Students must receive a grade of B or higher in all courses that are applied to the MA degree. Students who earn a grade lower than a B have two options:
- They may retake the course, in which case the grade counted for the course and computed in the GPA is the average of the two grades for the course. This average grade must be a B if the course is to count toward the degree. Students may re-take a course only once.
- Or, they may request permission to substitute a different course for the one in which a grade lower than a B was earned. Such students must prepare a written request for the substitution explaining what course they wish to substitute and why the course is an appropriate, relevant substitute. The request is submitted to the Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. Lisa Keränen, whose decision about whether to approve the substitution is final.
This policy concerning minimum grades in courses supersedes the policy of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, which is less stringent.