumulative final score to at least 70%. The request must be submitted within one year following suspension.