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Graduate Student Information

GPA and Grading System
Academic Warning, Probation, and Suspension
Degree Requirements

Graduate Cohort Programs

Students in lockstep cohort programs are automatically registered for all required courses in their programs. Students need to merely attend classes as scheduled.

Lockstep graduate programs include the following:

  • Master of Public Administration
  • Master of Science in Security Management
  • Master of Science in Justice Administration and Crime Management

Graduate Traditional Programs

Students in traditional programs must register for courses in each traditional term. Students are strongly encouraged to stay in close communication with their Graduate Academic Advisors in order to schedule courses for the terms in which they are offered and to meet all required pre-requisites.

Examples:

  • All MBA core courses are offered in every term in both classroom and online formats, but courses in the MBA concentrations may be offered in only one term per academic year. All foundation courses must be complete prior to concentration courses.
  • Master of Science in Clinical Counseling courses should be taken as follows: all Foundation courses should be completed prior to taking any Framework courses; all Framework courses should be completed prior to taking any Professional Practice courses, etc.
  • Master of Science in Computer Information Systems students may not take CIS 603 XML Programming until they have completed CIS 525 Business System Programming with C++.

Graduate Academic Advisors will assist you in knowing when specific courses are offered and what pre-requisites must be met prior to registering for the courses.

Traditional graduate programs include the following :

  • Master of Arts in Human Services
  • Master of Arts in Managerial Communication
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Healthcare Administration
  • Master of Project Management
  • Master of Science in Acquisition and Contract Management
  • Master of Science in Clinical Counseling
  • Master of Science in Computer Information Systems
  • Master of Science in Cybersecurity
  • Master of Science in Finance
  • Master of Science in International Security and Intelligence Studies
  • Master of Science in Leadership and Executive Coaching
  • Master of Science in Management
  • Master of Science in Management Information Systems

GPA and Grading System

Grade Point Average (GPA)
Student academic performance is measured by computation of the Grade Point Average (GPA). The GPA is determined by multiplying the grade point value earned in each course by the number of credits assigned to each course, summing the products of the courses attempted, and dividing by the total number of credits attempted. The average is computed only on academic work completed at Bellevue University. Graduate students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or above. In addition, no course in which a grade is less than a 2.0 (grades of C- or lower) may be used to graduate.
Note: Transfer credit courses are not computed into the Bellevue University grade point average.

Grading System
The instructor using the grading system below reports a student's final grade in each course. The faculty report final grades to the Registrar at the end of each course. They become part of the student's permanent record and are included in the computations of grade points earned and the grade point average.

Letter grades for courses with their respective grade point equivalence, are:

A

4.00

Work of exceptional character. Academic credit awarded.

A-

3.67

B+

3.33

Superior work and distinctly above average. Academic credit awarded.

B

3.00

B-

2.67

C+

2.33

Work of average quality. Academic credit awarded.

C

2.0

C-

1.67

Work fails to meet minimum requirements. No academic credit awarded.

D+

1.33

D

1.00

D-

0.67

F

0.00

P

Pass

Used on a limited basis for specified courses. It is not calculated in the students GPA.

N

No Pass

Work fails to meet minimum requirements. No academic credit awarded.

W

Official Withdrawal

Indicates official withdrawal from the course. It is not calculated in the students GPA.

I

Incomplete

This is not calculated in the students GPA The grade of "I" or Incomplete is neither a final grade, nor a grade that reflects issues of attendance. It is a temporary grade; given only once at the end of the course to reflect that the student justifiably has not completed the required course work. It also reflects that it is possible to complete the required work within a reasonable period of time – up to 12 weeks maximum. The student must complete the course by 5:00 p.m. (Central Time) on the Friday of the 12th week after the end of the class in which the "I" was given, or a grade of "F" will be officially recorded.

Academic Warning, Probation, and Suspension

The completion of a master's degree program requires that you maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 or better in the graduate program, and no individual course below a 2.0 (grades of C- or lower) will counted toward graduation. Guidelines may be obtained from your specific graduate college. Information on academic warning, probation, and suspension can also be referenced in the 2012-2013 Catalog.

Graduate Academic Performance Standards – Probation

If you complete an academic session in which either the cumulative GPA or the GPA for the session falls below a 3.0, you will be placed on academic probation. As a graduate student on Academic Probation, you must raise your cumulative GPA to a 3.0 to qualify for graduation. Only courses in which you earn a 2.0 or better will be used to meet graduate degree requirements. On Academic Probation, you may not register for more than the minimum number of hours recognized by the University as constituting full-time status for a session. You will have 9 credit hours to raise your GPA to acceptable standards, or you will be placed on suspension.

Ph.D. students who complete an academic term in which either the cumulative GPA or the GPA for the term falls below 3.0 will be placed on academic probation. Graduate students on academic probation must raise their cumulative GPA to a 3.0 in order to qualify for degree conferral. Only courses in which you earn a 3.0 or better will be used to meet Ph.D. requirements. A student on Academic Probation may not register for more than the minimum number of hours recognized by the University as constituting full-time status for a session. If on probation, you have nine credit hours to raise your GPA to acceptable standards or be placed on suspension.

Graduate Academic Performance Standards – Suspension

If you have been placed on Academic Probation and fail to raise your GPA to 3.0 or higher during the probation period, you will be placed on Academic Suspension by the Dean of Students. If you are placed on Academic Suspension, you may not enroll in any graduate courses in the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, or the College of Science and Technology for 12 months.

Appeals for Academic Standing

You may appeal any decisions made regarding academic status as defined by this catalog. If you wish to appeal your academic standing, you will need to file a written appeal 15 days from the date of written notification from the Dean of Students. Submit a detailed statement explaining the basis for the appeal to the Dean. Please include in your appeal letter any academically-relevant information demonstrating either the corrective action you have taken to address performance deficits or strategies that will be taken to improve your academic performance. The Dean of Students will inform you of a decision within 15 days of receipt of the appeal. A final appeal may be made to the Chief Academic Officer—the Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA), within 15 days of the Dean's response. The Chief Academic Officer's decision is final.

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