Failure to Advance
All students are required to complete all requirements of their M.A. program within six years of first enrollment. Students failing to meet this requirement may be dismissed from the program. However, students can officially withdraw from the program and reapply later. If re-admitted, their previous coursework will count toward the degree if it meets the requirements of the program at the time of readmission; the six year timeframe will include both spans of attendance, but not the time during which the student was not in the program.
Students who have not officially withdrawn from the program, but have been discontinued or dismissed from the active status roster will need to complete a re-application (and any other required admission materials as determined by the Graduate Advisor, Graduate Program Director, and Associate Dean) to resume the program and begin taking courses again, or to be eligible for the master’s thesis defense, project, or comprehensive exams. Re-admission into the graduate program is not guaranteed, but if readmitted, the six year timeframe will still remain from the date of the original enrollment.
Failure to Pass Comprehensive Exams
Students have two attempts to pass their comprehensive examination in programs where such examinations exist. Failure of one or all sections of the exams after the second attempt will result in dismissal from the program.
Failure to Advance Thesis Policy
Failure to advance thesis policy: If a student does not make significant progress towards the completion of the thesis within one year of submitting the thesis approval form, the student's committee has the authority to determine if the student is allowed to continue with the thesis. If the committee decides to discontinue the thesis, the student must choose another degree completion option to fulfill the degree completion requirement.
Failure to Meet the Requirements of Conditional Acceptance
A failure to meet the requirements of conditional acceptance admission decisions will result in dismissal from the graduate program.
Failure to Meet the Requirements of an Academic Probation Plan
A failure to meet the requirements of an academic probation plan will result in dismissal from the graduate program.
If a student has made good progress toward a degree program and has a compelling explanation for the circumstances that caused the dismissal, he or she may petition the graduate board for reinstatement. The graduate board will decide if any exceptions to the dismissal policy are warranted, and the board’s decision will also require the approval by the Associate Dean of Graduate Programs. To appeal an academic dismissal, a student must submit to the graduate advisor a letter of petition, current transcripts (including transcripts if credits were earned elsewhere after the dismissal from DePaul), and a current résumé.