Academic Performance

Repeat Policy

With the approval of the Graduate Coordinator and the Dean of the College of Engineering, a student may repeat one course per degree. This policy applies to all courses (even those not on the program of study) taken as a graduate student related to a specific program, and only to those courses taken at Mississippi State University. With the exception of those courses approved for repeated credit (e.g., internships, special topics, individual studies, thesis, dissertation, etc.), a specific course may be repeated only once. Both courses will remain on the permanent transcript and both grades will be computed in final averages. No additional program credit hours will be generated from a repeated course.

Academic probation

Once admitted to the graduate program in Computer Science, a student who fails to maintain a satisfactory academic record will be considered to be on academic probation. A graduate GPA will be computed for each student at the end of each semester. The student’s graduate GPA is the average of all graduate courses attempted while in the computer science graduate program.

  • A student whose graduate GPA drops below 3.0 is automatically on academic probation.
  • A student who obtains a grade below a B on a prerequisite course is automatically on academic probation.
  • To be removed from probation, the student, by the completion of the next nine credit hours of progress toward the degree, must:
    • achieve a graduate GPA of 3.0 or above, and
    • earn a grade of B or above on any prerequisite course for which a grade lower than B was previously obtained.

Dismissal

At the beginning of each semester the department’s Graduate Studies Committee will evaluate the records of all Computer Science graduate students currently on probation, as well as students making a grade of D, F, or U during the previous semester. The Graduate Studies Committee will consider recommending that the Dean of the College of Engineering dismiss a student enrolled in a graduate program in Computer Science if:

  • the student was admitted with a TOEFL contingency and fails to make satisfactory progress towards completion of the appropriate English as a Second Language sequence of courses.
  • the student was admitted without GRE scores and fails to take the GRE General Test during the next semester, or fails to obtain a satisfactory composite score on the GRE.
  • the student was admitted with contingencies due to deficiencies in prerequisite coursework and fails to make satisfactory progress toward completion of the prerequisites.
  • the student is on academic probation and is unable to meet all requirements for good academic standing by the completion of the next nine credit hours of progress toward the degree.
  • the student makes a grade of D or F in a graduate or undergraduate course attempted while in the graduate program in Computer Science.
  • the student receives a grade of U in an S/U graded course.

Appeals process

A student who has been dismissed from the Computer Science graduate program has the right to appeal the dismissal.

  • Within four weeks of being notified of the dismissal, a student who wishes to appeal must write a letter requesting a reconsideration of the dismissal, giving all pertinent facts and explaining any extenuating circumstances. The letter should be addressed to the Head of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. The Head of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering will review this appeal and will render a decision within five working days. If the decision is in favor of the student, the Head of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering will recommend to the Dean of the College of Engineering that the student’s dismissal from the Computer Science graduate program be rescinded.
  • If the student is dissatisfied with the decision of the Department Head, the student may appeal in writing to the Dean of the College of Engineering, according to the Graduate Studies Bulletin.
  • If this appeal is unsuccessful, the student may then appeal to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.