Grade point average
Occasionally, a graduate student will be required to take
coursework designed to remedy deficiencies in the preparation
provided by his or her Bachelor's degree program. Such coursework
is remedial or background in nature and does not fulfill specific
content requirements of the Master's degree program. The student's
department and the Graduate Studies committee are concerned that
the student demonstrate satisfactory progress in the background
coursework as well as in the coursework stipulated by his or her
plan of study. Therefore, grades in both background coursework and
coursework making up the specified plan of study will be examined
in evaluating the student's progress.
A satisfactory background course grade point average (BGPA) is a
necessary but not a sufficient condition for successful completion
of the requirements for an MS degree program. The status of any
student whose BGPA falls below 3.0 will be reviewed by his or her
graduate program advisor and by the department head of the program
in which he or she is enrolled. Upon recommendation of the
department head, the Graduate Studies Committee can act to place
such a student on probation or to drop him or her from the graduate
program. However, the Graduate Studies Committee cannot
unilaterally take such action.
The student's grade point average (GPA) will be computed on the
basis of student achievement in all those courses completed at
Rose-Hulman while a graduate student for which a grade is issued.
Thesis credit hours, which receive a satisfactory (S) or
unsatisfactory (U) grade, will be excluded. The GPA will be the
grade point average used by the Graduate Studies Committee to
evaluate all questions related to satisfactory progress toward
completion of the MS degree (e.g., probation, continued enrollment,
financial assistance), unless it has received a recommendation from
the department head as outlined in the preceding paragraph.
The procedure described in the preceding paragraph places a
direct responsibility on the graduate student, his or her advisory
committee, and his or her department to stipulate those courses
which will make up the student's plan of study and thus will count
toward the completion of the student's MS program. Courses
not on the plan of study, while not counting toward completion of
the degree, will be included in the student's GPA.
Any questions concerning rules, procedures, etc., relating to
graduate work should be directed to the Associate Dean of the