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Academic Standards/Policies

Students are required to maintain satisfactory progress meeting the university and program standards relative to scholarship and performance in pursuit of the master’s degree, including each of the following:

  • Maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA
  • Earn a quarterly GPA of 3.00 or higher
  • Earn a grade of 2.7 or higher in each required course
  • Make adequate progress with practicum project as determined by the faculty advisor or committee chair.

Satisfactory Performance and Progress toward Completion of Degree

Admission to the Graduate School allows students to engage in graduate study and research at the University of Washington. Continuation in the Master of Science in Geospatial Technologies at the University of Washington Tacoma occurs only as long as students maintain satisfactory performance and progress toward completion of the graduate degree program as outlined in Graduate School Memorandum No. 16. Students must also meet the requirements found in the University of Washington Student Conduct Code.  The Graduate Program Coordinator in collaboration with the Graduate Program Advisor monitors graduate student academic progress on a quarterly basis.

If a student does not pass a required course, the student must meet with the faculty teaching the course and the Graduate Program Coordinator before the beginning of the next quarter.  Only in exceptional cases will the student be allowed continue in the program while simultaneously working to complete the failed course.  Students are reminded to read and carefully adhere to the university’s policies. Please refer to the Graduate Admissions, Graduation Requirements for Master’s Degree, and Graduate Student Policies sections in this catalog or refer to the Graduate School website at for more information.

Ungraded Credits

All courses in the Master of Science in Geospatial Technologies curriculum must be taken for a grade. No grades of S/NS AND C/NC will be issued.

Minimum Graduation Requirements for the Degree

Along with the Graduate School requirements, courses taken to complete the 60 credits required for the degree must receive a passing grade (2.7 or higher).

Evaluation of Student Performance and Progression

Good Academic Standing

In order to be in good academic standing, students must maintain a minimum cumulative University grade point average of 3.00 for all 400- and 500-level graded courses taken after attaining graduate status at the University of Washington. In addition, students must complete and pass all required Master of Science in Geospatial Technologies classes with a minimum grade of a 2.7 or higher.  Students who earn a grade below a 2.7 or incomplete may be reviewed for satisfactory progress.

Low Scholarship

Failure to maintain a cumulative or quarterly grade point average of 3.00 or to earn at least a 2.7 in a required class is considered low scholarship. Low scholarship may lead to a change-in-status action by the Graduate School, including No Action, Warn, Probation, Final Probation, or Drop. If a student falls below this standard of academic performance, s/he will be evaluated individually on a quarterly basis by the Graduate Program Coordinator. The Registrar will record only those actions recommending Probation, Final Probation, and Drop.


A warning will be issued to a student when her/his cumulative or quarterly grade point average falls below 3.00, or who fails to earn at least a 2.7 in a required class for more than one quarter. This status is initiated and documented by the Urban Studies program, but is not reported to the Graduate School and does not appear on the student’s transcript. A warning may be issued for behavioral concerns as well. A student must be notified in writing, and documentation must be placed in the student’s file.


Probation will be recommended for any student who has not corrected the deficiency which resulted in the warning. A student may not remain on probation for more than two quarters and will automatically be reviewed each quarter while on probation. Students who suddenly and substantially fall below a 2.7 in a required class will be placed on probation. In this instance, a previous warning is unnecessary.

Final Probation

After at least one quarter of probation, a student may be placed on final probation (for one quarter only). The Graduate School will consider one additional quarter in extenuating circumstances as noted in Graduate School Memorandum No.16.


After one quarter of probation, a student may be dropped from the program. Exceptions to this policy will be considered by the Graduate School only in extenuating circumstances. If the Graduate School accepts a drop recommendation, the Registrar is notified by the Graduate School, and the student is immediately dropped from the Master of Science in Geospatial Technologies program. This final action is recommended for students who have not corrected the condition(s) that caused the final probation within the specified time limit.

Note: Action is taken for one quarter only and is reviewed each quarter. No action will appear on the transcript for any subsequent quarter unless a recommendation is made by the Master of Science in Geospatial Technologies Program Director to the Dean of the Graduate School.


Students may appeal change in status directly to the Master of Science in Geospatial Technologies Program Director. Appeals beyond this point must follow the process outlined in Graduate School Memorandum No. 33, Academic Grievance Procedure.

Apply to Graduate

Graduation is not automatic. In order to officially graduate and receive your diploma you must submit a graduation application through MyGrad.  If desired students may request a meeting with a faculty advisor to discuss future goals or meet with the program advisor to discuss the graduation application process and/or complete the application on site.

All students must apply for graduation on time by the seventh week of their last quarter. Students must be enrolled for at least 2 credits the quarter they intend to graduate. Consult with the program advisor regarding procedures.