Probation and Dismissal

Students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 to remain in and graduate from the program.  A student whose GPA falls below 2.75 will be placed on academic probation and given one academic quarter to raise the cumulative GPA to 2.75 or above.

All students are expected to adhere to the Code of Student Responsibility as outlined in the Graduate Student Handbook.  Any violation of the Code of Student Responsibility is considered very serious and is grounds for probation or dismissal at the discretion of the Chemistry Graduate Committee.

Conditional Admission

An applicant may be admitted conditionally to the program at the discretion of the Chemistry Graduate Committee for one or more of the following reasons:

  • Undergraduate GPA is less than 2.75 but the student has shown considerable promise in other areas (such as research).
  • The applicant is missing one or two of the required courses but otherwise has met all of the criteria for admission; the applicant will be required to complete the missing coursework either at DePaul or comparable institution as a condition prior to taking graduate courses for which the missing course(s) is(are) prerequisite.

The Chemistry Graduate Committee will consider other circumstances not included in the above list on an individual basis.

Transfer Credit

Up to 12 quarter hours of coursework may be accepted as transfer credit towards the M.S. degree for courses taken at another institution or through another program that articulate with current courses in the chemistry graduate program. ​ Credits applied toward any degree at another institution will not be accepted.​

Graduation with Distinction

Students may graduate “with distinction” by earning a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.75 for coursework applied toward the chemistry graduate program, or on the recommendation of the thesis defense committee.​