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Good Academic Standing


To define good academic standing for graduate students.

Applies to: 

All Lawrence/Edwards campus graduate students

Policy Statement: 

Evaluation of graduate student academic standing includes, but is not limited to, consideration of performance in and progress through a graduate program according to program expectations.


Graduate students must maintain an expected level of performance throughout their program. Criteria for evaluating satisfactory performance include, but are not limited to:

  1. For degree- and certificate-seeking students, a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher and, for non-degree-seeking students, a cumulative graduate GPA of 2.0 or higher. Graduate programs may have more stringent GPA requirements;
  2. Academic and scholarly integrity (for more information, see the Related Policies section below);
  3. Compliance with academic policies at the University, school, and departmental level; and
  4. For degree- and certificate-seeking students, satisfactory progress toward completion of the degree or certificate as determined by the program. Graduate programs are responsible for evaluating students at least annually to assess progress toward a degree. Progress may be determined by factors including:
    1. Completion of coursework, milestones, exams, or other program components on a specified timeframe and
    2. Official time to degree and total time in program.

Graduate programs may have additional measures of progress. Failure to maintain an expected level of performance will result in a student not being in good academic standing.

Lack of good academic standing will result in the graduate program placing the student on probation or in dismissal from the program (for more information, see policies on academic probation and dismissed enrollment).

It is expected that graduate programs will evaluate graduate students pursuing more than one (1) degree program based on their progress in each program individually.

Students must be in good academic standing to graduate. Applications for graduation will be denied if the student is not in good academic standing as defined by this policy.


Graduate Studies

Approved by: 
Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor
Approved on: 
Monday, April 13, 2015
Effective on: 
Monday, April 13, 2015
Review Cycle: 
Annual (As Needed)

This policy reflects the practices that have been in place at the University of Kansas for a number of years.


Academic Integrity: Academic and scholarly integrity assumes that academic work is represented truthfully as to its source and its accuracy and that academic results are obtained by a fair and authorized means.

Good academic standing, Academic probation, Dismissed enrollment, Master’s program time constraints, Doctoral program time constraints
Change History: 

07/18/2023: Fixed broken links, approved by changed to Provost and Vice Chancellor.
02/15/2022: Updated to state that students must be in good academic standing to graduate.
04/28/2021: Updated broken link.
04/25/2018: Clarify existing policy and process expectations: all students are expected to maintain good academic standing; specified GPA threshold for non-degree students -- SVPAA Approved 24 April 2018
04/15/2015:  Added to KU Policy Library.
Prior to final approval by the Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, this policy was reviewed and endorsed by the academic Associate Deans, the University Registrar, Financial Aid and Scholarships, Graduate Division personnel, the Executive Council of Graduate Faculty, and the Dean of Graduate Studies.

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