Academic Performance

As a graduate student, you are required to maintain a high level of performance and comply with the policies of the institution. The college reserves the right to suspend any individual who does not maintain a satisfactory academic standing or fails to conform to university regulations. Once you have achieved admission, you are expected to maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA on work completed at the university.

Graduate degree credit is allowed for “A”, “B”, and “C” grades. A grade of “D” is not passing for graduate work and the course must be repeated. A grade point average of 3.0 or higher is required for:

  • all courses included in a degree plan
  • all the courses comprising the major field
  • the courses comprising the minor field, if one is selected, and
  • cumulatively on all courses taken.

See the University Catalog for further information.


Your cumulative GPA is calculated based on coursework attempted at Tarleton and your overall GPA is calculated based on coursework attempted at Tarleton and any applicable transfer coursework. If in a particular semester your cumulative GPA or overall GPA falls below the 3.0 minimum, you will be notified of unsatisfactory academic performance. You must attain a 3.0 cumulative GPA during your next period of enrollment; failure to do so will result in suspension for one long semester or the summer term. At the end of any grading period, if your overall GPA falls below 2.0 you will be automatically suspended.

If you have been admitted on academic warning, you must achieve a 3.0 GPA or greater your first semester of enrollment. If requirements are not met, admission will be rescinded, and you will be placed on academic suspension.

Following a Suspension

After a suspension, you must apply (including the $30 application fee) to the College of Graduate Studies for reinstatement. You will be required to maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA every semester following your suspension. You are only allowed one suspension, and if poor academic performance continues; you will be permanently dismissed from the university.

Completion Time Limit

Course credits more than six years old at the anticipated time for degree completion may not be counted for a degree. Credits are considered to be earned when they are recorded on the official transcript.