Academic probation and suspension, Scholarly Work Agreement, and appeals

Each University of Minnesota College of Biological Sciences (CBS) graduate program maintains the milestones and academic standards that graduate students in that program must meet in order to remain in good academic standing. These milestones and standards must be detailed in each program’s graduate student handbook. At a minimum, in CBS graduate programs, academic standards include completing required and elective coursework with at least a 3.0 GPA and according to the program’s timeline, identifying an advisor according to the program’s timeline, passing written and oral preliminary examinations according to the program’s timeline, and meeting expectations for research progress and actively working on research in the lab/field.

Students must meet their graduate program’s milestones and academic standards in order to remain in good standing as a student in the program. In addition, students must meet the University of Minnesota expectations for performance standards and progress in a master’s degree or doctoral degree program.

Forms and process

Program handbooks