Grades and Academic Standing

Students in the four core courses: Research Methods, Qualitative Research, Clinical Theory I, Clinical Theory II, receive letter grades. The letter grade system consists of grades of A, B, C, D, and F with pluses and minuses possible for A, B, or C. The mark of I is used to designate “incomplete.” The remainder of the DSW courses are graded as pass (P) or fail (F).

Core Course Grades and GPA

A letter grade of less than B- in a core course (Research Methods, Qualitative Research, Clinical Theory I, Clinical Theory II), may result in dismissal from the program. A grade of D or F constitutes a failure and will result in dismissal from the program.

Overall GPA

Grade Point Averages (GPAs) are tabulated at the end of each semester of the first academic year and at the end of the first academic year on a cumulative basis. The minimum standard for satisfactory work for students in the DSW Program is a B average in each academic semester. A cumulative GPA below 3.0 after completion of the core courses is considered lack of acceptable academic progress and may result in withdrawal from the program.

Timelines

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 Students who do not successfully complete all course work and the dissertation within five years will be withdrawn from the program unless they have requested and received an extension from the DSW Program Director.

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