Low Scholarship Policy

Low Scholarship Policy

Admission to the Graduate School allows students to continue graduate study and research at the University of Washington as long as they maintain satisfactory performance and progress toward completion of their graduate degree program. The following guidelines stipulate the conditions for satisfactory and unsatisfactory academic performance in the program.

Graduate students enrolled at the University of Washington are required to maintain a satisfactory academic progress towards their degree. As a student in the Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE) program, this includes maintaining both a cumulative and quarterly GPA of 3.0 or higher, and completing the degree within six years of first enrolling in the MSEE.

The MSEE Program is available to assist all students in maintaining satisfactory academic performance. Students who fail to meet the requirements for satisfactory academic performance will be notified in writing of their unsatisfactory performance by the MSEE Supervisory Committee. For additional information, see Graduate School Memorandum No.16.

The Low Scholarship process is coordinated at the Engineering & Mathematics Division level by the MSEE Graduate Advisor and MSEE Supervisory Committee, as follows

Program Warning

If a student’s cumulative or quarterly GPA falls below a 3.0 they will receive an official warning from the Graduate Advisor that they are in violation of the MSEE Low Scholarship Policy, with notations on the expected steps they will need to take to correct grade deficiencies. Students placed on program warning will meet with the MSEE Graduate Advisor at least once in the following quarter to discuss academic progress towards these goals.

Formal Warning to the Graduate School and Probation

If a student has a cumulative or quarterly GPA of less than 3.0 for three consecutive quarters, the MSEE Program will notify the Graduate School of the violation of the Low Scholarship Policy, and will place the student on official probation. At this point, the student is no longer in good standing with either the MSEE program or the University of Washington. Students who receive formal warning must meet with the MSEE Graduate Advisor twice each quarter to discuss academic progress until the deficiencies are rectified. If pursuing the thesis option, students must also submit a written statement to their Supervisory Committee, consisting of a statement of extenuating circumstances, as well as a written plan to correct grade deficiencies. Students who receive a formal warning may also be placed on a probationary status of no less than one quarter, and no more than three quarters to be determined by their Supervisory Committee.

Final Probation by the Graduate School

Final probation is an official status with the Graduate School which gives the student one final quarter on probation status before being dropped from the program.


A drop recommendation is the final action in unsatisfactory progress. A drop recommendation means immediate drop from the University of Washington.


Students may appeal change of status directly to the Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs at the University of Washington Bothell. Appeals must be filed in writing within four weeks after the notification of status change is sent to the student. Appeals beyond the Vice Chancellor at the University of Washington Bothell should follow the procedure outlined in the Graduate School Memorandum No. 33.