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), will constitute a failure in that course and will result in dismissal from the DSW program. Students receiving a failing grade in any other course will be placed on probationary status and required to repeat and pass the course. Students may repeat a failed non-core course once.

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 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 required to withdraw from the program. A cumulative GPA below 3.0 after completion of the core courses is considered lack of acceptable academic progress and will result in withdrawal from the program.


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 Students who do not successfully complete all course work and the dissertation within five years will be withdrawn from the program.