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Academic Standing

All students will be contacted through their EKU email account for any changes in academic standing.*

Academic Probation & Dismissal:
Students pursuing graduate degrees are expected to maintain a 3.0 graduate grade point average at all times. Students falling below the 3.0 GPA will be placed on academic probation. One semester may be allowed for removing the GPA deficiency. Students who fail to achieve a graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher after their probationary semester will be dismissed from their graduate program. Students who wish to appeal their dismissal must do so within two years of the date of notification of dismissal. Reinstatement in the graduate program will be permitted only with the recommendation of the advisor and the department chair/program coordinator to the Office of Graduate Education and Research and approval by the Graduate Dean. Students on academic probation or who have been dismissed cannot take a course from another institution for the purpose of transferring the credit to their program.

Dismissal appeals are approved for one term of registration only. A student may need to submit additional appeals at the end of each term until the cumulative GPA reaches 3.0. Students who are on probation may not hold Graduate Assistantship positions.


Probationary Admission:
An applicant who has submitted all required application materials but does not meet either the minimum GPA requirement or attained acceptable entrance examination scores may be considered for probationary admission. To receive probationary admission, the applicant must show promise for successful graduate study and receive the recommendation of the appropriate department chair and approval of the Dean of Graduate School. Students must be removed from probationary admission prior to registering in any graduate course work beyond an initial 9 hours. Students who do not attain the required 3.0 GPA at the end of the term in which the nine-hour minimum was completed will be dismissed from the graduate program without appeal.

After obtaining probationary admission, the minimum condition for transfer from probationary admission status to clear admission status is the successful completion of at least nine hours of approved graduate course work at Eastern Kentucky University with a graduate grade point average of at least 3.0 at the end of the term in which the nine-hour minimum was completed. Special course requirements or other conditions may be imposed by the department, academic dean, and/or the Office of Graduate Education and Research. A student in probationary status may not hold an assistantship without first achieving clear admission status. International students may not be admitted on a probationary admission basis.


*Notifications will be sent at the end of each term once all semester grades have been calculated towards the cumulative GPA. 

Note: A grade change processed during the semester can impact academic standing.