All SNL graduate students assume responsibility to know and meet both the general and particular regulations, procedures, policies and deadlines set forth in these materials. In addition, all SNL graduate students are expected to adhere to the Student Code of Responsibility (available in the DePaul University Graduate Student Handbook) to follow the policies, procedures and regulations of the University, and to fulfill any particular stipulations which the School for New Learning Graduate Programs may have made in individual cases at the time of admission or, subsequently, through official action. Failure to do so may be grounds for dismissal from the applicable graduate program.

Additional program information and regulations applicable to specific graduate programs can be found in each Program Guidebook and student resources on the SNL website. ​

Acceptable Grades

Grades of “A” through “C” are acceptable for registrations (courses or competencies) applied to SNL graduate programs. Grades of “C-“ or lower require re-registering and re-completing course/competence. “Pass/No Pass” is only applicable to specified program components as explicitly designated within each graduate program’s Curriculum Guidebook.

Continuing Activity Status

Students who need to interrupt their programs of study for any reason should register for “continuing activity status” (CAS) during the quarter(s) of interruption. This is a minimal registration (nominal fee) which enables the student to maintain his/her Active status during the interruption, and thereby maintain access to his/her Faculty Mentor, the DePaul libraries and computer labs.

Cumulative GPA

SNL graduate programs require a cumulative GPA of no less than 3.0 at the point of graduation in order to complete the respective degree and enable degree conferral.

Earning a Second SNL Graduate Degree

Students/alumni from any SNL Graduate Program (MAAPS, MAEA or MSAT) wishing to apply to a second SNL graduate program must follow the admission program outlined for the second program. Upon acceptance, up to 18 credit hours - for graduate liberal learning seminars (approximately 25% of degree requirements) completed within the first SNL graduate program - may be applied (within ten years of their completion) to the second graduate program and, hence, waived as part of the second graduate program's requirements. All other degree components in the second graduate program must be fulfilled or, if already applied within a previous SNL graduate program, must be replaced with officially proposed and approved current substitutions - equal in credit hours and aligned with the second graduate program's focus. Waiver of any credit-hours/degree requirements into a third SNL graduate program is prohibited.

Graduation Steps

 A detailed list of Graduation Steps is provided for all SNL graduating graduate students on the SNL website.

Probation (Special Review) & Dismissal

Students whose performance jeopardizes their satisfactory academic progress as outlined in program materials are subject to being placed on “special review status”(academic probation) by the Graduate Student Program Review Committee (GSPRC). In such cases, the student’s Faculty Mentor develops a draft of the concerns and conditions for review. Upon GSPRC deliberation and decision, the GSPRC Chair prepares and distributes the special-review letter outlining issues/concerns as well as conditions/deadlines that need to be met for Special Review Status to be lifted. The Faculty Mentor monitors the student’s progress in meeting the conditions of the special review/probation.

Failure to comply with any of the terms of “special review” will result in academic dismissal from the applicable graduate program. A student who has been dismissed for academic/special-review reasons may, after a period of time not less than two quarters, reapply for readmission. 

Six-Year Time Limit

All graduate degree requirements must be satisfied within six years commencing with the term of initial enrollment. Students who fail to complete their graduate program/certificate requirements within the six-year limit must reapply and be readmitted. In such cases, readmission may require students to re-enroll and re-complete portions of their respective program/certificate in order to ensure currency of the knowledge-base/skill-base.

Transfer Coursework

Up to eight credit hours of graduate study may be “transferred” from other programs/universities in partial fulfillment of approved portions of SNL’s graduate programs’ requirements. Such coursework must have received a grade of “C” or better, been from an regionally-accredited university, and been completed no longer than six years prior to SNL graduate degree conferral.