Academic Standing

All graduate students are expected to perform at a high academic level and to support and contribute to a well functioning MPA classroom learning community.

Leaves of Absence

Unexpected circumstances sometimes arise such that a student needs to take a leave of absence from the MPA program. Students in good standing may request a leave of absence for up to one year. Leaves of absence must be requested in writing to the MPA Director and are subject to his/her approval. Under exceptional circumstances a leave may be extended beyond one year, by approval of the MPA Director.

Reactivation of Active Student Status following a Leave of Absence

Before the student on leave may return to the program s/he must petition the MPA Director in writing for reactivation of active student status, including a proposed schedule for completing the requirements for the degree. The student will be able to register again only after the Director has approved a schedule for degree completion and notified the Office of Registration and Records that the student should be allowed to register.

After the leave of absence ends, a student who fails to register for credit will be dismissed from the program. Under extraordinary circumstances following dismissal, students may be reinstated, subject to the approval of the MPA Director. If reinstatement is approved, the student must follow the procedure described above, under “Reactivation of Active Student Status following a Leave of Absence”.

Academic Probation

Students will be placed on academic probation for:

  • receiving a "No Credit" (NCR) in any Core course;
  • receiving a "No Credit" (NCR) for all academic work in any quarter. The student must earn credit for all academic work in the next quarter in which they are enrolled in order to return to good standing. In the event that a student does not meet this requirement, s/he may be required to take a leave of absence or be dismissed from the program, at the discretion of the MPA Director.

Academic probation requires an advising session and a contract with the MPA Director that describes how the student will successfully complete remaining coursework for the MPA degree. The contract terms must be fulfilled prior to graduation. Note that a leave of absence may be required for students on probation.

Withdrawing from the MPA Program

Students who wish to withdraw from the MPA program should inform the MPA Director in writing. Under extraordinary circumstances following withdrawal, students may be reinstated, subject to the approval of the MPA Director. If reinstatement is approved, the student must follow the procedure described under the “Leave of Absence” section for “Reactivation of Active Student Status following a Leave of Absence”.

Dismissal from the MPA Program

All graduate students are expected to perform at a high academic level and to support and contribute to a well functioning MPA classroom learning community.

If these expectations are not met, students are subject to dismissal from the MPA program as follows:

  • Students will be dismissed from the program for receiving a "No Credit" (NCR) for any two quarters of Core course work. The courses for which the NCRs were received may be sequential or non-sequential. This includes the repetition of any Core course.
  • Students will also be dismissed from the program for failing to register for credit following the end of a leave of absence.
  • Behavior that disrupts the learning community may be grounds for disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal from the MPA program.
  • Students may be dismissed from the program under other serious circumstances, such as plagiarism, other violations of the Student Contract or the Student Conduct Code, etc.

Under extraordinary circumstances following dismissal, students may be reinstated, at the discretion of the MPA Director. If reinstatement is approved, the student must follow the procedure described under the “Leave of Absence” section for “Reactivation of Active Student Status following a Leave of Absence”.