Academic Progress Policy

  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 number of credits required to complete their program and complete a minimum of 12 credits per academic year and by also maintaining a completion rate of 67% of all credits attempted. Certificate students must complete their programs within 18 months of matriculation. Students also have the opportunity to 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 Graduate School.

Earned Credits –Earned credits are those completed with a grade of A, B, C, P and NC. A grade of NC is an earned grade with zero quality points. Grades of I, W and NE are not counted as earned credits. Audit credits are not counted as attempted or earned credits.

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.

Incomplete – An I is assigned as a temporary grade for a pending grade extension. A grade of I has no quantitative or qualitative computational value. Once the grade extension is recorded, the incomplete is changed to I/P.

In Process – A grade of “I/P” indicates that work satisfying an incomplete grade has been submitted to the instructor and a grade is pending. This is a temporary grade pending course completion. A grade of "I/P" has no quantitative or qualitative computational value until it is converted into a final grade replacing the 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.

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.

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, 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.