In accordance with University policy, the department specifies the minimum requirements for Satisfactory Academic Progress toward the M.A. in Classics. The University also requires graduate students to maintain a 3.0 GPA.
Satisfactory academic progress toward the M.A. degree in Classics includes timely and successful completion of all degree requirements in keeping with the departmental guidelines, as laid out in this document. Every student is required to meet individually with the faculty as a whole for the mandatory annual interview (that is, the matriculation interview or the annual faculty review) before the start of classes for the fall term. In addition, all continuing students are required to consult with the Director of Graduate Studies at least once each semester before they register for the next semester's courses.
A grade of I ("Incomplete") will be assigned only in the most extreme or unusual circumstances. Faculty members must immediately inform the Director of Graduate Studies of their decision to grant a student a grade of Incomplete, and also must notify him/her when the paperwork necessary to process a change of grade has been submitted. Students otherwise making satisfactory academic progress will not have more than one grade of Incomplete on their record at any one time, and all unfinished work resulting in the grade of Incomplete must be completed and submitted to the supervising professor by the second week of the immediately following semester. Students who fail to do so will not be allowed to continue in the program, and will be ineligible for financial aid or any other form of departmental support.
Graduate-level language status (Latin and Greek), proficiency in one modern language (French, German, or Italian), and qualifying exams must be completed at the time laid down for students by the Director of Graduate Studies in accordance with the Guidelines for the M.A. in Classics: see further the sections stating the specific requirements and expectations for the five emphases above. All comprehensive examinations must be completed no later than the end of the sixth semester of residence; failure to do so may result in the student's termination from the graduate program. The M.A. thesis is expected to be completed by the end of the semester immediately following successful completion of the Comprehensive Examinations.
In accordance with University policy, students who do not make satisfactory academic progress will have their academic standing converted to Non-Degree Status.