Student's Right to Petition
Each currently enrolled graduate student has the right to petition to
Candidates for an advanced degree are required to meet general and major-field requirements within six calendar years of their matriculation date. Some programs have more restrictive timelines that supersede this general policy. Any exception must be approved in writing by the dean of graduate studies after review and recommendation by the All-College Graduate Council.
A student may repeat a graduate course once. Grades received in repeated courses will be averaged for purposes of computing the GPA. Both grades will be placed on the transcript.
Good Academic Standing
Graduate students are required to maintain a minimum GPA of 3.000 at the end of each semester in order to remain in good academic standing. Failure to do so will result in either academic dismissal or being placed on academic warning.
Grade Point Average (GPA) for Graduation
Student must achieve a minimum GPA of 3.000 in order to graduate. A student may appeal this, following the guidelines under "Student's Right to Petition."
Semester Work Load
One semester of coursework is defined as 9 credits or more in a single semester if full time, or 6 credits or more accumulated across two semesters if part time.
Upon completion of a semester's work at less than 3.000 GPA, the student will be issued an academic warning by the Division of Graduate Studies. Warning will be removed upon completion of a full semester's coursework at 3.000 GPA or better, or upon completion of the degree program with a minimum 3.000 GPA. See the physical therapy program description for program-specific requirements.
Two consecutive semesters on academic warning will be grounds for dismissal from the degree program. For the purposes of this policy, "two consecutive semesters" equals two full semesters with 9 credits or more in each semester if the student is full time, or 12 credits accumulated across three or more semesters if the student is part time. See the physical therapy program description for program-specific requirements.
With the exception of the M.B.A. program and those programs that require a thesis, all advanced degrees require a comprehensive examination.
Thesis and Project Requirements
Students required to complete a thesis or project as partial fulfillment of the degree requirements should request an adviser through the department or school and register through the Division of Graduate Studies for the appropriate course and credits. If not required by the department or school, the thesis or project is optional. If a student elects to do either a thesis or a project, the credits earned may be applied toward a degree or be in addition to degree requirements, at the discretion of the department or school concerned.
Use of Human Subjects in Research
All research projects at Ithaca College that use humans as subjects must be reviewed and approved by the All-College Review Board on Human Subjects Research. The use of human subjects refers to data collection via survey, supervised activity, and interview, as well as other methods. Please obtain a copy of the Ithaca College guidelines for human subject research from your adviser, the Faculty Resource Guide, or the provost's office.
Teacher Certification Requirements
Candidates enrolled in a degree program leading to teacher certification must acquire the competencies stipulated for that certification in addition to the requirements necessary to earn the master's degree.
Changes in a semester program schedule must be made within the two-week add/drop period.