Satisfactory Academic Progress

Students are required to demonstrate satisfactory academic progress toward degree completion. In addition to maintaining a minimum 3.0 grade-point average, students enrolled in the graduate degree program are required to demonstrate satisfactory academic progress toward degree completion. The Program’s policies on what constitutes satisfactory academic progress are listed below.

Minimum Grades in a Required Course

Students must receive a grade of "B" or better in all core courses. A student who receives a grade of "C" or less in a required course must repeat that course. Students failing to obtain a “B” or higher in a required course that is repeated must petition the graduate program faculty to remain in the program. The decision to allow the student to continue in the program requires a majority approval of the program faculty, with two negative votes sufficient for termination.

Student Evaluation

The program faculty committee annually evaluates each student on the basis of accomplishments in formal courses and performance in other areas of the Program including lab research as well as attendance and participation in seminars. Satisfactory performance in courses and research are required. Failure to meet performance criteria in any of these areas is grounds for a recommendation of dismissal from the Program. 

Annual Reports

All students will submit an annual report to the Graduate Program Coordinator, on or before June 1. The Annual Report must be approved and signed by the Track Director (first-year students) or the Research Advisor (all other students) prior to submission to the Program office. Annual Reports for every year matriculating in the program are mandatory.


By June 15 the program faculty makes a determination if each first-year student will be sponsored for the following year (based on performance criteria). This determination will be assessed yearly thereafter. Poor performance in assigned duties may result in the loss of sponsorship. Sponsorship decisions after the first year are made by the student’s major advisor and or the Director of Graduate Studies. 

Advancement to Candidacy

At the end of their third year in residence, students are evaluated for Advancement to Candidacy at the time of their comprehensive examination.  If performance is substandard, the program faculty may recommend a probationary period, withdraw program sponsorship, seek dismissal, or may request the student to fulfill the requirements for a Master's degree. The program faculty will evaluate overall student performance in the Program to date. If performance has been deemed satisfactory by the faculty, approval will be granted.

Dissertation/Thesis Committee Meetings

All students are required, after the formation of a dissertation/thesis committee, to have at least one committee meeting per year while in the program.

Completion Timeline

Each College of Pharmacy graduate track will include a table of completion of degree requirements in their student handbook, which is posted on the College of Pharmacy graduate programs Website.

Notification of Failure to Meet Academic Progress Guidelines

When it is determined by the graduate track faculty that a student is not meeting academic progress, the student will receive written notification with a clear statement of what he/she must do and a date by which such actions must be completed. The Graduate College will receive a copy of the letters of unsatisfactory progress. Students who fail to remediate by the deadlines specified may be dismissed from the program. Students will be given an opportunity to appeal or rebut.

Appeals Process

If a student wishes to appeal any of the requirements mentioned above, the appeal should be made in writing to the director of the student’s research track (Health and Pharm Outcomes, Pharmaceutics; Drug Discovery and Development; Pharmacology & Toxicology). The appeal will be reviewed by the entire program faculty and may include a collective meeting with the student. A decision to accept the appeal of the program faculty will be based on a majority vote. The program faculty may place additional requirements/deadlines on the student as a prerequisite for continuing in the program.

Students who wish to appeal the decision of the program faculty must submit an appeal in writing to the director of graduate studies in the College of Pharmacy.