Minimum Academic Performance
The Graduate School requires that a student must have an aggregate grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 to obtain a graduate certificate or degree at the University of Cincinnati. The GPA used for this purpose should aggregate graduate-level coursework completed since the student’s matriculation into the particular degree program from which she or he seeks graduation, and only courses taken that are applicable to the degree/certificate count towards this GPA. Transfer graduate credits may also be accepted at the discretion of the degree program (and within Graduate School limits), and any transfer credit coming from courses taken at the University of Cincinnati will contribute to the GPA certified for graduation. Please note that programs establish minimum academic standards that may exceed the overall university standards provided in this handbook, so students need to be aware of their program requirements.
Note that there is no grade replacement for graduate students, so any failed graduate courses remain in the student record. However, if a student retakes a failed course and obtains a passing grade, and if the GPA calculated without that original failing grade is above 3.0, then the program can petition the Graduate School for a waiver of the GPA requirement for graduation. Multiple failing grades, or multiple attempts to pass a course, are examples of why a petition may be denied.