I. Course Requirements
To qualify for the master’s degree, a student must complete a minimum of 30 to 39 credit hours of graduate level courses (depending on the program which the student is following), with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 / 4.00. No more than two “C” grades are allowed during the study period for any graduate program.
II. Course Grades
In order to continue their studies at the graduate level, students must pass courses with grades of C (70%) and above, and obtain a minimum cumulative average of B (80%). A graduate student will be placed on academic probation if, at the end of any semester, he/she fails in a graduate course or if his / her cumulative GPA in graduate courses falls below 3.00 (B or 80%). Students who fail to remove the probation within a period of two consecutive semesters will be dismissed from the graduate program.
Students are assessed on a case-by-case basis; thus, students who do not have the appropriate academic background in the selected business field of study, or are accepted on probation, are required to take remedial courses as pre-requisites to continue in the program. These courses may not be taken along with graduate courses; however, graduate courses which are not related to these remedial courses may be taken along with MBA courses upon the advisor’s approval.
Note: Pre-requisite and remedial courses are not counted as part of the candidate’s graduate program.
III. Probation, Removal of Probation and Dismissal
a. Placement on Probation
A graduate student will be placed on probation if he / she
- is accepted on probation by the Faculty Graduate Committee.
- fails to obtain a grade of C (70%) in any course taken for graduate credit.
- fails to maintain a cumulative average of B (80%) in courses taken for graduate credit.
b. Removal of Probation
The probation status of a student will be removed if he / she completes a minimum of 9-credit hours of graduate level courses within two successive semesters, passes the courses with a minimum grade of no less than C in each, and obtains a cumulative average of B(80%).
c. Dismissal from the Program
A student will be dismissed from graduate study if he / she
- fails a graduate course in two successive semesters.
- fails to maintain a cumulative average of B (80%) in all courses taken for graduate credits.
- fails to remove the probation in two successive semesters from the time of admission, based on the completion of 9-credit hours.
- obtains more than two Cs (70%) on his / her academic record.
IV. Transfer of Credits
A maximum of 9-credit hours of graduate level courses taken over and above the requirements for a bachelor’s degree at recognized institutions of higher learning may be transferred toward the master’s degree at AUST, provided that the following conditions are met:
a. Candidates have obtained a minimum grade of B (80%) in the course to be transferred. Grades obtained in courses transferred will not be averaged with AUST course grades.
b. The course to be transferred is similar in duration and content to the course taught at AUST.
c. Transferred courses may not be counted as core courses. Approval of the faculty concerned and the Graduate Committee is required for the transfer of credits.
V. Residence Requirements, Advisors, Thesis, and Projects
To be considered a full-timer, a graduate student must register for a minimum of 6-credit hours per semester. All requirements for the master’s degree must be completed within a period of four years. Extension beyond the allowed period of study requires the approval of the Graduate Committee of the academic unit concerned.
Students enrolled in the master’s programs may choose two options:
- The thesis option (equivalent to 6 credit hours)
- The non – thesis option requiring a project (equivalent to 3-credit hours)
During the first semester of admission to graduate study, a student is assigned an academic advisor who must be a full-time faculty member. The advisor guides the student in planning the thesis proposal based on independent research.
The advisor, the master’s thesis proposal, and the Thesis Committee members should be approved by the Faculty Graduate Committee. Graduate students working on their thesis will receive a grade of ‘In Progress (IP)’ during the semester for which they are registered for the thesis. If the student does not finish work on his / her thesis during the first year, he / she may register for the second year and is required to pay the NSSF fee during the second year.
If the student does not finish his / her work on the thesis during the second year, he / she must register for the thesis again and pay full tuition fees for 6 credit hours plus the registration fees. A grade of “IP” will continue to appear on the student’s transcript during the semester in which the student is registered for the thesis.. The student will receive a grade of “P or F” upon completion of the thesis at the end of the academic session in which he/ she is registered.
Students following the project option must register for and complete the project within a period of one academic year from the time of registration. If a student fails to complete the project during one academic year, he / she may register for the following academic session but must pay the project tuition fee, plus registration fee in full.