An average of “B” (3.0) is required for a graduate degree, and no grade below a “C-” may be counted toward the degree. Core courses must be passed with a minimum of “C” to count toward the degree. All work leading to the graduate degree and taken as a graduate student will be counted in computing the quality point average, including courses graded “D.” No transferred credits are calculated into the University of Miami GPA.


    • A Excellent accomplishment.
    • B Good accomplishment.
    • C Fair, but below that expected of graduate students (C- lowest passing grade).
    • D Poor (not acceptable for credit toward the MALS degree).
    • F Failure.
    • W Course dropped by permission of the Dean of the Graduate School prior to the last day for withdrawing from classes as published in the official calendar of the university. Credit can be earned only by successful repetition of the course.
    • I Incomplete work in passing status with instructor‟s permission to complete the course. If the “I” is not changed within one year, credit can be earned only by successful repetition of the course.
    • IP Denotes “in progress” grade given by instructor for any in which a student has made expected or clearly satisfactory progress during the semester, but has yet fully to complete requirements for the course.
    • NG Assigned by Enrollment Services indicating that the instructor has not yet reported the student’s grade. For a student to receive credit for the course, the instructor must report a passing grade prior to the student’s graduation.


Students who obtain a 3.8 GPA or better will receive an Award of Academic Merit on their transcripts from the Graduate School when they graduate.
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Graduate students’ grade point averages are reviewed each semester by the Graduate Dean’s office of the College of Arts & Sciences as well as by the Graduate School. The graduate bulletin states that students “must maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average.” Students who have a semester grade point average below 3.0 will receive warning letters. Any student who receives this warning letter must meet the full standards of academic progress by the end of the subsequent semester.


A student may repeat a course in which a failing grade was earned, but the repetition of the course will not eliminate the previous grade from the record.
A course may be repeated only once unless written authorization is provided by the Dean of the Graduate School. All grades are included in the computation of the quality point average.

If a course in which an unsatisfactory grade (as determined by the program advisor) was earned is repeated and the repeat grade is a “C-” or higher, the number of credits required for graduation will be increased by the number of credits repeated.

Registrations which involve repeating a course in which a grade of “A” or “B” has already been earned may not earn quality points or credit hours, nor count as credits attempted.



Regular and punctual class attendance is vital for all students looking to excel in the Master of Liberal Studies Program. It is the student’s responsibility to know the instructor’s policies regarding examinations, penalties for absences, and late or missed work.

Students are responsible for contacting the professor directly if they will be absent from class(es).

Students should follow common courtesy in class, including turning cell phones to silent or off positions, and observing class rules on breaks and eating.

The University of Miami expects all graduate students to adhere to the highest standards of ethics and academic integrity.

All forms of academic fraud are strictly prohibited. These include, but are not limited to, plagiarism, cheating, collusion, falsification, violation of professional ethics or misrepresentation of research data. Students certify that all work (whether an examination, dissertation, thesis, research project, form of creative expression, experimental data, or any other academic undertaking) submitted for evaluation, presentation, or publication meets these standards.

Additionally, graduate students are expected to respect and appreciate the diversity of the community and to respect the rights of others, be it their property, privacy, opinion, or expression.

Students found in violation of these standards are subject to disciplinary actions by the student’s department and/or the Graduate School through the process described in the Graduate Student Honor Code.

Student complaints on any major issue that the student views as unfairly affecting their progress in the graduate program are to be presented to the Director. The Director will act on complaints directly or may appoint an ad-hoc committee for this purpose after consultation with the Dean.

Students are urged to contact the Director early in the semester if they believe that there are issues about the course and/or instructor that should be brought to the attention of the Program.