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Graduate Degree Requirements

The School of Professional Advancement will award a Master of Liberal Arts (MLA) degree or a Master of Professional Studies (MPS) degree after successful completion of the major course requirements for one of these programs. Please refer to the individual program for specific coursework requirements. No thesis is required. Students may not apply more than two independent study courses toward graduation requirements. In order to earn a master’s degree, a student must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.00. Students must also submit an application for degree at the beginning of the semester in which the student plans to complete all required coursework and graduate. This application must be completed with the student’s academic advisor. Applications for degree conferral are now online and will appear in a student's Gibson account when available.

Academic Progress Requirements

Students admitted to study at the master’s level must maintain an overall grade point average of 3.00 or better to be considered in good academic standing. Students whose cumulative grade point average falls below 3.00 will be placed on academic probation, which will require a written academic development plan. Students will be removed from academic probation when they earn an overall grade point average of at least 3.00.

Students who receive a grade lower than a B- in any coursework attempted will be placed on academic probation from the program. Students who earn two grades below a B- will be dismissed.

Please refer to the individual master’s degree program pages for specific information for each graduate degree.