Academic Standards

The mission of the university is learning and the pursuit of new knowledge. The School of Architecture and Planning encourages and expects its students to pursue excellence in their programs of study.  The Department of Architecture requires a minimum grade point average for continued enrollment.

Minimum GPA

In order to remain in good academic standing, architecture graduate students must maintain the following minimum grade point averages:  

  • must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above; and
  • must earn a GPA of 3.0 or above every semester; and
  • must have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above in order to graduate.

Failure to maintain these minimum GPA levels will result in academic probation. Students who fail to meet the minimum academic standards for two consecutive semesters will be dismissed from the program at the discretion of the chair, upon consultation with the Academic Standards Committee.

Design Studios

In addition to all minimum GPA levels, all graduate students are expected to make satisfactory progress in design studio. All graduate students must earn no less than a C in design studio. Any graduate student who receives a grade lower than C must repeat the studio before taking the next studio. This means dropping out of the design studio sequence for a semester. All Incomplete (I) grades in ANY studio must be completed before registering for the next studio. Grades of D (+/-) in ANY TWO STUDIOS results in the student’s dismissal from the program. A grade of F in any design studio also results in dismissal.

Required Courses

In addition to meeting all minimum GPA requirements and Design Studio grade requirements, graduate students must earn a minimum grade of C- in each required course in order to pass.

Grading Policies

A = 4 Exceptional work. Meets and exceeds all criteria. Clear understanding of concepts and techniques. Exhibits insights indicating that the experiences from one project/exercise to the next are cumulative and transferable. Constructively challenges and criticizes issues brought forth during the semester. Develops capability to be constructively self-critical. Assumes responsibility for intellectual development of self and encourages intellectual development of colleagues. Maintains perfect attendance. This grade indicates clear capability to perform well at the next level.

B = 3 Above average work. Meets all criteria. Good understanding of concepts and techniques. Reasonable carry-over from previous exercises. Constructively challenges issues brought forth during the semester. Maintains excellent attendance. This grade indicates a reasonable prediction of competent performance at the next level.

C = 2 Average work. Meets minimum requirements. Indicates some difficulty in understanding concepts and techniques or in transferring experience from one project to the next. Exhibits need for improvement in critical thinking skills. Maintains good attendance. This grade indicates mediocre to poor performance at the next level.

D = 1 Below average work. Does not meet minimum requirements. Indicates serious difficulties in understanding concepts and techniques, and/or in the transfer of information. Probable indication of poor attendance and lack of motivation.

F = 0 Poor work. This grade is a probably indication of late work, incomplete work, work not submitted, or overall work so weak that a passing grade is not reasonable. This grade is also a probable result of poor attendance.

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