Grade Requirements

For students on a GTA, a grade of B or better in all course work is required for continuance of the assistantship.

For all students, the minimum academic standard in order to earn graduate degree credit in a graduate course is obtained as follows:

  1. In non-elective*  music courses, the minimum grade of B minus (B-) is required for graduate credit in graduate-only classes, i.e., in 900-level courses, or in 800-level courses without 400-level counterparts. Applied lessons are an important example of such classes, and as a further rule, lessons are not taken on a pass/no pass basis.
  2. In non-elective* music courses, the minimum grade of B is required for graduate credit in cross-listed grad/undergrad classes, i.e., in 800-level courses with 400-level counterparts. Here, the grade of B minus (B-) is not acceptable for graduate credit. Also, these courses may not be taken on a pass/no pass basis for graduate credit. (A maximum of three hours credit may be taken on a pass/no pass basis in a student's program.)
  3. In a minor or related area outside music or in elective* courses in music, the  minimum grade of C or pass is required in 800-level or 900-level courses. A grade of C minus (C-) is not acceptable.
  4. A maximum of 9 credit hours may be taken in approved workshops.
  5. A maximum of 6 credit hours may be taken in Special Topics, Special Problems or Independent Study.

*Note: an elective course refers to any course in which the student has a free and open opportunity to select a course. A scenario in which students may select from a menu of courses in order to fulfill degree requirements in a certain area (i.e., select a music theory course from among 3 different theory courses) does NOT constitute an elective course.

A student who receives a grade below the minimum allowable for graduate credit may not continue the program of studies without permission from the Glenn Korff School of Music Graduate Committee. Typically, an underachieving student will be placed on probation for a semester before a decision about continuing in the program is rendered. The retention of financial aid and other support will require exemplary, rather than minimum, academic standards.

If a student receives a grade below the minimum allowable for graduate credit, then the student will have to take the class off the Program of Studies and take another in its place to be counted toward the minimum required 90 credits, as the class fulfilling the particular course requirement involved.

POLICY FOR HANDLING GRIEVANCES AND APPEALS

If a student has a grievance concerning a grade, or wishes to appeal a grade, a chain of order should be followed. The student should first speak with the professor, and then if necessary to the Supervisory Committee chair, and then if necessary to the Associate Director of the School (who is chair of the Graduate Committee), and then if necessary to the Director of the School, and then if necessary to the Associate Dean in the Office of Graduate Studies in Seaton Hall.

See also the statement on Academic Dishonesty below in this handbook.