Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy

To maintain eligibility for federal financial aid, whether attending full or part time, seeking a Master's degree or certificate, students must make satisfactory academic progress (SAP) toward the completion of their degrees. Satisfactory academic progress is measured qualitatively and quantitatively.

Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress

  1. Qualitatively - Students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average.
  2. Quantitatively - Students must complete their master’s degrees within 150% of the time required to complete their specific program and complete a minimum of 18 credits per academic year and by also maintaining a completion rate of 67% of all credits attempted. Certificate students must complete their programs within 150% of the time required to complete their specific certificate and complete a minimum of 12 credits per academic year. Students may have 1 program change that will not affect their academic progress. With a program change, the clock resets. Any subsequent program changes will be included in the 150% completion rate calculation.


Credit – A credit is the unit by which academic work is measured.

Attempted Credit – All credits for which you are registered at the beginning of each term.

Cumulative Credits – The total number of credits attempted and earned for all periods of enrollment at Adler, including terms for which the student did not receive financial aid.

Earned Credits – Earned credits are those successfully completed with a grade of A, B, C, and P. Grades of I, W, and NE are not counted as earned credits. Audit credits are not counted as attempted or earned credits. No Credit (NC) is counted as credit attempted and earned although no quality points are earned.

Grade Point Average (GPA) - The GPA is calculated using a point value that is assigned for grades A, B, C, and NC. Although a grade of P will count as credit earned, it is not assigned a point value.

Maximum Timeframe
– Is the pace at which students’ progress through their programs to ensure that they will graduate within the maximum timeframe; not to exceed 150% of the published length of a program. This pertains to master’s degrees and certificate programs.

Incomplete – An I or I/P is assigned as a temporary grade for pending course completion and is counted against the completion rate. A grade of I or I/P has no quantitative or qualitative computational value until it is converted into a final grade, at which point the final grade replaces the I or I/P.

Transfer Credits – Credits from other Master's level courses earned from other Master's level institutions, count as credits attempted and completed but are not calculated in the GPA.

Completion Rate – Students must maintain a completion rate of 67%. A student earning 67% of credits attempted is on pace to complete their program within the maximum timeframe.

Change of Program – Only credits attempted for the currently enrolled in program of study count toward the maximum time frame and GPA requirements. If a student changes their program of study, the past credits and those taken going forward which apply to the new program of study, will be calculated in the maximum time frame requirements. Students are allowed one program change.  Any subsequent program changes will count toward the maximum time frame.

Withdrawals - A grade of W affects the maximum time frame calculation as well as the completion rate.  A W has zero quality points so it does not affect the grade point average.