Graduate Academic Policies

Graduate Enrollment 

Graduate students should enroll in a minimum of 12 units per quarter. In addition, enrollment in the seminar courses (Ceng 205, Nano 200) is required every quarter (seminar units do not count towards the required degree units).  All courses should be department or STEM graduate level courses for letter grades, if using the course to meet graduate program requirements. See program web pages for more details.

Good Academic Standing and Probation

Good academic standing is determined by graduate students meeting departmental and graduate studies standards; a GPA of 3.0 or above, in upper-division, graduate and professional course work; satisfactory spring evaluation; and having no more than a total of eight units of "F" and/or "U" grades. Some departments specify more stringent grade requirements.

Good Academic Standing is a requirement for:

  1. Holding academic and staff appointments.
  2. Receiving fellowship, scholarship, or traineeship appointments.
  3. Advancing to candidacy for a graduate degree.
  4. Going on a leave of absence.
  5. Obtaining a graduate degree from UCSD.

Graduate students who are not in Good Academic Standing for any reason are subject to probation and/or disqualification from further graduate study.


Repetition of Courses

  • A graduate student assigned a grade of D, F, or U only may petition to repeat the course on the same grading basis for which it was first taken.
  • Degree credit for the course will be given only once, but the grade assigned for each enrollment shall be permanently recorded.
  • Both the original grade and the grade received in the repetition will be used in calculating the overall GPA for the first 16 units repeated.
  • Petition must be submitted to Graduate Division for approval prior to enrollment in course to be repeated.
  • See NANO Advising for more information.

For more information on academic progress policies, please see the Graduate Division.


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