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Program Graduate Academic Student Handbook


Students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 to remain in good standing.  A student whose cumulative GPA falls below 2.75 will be placed on academic probation. 


Students on probation have at most one academic quarter to raise their cumulative GPA to at least a 2.75.  If a student does not, then he/she may be dismissed for a violation of satisfactory progress.  

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 or Dean of Students.

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 (or semester equivalent) of coursework may be accepted as transfer credit towards the M.S. degree for courses taken at another institution or through another DePaul program that articulate with current courses in the chemistry graduate program. ​ Credits applied toward the completion of a degree at DePaul or another institution will not be accepted as transfer credit.​  Written approval must come from graduate program director and associate dean for graduate studies.

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.​

Time Limitation 

Students pursuing a master's degree must complete all requirements for the master's degree within a maximum of six years from the first term of enrollment in the program.