Minimum Academic Requirements
The minimum academic standard for full admission to the Graduate School is a B average or 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in a program resulting in the award of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited college or university, or an equivalent degree and standing from a comparable foreign institution.
Standards for admission to a Ph.D. program are generally higher than those for admission to a M.S. program. Applicants must also document successful completion of undergraduate prerequisites for graduate study in the chosen field. Applicants must meet the minimum requirements set by the Graduate School and must meet departmental requirements, which may exceed the minimum.
Calculate separate grade point averages for all courses taken for the bachelor's degree (cumulative GPA) and all credits taken beyond the bachelor's degree. Convert all grades to a four-point grading system. Do not include pass or fail, satisfactory, incomplete credit, or similar grades in these calculations.
All numerical, alphabetical, or equivalent grades, except as already noted, must be calculated as follows:
- Multiply quarter credit hours by (0.66) to convert to semester credit hours.
- Multiply the number of semester credit hours for each course by the number of quality or honor points earned, as follows: A=4, B=3, C=2, D=1, F=0.
- Divide total number quality points by total semester credit hours. The result will be your grade point average.
Certain study or research activities of students may require access to biological or chemical materials that are subject to special restrictions under Federal law. Individuals who wish to be authorized to have access to such materials must comply with UMB policy, state law, and federally mandated drug and criminal background checks. Students who cannot maintain eligibility to engage in study or research with biological or chemical materials have no assurance that UMB will provide an alternative path of study or research. Therefore, students may not be able to enroll or to continue enrollment and advancement at UMB. Because of the serious financial and academic consequences of failure to obtain and maintain ongoing eligibility with legal requirements, students should plan in advance to ask advisors, faculty and mentors about authorization for access to biological and chemical materials. Students should carefully consider the drug and criminal background check requirements before selecting a course of study or research which may be subject to special restrictions.
Individuals who are offered admission and who need accommodation under Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should contact the office of Educational Support and Disability Services.
Deborah Levi, Director
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