Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

Progress toward Degree

Progress toward the Degree

Progress toward the degree is defined in terms of the relevance of courses taken to the student’s course of study, the length of time a student spends in the program, the GPA maintained, courses taken on a credit/no-credit basis, and the number of incompletes. All graduate students are evaluated by the GSC on a yearly basis. 

While an average GPA of 3.0 is the minimum we require, students are expected to maintain a GPA higher than 3.5 in order to be considered as making satisfactory progress toward the degree. In practice, our entering students have a GPA of around 3.7 and graduate with a GPA closer to 3.9 or 4.0.

Grading standards in each class will vary based on the course content and the instructor’s grading policies. However, from a programmatic perspective, we consider an A or A- as strong or satisfactory performance, and B as below average performance. Grades of C, D, F, or I (permanent incomplete) indicate an unsatisfactory progress in the program.

A large number of incomplete courses across a period of time may also be questioned by the GSC.


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