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When does one make the decsion to withdraw?


The official course withdrawal date will soon be here!  Having a rough time in class?  Not sure if you are going to pull a good grade?   Don’t know if you should withdraw or “tough it out?”  The first thing you should do is discuss your situation with your professor.

 Students in a master’s program must earn a grade of “B” or better in all core and capstone courses and maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher.   Students in a graduate certificate must earn a “B-“ or better and maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

 In most cases, it is better to officially withdraw (done through your student center) than to take a substandard grade (students receiving financial assistance should confirm any effect on their award).  An unacceptable grade may result in placement on probationary status and could ultimately lead to dismissal from the program. 

  Let’s say that you know that you will make an unsatisfactory grade in a core or a capstone course.  Consider these facts:

You stay in the class and earn less than the required grade:

  • There is no academic forgiveness at the graduate level
  • The grade will forever be on your transcript
  • The grade will be computed into your overall GPA
  • You will have to repeat the course

 You officially withdraw before the end of the withdraw period:

  • You will receive a “W” – no negative effect to your GPA
  • You will have to repeat the course


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