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Disqualification - Academic - Graduate

A graduate student who is on academic probation is academically disqualified if he or she fails to earn a 3.0 or better term GPA each Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall term until the required 3.0 cumulative GPA is established. This requires enrollment in at least one letter-graded course each Spring or Fall semester (but not Winter or Summer term) that the student is on probation. Teaching credential candidates are subject to the GPA dictates of the State Department of Education. Credential candidates will be notified of those requirements by their department within the College of Education in which they are seeking their credential preparation. At this time, the minimum GPA requirement matches that of the graduate division as a whole, that is, the 3.0 level. Credential candidates who fail to meet this standard are academically disqualified and are not eligible for reinstatement. Similarly, if at the time of completion of all credential requirements, a student's candidacy GPA or cumulative GPA is below the 3.0 threshold, the student is academically disqualified and will not be afforded the option of repeating credential courses to raise the GPA.

For master's candidates who complete all minimum degree requirements but fail to achieve a 3.0 GPA, the department may exercise its option to terminate the candidacy (see Failure to Achieve a 3.0 GPA on Completed Graduate Program). The department may also allow the student to repeat classes within the university limit of 9 units per graduate career or to add (via grade averaging) elective courses. The total units in the added courses and repeated courses (100 and 200 level coursework) cannot exceed in the entire graduate career 30% of the units of the degree program's total. If a student fails to raise the candidacy and SJSU cumulative GPA to 3.0 after these measures, he or she is academically disqualified without a possible reinstatement.

With the exception of the scenario described in the paragraph above, reinstatement can be applied for (via the Graduate Petition for Reinstatement; see Reinstatement - Disqualification - Graduate) following a first disqualification at the graduate level. Departments have the option of reinstating or refusing to reinstate, but if the graduate student does garner all signatures of approval on the petition and fulfills the requirements for reinstatement (e.g., through passage of the Program of Study), then reinstatement will be granted; in addition, if reinstatement is achieved, the student is guaranteed readmission to the program when he or she reapplies for a future term.

After a second disqualification at the graduate level, reinstatement will not be granted and the student's candidacy will be terminated.