Academic Progress

Evaluations of the student’s work for the courses and dissertation seminars should be provided to the student at appropriate intervals during each term. Such evaluations should be made in relation to course content, clinical practice competency, and general performance at the doctoral level. Students whose work does not meet program expectations should be notified in writing as soon as possible. Faculty should indicate the areas of identified weakness and specify the requirements to satisfy course/ rogram requirements. In such situations, a copy of this notification should be sent to the student’s advisor and the Director of the DSW Program.

The minimum standard for satisfactory work for students in the DSW Program is a B average in each academic semester. A student whose record falls below the B (3.0) average after any semester will be put on academic probation. If the cumulative GPA is not raised to above a 3.0 at the end of the subsequent semester, the student will be dismissed from the program.

Students must meet the following deadlines to maintain satisfactory academic standing:

  • January 31 of Year 2: Submission of preliminary draft of dissertation proposal submitted to chair.
  • March 31 of Year 2: Revised, final draft of dissertation proposal submitted to chair.
  • April 30 of Year 2: Dissertation proposal approved by dissertation committee.

Students are expected to complete coursework and dissertation in three years. The maximum time allowed for completing all degree requirements is five years. Students who do not successfully complete all course work and the dissertation within five years may request an extension from the Director of the DSW Program.

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