Anderson Graduate Program Academic Policies & Handbook

Information about Anderson Graduate Programs including policies and student responsibilities can be found in the handbook.

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Academic Policies

  • To earn a graduate degree at The University of New Mexico, students must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in graduate-level courses taken in graduate status at the time of degree completion as well as a grade point average of at least 3.0 for courses listed in their Graduation Application.
  • Students may not graduate with Incompletes (I) or unrecorded grades (NR) pending in any graduate course or while on probation.
  • Courses taken to meet undergraduate deficiencies/prerequisites cannot be used to meet graduate degree requirements nor are they calculated into the graduate grade point average. It is expected that the student earns at least a “B” (3.0) in each of these courses. If a grade of less than a "B" (3.0) is earned in any of these, the major department may deem that the prerequisite has not been satisfied.
  • No more than six credit hours of coursework in which a grade of C (2.0) or C+ (2.33) was earned may be credited toward a graduate degree.
  • Courses taken on a CR/NC basis will not be credited toward a graduate degree, unless the course is required by the graduate program and is offered only on a CR/NC basis.
  • The Grade Replacement Policy limits graduate students to a maximum of nine credit hours of replacement grades during the student’s graduate program and requires signature approval by the course instructor, the student’s advisor, the unit chair and Graduate Studies.
  • A required core course may only be repeated once (two instances). The grade from the first instance may be replaced with the repeated grade (second instance), if the student follows the grade replacement procedure described below. The original grade remains on the student’s transcript; however, the higher grade is used in the calculation of the student’s grade point average and earned credit hours.
  • Only students in graduate status are eligible to use this policy, although the student may have been in non-degree graduate status when the course was taken. Only courses taken Summer 2007 forward are eligible for grade replacement.
  • The process is not automatic. The student must initiate the process by completing a Graduate Grade Replacement Form available on the Office of the Registrar’s website at The course number and title must be identical except where equivalencies or a change has been noted in The University of New Mexico Catalog. No substitute courses are acceptable. Forms are accepted after the second instance in the course has been completed and a grade has been assigned.
  • Once a grade replacement has been approved, the process cannot be reversed or changed. No grade may be replaced once a degree has been awarded.
  • All grade options are available in the transcript key, available at:
  • Grade requirements for graduation, probation, suspension and all other grade instances are in the catalog:
  • NOTE: Graduate students may not be assigned C-, D+, D or D- grades.
    • A+ - 4.33
    • A - 4.00
    • A- - 3.67
    • B+ - 3.33
    • B- 3.00
    • B- - 2.67
    • C+ - 2.33
    • C - 2.00
    • I - Incomplete. Given only when circumstances beyond the student's control have prevented completion of the work of a course within the official dates of a session. (See the policy on Removal of Incomplete.)
    • AUDIT - Recorded for completion of enrollment in an audited course. No credit is earned for an audit grade option.
    • W - Withdrawal. Used for withdrawals after the grade required deadline and for approved administrative withdrawals at the end of a semester. Examples of administrative withdrawals include determination by the instructor that the student never attended the class, processing errors, catastrophic illness of the student or other reasons beyond the student's control.
  • MBA/MACCT/MSISA/MSPM/MSCBA candidates are required to maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher in Anderson graduate courses. If at the end of any semester a candidate's grade point average falls below this minimum, the student will be placed on probation. Candidates on probation who do not remedy their scholastic deficiencies by the end of the following semester will be suspended from the MBA/MACCT/MSISA/MSPM/MSCBA program. However, in cases where the deficiency has not been completely eliminated but substantial progress has been made, the School's Entrance and Credits Committee may allow an additional semester of probation. A maximum of three semesters on probation is allowed. After this time, a student will be placed on suspension and will be disenrolled from the program.
  • It is the student's responsibility to withdraw from any coursework upon notice of suspension. No coursework completed while the student is on academic suspension may be applied toward any Anderson graduate program. Suspended students are not eligible to reenter graduate studies for a period of one calendar year from the date when disenrollment takes effect.
  • A student is automatically suspended upon receiving two letter grades of F. It is the student's responsibility to assure remedial action, as this policy is strictly enforced.
  • A student who is admitted and completes at least one semester in graduate status will receive registration materials for three subsequent semesters (including summer) whether they enroll or not.
  • Students not enrolled by the published registration deadline of the third semester must apply for readmission. Such “stop-out” periods are included in the time to degree.
  • Graduate students are expected to complete their studies within seven years of the first graduate-level MGMT course taken. Students, who stop-out and interrupt their studies, may be required to repeat MGMT coursework older than seven years.
  • Students who are granted a formal leave of absence may be required torepeat MGMT coursework older than eight years.