Academics and Student Affairs

Good Standing

Graduate students must remain in "good standing" throughout the period of graduate studies. This means that the student is making satisfactory progress towards the completion of a graduate degree. The milestones indicated below are designed with the intention that a Master's degree student will typically graduate two years after entering the graduate program, and a Ph.D. student will typically graduate five years after entering the graduate program. Each student's progress is reviewed annually by the Graduate Program Committee (GPC). In extreme cases, students not in good standing will be removed from the graduate program. GPC will normally provide at least one warning before removing a student, however, in cases where there exists substantial failure to achieve satisfactory progress the student may be removed without prior warning

Masters degree students retain their good standing by meeting all of the following:

1) Take a normal course load (12 semester credits if full-time)* in each term and maintain a B (3.0) average over all courses; remove any Incomplete course grade within the next academic term (including summer terms);

2) Decide whether to pursue the thesis option or coursework-only option within 12 months of entering the graduate program. Those students selecting the thesis option should identify a major advisor within 12 months of entering the program;

3) File an approved Program of Study no later than the beginning of the second year.

Ph.D. students retain their good standing by meeting all of the following:

1) Take a normal course load (12 semester credits if full-time)* in each term and maintain a B (3.0) average over all courses; remove any Incomplete course grade within the next academic term (including summer terms);

2) Take the Ph.D. qualifying examination within 15 months of entering the PhD program, and complete the Ph.D. qualifying process within 30 months of entering the Ph.D. program;

3) File an approved Program of Study within 12 months after completing the Ph.D. qualifying process;(for those students who passed the PhD Qualifying Exam prior to August 2000)

4) Attempt the preliminary examination within 18 months of passing the Ph.D. qualifying examination, and pass the preliminary examination within 24 months of passing the Ph.D. qualifying examination. (For those students who passed the PhD Qualifying Exam given in August 2000 and thereafter)

5) Meet the deadlines required by the post-PhD Qualifier milestone process.

*Note that while a normal course load is 12 credits, this does not mean that students are expected to take four regular 3-credit courses during any semester.

Students should take the number of courses in a given semester appropriate for making good progress toward completing their degree, and add in research hours (CS5944 or CS7944, as appropriate) to bring the total number of credits per semester to 12. Students who have any doubts about their standing should discuss this with their advisor first and then, if necessary, the Chair of the Graduate Program Committee.