Probation and Suspension for Master's Programs

A student whose cumulative grade point average drops below 3.0 will be placed on Academic Probation and must raise his/her cumulative GPA to 3.0 or better during the next semester. A student placed on Academic Probation for two consecutive terms or a total of three times in nonconsecutive terms will be suspended from academic studies.

Failing Grades

A student who receives a failing grade (F) must retake and pass the failed course within 12 months if the failed course is a requirement for the degree(s) the student is pursuing.  Substitutions cannot be made for courses that have been failed.

A minimum cumulative graduate GPA of 3.0 is required in order to graduate with a Master’s degree.

Admissions Status:  Full

A student granted Full Admission who receives a failing grade and/or whose cumulative grade point average (GPA) drops below 3.0, but not lower than 2.5, will be placed on Academic Probation and must raise his/her cumulative GPA to 3.0 or better during the next semester. If the cumulative grade point average drops below 2.5, the student will be placed on Academic Probation, receive notice of Academic Suspension Pending, and be advised to resolve low grade(s) and raise GPA to 3.0 or better during the next semester or face Academic Suspension.

Admissions Status: Provisional

A student granted Provisional Admission who receives grade(s) below “B” and/or whose cumulative grade point average drops below 3.0 will be placed on Academic Probation, receive notice of Academic Suspension Pending, and be advised to resolve low grade(s) and raise GPA to 3.0 or better during the next semester or face Academic Suspension.

Academic Probation, Pending Academic Suspension and Academic Suspension Defined*:

Academic Probation is defined as a conditional enrollment period wherein the student must achieve and maintain a grade point average (GPA) not less than 3.0, with no grade below “B,” or face the possibility of Academic Suspension. Please note the grading system at Dallas Baptist University allots 2.67 grade points for a grade of “B-,” which can result in a GPA that is below 3.0. A student placed on Academic Probation for two consecutive terms or a total of three times in nonconsecutive terms will be suspended from academic studies.

Pending Academic Suspension is defined as a probationary enrollment period of one term wherein the student must achieve and maintain a GPA not less than 3.0 or face Academic Suspension. Please note that an earned failing grade or an earned grade less than “B” during this probationary period will automatically result in Academic Suspension. The grading system at Dallas Baptist University allots 2.67 grade points for a grade of “B-,” which can result in a GPA that is below 3.0.

Academic Suspension is defined as enforced academic withdrawal from all university classes due to unsatisfactory academic progress with a cumulative GPA of less than 3.0. 

*Grades on courses taken as required undergraduate prerequisites for a graduate program are not calculated in the graduate GPA and do not, therefore, affect the graduate academic standing of the student.