Graduate Academic Policies

Grading Policies

Good Academic Standing and Probation

Good academic standing is determined by graduate students meeting departmental and graduate studies standards; a GPA of 3.0 or above, in upper-division, graduate and professional course work; satisfactory spring evaluation; and having no more than a total of eight units of "F" and/or "U" grades. Some departments specify more stringent grade requirements.

Good Academic Standing is a requirement for:

   1. Holding academic and staff appointments.
   2. Receiving fellowship, scholarship, or traineeship appointments.
   3. Advancing to candidacy for a graduate degree.
   4. Going on a leave of absence.
   5. Obtaining a graduate degree from UCSD.

Graduate students who are not in Good Academic Standing for any reason are subject to probation and/or disqualification from further graduate study.


Repetition of Courses

  • A graduate student assigned a grade of D, F, or U only may petition to repeat the course on the same grading basis for which it was first taken.
  • Degree credit for the course will be given only once, but the grade assigned for each enrollment shall be permanently recorded.
  • Both the original grade and the grade received in the repetition will be used in calculating the overall GPA for the first 16 units repeated.
  • Petition must be submitted to Graduate Division for approval prior to enrollment in course to be repeated.
  • See MAE Advising for more information.

For more information on academic progress policies, please see the Graduate Division.