Graduate School Policies
While it is important to familiarize yourself with Graduate School and NDSU policies, here are a few of the most important policies of which to be aware. There is also a Code of Student Behavior by which students must abide.
To be in academic good standing and to receive a graduate degree, a student must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0.
Students are required to register for at least one credit each semester (fall and spring) until all degree requirements are completed, including submitting final copies of a thesis, paper, or dissertation. The graduate dean will not approve the degree until the student has registered for the number of credits of research for any semesters not covered by either registration or leave of absence, but not more than four (4) credits total.
A student who has not registered for longer than a continuous two-year period must also reapply for admission and is subject to the degree requirements at the time of readmission.
Leave of Absence
Students who interrupt their graduate program prior to the completion of all degree requirements must maintain continuous enrollment for the Fall and/or Spring Semesters of the absence or obtain a leave of absence, using the Request for Leave of Absence from Graduate Studies form. Leaves of absence do not amend in any way the seven and ten-year time limitations.