Last Revision: October 26, 2023
Academic Probation Policies
For doctoral students, Academic Probation begins after you have attempted at least 6 semester hours and has a cumulative GPA below 3.0. You may also be placed on probation if, during the dissertation phase of the program, you received a “U” (unsatisfactory performance) during an academic term.
If your cumulative program GPA falls below the minimum required by APUS, you will be notified by the Registrar's Office that you have been placed on Academic Probation. The intent of Academic Probation is to provide you with the opportunity to raise your cumulative GPA to minimum levels so that you may continue to pursue your academic goals. Once placed on Academic Probation, your GPA will be reviewed after completion of one term per requirements detailed below.
Student’s GPA falls below 3.0
Failed a course with a grade of F
The student will be:
Upon successful completion of the repeated course, the new grade, which must be at least a B will replace F
Students who fall below 3.0
Due to one or more grades of B- in the program
The student will be placed on probation and will be allowed to continue taking courses as a probationary term.
Student who does not make satisfactory dissertation progress
Student receives a U (Unsatisfactory) grade in the dissertation course
The student will be placed on probation and will be required to complete an improvement plan to meet dissertation milestones during the next term.
Number of Probation Periods
2 total probation periods, one probation period during the course phase of the program and one probation period during the dissertation phase of the program.
Minimum period GPA of 3.0
You will need to discuss your options with your academic advisor and your funding source as your eligibility for funding may be affected.
If you raise your cumulative GPA above the minimum level at the end of the review period, you will be placed on academic good standing.
You will have 30- calendar days to appeal your pending academic dismissal in writing before it is processed. Refer to the Appeals Information for more information.