Once a student has been admitted with graduate degree status (G) or with graduate non-degree status (GN), he or she is expected to maintain an acceptable cumulative grade point average. A student whose cumulative grade point average falls below 2.85 during the first 18 hours of coursework is placed on academic probation. A student who has earned more than 18 hours and who fails to maintain a grade point average of 3.0 is placed on probation. A student may take up to nine hours while on academic probation. If the grade-point average does not rise to the minimum acceptable standard based on the number of hours earned within the first nine hours of being placed on probation, the student is dismissed from graduate study. A course in which the student chooses to withdraw before the withdrawal deadline will not be included in this nine-hour limit. A student on probation who chooses to withdraw from a course may not be eligible for financial aid the following semester because a student seeking financial aid must be enrolled in at least six semester hours. Students on probation in cohort programs requiring more than nine hours a semester must raise their grade-point average to the minimum acceptable standard by the end of that semester. If a student repeats one or two courses while on academic probation, the new grade replaces the original grade in the calculation of the grade-point average.
Grade-point averages calculated for removal of probationary status are based on all graduate courses taken at Winthrop University, not on selected courses. All course work used to restore the grade-point average to the minimum acceptable standard based on the number of hours earned must be completed at Winthrop. Credit earned at any other institution while the student is on academic probation or is ineligible to enroll at Winthrop cannot be applied to any degree at Winthrop University.
Click here for the Master of Social Work Academic Probation Policy.