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Academic Performance at Graduation

All students enrolled in a degree or certificate program must meet the following academic performance requirements at the end of their final (graduation) semester: (1) cumulative GPA requirement, (2) program GPA requirement, and (3) individual course requirements.

Cumulative GPA Requirement

At the end of the graduation semester a student’s eligibility for graduation will be reviewed using the following guidelines:

  • Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or above will be eligible for graduation.
  • Students with a cumulative GPA below 3.00 and who were not on probation at the start of the graduation semester will be ineligible for graduation and placed on probation until their cumulative GPA is 3.00 or above. Students should consult their advisor or the Graduate Program Coordinator for advice and possible options.
  • Students with a cumulative GPA below 3.00 and who were on probation at the start of the graduation semester will be dismissed from the graduate program and Boise State University.

Students may appeal their dismissal only in the situation in which they meet both of the following conditions:

  • They changed graduate programs after their initial admission to the Graduate College.
  • Their semester GPA was 3.00 or above in all semesters (including summers) after their change of graduate programs.

In each case, the appeal will be carefully reviewed by the Graduate College and the timeliness of the appeal will be considered.

Program GPA Requirement

A student who is admitted to a graduate program is required to list on an Application for Admission to Candidacy form (for a degree program) or a Proposed Plan of Study for a Graduate Certificate form (for a certificate program) the specific courses to be applied to meet all of the credit requirements defined for the program. The program grade point average (program GPA) is the grade point average computed for this set of courses. If the program GPA is less than 3.00, the student is ineligible for the degree or certificate and should consult their advisor or the Graduate Program Coordinator for advice and possible options.

Individual Course Requirements

Students who are admitted to a graduate program cannot list a course on an Application for Admission to Candidacy form (for a degree program) or a Proposed Plan of Study for a Graduate Certificate form (for a certificate program) if the course is graded lower than C or P. An undergraduate course, G-designated course, or transfer course cannot be listed if it is graded lower than B. If the grade for a specific course that is required by the graduate program is too low to be listed on the Application for Admission to Candidacy form or the Proposed Plan of Study for a Graduate Certificate form, and if that grade cannot be improved under the course repetition policy, the student is ineligible for the degree or certificate and will be dismissed from the graduate program and Boise State University. In this case, students should consult their advisor or the Graduate Program Coordinator for advice and possible options.